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Conventional wisdom says Republicans made gains in the midterms because Obama tried to do too much and was too liberal. Wrong.

On a night when Republicans pulled off the largest shift in party power since 1938, they also seemed, paradoxically, to be an endangered species.

As Democrats survey the wreckage left by the 2010 midterms, one sight is at least slightly cheering: Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies licking their wounds.

In the wake of Congressman Tom Perriello's loss, it's tempting to conclude that politics based on conviction simply doesn't work. But that would be the wrong lesson to take away.

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

Unfortunately for Democrats, who have dominated statehouse politics since 2006, the party’s troubles at the national level extend to the states.

California's problems are well beyond the curative powers of any one governor. If Jerry Brown wins in November, there's no need to nourish foolish hopes.

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There's speculation that the mayor will try to clear Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement is centered. Here's how New York’s labor and economic justice party proposes to assure that doesn’t happen.

October 13, 2011

Activists say they will begin the process of booting anti-labor Republican Scott Walker. But the governor and his allies are putting pressure on the board that oversees elections.

October 11, 2011

The president calls new GOP voting changes a “big mistake” and instructs the Justice Department to investigate.

October 4, 2011

 A savvy Democratic congressman warns that House and Senate Democrats had best be thinking about how to run and win even if Obama stumbles. History suggests that his point is well worth considering.

October 3, 2011

Come on Christie, just do it. 

October 3, 2011

Pundits see the race as a bad omen for Obama, but Democrat David Weprin’s loss may well have turned on Israel politics.

September 14, 2011

The Texas governor has won in state by appealing to the GOP base. But how will that play in a national election?

September 7, 2011

Recent polls show that the country is ready for President Obama to confront the GOP.

September 7, 2011

Romney may attack Perry, but both are political careerists, as are the other contenders.

September 7, 2011

Tea Party activists are not happy with Republicans in Washington, and they're preparing to challenge a whole bunch of them. 

August 29, 2011