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The real story of Christine O'Donnell's time at the Claremont Institute is how thoroughly she absorbed its viciously antigay politics.

Can Governor Rick Perry hold off a stronger than expected challenger and take a shot at 2012?

Chris Hayes and Wisconsin native John Nichols discuss the grave challenges facing the senator and how Obama and the state's economy affect Feingold's chances this fall.

Predictable Democratic losses in November aren't what we should fear. The real danger is in a political environment unable to build even the most tenuous bridges across partisan divides.

"If you look at Obama’s White House," says The Nation's Ari Berman, "it’s very much now a top-down, insider White House, following a very conventional Washington playbook. And the whole spirit of grassroots organizing and energy that really defined the Obama campaign has been largely absent."

At the California governor's debate, Democrat Jerry Brown redeemed his flagging campaign by making a clear and convincing case for his candidacy.

The Republicans' "Pledge to America" demands dramatic cuts to the federal budget, cuts that can only come from one place: Social Security.

After Sarah Palin declared that the "Mama Grizzlies" were taking over the Republican party, the media reacted as if Republican women were an undiscovered species. Is there really anything new about this year's crop of conservative female candidates?

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has joined the presidential race. Here are some questions he should have to answer. 

August 12, 2011

At the GOP debate in Ames, Iowa, Republican candidates failed to explain how they would solve problems in the world that actually exists. 

August 12, 2011

The nation’s most identifiable champion of financial reform and economic sanity signals a serious interest in seeking Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.

August 11, 2011

Hundreds of thousands will vote today in recall elections to remove six Republican state senators who sided with Governor Scott Walker's anti-labor, anti-education, anti–local democracy agenda.

August 9, 2011

S&P downgraded the US credit rating because the GOP won’t raise taxes and played brinksmanship with the debt ceiling. But Romney, Bachmann et al. say it’s Obama’s fault. 

August 8, 2011

Tim Pawlenty knows that his only route to the Republican nomination is by process of elimination, so he’s trying to eliminate Michele Bachmann. 

August 3, 2011

With the exception of Huntsman, the candidates oppose the deal--a sign that the field will push the party even further to the right during the campaign.

August 1, 2011

Mitt Romney constantly attacks President Obama's record on job growth. But it turns out Romney’s record on it is weak and many of his claims are misleading.

July 25, 2011

There are plenty of real problems with Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus. But her migraines and his mannerisms are not two of them.

July 24, 2011

Chris Christie is not a moderate, but some donors seem to think he is the only candidate who could unite the mainstream and Tea Party wings of the GOP.

July 21, 2011