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Carter and Regan Debate

The Unmaking Of The Presidential Debate

How did an institution meant to elevate presidential campaigns end up making them even stupider than before?

October 14, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina listens to a question at the New Hampshire GOP's FITN Presidential town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire in this January 23, 2016, file photo. REUTERS/Mary Schwalm/Files

Why Ted Cruz’s Carly Fiorina Gambit Won’t Work

Forty years ago, when the Texas senator was just a 5-year-old at his parents home in Houston, another Republican candidate for president who was lagging behind in delegates and hoping to clinch the nomination with a desperately play named a vice presidential nominee. It was 1976, and presidential hopeful was Ronald Reagan.

April 28, 2016
Paul Manafort

How Trump’s Paul Manafort Became Expert On “Crooked” Washington

How did Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort become the lobbyist-of-choice for Mobutu Sese Seko? The kleptocratic Congo dictator was impressed when a major influence-peddling scandal exposed Manafort’s machinations.

April 25, 2016
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks with a fellow guest as they arrive for U.S. President Barack Obama to sign the Every Student Succeeds Act into law in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Elizabeth Warren Takes On Tax Preparation Industry With New Legislation To Make Filing Easier

The bill would direct the IRS to create a free tax preparation and filing service.

April 13, 2016
John F. Kennedy 1956

Why Do Conservatives Keep Talking About John F. Kennedy?

“JFK would be a Republican today. There is no room for John F. Kennedy in the modern Democratic Party.”

April 11, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a meeting with financial regulators to receive an update on their progress in implementing Wall Street at the White House in Washington March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

5 Reasons President Obama’s Approval Rating Is At a 3-Year High

In March of 2016, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is around 51 percent, a three-year high, with a 4.9 percent unemployment rate, an eight year low.

March 14, 2016
File photo of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy waving while attending a gala celebrating his 83rd birthday in Washington

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies At 94

As news of Nancy Reagan’s death spread, tributes poured in from Washington to Hollywood.

March 6, 2016
Businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump greets U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Romney after endorsing his candidacy for president at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas. Trump could lose more states than Romney this November.

Mitt Vs. The Modern Prometheus

Romney’s flaccid speech, too little, too late, too lame, won’t amount to anything, except as a useful historical document.

March 4, 2016
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Sandra Day O’Connor — A Reagan Nominee — Says Obama Should Pick Scalia Replacement

“I think we need somebody there to do the job now and let’s get on with it,” she said, in an interview with Phoenix-based Fox affiliate KSAZ.

February 19, 2016

Endorse This: The Actual Reagan Record On Iran

Rachel Maddow gave a nice little history lesson in how Saint Ronald actually dealt with Iran in the mid-1980s — and it wasn’t pretty.

January 19, 2016

Endorse This: Donald Trump Vs. The ‘Son Of A B****’ Microphone Man

In a special double feature, let us also look back at how The Donald is really echoing the right wing’s legendary giant of a leader: Ronald Reagan himself.

January 14, 2016
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Obama Quotes Reagan — For Gun Control

During his speech Tuesday to roll out his latest executive actions on background checks for gun purchases, President Obama quoted an unlikely source.

January 5, 2016

Patti Davis: A New Novel Helps Bury Old Wounds

The iconic Republican president’s daughter is just as liberal and engaged as ever in the questions of the day. Ages ago, she was known for being a sharp critic of her father, a breach that has since healed.

December 4, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

What “Socialism” Means To Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton — And You

Bernie Sanders assures voters that he is running to win and there is no reason to doubt him. But win or lose, his campaign nevertheless is proving highly educational for Americans perpetually perplexed by the meaning of “socialism.” Or as Sanders sometimes specifies, “democratic socialism,” or the even milder “social democracy.”

November 6, 2015
Reporter's notebook

Why Are Candidates So Afraid Of The Press?

Today, Republicans invoke the name Ronald Reagan as if he were a god. But they forget how he, for all his faults, had something today’s candidates lack when it comes to answering reporters’ questions: a spine.

November 4, 2015

Upstaged By Everyone Else, B-Team Republicans Duke It Out With Each Other

It made sense that the two biggest names in the GOPeeWee debate belonged to men who weren’t even in the room: Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

September 17, 2015
George W. Bush

Republicans Or Social Security? On 80th Anniversary, Still An Easy Choice

Greed is always in fashion on Wall Street. But working Americans see no reason to hand Social Security over to the banks, as the Republican candidates propose, when its administrative costs amount to well under one percent of its revenues.

August 14, 2015

Obama: Reaganite On Iran

There are parallels between the two-step approaches that both Reagan and Obama took to a problematic foe.

July 16, 2015
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Iran Deal: Why Would We Heed The Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

Many on the American right have often preferred war, including the utterly insane risk of nuclear war, to dealing with our enemies.

July 14, 2015

Book Review: ‘Dreamland: The True Tale Of America’s Opiate Epidemic’

Dreamland is a tale of two artificial and highly permeable membranes. One separates legal and illegal drugs, the other Mexico and the United States.

June 14, 2015
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‘Reagan: The Life’ Review: Not Always What He Seemed To Be

Though charming, like its subject matter, this biography of Reagan leaves readers wanting for depth and detail.

May 14, 2015
President Obama

5 Ways Democratic Presidents Kick Republican Butt

The evidence is clear: Democrats make the pie bigger for everyone, while Republicans redistribute to the rich.

March 2, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking Of American Foreign Relations In The 1970s’

The 1970s: when the tectonics of global power shifted and Pax Americana entered a new phase.

February 7, 2015
Mitt Romney

Romney Is The Only One Who Thinks He’s Reagan

Mitt Romney is no Ronald Reagan — and Republicans know it.

January 15, 2015

The Lion Of Liberalism: Remembering Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015

When I met Mario Cuomo in the summer of 1978, he was already a celebrated public figure, if not yet a political powerhouse. We were at the Democratic state convention in Albany, where I was reporting for the Village Voice, and he was pondering an offer from New York governor Hugh Carey, then seeking re-election, to […]

January 2, 2015