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Friday, October 21, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama’s Success Has Driven Republicans Out Of Their Minds

On the day that Donald Trump finally acknowledge that President Obama was born in the United States and that the GOP nominee can’t win without declaring “victory” and attempting to terminally muddy the waters on the issue that made him a conservative hero, the president’s approval hit 54 percent in the Gallup daily tracking poll.

September 19, 2016
Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the visit of Donald Trump, at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

How Washington Blew Its Best Chance To Fix Immigration

Just four years ago, Republican leaders, coming off a presidential election in which their candidate received barely a quarter of the Hispanic vote, made a concerted push to reach a compromise on immigration reform. President Obama, too, elevated it as one of the top issues of his second term.

September 19, 2016
Men walk past an electronic board showing market indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Republicans And Democrats Live In Different Economies

Back in 1992, Democratic strategist James Carville uttered his famous recommendation Bill Clinton ahead of the 1992 election: “It’s the economy, stupid!” Political scientists beat Carville to the punch, though: As far back as the 1950’s, scholars were uncovering evidence that presidential candidates of the incumbent party tend to win when the economy is strong on Election Day.

September 5, 2016
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Racial And Partisan Divides Shape American Views Of Poverty And The Poor

Sharp differences along lines of race and politics shape American attitudes toward the poor and poverty, according to a new survey of public opinion, which finds empathy toward the poor and deep skepticism about government antipoverty efforts.

August 14, 2016
Protesters confront a woman, center, leaving a rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Fresno, California, U.S. May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Noah Berger

Our Poisonous Partisan Politics

A recent study from the Pew Research Center shows that contempt across the partisan divide is bitter and widespread. Respondents displayed a nasty animosity for the opposing side and showed little sign of tolerance for conflicting views.

July 2, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri during a state dinner in the Centro Cultural Kirchner as part of President Obama's two-day visit to Argentina, in Buenos Aires March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Barack Obama Doesn’t Get The Credit He Deserves

The stock market nearing new highs? Bubble! Jobless claims at a 43-year low? The numbers must be fake! More than 20 million Americans gained health insurance? Obamacare can’t possibly be helping anyone because I know a guy who knows someone’s doctor who said…

May 2, 2016
5 reasons Trump will not win in November

5 Reasons Trump Won’t Win In November — And One Way He Could

Let’s start by clearing up the dumb misconceptions about the 2016 presidential election.

March 21, 2016
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Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead Of Memorial Day Recess

“Things can happen quickly around here when they have to.”

May 19, 2015

Is Democracy Unraveling?

There is a decline of trust in traditional political parties but also a rise in partisanship. Is this what democracy unraveling looks like?

April 27, 2015
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
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Political Party Prejudice Is Bigger Than Racism

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

September 23, 2014

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

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
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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
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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
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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