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Political advertising news and analysis from The Nation
October 23, 2017
Russian Trolling of US Social Media May Have Been Much Greater Than We Thought
The latest revelations from inside Russia heighten concern over Moscow’s Internet “troll farm.”
November 18, 2016
It’s Time to Diversify the Democratic Party Leadership
Why do the people who control the party purse strings all look the same?
June 6, 2016
Are Black Voters Invisible to Democrats?
High turnout among African Americans was crucial to Democratic victories in 2008 and 2012—so why are they being ignored this time around?
March 31, 2016
Start Making Sense: What Kind of President Would Donald Trump Be?
Sasha Abramsky on Trump, Andrew Cockburn on the Election-Industrial Complex, Erin Aubrey Kaplan on Obama, and Noam Chomsky on baseball.
Start Making Sense
January 8, 2016
Has Trump Made Political Ads Obsolete?
His first TV spot was standard racist fear-mongering, as cheesy as a Trump hotel lobby. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush has
spent over $100 million on ads, only to reach a humiliating 3.3-percent in the polls.
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December 23, 2015
Instead of Calling Him a ‘Jerk,’ Bush Should Say ‘Donald Trump Is Making Overtly Fascist Appeals’
While Republicans pull their punches and embarrass themselves, Democrat Martin O’Malley says what should be said.
November 10, 2015
Democracy Beats Oligarchy
Last week’s local victories send a powerful signal that our democracy is not for sale.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
November 5, 2015
Reform Wins: Ohio Bans Gerrymandering While Maine and Seattle Bust Big Money
Billionaires are buying the old politics—but state and local activists are building a new politics that puts democracy first.
August 30, 2015
Martin O’Malley Declares That the Democratic Debate Schedule Is ‘Rigged’
A Democratic contender objects that the deck is stacked to help Hillary Clinton.
August 27, 2015
Rays of Light in the Shadow of Dark Money
Amid the onslaught of anonymous political donations, some grassroots activists are gearing up for a counteroffensive. Here are five promising strategies for 2016 and beyond.