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Board Wants Mail-In Special Elections After Emanuel Race Cost $33 Per Vote

Associated Press | F.N. D'ALESSIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Board of Elections unanimously recommended Wednesday shifting to a mail-in system for single office special elections, saying such a syste...

Will Facebook's Experiment with Democracy Spread?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jamie Court

Facebook's new Populism 2.0 approach may be more appearance than substance.

Emanuel Replacement Race Early Voting Ending Today, Turnout Weak

Chicago Tribune | John McCormick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With early voting for the special primary in the 5th Congressional District ending today, interest in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel seems tepid at ...

Early Voting Turnout Light In Emanuel Replacement Race

Chicago Tribune | John McCormick and Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The first three days of early voting in the 5th Congressional District special primary featured only 839 Democratic ballots cast in Chicago....

First Votes Cast In Emanuel Replacement Race

Chicago Tribune | Pat Curry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Early voting began today for the 5th Congressional District special primary election to fill the seat vacated by presidential chief of staff Rahm Eman...

Is Hillary Soft Enough to be Smart?

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Indra Adnan

Hilary could not then and cannot now afford to promote 'soft power' for fear of appearing weak. 'Smart power', given her own concerns about politics and gender, is the best she can do.

Saturday's Provincial Elections Demonstrate "Ordinary" Iraqis' Courage

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

For the first time in Iraq's democratic history, at Saturday's provincial elections, Iraqis handled security themselves -- a remarkable accomplishment.

What to Eat and When to Eat It on Election Night

Laura Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Laura Weiss

Whether to chill the champagne before election returns even begin to scroll across the TV screen can be a hotly debated topic. To do so could potentially jinx the outcome.

Red the Book: Ticket Snubbed at the Inauguration

Amy Goldwasser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Goldwasser

We held up our purple tickets to prove that we all deserved a place on the other side of the gates, and watched with envy as anyone who made it through ran in with joy.

Do You Suffer From Political Apathy Disorder?

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dennis Palumbo

In our haste to understand the human condition, are we in a rush to plane off all the edges, quantify all the quirks, reduce all the contradictions that make up an individual's personality?

The Change You've Already Started

Mary Lou Song | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lou Song

A few weeks ago, some people wrote letters to President-Elect Obama and shared them with each other. I was intrigued. What could anyone possibly wr...

World to Obama: Thanks for Giving Us Back Our America

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Novick

It's the immigrants who really know the fragility of liberty; how it can be won and lost, and won and lost again. For them freedom is not a parade. It's a flower in a storm.

Helping Replace Rahm Emanuel With Tom Geoghegan... For A Better America

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

There may well be other decent candidates for Emanuel's old seat, even "progressives," but Tom is the choice of so many Chicago activists because he isn't just a dependable liberal vote.

That Old Blackwell 'Magic'

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Ken Blackwell released a list "conservative luminaries" who endorse him as RNC Chair. It reads like a list of guest-stars from The Love Boat.

How Should We Get Big-Money Influence Out of Congressional Elections?

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I and others will soon announce a large grassroots campaign aimed at channeling the amazing desire for change that Americans are feeling right now into tangible and fundamental reform of our political system.

Election Day Inspiration from a Woman on the Brink

Karen Talavera | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Talavera

Like the US economy, one bandage of a bailout won't stop the bleeding. Unlike the US economy, the middle class need a lot less help and are, arguably, a much worthier cause.

I Vote for Peace

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

There is no common definition of peace. Instead, it means different things at different times to different people. True peace is a dynamic way of being in the world wherein all are blessed.

Blessings of the Season

Alfred Gingold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Alfred Gingold

I am aware that the world outlook has, by most measures, deteriorated since Nov. 4th. But the light at the end of the tunnel shines on.

Ken Blackwell for RNC Chair

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

J. Kenneth Blackwell, whose administration of the '04 election made Katherine Harris look like Mary Tyler Moore, is pushing to become chair of the RNC. I support his selection wholeheartedly.

Dear Caroline: Say it on YouTube

Bob Fertik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Fertik

At a time when virtually the entire American establishment -- political, military, media, financial -- is corrupt, Caroline Kennedy appears untainted.

Last US House Seat Filled on Grave of Stolen 2004 Election

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

This year, the Ohio Secretary of State is Democrat Jennifer Brunner... Brunner repeatedly went to court to defend an expanded right to vote and have as many votes counted as possible.

Don't Turn Obama Into Blair

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Indra Adnan

Too many people in the UK remember the hope and subsequent betrayal of New Labour's victory in 1997 when Tony Blair metamorphosed from Bambi to Terminator in his first term.

Harper's "Time Out"

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Lurio

Steven Harper has forced the national au pair to shut down the parliament and give the opposition a "time out."

The Pro-Choice Future Caught on Video: What is free.will.power?

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

While our values are consistent, these changes in technology -- and in the circumstances that shape women's experiences -- call on us to change the ways in which we engage the public.

In Thanksgiving for our (Very Big) Government

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

In light of the tremendous challenges facing our country, I am grateful for a government big enough to help us weather the financial storm.