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How Much Do We Value Work?

Will any Republican candidate find it in his or her interest to break with the party’s orthodoxy on government regulations and labor rights?

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE

Understanding the Importance of Bernie Sanders’ Candidacy Requires Revisiting Santa Claus Politics

The senator from Vermont has little chance of defeating Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. But he is reminding his party of something it often forgets: Government was once popular because it provided tangible benefits to large numbers of Americans.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE

The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE


We Would Miss Obamacare

Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s actually done?

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE

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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE

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Stewart, Williams and Thick Skins

Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

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Prayer Breakfast Inspires Righteous Indignation

Maybe we should just call off the National Prayer Breakfast and stop asking presidents to offer their thoughts about faith and religion.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Budget Battle: ‘Envy’ vs. ‘Greed’

Rep. Paul Ryan is not above name-calling, and he insists that President Obama’s budget is the product of “envy economics.”

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

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For the Patriots, Without Apology

I never knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on my dear New England Patriots.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE

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Culture Wars, Old and New

The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE

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Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE


How Government Helps the 1 Percent

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has issued a report showing that at the state and local level, government is, indeed, engaged in redistribution—but it’s redistribution from the poor and the middle class to the wealthy.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

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The Community College Cause

Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE


In Search of Religious Moderation

Trying to imagine what will matter in a new year is daunting, but it takes no clairvoyance to see that in 2015, one of the struggles around the globe will be between those who acknowledge that religion is at least as much about questions as answers.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE


Everybody Calm Down

We now seem to be living in the Age of High C, a period when every fight is Armageddon, every foe is a monster, and every issue is either the key to national survival or the doorway to ruin.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE

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The Duck That Roared

In the short run, President Obama has demonstrated that the term “lame duck” has its limits.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

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What Is Chuck Schumer Up To?

The senior senator from New York says he was surprised that nine paragraphs in a 6,600-word speech got all the attention. He shouldn’t have been.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

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Obama’s Boehner Bailout

How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE


In Politics, Does Evidence Matter?

Whatever your views, you should want government programs to achieve what they set out to do.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE

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White Views on Ferguson Are Complicated By Age, Region and Politics

The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE

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The Imperial Congress

Now that we have a Republican Congress versus a Democratic president, voters will have a much easier time seeing who stands for what.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE


Thank a Politician Today

It’s a rotten moment to be an elected official. This Thanksgiving, I want to thank a few good people we’re losing to retirement or electoral defeat.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE

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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

The president’s immigration action has forced the contradictions of the Republican establishmentarians into the sunlight.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

A Mission for Jeb Bush

The most important struggle in American politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama Governs for the Nonvoting Majority

Obama’s Republican critics say that his forceful approach on immigration, climate change and net neutrality show he isn’t paying attention to what the voters said in the midterm elections. They’re right.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE


Obamacare vs. Scaliacare

It’s one thing for Congress, elected by the people, to undermine the Affordable Care Act. It’s quite another for the hyper-activist conservative justices on our Supreme Court to do it.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

You Can’t Govern on Fantasies

When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE


Worse Than 2010

For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama Still Counts on ‘Hopey-Changey Stuff’

President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


Moderate Thunder Out of Brownbackistan

If Republicans do as well nationwide next Tuesday as many expect, they should pay attention to what’s happening in Kansas.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE


The Blue-Collar Imperative

Democrats in Kentucky and Georgia are pushing hard to win back the white working-class vote from Republicans.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE

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When Government Was Good

Democrats are unlikely to have a great evening on Nov. 4, but they may have found a star in Pennsylvania.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE


Billionaire Elections Turn Off Voters

There is far too much complacency about big money’s role in this year’s campaigns, on the grounds that both sides have plenty of it. This misses the point.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE


A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Conservatism

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has been buoyed by her state’s disaffection for conservative cutbacks and restrictions on voter rights.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Where’s the Gratitude?

President Obama is clearly frustrated that having inherited an economy that was at death’s door, he is getting remarkably little credit for getting it back on its feet.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE


Will the Election Turn on Terrorism?

The threat from Islamic State “is personal for us in New Hampshire,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

Ryan Johnson (CC-BY-SA)

Eric Holder and RFK’s Legacy

When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

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The Mystifying Election

There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE

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For the Love of Scotland

Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

Center For American Progress (CC-BY-ND)

Can Congress Be Responsible?

There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE

Facebook/Greg Orman

When Moderates Fight Back

The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama Beyond the Sound Bite

In contemplating President Obama’s foreign policy, Mark Twain’s reference to Richard Wagner’s music—it’s “better than it sounds”—comes to mind.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE


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

Obamacare, Beyond the Label

The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas Democrat, to run an ad touting his vote for the health care law as a positive for the people of his increasingly Republican state.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

Elvert Barnes (CC-BY-SA)

Ferguson Divides Us Less Than We Imagine

African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE


Where Goes the Neighborhood?

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE


Plain Vanilla Bipartisanship

When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place?

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE


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

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The GOP’s Impeachment Two-Step

If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Paul Ryan’s New Clothes

Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE

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