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Early voting

The focus of left politics must be to change the terms of a debate that leaves us with impoverished choices. It's only in the context of a shriveled political imagination that that looks like nihilism.

Act of Killing

The brilliant Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing depicts the horrifying mass murder in Indonesia in the 1960s—but the US was no mere observer. 

FISA order

The revelations of whistleblowers lead us to believe that we know a great deal about the secret world of Washington. This is an illusion.

On paper, the influence-peddling business is drying up. But lobbying money is flooding into Washington, DC, like never before. What’s going on?

This multiracial, multi-issue progressive coalition is not only remobilizing in North Carolina—its model of activism is now spreading all over the South.

Fix the Debt leadership

A funny thing happened on the way to the fiscal cliff: real people fought back. 

Afghanistan drone

It’s still possible to remember, almost nostalgically, how the Fifth Amendment used to guarantee Americans due process.

Al From

Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.

Dick Cheney

It was Dick Cheney, more than any other official, who set the terms for the post-9/11 world we all share.

IRS building

New IRS regulations for 501(c)(4) groups may damage the ability of everyday Americans to have an impact on the political process.

Blogs

He wants Republicans controlling the "political apparatus" and the "governmental apparatus" of voting.

October 24, 2014

The bright spot for environmentalists in the midterms is, improbably, in deep-red South Dakota.

October 23, 2014

It’s time to look past the Democratic Party for a truly progressive agenda.

October 23, 2014

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