Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain arrives for a news conference in Annapolis, Md.
Sen. John McCain, facing terminal cancer, will end his career with growing repudiation by his party and the public of positions, from national defense to bipartisanship, that he has long embodied.
Members of the tea party movement seen rallying outside the Capitol in 2013.
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The tax agency, as it happens, singled out both conservative and liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny. But the myth that it picked on the tea party movement hasn't gone away.
Why are communities that need government’s help seemingly rejecting it on principle?
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Why are we increasingly seeing voters support candidates whose policies are, superficially at least, against their own interests?
German stock market after US election, November 9, 2016.
As candidate, Trump promised protectionist trade policies and denigrated international agreements. Now, as president of the United States, how far can he go?
What drew white voters to Donald Trump?
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Exit polling shows that Hillary Clinton actually won the poor and working class vote. If “Make America Great Again” wasn’t fueled by an angry underclass, what powered it?
Sanders supporters walk out after Hillary Clinton was nominated during the DNC.
Until the 1930s, American radicals stood apart from the two mainstream parties. That changed when a muckraking journalist ran for governor of California.
Should down-ballot Republicans love this face?
This primary cycle, few incumbents in the House and Senate are fighting off extremist challengers. Is that because the top of the ticket is taking up all the air?
Protesters shout outside the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 12, 2016.
An expert on extremism sees parallels between the rhetoric of Trump's GOP and that used to mobilize violence in Iraq and Kenya.
He who laughs last?
The GOP is imploding, based on the animus the party stoked toward Obama.
The leading conservative magazine National Review has played a critical role in creating modern GOP. Their repudiation of Trump signals crisis for Republicans.
Sarah Palin may have been relegated to the fringe, but Trump needs the fringe to win.
A supporter of Ted Cruz holds his book and a US flag.
That means turning against Tea Party favorites Trump and Cruz.
Reclaiming the homeland.
Furious nativist radicals are on the march – but are they really all birds of a feather?
Boehner quits on Friday, September 25.
The speaker calls it quits after five years of trying to get Tea Party leaders to stop squabbling and play nice. The road ahead looks rocky for the GOP.
The angry right wing of American politics is mired in a swamp of outrage and victimhood. 'Twas ever thus.
Chatting up the party fateful.
In 1964, the John Birch Society pushed Barry Goldwater to victory in the Republican primary. The same could happen with the Tea Party and Trump this election cycle.
A tipping point?
On July 6, the South Carolina Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. In the past white-on-black violence has led to real change - but under specific conditions.
Voting for tomorrow
Last week the race for the Republic presidential nomination was kicked off in earnest by the Conservative Political Action’s annual Conference. Yes, they all, predictably, want to “save our country” from…
New Jersey high school students.
A paradoxical situation seems to confront today’s political scene and the choices it generates. On the one hand, the market and its particular logic have come to dominate more and more human affairs. Even…
Barack Obama has signed into law all but two of the bills to come before him, but is likely to use his power of presidential veto more often in the final two years of his term.
White House/Pete Souza
Perhaps no sentiment better defines the American political psyche than distrust of government. It prompted the constitutional framers 226 years ago to create a system of national government that separates…