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It's no secret that the national conventions are no longer dramatic arenas in which the parties decide their presidential nominees or, for that matter, anything else of much importance.

The pernicious influence on politics of corporate money isn't confined to donations to candidates and parties.

Research assistance was provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

Maurice Isserman's The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington evokes and will enrich the legacy of the last great American socialist in the tradition of Eugene Debs and Norman Thom

Research assistance was provided by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.

The front-loaded primary regime produced its expected result by the first week in March: George W. Bush and Al Gore wrapped up the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations.

So after the excitement fades,
We end up with the norm:
Both candidates are regulars
Who say they're for reform.

On the morning after, people awoke to the drear prospect of "gush and bore" for the next six months, and excitement flew out the window.

(A Gilbert and Sullivan Solo for George W. Bush)

Both Republican candidates battled to claim the mantle of the Gipper. John McCain calls himself "a true Reagan Republican." George W.

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Thursday's independence referendum in Scotland offers a lesson on how to run a high-stakes, high-turnout election.

September 18, 2014

More than two-dozen groups are calling on lawmakers to address serious gaps and inconsistencies in the president’s strategy.

September 16, 2014

Katrina vanden Heuvel says voters want alternatives, and that competition in the Democratic primary would strengthen Hillary's campaign.

September 16, 2014

What’s the adequate US response to the growing threat from ISIS and Islamic extremism?

September 15, 2014

Long-acting reversible contraceptives could revolutionize reproductive healthcare—if only politicians would get out of the way.

September 15, 2014

Her performance in Iowa this weekend revealed a surprising lack of self-awareness. Plus, it was annoying.

September 15, 2014

Either neither of them have a place on college campuses, or both do. 

September 15, 2014

A panel of Republican judges issues a stunning decision reinstating Wisconsin’s voter ID law before the midterms.

September 12, 2014