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on May 26, 2015 - 10:25 AM ET
Sen. Bernie Sanders (AP/ John Locher)

Burlington, VermontFor the first century after the founding of the Grand Old Party in 1854, Republicans dominated the politics of the state of Vermont like no other. For more than 100 years, Vermont Republicans won every major race for every statewide office. Republican presidential candidates...

on May 24, 2015 - 12:07 PM ET

Ireland is not a perfect land, as the Irish are generally quite willing to acknowledge.

But Ireland did a perfect thing on Friday.

By a 62-38 margin, the Irish people amended their constitution to provide for marriage equality.

Other countries have...

on May 21, 2015 - 15:42 PM ET
(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

The decision on whether to surrender the authority of the US Congress to amend and potentially improve trade agreements goes to the very heart of whether the United States respects democracy. If members of the House and Senate cannot check and balance executive branch choices that will define the economic future of the country, then the ability of the American people...

on May 20, 2015 - 15:56 PM ET
Jim Kenney (AP/ Matt Slocum)

The billionaires who play politics with America make some of their biggest plays in some of our biggest cities. They identify candidates who share their penchant for “school choice” schemes, vouchers, and privatization—like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—and they pour money into slick TV ads that sometimes tip the balance of urban elections.

Sometime, but not always. Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York in 2013 as a progressive, as were...

on May 19, 2015 - 12:39 PM ET
 (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders keeps bending the rules of Senate service and presidential campaigning by offering up proposals that imagine America as the fair, functional, and prosperous country it could be. Instead of playing politics within the narrow lines prescribed by the partisans and pundits who police the political process in America, the recently announced contender for the Democratic presidential nomination is going...

on May 14, 2015 - 13:15 PM ET
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Russ Feingold is running again for the United States Senate. That’s got DC insiders excited, because the former senator is way ahead in the polls and his victory in 2016 could play a critical role in tipping control of the Senate backed to the Democrats.

But Feingold has never been one for simple partisanship. His independence is ...