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The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Hating Obama should not be an effective political organizing strategy, but is indeed in the absence of any effective Democratic backbone to counter right-wing absurdities. Democrats deserve their losses; they ceded the battle before it began.

Washington Paralysis: Blame Gingrich and the Magna Carta for the End of Majority Rule

Richard Brodsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

It's true that the Congressional model is broken and it's worth figuring out why. Two reasons: Neither the House nor the Senate live by the basic democratic tenet that "the majority rules," and the House now functions like a parliament not a congress.

Tedamorphosis

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Wake Up, GOP! Extreme Social Crusades Are Passé

Susan Bevan | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Susan Bevan

As a lifelong Republican woman I am tired of this ilk claiming they speak for me and for the millions of other mainstream Republicans who remain true to the GOP's tradition as the party of limited government.

STAND WITH WENDY

Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts

Our favorite meme-obsessed artist, Lauren Kaelin, posted an amazing take on the "Stand with Wendy" phenomenon today on Tumblr. In honor of ...

Who Owns the Drones?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It is nice to know that we won't use drone strikes on American soil. Perhaps some day we won't fly drones over countries with which we are not at war.

Where Would Jesus Shop?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 01.10.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This Week's Poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! Last week, we assured you that your government is anxiously readying to que...

Three Ways to Fix Our Democracy

Erik Opsal | Posted 01.26.2013 | New York
Erik Opsal

America is the world's leading democracy, but that doesn't mean there aren't improvements to be made. By modernizing registration, ending government dysfunction and combating Citizens United, we can put the people back in charge.

Make the Presidency Work!

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jonathan_Miller

History shows that when leaders talk to one another and put the country ahead of partisan gain, they can move beyond the differences so that the country's most significant problems get fixed.

Dispatches from the DNC: Day 3 -- A Good Time to Be a Billionaire

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Clifford J. Tasner

We are the smallest, most beleaguered minority in America today. When we squeeze the middle class and consolidate money upwards, all we're doing is protecting our minority rights.

The Senate's Holiday

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The Republicans' newest way of countering criticism that Congress spends more time on recess than it does working occurred when it went home for the Christmas holidays.

Labor Union Targets Vulnerable Republicans In Ads

The Huffington Post | Jordan Howard | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's largest labor unions, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, will begin the airing an ad...

Bernie Filibusters Not Just on the Senate Floor, But On Picket Lines

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

If Democratic elected officials wish to remain power, they must use their offices the way Bernie Sanders does to secure a fair and free union election for all.

Mark Kirk Votes NO: Joins Party To Block Debate Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell In Senate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Thursday, a major defense authorization bill that included the repeal of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law was blocked by Senate Republica...

Small Business Lending Bill Still Foundering In Senate

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's election-year jobs agenda suffered a new setback Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a bill creating ...

Sen. Feingold & Cantwell: Stay Principled and Vote Against Weak Financial Reform Bill -- But Don't Let Republicans Filibuster

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The Democrats' financial reform bill is weak tea that doesn't fix the problem of too big to fail megabanks or prevent the next cycle of boom, bust and bailout.

Congress Needs a Shot Clock

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

There was a time in basketball when a lesser team could try to even the odds of winning by eating up the clock or stalling. When playing a better team...

Why California's Senate Race Will Be Nothing Like Massachusetts'

Aaron Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Aaron Glantz

If Republicans want to build on Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts' Senate race in historically blue California this fall, they'll have to overcome the state GOP's inability to win over ethnic voters.

The Wizards of "No"

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The American people have not consented to the continued control of our lives, environment, and economy that is currently enjoyed by the coal and oil industries.

Left and Right Miss Lesson of Specter Switch

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

The Specter switch should be more than a wake-up call for Republicans. It should be a sign for all in Washington that the governing process is out of whack.