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Midterm Elections

Obama's Problem Simply Defined: It Was the Banks

James K. Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James K. Galbraith

The original sin of Obama's presidency was to assign economic policy to a closed circle of bank-friendly economists and Bush carryovers. Larry Summers. Timothy Geithner. Ben Bernanke.

They Heard You Loud and Clear (Moreorless)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

What the people said on Tuesday night completely squares with what I've been saying all along: "It's time to get rid of the designated-hitter rule."

One Lesson Not to Take From the Midterms

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Money makes politicians beholden to outside interests, distracts them from their jobs, and shuts good people out.

Congress Should Remember that Voters Want Strong Environmental Safeguards

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

[This post is written by NRDC Action Fund's Peter Lehner, who is the Executive Director of NRDC] As Congress starts filling leadership positions and...

Democrats Must Stop Listing, Start Tipping

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

Like fourth graders hoping to be rewarded for a good report card, far too many Democrats were convinced the only way to get voters to support them was to present inventories of positive actions they had performed in office.

Reading Obama's Mind: Pragmatism and Its Perils (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

If there is a problem with Barack Obama's thinking, his "intellectual biographer" James Kloppenberg is saying on the morning after Obama's mid-term "h...

Midterm Elections: Let the Buyer Beware

Jerry Kremer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jerry Kremer

What do the years 2006, 2008 and 2010 have in common? More than just dates. They stand for three elections where the voting public demanded change a...

Green Tide: The More Money You Make, the More Likely You Voted Republican

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

Despite what you are hearing about Tea Party Populism and hopping mad Main Streeters, one thing is indisputable. The more money you make, the more likely you were to cast a ballot for Republicans in the 2010 elections.

Obama Could Still Heal America

Sol Erdman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sol Erdman

With the current political stalemate, President Obama cannot possibly succeed in his ambitious agenda. But there is something he can do, long-term, to give us a Congress actually intent on resolving our problems.

Bill Brady Concedes: 'Gov. Quinn Won This Race'

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn's quest to become the elected leader of Illinois was fulfilled Friday when his Republican challenger conceded the state...

REVEALED: Olbermann Donated To 3 Democrats

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

UPDATE: Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay for his donations to Democrats. Click here for the latest on the story. ORIGINA...

Women: A Missed Opportunity

Margie Omero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

Moving forward, it's crucial Democrats look at women not as a special interest group, or a side note, but as a majority of the population, with proven ability to swing away from us.

Elections 2010: Money Can't Buy You Love

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan F.P. Rose

This week's election showed the Tea Party on the rise, America more deeply split, taxes and public spending in the crosshairs, with "me" winning out ...

So Much for the Art of the Possible: Obama's Pragmatism Refutes Itself

Roger Hodge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hodge

Now that the election is over and the Democrats have officially abdicated control of the House of Representatives, is it too much to hope that we can have a candid national debate about what has gone wrong with the Obama Administration?

Illinois Election Results: Pat Quinn Defeats Bill Brady In 2010 Governor's Race

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Election results still trickling in Thursday made it clear Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn won his extremely close bid for a full term, allowi...

What Obama Can Learn From the Giants (PHOTOS)

Dan Fost | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dan Fost

Obama called Giants manager Bruce Bochy to congratulate him on the team's World Series victory. The conversation was no doubt perfunctory, but the sports-minded president would have done well to ask the Giants skipper for advice.

US Education Chief Upbeat Despite Election Blow

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

PARIS — President Barack Obama's education secretary is hopeful that this week's Republican election victories won't derail his ambitious school...

The Republican Recipe for an Anemic Economy Through Election Day 2012

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The real message from voters was "Fix this stinking economy." But Republicans have no intention of doing so. Could it be that they want to keep the economy this way through Election Day, 2012?

WATCH: Texas Governor Rick Perry On 'Today'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Texas Governor and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate made an appearance on TODAY to talk about the midterm elections and to promote his...

Message to Democrats: Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Lawrence D. Bobo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence D. Bobo

The result of this election is not an endorsement neither of a right-wing agenda. The Democrats actually did much better than they should have if the talk of an electorate that has turned against a "big government" agenda is really accurate.

The People Have Spoken... Well, at Least Some of Them

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

Everyone has a story to tell about why the midterm elections went the way they did, and it's not surprising that in most cases the narrative presented affirms the storyteller's particular world view.

The Lessons of 1994

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

In 2010, Republicans appear poised to repeat the mistakes of the 1990s. The question is: Will Obama be tactile enough to use it to his advantage?

'Daisy' Ad Revisited To Urge Senate To Pass New START

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new take on Lyndon Johnson's controversial "Daisy" ad has been produced, in an effort to urge the incoming Senate to ratify a bilateral nuclear arms...

It's Not the Climate Bill, Stupid

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

[This post is written by NRDC Action Fund's Rob Perks, who is the Director of NRDC's Center for Advocacy Campaigns] The role of federal climate legis...

The Party of Organized Money

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What we're witnessing in the United States is the entrenchment of corporatocracy, which right now wraps itself in a Tea Party cloak, creating the illusion that it stands for something other than its own interests.