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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.

These excerpts are from Jim Hightower's If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates (HarperCollins).

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Romney may attack Perry, but both are political careerists, as are the other contenders.

September 7, 2011

Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appeared before a Senate committee Tuesday—but Republicans don't think his job should exist.

September 6, 2011

Rick Perry is enjoying the same bump that Michele Bachmann had, especially among Tea Paryiers, but that doesn’t mean he is the Tea Party favorite, yet.

September 6, 2011

A decade ago, there was near-universal acknowledgement that profiling was unethical and ineffective. Yet the practice continues.

September 6, 2011

Zero job growth, a 16.2 percent real unemployment rate, a shrinking work week, declining pay: Obama has his Labor Day work cut out for him.

September 2, 2011

AT&T gave Governor Perry huge campaign contributions and bought hundreds of copies of his book. Now, he thinks the government should go easy on AT&T’s merger request. Go figure.

September 1, 2011

 The first Republican candidate's jobs plan is just a collection of right wing talking points. 

September 1, 2011

The former veep once campaigned against Perry, dismissing the Texas governor as a “real talker” rather than the “real deal.” Now, Cheney’s on Fox talking up Perry. What gives? Cheney’s got a thing for “managing” inept and inexperienced governors of Texas.

September 1, 2011

With his new revisionist memoir, Dick Cheney is more concerned about maintaining status within the Republican party than he is about selling books.

August 31, 2011

Mitt Romney has adopted a series of hard-core right-wing positions, but he's still the candidate of the GOP elite because they know better than to believe him. 

August 30, 2011