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We the People, and the New American Civil War

The vitriol of the 2012 election is worse than the previous elections. Worse than the Palin-induced smarmy 2008. Worse than the swift-boat lies of 2004. Worse, even, than the anything-goes craziness of 2000 and its ensuing bitterness.

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Romney and the Dogs of War

The consensus among pundits is that foreign policy doesn’t matter in this election. But the consensus is wrong. Romney claims that he would be far tougher on Iran than the president by threatening “a credible military option.” And it’s no hollow threat.

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The Bomb Bazaar

More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, D.C.

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Beyond the Dead End of American Electoral Politics

As Hurricane Sandy swept through the Eastern Seaboard, there was much concern about how it would affect the presidential elections. The implication is that a natural disaster may undermine the electoral process. But the equation of the electoral process with the highest measure of democracy rests on two mistaken assumptions.

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Key Montana Senate Race Draws Deluge of Dark Money

Democratic incumbent Jon Tester is trying to keep his seat in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

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The Three Biggest Democratic Takeaways From Election 2012

It’s not too early to draw some lessons. Regardless of what happens Tuesday, Democrats should have three big takeaways from the 2012 election.

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Vote for the B-

I have been a harsh critic of the president, but a vote for Barack Obama in a swing state is a no-brainer.

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The S&M Election

I learned at the age of 10, when I was shipped off to a New England boarding school where the hazing of younger boys was the principal form of recreation, that those who hunger for power are psychopathic bastards.

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What About the Most of Us?

In a campaign dominated in the final months by the efforts of President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney to win a minority of states, the left and its agenda have been ignored. So have its candidates.

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The Gilded Age vs. the 21st Century

The 2012 campaign began on Aug. 2, 2011, when President Obama signed the deal ending the debt-ceiling fiasco. At that moment, the president relinquished his last illusions that the current, radical version of the Republican Party could be dealt with as a governing partner. From then on, Obama was determined to fight—and to win.

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