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Why does 76 percent of the civil libertarian’s Super PAC money come from billionaire Peter Thiel, whose Palantir Technologies helps the government spy on citizens?

How a Republican strategy to control politics on a local level affects the entire nation—politically, socially and beyond.

The GOP's New Southern Strategy

Republicans are using the redistricting process to undermine minority voting power and ensure their party's dominance.

The electoral process has been occupied by the 1 percent—which means that what you hear in this “campaign” is largely refracted versions of their views, their needs, their fears, and their wishes.

Barack Obama

At the Project New West Summit, Democrats and progressive leaders debated electoral strategies for the pivotal Western region.

Why is one of the leading Republican candidates for president trying to stop the direct election of senators?

Barack Obama

The Democrats’ loss in New York's 9th District was an ominous rebuke to the president. Good thing he won’t be suggesting entitlement reform next week.

The Republicans’ dramatic overreach in states from Wisconsin to Maine has created openings for substantial Democratic victories in unexpected territory.

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If the consumer activist wins she will become an essential spokesperson for progressive values in national economic, regulatory and fiscal policy debates.

August 26, 2011

Instead, of making a comeback bid for office, Russ Finegold will be organizing and campaign as a citizen with much to say about foreign policy and the need for sweeping reform of our politics.

August 19, 2011

Wisconsin Democrats have reelected their legislators, defeated two Republicans, won a majority of the votes cast statewide and created an opening where a bipartisan pro-labor majority in the state Senate can block extreme measures.

August 17, 2011

The New York Times’s Joe Nocera might think otherwise, but a boycott of campaign contributions and fundraising is the last thing you want in a representative democracy.

August 15, 2011

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