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Progressives are really grasping at straws these days. First we're supposed to get excited because Ralph Nader is running for President as a Green.

In Kennebunk, land of the Bushes,
The men of the cloth all wore tweed.
And one didn't meet any Christians
Like Robertson, Falwell and Reed.

Ralph Nader is running for President, and a fair number of progressives are excited by the prospect. They should be.

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?

Blogs

With political groups increasingly eager to buy seats on state-level benches, judges are forced to act more like politicians.

October 23, 2014

This time, the populist hero appears to push the door open to a presidential run.

October 22, 2014

Campaign-finance operations have mutated at a frightening pace each successive election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision—and this year may represent the apex.

October 22, 2014

Should the guy moderating a Senate election debate think that the midterm Senate elections are important?

October 21, 2014

Be afraid, be very afraid.

October 21, 2014

Law professor and State Senator Jamie Raskin is planning on introducing a bill that could put a dent in corporations’ ability to influence our elections.  

October 21, 2014

Mitch McConnell isn’t a stranger to doubting science—he also pushed back on medical anti-smoking claims while accepting lavish industry gifts.

October 21, 2014

In three of four major voting rights cases in the past month, the Supreme Court has ruled to restrict voting rights. 

October 20, 2014

Eric on this week’s concerts and releases and Reed on how the gaffe-obsessed political press is doing a disservice to democracy.

October 20, 2014

Hillary Clinton may not be a populist, but she is a savvy politician.

October 17, 2014