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Midterm Elections

Nick Wing

Unhappy With The Election Results? Just Look At The People Your Neighbors Voted Into Office | Nick Wing | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

As the dust settles and we take a closer look at Tuesday night's election results, we can't help but wonder what some voters were thinking. As with ev...

The Senate: A Republican 'Landslide'?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Although Republicans will now control 53 percent of the seats in the Senate, these Republican senators actually represent only 46 percent of the American people. It's a strange kind of landslide, indeed.

America's Lagging Female Political Representation

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Two key differences emerge when comparing the US and democracies that are leading in female representation. The first is that many countries have implemented gender quotas, a mechanism that is unconstitutional in the US. The second is that countries using proportional representation systems often have higher female representation.

I'm Really Upset About the Midterm Elections God I Love My New iPhone

James Napoli | Posted 11.06.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

It sure was discouraging to see those election returns coming in and realizing that the Republicans have gained such major ground. I mean, the first thing I thought was that government regulations would start to go out the window, paving the way for a disastrous oh my God I am having so much fun with this new iPhone 6.

De Blasio Announces Longer School Day

David Cahn | Posted 11.06.2014 | College
David Cahn

New York could, however, do much better. Extending the school day by one hour across the board would be far more costly, and require negotiations with the teachers union. But it could also yield substantial benefits -- especially in underperforming schools.

What We Must Do Before 2016 To Get Women's Issues On Top Of The Agenda

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.07.2014 | Women

What should women be doing before the next general election to ensure that the issues that matter to them are addressed in 2016? Katha Pollitt, jou...

Chris Cuomo To Jon Stewart: 'How's It Taste?'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.07.2014 | Media

For the latest installment of the Chris Cuomo-Jon Stewart mini-feud, the anchor from CNN's "New Day" had some choice words for the "Daily Show" host T...

Maybe a High GOP Would Govern Better

Karen Dolan | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Karen Dolan

A high GOP just might become introspective enough to realize that Americans are fed up with corrupt Wall Street Banks, tax loopholes for greedy corporations, a shredding of a safety net for neighbors in need.

Religious Extremists Did Not Derail This Election

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

President Obama should take this all to heart. He was a president who started with such great promise and now he's been clobbered at the polls.

Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act

Rep. Bobby Rush | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Bobby Rush

Were it not the political lightning rod that it has become, many more Americans would have a much clearer understanding about the ACA's wide breadth and how some of the law's policy changes will benefit them and their loved ones.

CNN's S.E. Cupp, Fox News Media Consultant Reportedly Provided Training To GOP Candidates

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.06.2014 | Media

According to a Politico report, CNN commentator S.E. Cupp and Fox News media consultant Jon Kraushar both gave media training to most major Republican...

8 Hotly Debated Issues... From the Election That Never Was

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's clearer than ever: If Democrats don't offer bold solutions to some fundamental economic issues (we'll offer eight of them, but there are more) then the implications for their party -- and for the country -- are profound, and dire.

Election Brings New GOP Power To State Capitols

AP | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — State capitols across the country will be more Republican than at any point since the Roaring '20s when victorious legislato...

Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative.

George Lakoff | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
George Lakoff

Democratic strategists have been segmenting the electorate and seeking individual self-interest-based issues in each electoral block. The strategists also keep suggesting a move to the right. This has left no room for the Democrats to have an overriding authentic moral identity that Americans can recognize.

Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have. The public did vote. But in a substantive way, it's not true that they have chosen their government. This was the billionaires' election, billionaires of both parties. And while the Republican and Democratic Party billionaires have some differences, what unites them is much stronger than what divides them, a few exceptions aside. Indeed, many of the richest individual and corporate donors give to both parties. The much-discussed left-right polarization is not polarization at all. The political system is actually relatively united and working very effectively for the richest of the rich.

Howard Fineman

Dear World: No, America Is Still Not United | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- It would be nice to think that, after years of ever-deeper anger, division and paralysis, the U.S. government would unite -- out of exhau...

Give Us Vision or We Won't Vote

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

ithout someone willing to express a vision, articulate it and stick to it, the Millenials won't show. The McConnells will keep winning, sowing apathy and dysfunction to keep us from even wanting to pay attention.

Kate Sheppard

Tom Steyer's Very Expensive Experiment In Making Climate Change A 'Wedge Issue' | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tom Steyer's climate-focused electoral efforts came up with mixed results Tuesday, but the billionaire environmentalist and former hedge...

Post-Election Report: Clean Energy Jobs Grow in Republican (and Democratic) Districts

Bob Keefe | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Bob Keefe

From solar farms in North Carolina to clean car plants in Nevada, what we're learning is that any politician who truly cares about putting Americans to work and helping our economy ought to support smart clean energy policies at both the state and federal level.

CNN's Interview With Mia Love Was One Big Communication Breakdown

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media

Mia Love became the first black Republican woman elected to Congress Tuesday night when she won a race for Utah's 4th District. "Many of the naysay...

Voters to Politicians: Start Working Together

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We the people of the United States need to hold all of our leaders' feet to the fire. The challenges facing our nation, both nationally and internationally, are enormous and cannot be solved by either party acting alone.

Zach Carter

McConnell And Obama Are Already Planning To Undercut Liberal Democrats In Congress | Zach Carter | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he and President Barack Obama are already discussing plans to cut corporate tax rates a...

Jeffrey Young

5 New GOP Governors Could Undercut Medicaid Expansion | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

The Republican wave at the polls Tuesday didn't just give the GOP more power to obstruct Obamacare in Congress and block Medicaid expansion in more th...

Paige Lavender

Obama Outlines Immediate Goals For Congress | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke about the midterm elections Wednesday, telling every American -- including those who didn't vote -- "I hear you." "The...

Election 2014: Americans Ready to End the War on Drugs

Jag Davies | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Jag Davies

When historians look back at the movement to end the war on drugs, they might very well point to the 2014 election as the moment when it all got real. With marijuana legalization measures passing in Oregon, Alaska and D.C., there's no longer any denying that drug policy reform is a mainstream -- and quite urgent -- political demand.