Tuesday, March 31, 2015
partisanship
An anti-gun control rally in St. Cloud, Minnesota (Fibonacci Blue via Flickr)

Like And Dislike In These Polarizing Times

Is partisanship tearing America apart?

March 16, 2015
Mary Landrieu

Mary Landrieu’s Loss And The End Of Ticket Splitting

How ever-increasing partisanship will change our politics.

December 9, 2014
Photo: Frank Vest via Flickr

Political Party Prejudice Is Bigger Than Racism

Prejudice is on the retreat in America — except in our politics.

September 23, 2014
Deeply.Divided

Weekend Reader: ‘Deeply Divided: Racial Politics And Social Movements In Postwar America’

After years of dysfunction, the state of American politics is clear: Washington, D.C. is broken, and the public is too divided to fix it. How did we reach this desperate point? Doug McAdam and Karina Kloos of Stanford University answer this question in Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America. Our extreme partisanship has less […]

September 20, 2014
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James Jeffords, Vermont Senator Who Left The GOP, Dies At 80

By Rebecca Bratek, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Although he made his career in politics, Jim Jeffords was a modest man who disliked cameras and speeches. In May 2001, however, the three-term senator from Vermont found himself in the spotlight when he quit the Republican Party and tipped the Senate into Democratic hands. The GOP, […]

August 19, 2014
Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Americans Increasingly See Opposing Party As ‘Threat’ To Nation

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — More than one-third of Republicans and just over a quarter of Democrats see the other party as a “threat to the nation’s well-being,” reflecting a widening partisan division in the country that has congealed into animosity and distrust. Through two decades of political battling across the presidencies […]

June 12, 2014
Bowe Bergdahl sign

Seeking Sanity On Sgt. Bergdahl

GETTYSBURG, PA — There were many poignant moments in President Obama’s speech in Normandy commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But two sentences he spoke at what he called “democracy’s beachhead” seemed especially resonant  back home. “Whenever the world makes you cynical, stop and think of these men,” Obama said. “Whenever you lose hope, stop and […]

June 9, 2014
Capitol Building

What’s So Bad About Political Polarization?

Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Monkey Cage series summarizing what political scientists know — and don’t know — about partisan polarization continues to be outstanding, a real must-read for those who want to understand contemporary politics. Sean Theriault today draws a very important distinction between polarization and what he calls partisan warfare, which he describes […]

January 10, 2014

Poll: Number Of Liberal Americans Hits All-Time High In 2013

The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as “liberal” has reached an all-time high, according a Gallup poll released Friday. The poll finds that 23 percent of Americans self-identify as liberal, the highest such number since Gallup began measuring ideology in the current format in 1992. That figure, while rising, still lags far behind the […]

January 10, 2014

Show Me The Fraud

Show me the fraud. Show me the hordes of college students using fake IDs to cast votes for president. Show me the poor people boarding buses and trains or walking for miles so they can cast a vote in the wrong precinct using somebody else’s name. Show me throngs of citizens spending entire days traveling […]

August 31, 2011