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This presidential election--so far--is the tale of two establishments, one that held firm, one that started to crack and moved fast to hang tight.

We mutter adieu now to Steve,
Who finally decided to leave.
We thought he might never be done
With buying his place in the sun.

By now most of us accept as almost inevitable the idea that education, meaning school reform and access to college, is at or near the top of the political agenda, both in the states and in the na

Every presidential contest in the past two decades has produced something of a quasi populist--a mad-as-hell candidate of the left, right or center who runs against the establishment in Washingto

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Farewell, adieu to Gary Bauer.
We never thought that you'd be our
Next President. Too small. Too sour.
The countryside we'd have to scour

It was the last question at the last New Hampshire town meeting for Bill Bradley.

The Orrin Hatch campaign is done--
Kaput at last, without a doubt.
And now, perhaps, could someone please
Explain what that was all about?

As I travel across the country, I am often asked why progressives should support Bill Bradley for President, as I do.

If politics got real, the debate on campaign finance reform would focus on how ordinary citizens can acquire a measure of power in America's money-drenched democracy.

As the first voting of the 2000 presidential election approaches, in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, public disinterest is palpable.

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How Commentary and Israel's Six-Day War informed the neoconservative movement (or didn't).

April 1, 2011

From Wisconsin to Indiana to right here in New York—the state capitol in Albany Wednesday night echoed as well with chants of “This is what democracy looks like” as protesters occupied the halls to protest budget cuts to education.

March 31, 2011

Reed Richardson on the GOP's campaign finance dodge and Eric takes the mail.

March 31, 2011

Why are the Republicans going after a history professor who calls himself a “centrist”?

March 28, 2011

Obama, in Chile, celebrates Latin American democracy while telling Chileans to not cling to the past.

March 22, 2011

The night that the Wisconsin Senate Republicans got together and forced through Scott Walker's union-busting bill, many Wisconsinites cried foul. The state’s open-meetings law required more notice unless there was a true emergency.

March 21, 2011

Is there data proving that liberals get interrupted more on political television? And who's fault is that?

March 18, 2011

Stacey Abrams fights the antiabortion wackos so you don’t have to.

March 16, 2011

Fiscal hawks in the US and Britain define policy while ignoring catastrophe.

March 15, 2011

Looking at an unhappy future shaped by family planning cuts.

March 15, 2011