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Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses

No runoff will be needed to declare one unambiguous winner in this month’s gubernatorial elections: the financial services industry.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Beneath the Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

In the wake of the 2014 midterm “wave election,” Americans will soon find out whether they actually want what they have wrought.

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In Need of a Rebuilding Plan

All right, all right, I didn’t see the wave coming. And it turned out to be a genuine wave—one with serious implications for 2016 and beyond.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Ballot Measures to Watch, From Marijuana to the Minimum Wage

Looking for reasons to vote besides party politics? Here is a quick and dirty guide to today’s main events in direct democracy: the ballot measures.

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Voter Apathy

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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.

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Wars Went MIA From Midterm Debates

Despite the exit of some U.S. troops from Iraq, the war there and in Afghanistan is still vibrant. But you certainly wouldn’t know it from the public debate that led up to the Nov. 2 midterm elections.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Frank Franklin II

Wall Street Wins Again

In the wake of the election, the Fed pulled off a move detected only by downtown Manhattan. It quietly announced a purchase of $600 billion in Treasury securities (read: our debt) while pundits on the left and right were dissecting the role of the tea party in political life as we know it.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Open to Tax Cut Compromise

With his proverbial political tail between his legs, President Barack Obama has articulated his clearest signal yet that he is open to a post-midterm compromise with newly empowered Republicans that would sustain some parts of the Bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of 2010.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC Over Campaign Contributions

MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann joked after the midterms, responding to taunts from certain Fox News types, that he was still around despite the lashing Dems took at the polls. But as it turns out, he might have committed career suicide, or something close to it, on his own.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Calls Bipartisan Power Meeting

Getting shellacked in the midterm elections has evidently motivated President Barack Obama to consider his strategy for the next two years, and he’s taking the bold new step of—wait for it—arranging a group huddle with eight big players from the two dominant parties. Sigh.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Finds the Lesson in His Midterm ‘Shellacking’

President Obama got philosophical at a Wednesday news conference as he reflected on the message Americans sent at Tuesday’s polls, as well as on the meaning of the “shellacking” he took when the results came in. 

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AP / Ann Heisenfelt

Payback at the Polls

Barack Obama deserved the rebuke he received at the polls for a failed economic policy that consisted of throwing trillions at Wall Street but getting nothing in return. His amen chorus in the media is quick to blame everyone but the president for his sharp reversal of fortunes.

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Grayson, O’Donnell Out, Rubio In

The tea party movement took a hit and made a big score, respectively, in the defeat of Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Marco Rubio’s Senate victory in Florida over Gov. Charlie Crist.

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Impending Midterm Election Doom

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Midterm Madness; Obama and the GOP

Pre-election jitters abound on both sides of the aisle before Tuesday’s midterm vote. The distribution of power in Congress could well shift, but in these angry times can any party govern effectively? Plus: Is Obama too cool?

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 READ MORE


POTUS and FLOTUS: Get in the (Midterm) Game

Barack and Michelle Obama are clearly aware, in this perky lil’ PSA number, of how the results of next month’s midterm elections could dramatically change the tone of the presidency for the next two years, but they don’t come out and say as much. 

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Obama Gives Mass. Governor Patrick a Boost

With less than three weeks left before the midterm elections, President Obama is making the rounds in support of Democratic allies such as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, whom Obama praised in a Boston appearance Saturday while ... (continued)

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Tea Party Mobilizes for Primary Battles

In the lead-up to November’s midterm elections, there have been signs in some states that moderate Republican candidates might face considerable challenges from tea party contenders.  (continued)

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‘Do It for Bieber’

Here’s a clever election-year trick: Get minors, who cannot vote, to hassle their parents, who can, to get to the polls this November. For optimal results, throw in the tween catnip that is Justin Bieber, who also cannot vote and is Canadian, and presto!

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Midterm Inferno

Hey wow, President Obama has a new plan to give America “the best infrastructure in the world”—just in time for the 2010 midterm elections! Is this at all exciting or effective? And do the Democrats have a snowball’s chance in H-E-double-hockey-sticks this fall?

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


GOP Pushes for Midterm Victory

It may be historically hard to hang on to a majority in both the House and Senate, but of course the dominant Democrats in Congress are hoping for a midterm miracle in November.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE


Our Quick-Fix Electorate

Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans—for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt.

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Congressional Women Looking Over Their Shoulders

The upcoming midterm elections may be a regressive event on two key fronts. One, the GOP tide of conservative Republicans could make large strides in picking up seats in the House and Senate. And, two, the number of women in Congress could actually drop for the first time in a generation.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Primaries Galore

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” features two special guests—Lawrence O’Donnell as moderator and David Frum as Tony Blankley’s right-wing substitute—for a virtual round table on ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


The Silent Majority

Voters put Democrats in control of both houses of Congress last fall and, for this act of civic determination, they face an infuriating conundrum. Republicans are still running things.

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The Turning Point

The co-editor of the American Empire Project book series and author of “Every Man a Speculator” brings a historical perspective to the 2006 election, and the coming battle for the presidency.

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Dems Grow Majority in Congress

Democrats picked up another House seat on Tuesday when a victim of Texas redistricting ousted the incumbent in a Supreme Court-ordered runoff election. The upset victory brought the Dems’ total gain of House seats to 30.

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Ellen Goodman: Men Are From Mars, Women Want to ‘Make Things Better’

Post-election polls show that while men were angry at Bush, women cast their votes seeking real improvement.  But will the Democrats be able to deliver on women’s expectations?

