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Carlos A. Ball: Should Liberals Give Up on Politics?

As I think about the results of this year’s midterm elections, there is a part of me that is tempted to give up on politics altogether. I am a 46-year old whose political life as an adult has been dominated by eight years of Reagan and twelve years of the Bushes. And it seems unlikely […]

Bil Browning: What Democrats Can Learn From Indiana’s Election Results

The midterm election provides Democrats with plenty of lessons they can learn. Gullible pundits and conservative politicians will be throwing out advice like chickenfeed in hopes that media hens and party leader fowls will come peck in the dust at their feet. When corporate marketers want to test a new product, they often choose Indianapolis […]

Bill Ayers Denies Dedicating Book To Sirhan Sirhan

In September, 1960s radical and retired professor William Ayers was denied emeritus faculty status by the University of Illinois at Chicago for an alleged book dedication to Sirhan Sirhan, the man who shot and killer Robert F. Kennedy. The decision came after a plea by U of I Chairman Christopher Kennedy–RFK’s son–who told board members […]

Justice Dept says election won’t alter crimefighting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The big Republican gains during the midterm elections will not change the Obama administration’s approach to prosecuting crime, a top U.S. Justice Department official said on Thursday, amid criticism the department has been slow to prosecute Wall Street. Read the full story from Reuters

Judith S. Palfrey: Speaking Up For Kids: Not a Political Choice

As the dust settles on the results of this week’s mid-term elections– a Republican majority in the House led by a new Speaker and a narrow Democratic majority in the Senate–one thing is clear: no matter who sits in Congress, speaking up for kids is not a political choice. Everything happening on Capitol Hill has […]

Where Obama Goes From Here: Joe Klein

But Obama’s real agenda will be to outwit and outmaneuver the Republicans, as Clinton did after his shellacking in 1994, so that he can live to fight another term. He will have to make concessions — graciously, as if he believed in them (as Clinton did with welfare reform). But he’ll also have to sense […]