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2016 election
Voter Fraud

Despite No Evidence, Trump Stands By Outrageously False Voter Fraud Belief

State officials in charge of the Nov. 8 election have said they found no evidence of widespread voter fraud and there is no history of it in U.S. elections. Even House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the most senior Republican in Congress, said he had seen no evidence to back up Trump’s claims.

January 24, 2017
Putin, Obama, Russia, Sanctions

Obama Sanctions Russia, Expels 35 Diplomats For Meddling In 2016 Election

The move against the diplomats from the Russian embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco is part of a series of actions announced on Thursday to punish Russia for a campaign of intimidation of American diplomats in Moscow and interference in the U.S. election.

December 29, 2016
Cleveland, Obama

Here We Are, On The Brink Of What Comes Next

Too often since Election Day, I’ve been one of the despondent millions openly bemoaning what 2016 has wrought and wanting it over. But for now, for just this moment, let’s celebrate that here we are, you and I, on the brink of another year. May we cherish those who keep us human and acknowledge our incredible luck that we’re still here.

December 29, 2016
Why those CNN political panels always sound the same

#EndorseThis: Why Those CNN Election Panels Sounded So…Repetitive

CNN made obscene amounts of money from its coverage of the 2016 presidential election, but not because its political journalism was original, creative, or enlightening.

November 21, 2016

Can the 2016 Election Be Hacked or Disrupted? Congress Listens to Tech Experts

On one hand, a top federal technology officer, senior state election administrator and civilian partner downplayed this summer’s Russian hack into voter registration databases in two states, with two of them saying they were more worried about cyber threats sullying voter confidence than disrupting elections.

September 15, 2016

Until Trump, No Openly Racist Candidate In Modern Times Has Reached Such A Height In U.S. Politics

It has to be regarded as an event like the one memorably described by a long-ago Toronto politician as “the most unheard-of thing I ever heard of.” It is so unheard-of that this week, Republicans tried to separate themselves from it. Even Mike Pence, named by Trump as his vice-presidential running mate just three weeks ago, made a point of endorsing the re-election of Speaker Paul D. Ryan, whom Trump shunned.

August 5, 2016

This Election Is About The Past

You don’t need to be steeped in the minutiae of United States politics to work out why Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary – all you have to do is clear out all Trump’s talk about walls and borders and focus on the US’ intervention in Iraq. That’s right: Iraq.

May 29, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives late to participate in a G-7 Working Session in Shima, Japan, Friday, May 27, 2016, during the G-7 Summit. REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster/Pool

Compared To Current Candidates, Obama Is Looking Good

Small wonder that President Barack Obama is enjoying his highest approval rating — now at 51 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll — since his second inaugural. Voters need only take a cursory survey of the shenanigans on the campaign trail.

May 27, 2016

How Bernie Sanders Can Squander – Or Expand – His Victory

A Democratic victory could make Bernie Sanders chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, with power over the fiscal priorities of the next White House.

April 29, 2016
Zephyr Teachout New York Congress Election

Zephyr Teachout’s Candidacy Part Of The Rising Left In America

After decades of political dormancy, the progressive left has again emerged as a powerful force in American politics.

January 28, 2016

Three Important Fact Checks On The Democratic Debate

Unlike the Republican debates, with their share of liars, clowns, and blowhards, the Democratic debate delivered less inherent outrageousness, but that does not mean there is any less fodder for fact checking the candidates’ statements.

October 14, 2015
Obamacare Protest

How The Debate Over Health Care Is Changing — Just In Time For The 2016 Election

The national health care debate is poised to enter a new phase, more focused on consumers’ pocketbooks than on relitigating the 5-year-old Affordable Care Act.

October 11, 2015

Iran Debate: Clinton Steps Up To Oppose The Demagogues

Clinton has found a balance and a voice that are more vital than ever in a contest against irresponsible politicians, whose demagogy points us again toward war.

September 8, 2015

The Urgent National Crisis That Presidential Candidates Aren’t Talking About

While some 2016 presidential candidates are talking about income inequality, few have directly addressed perhaps the most jarring manifestation of poverty.

September 5, 2015

The 2016 Campaign Joke That’s No Longer Funny — Just Violent

Violence has been trailing Donald Trump’s campaign, leaving those who dare challenge the GOP candidate shaken, banged up and bruised.

September 4, 2015

Another Way To Mask Super Rich Donors

Most political donations from businesses are coming from little-known LLCs whose founders and officers often don’t have to be disclosed anywhere.

August 22, 2015

Donald Trump Keeps Boosting TV News Ratings

Donald Trump’s surprisingly durable campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination continues to be ratings rocket fuel for TV news.

August 21, 2015
Republican presidential debate

Analysis: Much Of GOP Presidential Field Has Moved To The Right On Abortion

As we roll toward the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party seems to have undergone a vigorous rightward turn on the subject of abortion.

August 21, 2015

Joe Biden For President?

Who else is the best person to continue Obama’s legacy besides Joe Biden?

July 28, 2015

Too Late For The New, Improved Clinton And Perry?

Unfortunately for them, their paths to the Oval Office are much more complicated now than they were the last time they ran.

July 23, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s Economic Bet

Hillaryeconomics is a wager that voters across racial and ethnic lines, very much including members of the white working class, want a raise and better benefits. Can the GOP make a plausible counteroffer?

July 13, 2015

The One Candidate Who Did Something In Congress

Only one 2016 presidential candidate can claim to have driven the enactment of landmark legislation while in Congress: Jim Webb.

July 10, 2015

Analysis: Why Rubio, Bush, Walker, And Kasich Are Not As Purple As They Look

What do we actually know about which of the 17 announced, or soon-to-be-announced, Republican candidates would be the strongest general election candidate?

July 10, 2015

The Year Of Telling It Like It Is

Practically everybody’s “telling it like it is.” But that is hardly enough to stand out in a year like this. There are about 20 candidates and many have unfiltered personalities, nothing to lose, or both.

July 2, 2015
Jeb Bush Announcement

Jeb Bush’s Audacious Announcement

Jeb Bush gave an audacious speech, one that assumes America will never bother to consider even the most basic facts about Jeb Bush.

June 19, 2015