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Sanders and Clinton had plenty to say Saturday evening – but was anyone listening? Brian Snyder/REUTERS

Democratic debate takes on ISIS, guns and taxes

Did you miss the Democratic debate on Saturday? Here are some of the key themes that developed and scholarship to help you understand them.
Bronze statue of Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC. Image ID: 138476909 Copyright: DonLand. DonLand/SHUTTERSTOCK

Sins of the Founding Fathers: The perils of judging past heroes by today’s standards

Democratic parties in four states have recently removed the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from their annual fundraising dinners, a move now under consideration in at least five other states…
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The political work of the Confederate flag

Public opinion on the flag may have shifted with lightning speed, but how did it hold on as long as it did? The answer has to do with how it served both Democratic and Republican parties alike.
Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia speaks to supporters at a rally. REUTERS/Jim Young

Chicago 2015: The Prince or the Populist?

Opposition politics by progressives have long played a role in Chicago's mayoral elections. Now incumbent Rahm Emanuel seems to have the role once held by the legendary Mayor Richard J Daley.
Barack Obama outlined a vision of post-recession liberalism that was at once hopeful and limited in his State of the Union address. EPA/Astrid Riecken

With a liberal State of the Union agenda, Obama revives theme of hope

On Tuesday night (US time), President Barack Obama gave his second-last State of the Union address – and the last one that has the potential to shape his legacy. Next year the country will be caught up…
In this year’s State of the Union Obama has new found confidence Larry Downing/Reuters

State of the Union 2015: telegraphing the punches with purpose

There are many ways to look at the Obama approach to the 2015 State of the Union – the idea that the President’s strategy is ruining the culture and tradition of the State of the Union address is just…
Fired up, ready to go…? EPA/Keith Bedford

How the midterm elections became such a confusing mess

The US midterm elections will decide who gets control of Congress for Barack Obama’s last two years in office. A hugely decisive moment at first glance – but in reality, the 2014 midterms have devolved…
If Democrats win governorships in battleground states, their fortunes in the House of Representatives will improve considerably – in the long term. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Why the US midterms matter – and why Democrats see a silver lining

If the polls are correct, the headlines on November 5 following the US midterm elections will proclaim that Democrats have suffered a major defeat. The Democrats will likely lose the Senate. President…
US president Barack Obama is set to address Congress to map out his agenda for the year. What’s he likely to say? EPA/Pete Marovich

State of the Union: can Obama emerge from the shadow of 2013?

On Tuesday evening (Washington time), US president Barack Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address. It comes at an important moment in his presidency. He has little to show for the first…
Did US president Barack Obama and his Democratic Party emerge as victors from the now-concluded government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis? EPA/Martin H. Simon

Where to from here? The post-shutdown state of US politics

The confrontation - and the ultimate resolution - over the debt ceiling and the government shutdown has, to date, been the defining moment of US president Barack Obama’s second term. It offers an important…

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