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Bill Clinton Can Save Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Rarely do a man, moment, mission and election come together as perfectly as the opportunity for Bill Clinton to save the Democratic Party in the 2014 midterm elections.

Mary McGrory: Of Cherry Blossoms and Pulitzers

Brian F. Keane | Posted 06.15.2014 | DC
Brian F. Keane

Which would she have loved more -- the recent Pulitzer Prize announcements or the cherry blossoms in springtime? There's no doubt that Mary McGrory...

Political Insults: Cheap Shots or Do They Play an Important Role in American Politics?

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Politics is a funny business, and certainly not a good career choice for the thin-skinned. If you want to play in this game you've got to be prepared for highly insulting remarks not only about the positions you may hold, but about your personal life as well.

To Those Predicting Healthcare Reform Failure: The Evidence of Obama's Achievements Shows You're on the Wrong Side of History -- Again

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Today the president's poll numbers are down. Thirty years from now the word "Obamacare" will be right up there with the other things we take for granted as the bedrock of our civil society.

Perpetual Halloween in Washington and the Ghost of Relationships Past

Robert Hall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The broken relationships of our country's leaders now place us in a perpetual season of Halloween.

America Is Weaker Because of Speaker Boehner

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

In the immigration reform morass that has gripped our government like quicksand, we see Boehner's manifest weakness. It's no secret that the Tea Party radicals in his own caucus have terrorized the Speaker into immobility.

Reflections After Fruitvale Station : Part III

Atiba Madyun | Posted 10.05.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

Every night there was another homicide. Congress wanted more police officers. D.C. couldn't hire them fast enough.

On the Cognitive and Historic Roots of Our Destructive Modern Polarization

David Ropeik | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.

House Votes To Give Huge Honor To Legendary Democrat

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House has voted to name a federal building after Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, the Massachusetts Democrat who served as Speaker from 1977...

The Reagan-O'Neill Myth of Bipartisan Social Security Reform

Daniel Marans | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Daniel Marans

As far as 80s trends go, the resurgent popularity of Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill rivals that of skinny jeans and Members Only jackets. But were Reagan and O'Neill really as chummy as some people would have us believe?

Republicans in Massachusetts Failed to Ask and Lost

Peter Ubertaccio | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Peter Ubertaccio

New England's brand of Republicanism is certainly on the decline. But the inability of the state party to engage in the long term work of party building that's necessary to bring people into its organization by asking for their affirmative participation has hastened its demise.

Friday Talking Points: Biden's Big Night

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The lights are being removed, the podiums are gone, and the cleanup crew is sweeping up the tiny, tiny pieces of Paul Ryan that were left all over the stage last night. Heh. Well, maybe not really, but it certainly seems that way, doesn't it?

Inspired by Collaborative Political Leaders

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

As today's leaders seek to overcome the challenge of reaching consensus on economic policy and national security, they would benefit by studying the achievements of Chuck Manatt and Frank Fahrenkopf at the "Making Democracy Work" exhibit in Washington, DC.

Critical Musings on the RNC From a Tampa Resident

Gary Stein | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Gary Stein

The buses have finally left, the barricades are being sent to wherever they came from, and Tampa is getting back to normal, whatever that is. I took ...

A Place Where Dogs And Dead Bodies Peacefully Coexist

| Posted 02.29.2012 | DC

By Jason Dick Roll Call Staff One of the liveliest places on Capitol Hill is, ironically, Historic Congressional Cemetery, a more than two-century...

Obama Needs a Hollywood Agent

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

What the president needs is a Hollywood agent who knows how to negotiate, how to avoid these endless capitulations and surrenders, and how to close a big deal on favorable terms.

Strip Politics: A Cure for Incivility

Morgan Pehme | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Morgan Pehme

It is no shocking revelation that American politics has degenerated into incivility. Gone are the days when House Speaker Tip O'Neill and President Ro...

Why Nancy Pelosi Should Be Benched

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

Even though she did a terrific job as leader of the House Democrats, and even though she made history as the first woman Speaker, it's finally time for Pelosi to lay down a sacrifice bunt instead of swinging for the fences.

There's No Good News for Democrats Because There's No Good News

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The smoke signals being sent up locally going into the 2010 midterms all point to systematic failure on the part of the governing party. And yet, when has a party ever been returned to power so soon after destroying the lives of so many people?

Resolving Homelessness: Why Do We Make It So Complex?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Ten year plans, multiple-year homeless initiatives, homeless management information systems - that's billions of dollars invested to addresses homelessness. Seems a bit excessive when I know the steps toward housing hurting people are simple.

From New Deal to No Deal

Michael Bendetson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Bendetson

Partisanship is healthy in a democracy. However, the hyper-partisanship seen in recent years has damaged people's faith in government and also has proved detrimental to the country itself.

What the Latest Boston Tea Party Means for the Land of Lincoln

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

How much does Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts last evening foreshadow the short-term future of Illinois politics, where Barack Obama's former Senate seat is at stake?

Mitt, Waldo, Tip, Ted and the Real Revolution

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Nolan

As Brown goes to Washington, he is aware of the history in "The People's Seat." He would be wise to consult Emerson's 1841 quote, "There is properly no history, only biography."

10,000 Words from Ted Kennedy: A little girl and the Lion

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

The broad, welcoming grin, the twinkle in the eye and the mirth I remembered were there, but our group was treated to something entirely different.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid Says Hillary Clinton Should Stay In The Race: "People Should Just Cool Their Jets"

Erin Medlicott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Erin Medlicott

"This primary is a good thing. Democrats have developed a way to raise $100 million, 80 percent in donations under $90. We have millions more registered voters, 50,000 new Democrats in Nevada."