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The Problem and the Solution

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

People throughout the U.S. have such a bad opinion of politicians that in their early years they prepare for other occupations and vocations, never giving serious thought to becoming a politician.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

Jason Linkins

Everybody Calm Down About The Kansas Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

If you spent any time Wednesday scanning headlines and tweets about the Kansas Senate race, you wouldn't be thought a fool to have come away with the ...

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

Jason Linkins

The President Isn't Green Lantern. So What Is He Then?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Over at Vox this week, Ezra Klein offers up the latest critique of the "Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency." He's not the first to have done so, a...

Research Suggests Nativism Drives Opposition to Health Care Reform

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

When opponents of the ACA consistently framed the law as somehow outside the ideological boundaries of what is traditionally considered "American" public policy, those in the public with existing nativist attitudes would become more likely to oppose the ACA.

Jason Linkins

What Can A State Of The Union Address Do For Income Inequality?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Tuesday night is the State of the Union address, and as is my wont, I'll remind you that the whole exercise is basically America's greatest Nothingbur...

Jason Linkins

State Of The Union Rebuttals: What's The Point?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

As we've previously discussed in this space, State of the Union addresses are mostly useless. The pageantry is nice, and the speech itself provides ad...

Jason Linkins

America's French Laundry Health Care Problem: Your Sunday Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

It's often argued that nothing needs to be fixed with the American health care system, because it is the best in the world. The argument I lay alongside that is that the best tasting menu -- at least according to Anthony Bourdain, a man with whom I wouldn't recommend you trifle -- is at French Laundry in Yountville, California.

Jason Linkins

What Time Is Hillary Clinton Running For President?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

It is now 2014, which means that our interest and attention must now turn to the upcoming election. In 2016. Yes, that seems stupid! But the relen...

The Founding Father

Eric X. Li | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Eric X. Li

Today, China celebrates the 120th birthdate of the founding father of the People's Republic -- Chairman Mao Zedong.

The Waste That Wasn't: Senator Coburn Misrepresents Science in Annual Hit List

Michael Halpern | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Halpern

There is waste in government just as there is in the private sector. Oversight is fantastic. But showmanship is galling. As to which camp Coburn's new report falls into, it's an easy call.

Best Political Science Books in 2013

Heath Brown | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
Heath Brown

This year was a good year in political science publishing, and with just a few days left in the gift-buying season, here's my list of some of the best in 2013.

Jason Linkins

John Cornyn Is Now A 'Liberal,' Apparently

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

Earlier this week, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who is best known for his time spent trolling on Twitter, announced that he was going to mount a pri...

Jason Linkins

Sorry Guys, Congressional Polarization Can't Be Fixed By Lawmakers Hanging Out More

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

Over at the Columbia Journalism Review, political science shaolin warrior Brendan Nyhan takes up a matter that various pundits tend to obsess over: Wo...

A Proposal for Direct Republics

Judah Freed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judah Freed

A direct democracy on a global scale is not yet feasible. An interim option is what I name a direct republic: An elected representative body writes the new laws for final ratification by direct votes of the people. A direct republic can work locally, nationally and globally.

Jason Linkins

Most Political 'Messaging' Is Not All That It's Cracked Up To Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

If you read enough Beltway reporting, you will probably die pretty quickly of intellectual dysentery. But for those whose hearty constitutions allow t...

Political Neuroscience and the Compromiser's Dilemma

Jarryd Willis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

Do you compromise for the good of the country now and risk being replaced by a more extreme right-winger during midterms, or become more extreme yourself by obstructing everything in order to prevent anything?

Jason Linkins

Land O' Goshen! Now The Government Shutdown Is Causing Thomas Friedman To Write Half-Decent Columns!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

What is happening? A day after the government shutdown forced the scales to fall from the eyes of the editors of the Washington Post, Thomas Friedman ...

Jason Linkins

How Much Will The Media's Disapproving Yowling Over Syria Affect President Obama?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

Political science time! Two weekends ago, President Barack Obama decided that rather than act unilaterally in pursuing a military solution to Syria's ...

For Love or for Money: The Politics of Picking a College Major

Shoham Geva | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Shoham Geva

It seems like two things have happened: One, that there's a lot of guilt lying around for those who dare to think practically about the implications of their college major and two, that pursuing your passion in college is becoming a luxury even on top of the luxury college already is.

Jason Linkins

Eat The Press Has Scored A Decisive Victory Over Chris Cillizza In 'Bully Pulpit' Blowout

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

Eat The Press has beaten the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza in political science, in a rout. Let's go to the Eat The Press telestrator for the detai...

Jason Linkins

Can Twitter Predict Elections? Probably Not.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Can Twitter help predict an election? Please, please, let the answer be "no." But Fabio Rojas, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana Universi...

Saints or Thieves - Corruption and the Chinese Dilemma

Eric X. Li | Posted 10.12.2013 | World
Eric X. Li

At last, Bo Xilai is going on trial. The case against the former Politburo member brings to a climax the aggressive anti-corruption drive undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party.

Jason Linkins

Here Are 5 'Green Lantern' Options Open To President Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

The short version of my post from Wednesday about the limits of presidential power and influence is simply this: The process of policymaking affords ...