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Partisanship

What David Brooks Gets Wrong About 'Partyism'

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

Although Brooks decries the extent to which political appeals are phrased in existential terms, he simply tries to wish away the fact that politics addresses fundamental moral issues that go to the heart of what life is all about.

The Parties Can and Should Come Together on Judicial Nominations

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Federal courts are vital -- they decide pressing matters every day, whether they are challenges to employment discrimination, corporate malfeasance, or immigration appeals. Do we just throw our hands up on judicial nominations, buying into a lazy argument that nothing much can be done now with a Senate controlled by Republicans?

9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat)

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

Tuesday's midterm elections handed Republicans full control of Congress, which will soon include an increasing number of extremely conservative (and l...

Did College Football Games Predict Tuesday's Electoral Outcomes?

Glen Browder | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

I would have to give the football/election thesis a passing grade, based on these few cases, regardless of whether you use my statewide speculations or the more precise county analysis of my bold political science friends.

Cruz Declares War if GOP Wins Senate

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Cruz says they are all wrong. Cruz wants a political war against Democrats. Cruz is the real voice of what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate.

Americans Are More Likely To Vote If They Hate The Other Party

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

The Americans most likely to vote in this year's midterms are also the most likely to be highly partisan and antipathetic toward their political rival...

Bridging the Chasm

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

For half a century beginning with Franklin Roosevelt, there was a direct connection between the problems that afflicted American society and the remedies on offer from our democratic system. High unemployment? The New Deal, the World War II mobilization, and the postwar boom took care of that. Stagnant wages? With unions, growing productivity, minimum wage laws, and other regulation of labor standards -- American real wages tripled. Education? The G.I. bill, massive investment in public universities, community colleges, and later in public elementary and secondary education produced a better educated and more productive population. The exclusion of blacks from the American dream? A mass movement and a revolution in civil rights law made a big down-payment on redeeming the promise of Lincoln. I could go on, but you get the point. In the last century, democratic politics addressed real problems.

Declaring War on Cultural War

Robert Hall | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The upcoming 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential/congressional elections are a time of opportunity. The majority in this country are tired of cultural warfare. The vocal minority may be ruling but they have failed at governing. Sometimes war is necessary but it is always destructive and never sustainable.

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

An Open Letter to Obama's Speech Writer

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 09.20.2014 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

It seems as if every day, regardless of what's going on in the world, Obama (or "this president" as he is commonly called) is charged with pretty much the same things. So I will simplify the job.

Soccer's Teamwork: Something That Works (When So Much Doesn't)

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

So much in American life these days doesn't work. But soccer does work -- magnificently. I am not looking forward to returning to dysfunction and snafu.

The Hypocrisy of Extreme Partisanship

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Sure, one can argue that access to guns is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. But one could also argue that access to welfare is a Constitutional right protected by extension of the Tenth Amendment and even Fourteenth Amendment.

WATCH: After The Gavel: The Supreme Court, The Future And You

Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm MDT (4:40 - 5:40pm EST). As the Supreme Court wrap up its term, a team of legal experts debates the big decisions, part...

Sabrina Siddiqui

The Senate Is Fighting Over The Keystone XL Pipeline. Again.

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate is engaged in a fruitless battle over a pair of ill-fated energy bills. Again. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-...

Harry Reid Should Call Kevin McCarthy's Bluff: A Vote for a Vote

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Newly-minted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the gridlock in Congress.

John Kerry Laments 'Toxic' Partisanship In Washington

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare display of bipartisan civility, Democrats and Republicans came together on Wednesday to honor former Secretary of State ...

America's Polarization Reaches New Peak

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

Americans are increasingly polarized, ideologically divided, and hostile toward those they disagree with, according to a wide-ranging Pew Research rep...

A Moderate's Manifesto

Robert Strong | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Strong

I know that I am a moderate because I can't stand to watch Fox News or MSNBC for more than a few minutes at a time. I can say "bipartisan" without gagging. I try not to let consistency get in the way of a good idea.

Benghazi v. Beirut

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

For Republicans who believe that patriotism ends with lapel pins and cowboy costumes, it might be useful to consider some historical examples of true patriotism by a political party.

The Perpetual Frustration of the Political Vanquishment Fantasy

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

We all suffer because we imagine how wonderful the world will be when we vanquish the opposition and are finally able to achieve our political goals and enjoy the benefits of a society that lives by our values -- but this is a fantasy.

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it now votes on have a prayer of becoming law before the election.

Post-Party Democracy Can Restore the Rule of the Many Over Money

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Now legally for sale to the highest bidder, multi-party representative democracy may well be compromised beyond repair. When elected officials increasingly represent their contributors instead of constituents, voting becomes a form of disenfranchisement disguised as consent of the governed. The more things get out of hand, the less radical the alternatives appear. To restore the rule of the many over money, we need to go way beyond the same old campaign financing debate and start thinking about reforming our system of democratic governance itself. It's time to open up the political imagination and think outside the conventional ballot box.

TV: What the Media and Politicians Are Talking About and What They're Not

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
David Helfenbein

The media is spinning around theories of what happened to Malaysia Flight 370. Nobody seems to know the truth as of yet. Instead, seasoned pilots and security experts appear to be the best narrators on TV of any stories that we hear.

Partisanship Plagues Congress' Effort To Avoid Doctor Pay Cuts

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

(Updates throughout new sourcing, details and background) By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reute...

A Multiple Independent Discovery

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Salit

We are building a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and voters who believe that no American should have to join an organization or party in order to exercise full voting rights.