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It’s tempting to let the GOP continue its slide toward irrelevance—but that would deny this country the robust political debate we need.

Tea Partiers

Obama’s re-election inspired residents of states like Louisiana and Alabama to push for independence from the rest of the country. They should be careful what they wish for.

Voting in California

It didn’t work for Republicans in this election—but their war on voting is far from dead.

Tea Partiers

In 2012, white supremacy not only lost the election. It was a crucial factor in explaining how Obama won.


From Senate races to state and city referendums, Americans made clear they wanted to limit the corrupting power of corporate money.

A prisoner

Though sentencing, the drug war and other criminal justice issues were absent from the presidential contest, November 6 saw a wave of voter initiatives that will change policy on “three strikes,” marijuana, and more.


350.org’s caravan heads to Washington, DC, to push President Obama to address climate change in his second term.

Barack Obama

We won, but at what cost? Fool me once, shame on Obama, but fool me twice and I’m the one responsible.

Former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader strongly objects to a recent Nation blog post that mocked third-party candidates.

Barack Obama

The “rising American electorate” carried Obama and a strong slate of Democrats to victory.


Republicans are still dreaming about a new presidential candidate. It’s time to move on. 

February 20, 2012

Romney comes off as weak, weird and willing to say anything to be elected. Now, he's starting to seem mean.

February 16, 2012

Conservative millionaires and billionaires don’t see any need for health insurance to cover birth control when aspirin is cheaply available. 

February 16, 2012

How can Obama boost his chances of re-election?

February 15, 2012

President Obama's endorsement of super-PAC money may be the only way to roll back Citizens United.

February 14, 2012

With the president’s poll numbers improving and the economy picking up, the former DNC chair likes his party’s chances in the fall.

February 14, 2012

House Budget Committee chair uses his CPAC speech to hint about an alternative Republican presidential prospect like, er, Paul Ryan.

February 10, 2012

GOP presidential primary turnout is well below 2008 levels, a worrying sign for Republicans in 2012.

February 8, 2012

After eight primaries and caucuses, the ordained GOP front-runner has lost the majority of contests. In Minnesota, 83 percent of Republicans rejected Romney, and turnout was down across the board.

February 8, 2012

Gingrich’s latest smear of city-dwellers demonstrates the economic inversion of his class warfare. 

February 3, 2012