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Shenna Bellows

Shenna Bellows can’t match the millions of her opponent. But she’s dialing for activists, not dollars.

Errol Morris

The legendary documentary filmmaker takes on the unknown knowns of Donald Rumsfeld.

Chris Christie

While trumpeting “pension reform,” the New Jersey governor placed retiree assets in the hands of hedge fund managers bankrolling his political career.

President Obama

Obama takes himself to be something like a benevolent monarch—a king in a mixed constitutional system, where the duties of the crown are largely ceremonial. 

Chokwe Lumumba

The mayor of Jackson, Mississippi was a true revolutionary.

President Obama

On issues ranging from transparency to torture, “thou shalt not” became “thou shalt.”

Blogs

Donald Trump crossed a new line by questioning Barack Obama's educational credentials this week, a classic race-baiting trick in the GOP playbook.

April 27, 2011

A Democratic congressman tells the president to stop reading from GOP talking points and start borrowing a page from FDR.

April 25, 2011

A major new poll shows that Americans do not believe cutting the deficit will create jobs. So why have leaders of both parties become deficit hawks?

April 22, 2011

President Obama failed to seek a declaration of war before ordering US attacks on Libya. Now, he faces a challenge under the War Powers Resolution.

April 20, 2011

Why does President Obama continue to let Republicans define the terms of the budget debate?

April 19, 2011

Democrat strategists say that the deficit fight is good for Obama. But by conceding that debt is the biggest problem facing the country, the president is undermining the case for the government's role in boosting the economy.

April 19, 2011

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin jetted into Wisconsin to cheer up backers of Governor Scott Walker. But her tepid crowd of Tea Partisans was overwhelmed by masses of cowbell-ringing Wisconsinites who urged their anti-union governor to “Pull a Palin (and) Quit!”

April 17, 2011

Agreement is approved by House and Senate, but Democratic opposition in the House is striking. In the Senate, Bernie Sanders votes no and says “this budget moves America in exactly the wrong direction.”

April 15, 2011

Obama’s punching below his weight class again. That was Gary Younge’s metaphor, a boxing analogy that makes more sense if you consider the weight a politician carries to be the support for their policies around the country.

April 14, 2011

Sort of FDR. Sort of Reagan. The president rejects privatization of Social Security. But he's for austerity and broad cuts. And he admits that what he proposes in his much anticipated budget address may not even be thr outline of what eventually happens.

April 13, 2011