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Ari Berman on Howard Dean, Christopher Hayes on Lawrence Lessig, Shane Bauer on Al Jazeera, remembering George Kirschner

Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and the end of Bush; Klein, Navasky and Danto. Our most compelling interviews of 2008.

Eric Foner on Dorothy Sterling, Brett Story on Canadian politics, John Nichols on senator selections

Perhaps Rod Blagojevich's profanity-laced tirades only sound incriminating on paper. Maddow puts this theory to the test.

Wal-Mart's toxic workplace; higher ed takes a hit; the right-wing blame game.

Kristina Rizga on harnessing young voters' energy, Stephen Duncombe on a spoof edition of the New York Times

A mighty train of change is coming to Washington: will the insider establishment hop aboard?

Citizenship is a passionate joy at times, and this is one of those times.

Goodbye, Pax Americana--and all the neoconservative economic and political ideologies that have dominated our public life.

Sarah Palin, pit bull in lipstick; Amy Goodman behind bars.


Opponents included all the statewide Democratic candidates, and the Obama administration.

November 3, 2010

Your guide to the most important politics and media hits and misses for Wednesday, September 29, plus some humor, and a music video of the day.

September 29, 2010

Today's collection of media and politics hits and misses from a variety of sources, plus fun videos and music.

September 16, 2010

The first since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case, which lifted a ban on direct corporate spending—the 2010 elections are being bought by the highest bidder.

September 14, 2010

On Charlie Rangel, the world's worst songs and right-wing hypocrisy.

August 12, 2010

Obama needs to win the deficit vs. investment battle in order to stop joblessness from leaving deep scars in our country, Katrina vanden Heuvel tells Fareed Zakaria.

June 28, 2010

Sure, Obama has had a few achievements over the past year and a half, but perhaps there are larger reasons such as outsourcing jobs and rampant unemployment that explains a disgruntled America.

May 18, 2010

President Obama has labored to unite different political factions with policy compromises and conciliatory speeches. But it was Obama's incisive grappling at the Republican retreat last week that really lit a bipartisan fire, drawing politicos and commentators of all stripes to call for more questions sessions for the President and the opposition party.

February 3, 2010

A contemporary State of the Union address is less an assessment of our national circumstances than it is a collective Rorschach test: an inkblot given meaning by the viewer more than by the subject. The televised pageantry of applause and ovations has little to do with the President's articulation of a policy agenda and far more to do with how his partisan allies and opponents read the electoral viability of his phrases.

January 28, 2010

There's lots of progressive backlash in the blogosphere to the announcement that the president is going to call for a multi-year freeze on "non-security discretionary spending," in the State of the Union. The anger is totally justified, but let me talk about the politics.

January 26, 2010