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: America Chose Choice

From the defeat of South Dakota’s blanket ban on abortion to the victory of pro-choice candidates, the voters sent a strong message on Election Day: Choice is in the mainstream of American values.

Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


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Fox News Memo Toes Party Line

The Huffington Post has obtained an internal memo from Fox News outlining the network’s strategy following the U.S. midterm election: “And let’s be on the lookout for any statements from the Iraqi insurgents, who must be thrilled at the prospect of a Dem-controlled congress.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


In Memoriam

‘A Farewell to Douchebags’

“Real Time” put together this gut-busting post-election farewell to the villains of the ‘06 campaign—in the style of the Academy Awards “In Memoriam” reel.  Stay tuned for an interview with earmark-fighting Republican (and champion grinner) Jeff Flake.

  • Watch it

  • Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Now They’re All for Bipartisanship

    Having watched election coverage nonstop all week, I sometimes wake up screaming, “Bipartisanship!” and scare myself.

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: Women Rock the Vote

    The media have largely ignored the role women played in swinging the election, as well as the unprecedented power they’ll now wield in Congress.

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: The Rise of the Black Republican

    Maryland’s African-American voters had to make a difficult decision on Nov. 7—whether to send Michael Steele, a black Republican, to the Senate, or instead back a party some feel takes them for granted.

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


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    The Media’s Centrist Bias

    With the battle to frame the meaning of the election ongoing, the media have started to weigh in with a vote for the center.  Time, which referred to the ‘94 Republican takeover of Congress as a “GOP Stampede,” calls the center the “new place to be,” while Newsweek’s cover bizarrely claims the election validates the “centrist” politics of George H.W. Bush. (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


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    Bush Plumbs New Depths

    According to the latest Newsweek poll, President Bush’s approval rating has sunk so low he’s in Dick Cheney territory at 31 percent, a record for the president.  The same data confirms the suggestion that Bush’s unpopularity did more to win Congress for the Democrats than did their own candidates.

    Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


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    No Such Thing As Luck

    Nancy Pelosi, set to become the first woman, Californian and Italian-American speaker of the House, defied the odds to drive her party to victory.  According to a San Francisco Chronicle profile, Pelosi’s determination and cold calculation had as much to do with the Democrats’ success as President Bush’s unpopularity.

    Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Lincoln Chafee
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    Chafee May Leave GOP

    Rhode Island’s Sen. Lincoln Chafee says he may leave the Republican Party after losing in Tuesday’s election despite voting against the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Jim Webb
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    It’s Official.  Finally.

    George Allen, the man who some say could’ve been president,  has finally conceded to challenger Jim Webb, at long last putting an end to speculation and granting the Democrats total control of both houses of Congress.

    Posted on Nov 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Democrats
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    Dems Win the House, Senate Up for Grabs

    Democrats won control of the House last night, but the Senate is hanging on the outcome of two races:

  • Virginia, where the Democrat Webb leads the GOP incumbent Allen 1,170,564 to 1,162,717 (50% to 49%), with 99% of precincts reporting.
  • Montana, where the Democrat Tester leads the GOP incumbent Burns 174,045 to 172,302 (49% to 48%), with 91% of precincts reporting.
  • (All numbers current as of 7:20 a.m. EST Nov. 8.)

  • Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Illustration by Karen Spector

    Election 2006: the Bad

    ENTER_ALT_TEXT Not everybody was celebrating last night.  Here are some of the disappointing results from the elections:

  • Ford loses to Corker
  • California backs big oil
  • More setbacks for gay marriage
  • More after the jump….

  • Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Election 2006: the Good

    Election 2006 In case you missed it, here are some of the exciting developments from Tuesday’s elections:

  • Dems take the House
  • Pelosi to be first woman House speaker
  • Big win for workers
  • More after the jump…

  • Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Keith Olbermann

    Olbermann Weighs In on Elections

    With another of his stirring essays, Keith Olbermann speaks to the stakes of Tuesday’s elections: “Saddam Hussein will get out of Iraq the same way 2,832 Americans have, and thousands more.  He’ll get out faster than we will.  And if nothing changes tomorrow, you, Sir, will be out of the White House long before the rest of us can say ... we are out of Iraq.”

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Jim Webb
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    Election Trivia

    Did you know Democratic Senate candidate Jim Webb once boxed Oliver North?

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Get Ready for a Long Night

    New rule changes and the increased popularity of absentee voting might mean results from Tuesday’s election won’t be known for some time.

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Vidal

    Gore Vidal: ‘The Most Important Election in My Lifetime’

    In an original Truthdig video interview in advance of the publication of his new memoir, “Point to Point Navigation,” iconic author and historian Gore Vidal offers this plea to America on the eve of the election: “This is the most important vote that you’ll probably ever cast.  Because should this gang of thugs continue in the two houses of Congress, there isn’t any chance of getting the Constitution back….”

    Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Slime awards

    Political Slime Awards

    Slate offers these nominees for the slimiest campaign ads of 2006.

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems’ Edge in Polls Has Shrunk

    According to the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll, the Democrats’ advantage among likely voters has shriveled from last month’s high of 23 points to 7.  Still, the numbers bear a close similarity to results heading into the 1994 election that gave Republicans control of Congress. (h/t: Slate)

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    hunter
    theonion.com

    Cheney Will Be Armed on Election Day

    The vice president this Tuesday will be on a hunting trip, his first since he shot friend Harry Whittington in the face.

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


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