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The GOP Wave Has Failed to Materialize

Meanwhile, back at the ranch—as foreign events hog the spotlight—why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election?

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2014 and the Limits of Rage

The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors’ races.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Can the Voters Change the GOP?

The central issue in this fall’s elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want?

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



FBI Nabs Suspect in Benghazi Attack

Just in time for election year, the FBI has lassoed a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four American citizens, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



Senator Showdown: Reid v. McConnell in Campaign Finance Fight at Panel Hearing

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faced off Tuesday to pitch their respective views about recent changes in campaign finance legislation to the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Reid pushing a constitutional amendment to offset the impact of big money in politics and McConnell pushing back.

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Kansas Debates How Much Time Its Senators Actually Have to Spend There

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Republican Sen. Pat Roberts on Monday was allowed to keep his job despite a challenge brought by tea party activists claiming he spends so much time out of Kansas, he wouldn’t even qualify for in-state tuition if he went back to school.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The Democrats’ Strategic Ambiguity

Bragging about what they’ve achieved is what incumbent politicians do. But as Democrats struggle to hang on to the Senate this year (and try against the odds to take over the House), they are not in the usual boasting mood.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Time for Some Happy Talk

Despite Republican claims to the contrary, things are definitely looking up. Democrats ought to be clicking their heels and spreading the good news.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

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SCOTUS Hands Big Money Another Big Win With Campaign Finance Ruling

On Wednesday the United States Supreme Court further loosened restrictions on campaign funding, adding momentum to the money = speech (not to mention corporations are people too) rationale exemplified by the top court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

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Bill Moyers: Who’s Buying Our Elections?

Bill Moyers interviews Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the explosion of dark money spending in this year’s midterm elections, and the impact of looming Supreme Court decisions.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



Harry Reid: Koch Bros. Are ‘Un-American’

Invoking a term that carries some serious baggage in the annals of U.S. political history, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled conservative corporate power siblings David and Charles Koch “un-American” on Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Knows He Can Hurt Senators Seeking Re-Election

President Obama’s feelings won’t be hurt if Democrats running for re-election ask him to keep clear of their races, says an anonymous senator speaking to The Washington Post.

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Obama’s State of the Union 2014 Speech: Full Text

President Obama played on themes of harmony and unity for the nation, while issuing warning notes to his congressional combatants and (gesturing at) reprimanding Wall Street’s high-rollers, in his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



Obama to Get ‘Optimistic,’ but Not Too Ambitious, in State of the Union Speech

Tuesday’s State of the Union address practically writes itself: President Obama will gesture, once again, at the fanciful notion of bipartisan cooperation (while flexing executive muscle) and restate the need to rebuild America’s middle class—all with an eye on the Senate race in 2014 and beyond.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Throw the Bums Out: Americans Sour on Their Own Representatives

Usually when we report on voters’ disapproval of Congress, it’s with the caveat that most people like their own incumbents. That’s not so anymore.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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France’s Socialists to Be Tested After Two Years of Francois Hollande

In an extensive piece in Le Monde, Serge Halimi’s analysis of France’s current political turmoil gives clarity to the history about how and why the French economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


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Coming in 2014: An Even Bigger Occupy Wall Street Movement

A research firm believes by the end of the new year social unrest will mark American politics; Pope Francis is reportedly “shocked’ by gay adoption; meanwhile, 33 percent of Americans refuse the idea of evolution. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE



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2014: Seize the Moment

Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE


2014, As Seen from Syria

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Winning Issues: Minimum Wage vs. Obamacare

Catching up on the day’s political news, one can see that the preferred issues of the Democrats and Republicans heading into the midterm elections are already having an impact.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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President Obama: ‘We Fumbled the Rollout on This Health Care Law’

President Obama went into damage-control mode Thursday, making a show of regret for the latest fallout over Obamacare and offering a stopgap measure.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The End Game in Afghanistan?

Compromise, conflict or collapse. Ask an Afghan what to expect in 2014 and you’re likely to get a scenario that falls under one of those three headings.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Inconvenient Truths of 2012

Human nature and politics being what they are, Republicans will underestimate the trouble they’re in, and Democrats will be eager to overestimate the strength of their post-2012 position.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


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Karzai Plans for Transfer of Control in 7 Regions

Come July, foreign forces will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, coinciding with President Hamid Karzai’s plan to begin returning seven regions of his country back to local control.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Pentagon Calls 2014 Afghanistan Withdrawal ‘Aspirational’

Hamid Karzai and NATO would like Afghan forces to take over the country’s security by 2014, a goal Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell calls “aspirational,” as in “There may very well be the need for forces to remain in-country ... ” (more jibber-jabber after the jump)

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