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The unions and Democrats came up just one seat short in a tumultuous uphill battle to take control of the state Senate, but was what happened a victory or a defeat?

Michele Bachmann

From Michele Bachmann on the founding fathers to Rick Perry on secession and more, right-wing pundits, politicians and pseudo-historians are nibbling away at objective historical truths to rewrite history for present-day purposes.

Barack Obama is staying far away from the political hotbed of Wisconsin.

After a summer of outside money and fake candidates, Wisconsin's historic recall elections are finally over. 

Originally seen as a long-shot candidate, Bachmann's ability to successfully fuse the small government, anti-tax rhetoric of the Tea Party with the ideology of the religious right has allowed her to emerge as a viable candidate for the nomination.

At the Iowa straw poll, Michele Bachmann—and Ron Paul—offered up the tough talk on the deficit, and on religion, that voters wanted.

Why is religion featuring so prominently in the Republican presidential race? What happened to jobs?

Today, Wisconsinites go to the polls to see if they can recall Republican senators and take back the State Senate from the hands of Scott Walker-pandering Republicans.

Melissa Harris-Perry says that both mainstream and liberal media outlets need to avoid portraying conservative women as inherently incompetent as individuals.

John Nichols joins The Ed Show to say that ultimately, it will boil down to who was with, and who was against Scott Walker. 

Blogs

Michelle Obama rallies crowd of 3,500 at UPenn

November 2, 2010

Love Barack Obama or hate him, don't doubt that what happens in today's elections will determine the direction of his presidency.

November 2, 2010

 In a political climate of “sweep the bums out,” there's always the matter of who's sweeping in.

November 1, 2010

It's not the economy. It's not just the candidates. It's that California is the least white state, except for Hawaii, and Republican candidates aren't attractive to black and Latino voters.

November 1, 2010

The president is not backing every Democrat. He's staying neutral in Rhode Island's hot gubernatorial race; in a move designed to help "his friend," former Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee beat a disappointing Democrat.

October 31, 2010

Candidates such as Christine O'Donnell and Ron Johnson imagine a very different Constitution than the one the founder's drafted and defined. So it comes as no surprise that the Tea Partisans have a hard time finding their ideas in the document.

October 30, 2010

 Yes, women are still underrepresented in Congress and in statehouses but the gains have been impressive, even if the candidates not so much.

October 29, 2010

With this year's elections days away, vanden Heuvel joins Morning Joe to argue for a political coalition that could yield serious progressive results.

October 28, 2010

If Rabble Rousers frontman Bill Collins is right to say that “politics is like a car,” then its most recent drivers—previously less active urban and youth populations—have stepped back from the wheel.

October 28, 2010

Alterman and Reed respond to the critics, music reviews and the mail.

October 28, 2010