Slipping Support Among Key Groups, And Obama’s Job Approval, Have Democrats Worried

Important numbers in recent polling suggest big problems for Democrats on Tuesday.

Are Book Publishers Useless?

Have digital books rendered the publishing houses obsolete?

Voters Still Not Caring Very Much About The Midterms, And That’s No Surprise

Polls continue to show that most Americans are largely tuning the midterms out.

Are Billionaires Replacing Political Parties?

Rich guys are backing organizations that are taking over traditional party functions. Is that a problem?

Wendy Davis’s Campaign Takes The Low Road

The nastiest campaign ad of the 2014 cycle is here, and Wendy Davis should be ashamed of it.

Americans View Both Major Parties Equally, Which Probably Helps The GOP

The GOP has bounced back significantly from the lows it experienced after last year’s government shutdown.

On Eve Of Vote, Anti-Independence Forces Have Slight Lead In Scotland

It’s all over but the voting in Scotland.

Bernie Sanders May Run for President in 2016; Outcome Same Either Way

Self-described socialist Bernie Sanders is contemplating an independent run for the presidency.

Has Obama Institutionalized Bush’s Worst?

Dan Froomkin says Obama is as bad as Bush, if not worse.

What “Third Term Curse?”

Some have argued that there is an historical bias against political parties holding on to the White House for more than two terms. As with most commonly held ideas, that simply isn’t true.

On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

Relying on the policies of a man who was President in a very different time is not a substitute for a rational foreign policy.

Millennials: Less Patriotic, Or Just Differently Patriotic?

Some surveys suggest that younger Americans are less patriotic than older generations.

Obama Ranked Worst President Since World War II In Mostly Worthless Poll

Obama is the worst President since FDR died? Only if you believe a mostly worthless poll.

Germany Lowers Retirement Age

How long should we expect people to work?

Far Right’s Rise In Europe Lays Largely In The Failures Of Mainstream Parties

Far right parties are succeeding in Europe because the mainstream parties aren’t offering an alternative.

Reforming Ballot Access Laws

It may be time to rethink the way we make candidates get on the ballot.

48% Of Americans Don’t Care Who Controls Congress

Public cynicism about politics at its very best.

Texas High School Student Suspended For Refusing To Stand During Pledge Of Allegiance

A pretty clear violation of the First Amendment.

The Republican Civil War Over Same-Sex Marriage Has Begun

Sooner than one might have expected, Republicans are starting to battle over the issue of marriage equality.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits On Campaign Contributions

Once again, the Supreme Court reminds us that limiting political speech is unconstitutional.

Millennials Lean Left, But Reject Political Parties

Young voters reject political parties to a greater extent than other voters, but on policy issues they trend Democratic

The Ukraine Crisis in Three Maps

Casting a bit of cartographic light on the crisis in Ukraine.

Six Californias?

A rich guy wants to break up California.

Obama Ambassador Follies

President Obama is rewarding unqualified hacks who raised huge sums for his campaign with ambassadorships.

Self-Identified Independents Hit Record High, Self-Identified Republicans Hit Record Low

There are more self-identified Independents in the country than at any time in the past two decades, according to a new Gallup poll. And it’s mostly at the expense of the GOP.

Just 60% Of Americans, 43% Of Republicans, Accept Theory Of Evolution

Once again, a poll shows that large numbers of Americans, and most Americans, reject Evolution via Natural Selection as the explanation for humanity’s origin. How do we explain that?

Bashir-Palin vs. Limbaugh-Fluke

Marin Bashir’s ugly comments about Sarah Palin are being compared to Rush Limbaugh’s ugly comments about Sandra Fluke.

John F. Kennedy A Conservative? No, Not Really

Conservatives have their own Kennedy myth to compete with the myth of Camelot.

Euro Zone Jobless Rate Remains At 12.5%, Solutions Seem Out Of Reach

The economy of the Euro Zone remains in quiet dire straits, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Germany.

Supreme Court Weighs Campaign Contribution Limits

The Supreme Court heard argument in a major campaign finance case yesterday.

Paul Ryan Reemerges, Offering The GOP An Obamacare-Free Way Out

Paul Ryan is back, and he has a plan his party ought to be paying attention to.

GOP Getting Most Of The Blame For Government Shutdown

The first poll taken after the shutdown began has little good news for the Republican Party.

Obama Won’t Go To Congress, Because History Has Taught Him He Doesn’t Have To

Presidents have gotten away with ignoring Congress when it comes to foreign military adventures for a very long time.

A Qualified Yes to a Constitutional Convention

Some thoughts on reform.

Former Obama Adviser Goes To Work For British Conservatives

The architect of President Obama’s re-election campaign is going to work for the Tories.

Ten Years After McCain-Feingold, More Money In Politics Than Ever

The 10th anniversary of McCain-Feingold teaches a lesson we should already have learned.

When Is A Coup Not A Coup?

Words don’t always mean what you think they mean.

Military Coup Underway In Egypt [Update: Morsi Deposed]

if reports are to be believed, there is a coup d’etat underway in Egypt.

John Boehner’s Narrow Path To Immigration Reform

John Boehner clearly wants to see an immigration bill passed this year, but he has a very narrow path to victory.