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Chris Weigant: Obama’s Next Steps

President Obama conveniently scheduled a trip to Asia immediately after this year’s midterm elections. This has worked, so far, as designed — it removed Obama from the political scene in…

Alaska Senate Race: Write-In Ballots Break Towards Murkowski

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska election officials began counting more than 92,500 write-in ballots Wednesday in a Senate race that may hinge on voters’ penmanship and their ability – or lack…

Scott Atran: Bush’s Blarney: A Tale of Wishful Thinking and Willful Ignorance

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” ~ Benjamin Franklin In George W. Bush’s just released memoirs,…

Ten Flash Points In The Fiscal Commission Chairmen’s Proposal

The two deficit-hawk extremists President Obama put in charge of his fiscal commission released their personal suggestions for cutting the federal budget deficit on Wednesday. And while it’s quite possible…

Meryl Chertoff: Three Myths About Judicial Elections

While all eyes were on the Reid-Angle Senate battle in Nevada last week, a ballot initiative with broad bipartisan support was defeated in the Silver State. That measure, Ballot Proposition…

Is Tea Party Keeping Bristol Palin On ‘Dancing With The Stars’?

Is the Tea Party keeping Bristol Palin alive on “Dancing With The Stars” despite her poor performance scores? The 20-year old daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will perform…

Brad Friedman: Black Voter in Philly Forced to Swear on Bible Before Casting Vote

“Did anyone else have to swear on a bible that their address was correct before they were able to vote? just wondering, because i did, [sic]” Philadelphia voter Lindsay Granger…

GOP Aggressively Recruiting Challengers To Michael Steele

WASHINGTON — Republicans are aggressively recruiting a challenger to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, whose tenure as party chief has been marked by ill-chosen comments and questions about finances.…

John Boehner Vows To Fly Commercial

Soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner promised throughout the campaign season to run the House of Representatives differently from the way Democrats have run it for four years and from the…

Wayne Pacelle: An Open Letter to the Missouri Farm Bureau

Last week, Missouri voters approved Proposition B, requiring that large-scale commercial breeders provide in a year’s time sufficient space for dogs, an annual veterinary examination, humane methods of euthanasia, and…