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The giggle factor might propel a Jesse Ventura wannabe into management of the world's sixth-largest economy.

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Read special extracts from Jonathan Schell's new book, The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and The Will of the People.

The sullen attitude of most Democratic politicians toward young people
is reflected in Hillary Clinton's memoir, Living History, in
which she laments that people between the ages of 18 a

California has often spun the cautionary tales of American progress.
Smog. Sprawl. Ronald Reagan.

A speech at NYU offers a stinging condemnation of Bush's leadership on the war.

Once they snubbed "Republicrats"; now they're set to oust Bush by any
means.

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With a decision barring matching funds to counter attack ads from privately funded candidates, the court has undermined one of the last tools for fair elections.

June 27, 2011

The Senate heard emotional tales of struggling middle-class families Thursday—but it‘s not clear they can do anything about it.

June 23, 2011

It's going to be hard for President Obama to run as an anti-war candidate in 2012, but a Republican might.

June 22, 2011

Former Democratic leader—and health industry lobbyist—Richard Gephardt comes out against the Independent Payment Review Board, and uses right-wing arguments to attack it.

June 22, 2011

A Senate hearing on hunger among senior citizens laid bare a depressing problem—and showcased two radically different views on the role of government.

June 21, 2011

 When it comes down to it, the easiest way to make elections competitive is to give candidates more money.

June 20, 2011

While his colleague Michele Bachmann mounts a vanity campaign for president, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is mounting a serious campaign for American jobs.

June 18, 2011

Conservatives attack President Obama as a Jimmy Carter, but he's really more of a George H.W. Bush.

June 17, 2011

Eric explains why he is an Agent of Falsehood and reviews the latest CDs, Reed explores American "reason."

June 17, 2011

Corporate money corrupts, warns former senator, in a call for the netroots to challenge those in both parties who "dance with the devil."

June 17, 2011