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Jeffrey Winters: Obama the President Defeats Obama the Movement

The deal-cutting approach to politics says that you do the smartest assessment you can of the political realities out there, and then adjust your agenda, tactics, and expectations to get the best outcome. The movement approach to politics says you make changing those political realities a core part of your agenda, tactics, and expectations. It […]

Jeffrey A. Miron: Anti-Libertarian Presidents

Deciding which politician to support has long been frustrating for libertarians. Both the liberal and conservative perspectives conflict with cherished libertarian views, so few Democrats or Republicans present a package that libertarians can embrace with enthusiasm. Libertarians do find common ground with conservatives on some issues, and with liberals on others. Roughly, libertarians are economic […]

Rick Horowitz: Dialogue? More Like Denialogue!

“The people want us to work together.” “You bet.” “And get things done.” “You bet.” “That’s why I invited you to dinner at the White House this week.” “We can’t make it this week.” “I thought you said you could.” “We can’t. How about after Thanksgiving?” “After Thanksgiving is fine. There’ll still be plenty to […]

Adam Chandler: Derision Point: How Bush Can Rehabilitate His Image

The disquieting arrival of former President Bush from his two-year public hiatus was met with both low ratings and wide derision for good reason: the troubling specter of this man post-presidency, hardly contrite or searching, bruises many Americans in a way that’s difficult to put into words. If anything, he resembled a groundhog coaxed out […]

I do? No, I don’t. 40 percent say marriage is ‘obsolete’

I do? No, I don’t. 40 percent say marriage is ‘obsolete’

Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren’t needed to have a family. A study by the Pew Research Center, in association with Time magazine, […]

Democrats: New boss, same as the old boss

Democrats: New boss, same as the old boss

House Democrats gambled Wednesday they can return to power under the same leaders who just oversaw a 61-seat election loss, choosing Nancy Pelosi to remain their party chief when they become the minority in January. Moderate Democrats pleaded for a change to show voters they understand the anger and unrest registered two weeks earlier on […]

Murkowski’s win dims Palin’s political star

Murkowski’s win dims Palin’s political star

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s stunning write-in victory was a political poke in the eye to Alaska’s other favorite daughter, Sarah Palin. The former governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate backed scores of congressional and gubernatorial candidates this election, a sought-after endorsement that helped lift several Republicans to victory. But she and her husband, Todd, invested far […]