A woman's edge?
The prospects for a new liberal age
After more than three years in prison, and an implausible makeover as a truth-telling good-government reformer, Abramoff is still Abramoff.
It will mean concessions from both Democrats and Republicans, but it will be good for America.
As opinion researchers hung up the phone and headed online last year, election forecasts grew more accurate. Has the Web-based survey finally come of age?
Why the reelection of the first black president matters even more than his election
Ted Yoho and his fellow freshmen promise to make John Boehner’s life even more hellish.
Presidential encores have a reputation for being rocky. But there have been exceptions—and Obama’s new term could be one of them.
The mayor of New York on his soda ban, why he doesn't worry about approval ratings, governing in the age of Twitter, and the dumbed-down media
The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.
Could Gary Johnson’s turn as a pro-legalization Libertarian swing the presidential election?
Who’s most to blame for our divisive politics? How about the gerrymanderers quietly deciding where your vote goes. Inside the dark art and modern science of making democracy a lot less democratic.
Thirty years ago, the Republican National Committee was accused of violating the Voting Rights Act and ordered to cease its “ballot security” efforts. Now an organization called True the Vote wants to pick up where the RNC left off, by building a nationwide army to root out voter fraud—or, some would say, to suppress voter turnout.
Not since the Gilded Age has our politics been opened so wide to corporate contributions and donations from secret sources. And the new era of big money has just begun. Jim Bopp, its intellectual architect, believes this is a good thing—the more money, the better, he says. Reformers (and most voters) disagree. Their battle is over the most-basic ideas of our democracy; at stake—according to both sides—is either the revitalization of politics, or its final capture by the powerful.
Why do Democrats expect Mexican Americans in Arizona to line up behind a Puerto Rican guy from Harlem?
This year’s presidential debates could have as decisive an effect on the election outcome as any since 1980, if not 1960. Mitt Romney brings formidable advantages to the contests—but he has one big weakness that President Obama can exploit.
As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
The governor and the Boss—a tale of politics, rock and roll, and unrequited love
Mrs. Kennedy’s JFK problem—and ours
LBJ’s better angels, plus the power of Big Oil
In which two guys who agree on just about everything face off in one of the most expensive House races of 2012
Tokyo conservatives look westward for inspiration.