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AAPOR 2010: Chris Wilson and Bryon Allen

Kristen Soltis Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Soltis Anderson

While AAPOR's panels are predominantly comprised of academics and professional non-partisan researchers, it was nice to run into a handful of politica...

Focus on the Mission: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Rachel Laser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Laser

They serve in Iraq. They fight in Afghanistan. Their names are etched in marble at Arlington National Cemetery. And three out of four Americans believe they shouldn't be forced to lie to serve the country.

Independents See Through Washington's Magic Show

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Democrats and Republicans are using independents to produce the illusion that the parties are being responsive to the American people. Here's how the trick works.

Florida Senate: Playing 'What If'

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

We have been kicking around various "what if" scenarios on a potential three-way Senate race in Florida this afternoon. It's an incomplete and highly ...

The Independents Sweepstakes

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

There is indeed "unprecedented levels of distrust in Washington," at least since the decades prior to and following the Civil War.

What are Independents Thinking?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

The issue and candidate-driven focus of independent voters allows them to be pragmatic and flexible. But lacking a firm political ideology, it can also cause them to appear fickle, gullible, and impatient.

Listen Up

Jeremy Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeremy Gerard

The title track on "The Ache of Possibility," Louis Rosen and Capathia Jenkins' most recent album, is a kind of knife-edged psalm.

Today I Left the Democratic Party

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Campbell

With any relationship, when the bad far outweighs the good, perhaps it's time to move on. This is honestly how I've felt for the past few years with the Democratic Party

Arianna On 'The Ed Show': Obama Must Offer More Than Words (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

President Obama must move beyond rhetoric and acknowledge yesterday's Democratic loss in Massachusetts by making substantive policy and personnel chan...

Scott Brown's Victory: 'Maybe It's the Best Thing...'

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

Scott Brown is a former Cosmopolitan centerfold model whose political substance is about as thin as the centerfold itself, but that didn't seem to matter to Massachusetts voters.

Scott Brown's Win in Massachusetts: HuffPost Bloggers React

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the aftermath, the commentary is rolling in. Here's a round-up of HuffPost bloggers' reactions, predictions, I-told-you-so's, and more.

Ryan Grim

Bank Shot: Independents And Dem Base Still Aligned In Anger

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With all the talk about "angry independents" deciding the special election in Massachusetts Tuesday night, the inclination among establishment Washing...

Connecticut's Nutty and Spicy Senatorial History

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Bradley Jansen

Without descending into the Washington parlor game of conventional wisdom about Sen. Dodd's announcement signifies for the horse race of who's up and who's down, I would like to reflect on the matter.

'Tea Party Express II: Rise of the Tea Bags' - The Movie!

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

So we went out to Griffith Park out here in L.A. on Sunday to check out the kick-off day for the new "Tea Party Express II" national tour. Thought we ...

Pollster Analysis: Obama Not Losing Support From Independents

Pollster | Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...support for Obama has not plummeted among independents, and that needs to be clarified before it becomes erroneous conventional wisdom. It especial...

The Year's 9 Best Books From Small Publishers

Kevin Sampsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kevin Sampsell

I see a lot of cool stuff from authors before anyone else has even heard of them. 2009 was no exception. Here are the highlights from my own personal reading list.

How Important Are These Off-Year Races?

New York Times | ADAM NAGOURNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At the very least, the results in the governors' races, if not predictive, are quite likely to drive the political narrative, bolstering or diminishin...

Arianna On The Problems Posed By Tea Party Activists In 2010 Elections (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Democratic National Committee Chairman, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine recently weighed in on the Tea Party movement, saying that Democrats stand to gain fro...

Most Independents Aren't All That 'Independent'

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My column for this week takes up the cause of GWU Professor John Sides and looks at how the definition of "independent" used most often tends to exagg...

Obama: Worst First Year Ratings Ever?

Steve Lombardo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Lombardo

The merits of this weekend's health care reform legislation can be debated elsewhere; our focus here is on its potential political impact. And while ...

Before Subprime There Was ACORN

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Chautin

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, is in the news again and conservative politicians are going for the jugular vein.

Tea Party Protester: "We Think The Muslims Are Moving In And Taking Over" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE (8:43 p.m. EST): NBC has replaced this woman's comment about Muslims with a less inflammatory comment: "I'm scared to death for my country. I ...

NJ Watch (Friday) Plus an Automated vs. Live Interviewer Bonus

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

The most recent polling in New Jersey shows an excruciatingly close race between incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christ...

Daggett vs Ventura

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My column makes an early appearance this weekend -- Friday when filed rather than the usual Monday morning -- because it covers the very timely topic ...

An Open Letter On The Public Option To David Axelrod

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

As a lifelong FDR Democrat, I won't support any health care bill that doesn't have a robust public option. I'd much rather see a bill without one go down to defeat, than have a bill pass without one.