The nation’s political chasm – already wide – has grown even more since 2012.
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Elected officials and the media are in cahoots. Both have succumbed to a two-party system that treats voters not as independent thinkers, but as blind partisans.
The GOP claims its convention in Tampa gave a big boost to the economy, but the evidence suggests otherwise.
Republicans and Democrats alike claim their conventions provide a big economic boost to their host cities. What's the evidence say?
Hillary Clinton with vice presidential hopeful Julian Castro.
Who will Trump and Clinton pick? Two political scientists say as long as the running mates aren't as fiercely unpopular as the presidential candidates, it could boost the ticket.
Hillary Clinton celebrates her nomination.
Political scientists from Texas A&M, UMass Boston and Emory University react to Tuesday’s big milestone for women in American politics.
Most of us agree inequality is a problem, but solutions and causes differ greatly depending on our partisan blinders.
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Americans tend to agree inequality is a problem, but Democrats and Republicans have very different ideas about what is causing it and how to solve it.
Obama’s budget is very much alive.
Republicans immediately labeled the president's budget proposal dead on arrival, but the very nature of government means it remains very much alive.
Rod Webber before a Marco Rubio rally in Exeter, New Hampshire.
NH’s election laws allow people to vote in the primaries even if they are not registered with one of the parties. How pivotal are these unenrolled voters? We look beyond the exit polls for answers.
Bronze statue of Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC.
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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…
How can you make smart choices?
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Hillary Clinton recently announced a US$350 billion plan to make college free. But what students need for now is information that can help them make sound decisions about their college investment.
Who gets to vote? Democrats and Republicans clash over the answer.
Who gets to vote? As Campaign 2016 looms, Democrats and Republicans are clashing on just who gets to exercise this fundamental right in a democracy.
Voters face an illusion of choice.
With Jeb Bush and Rick Perry as the latest hopefuls, the Republican presidential race looks like a free for all. Close examination shows voters are faced with fewer choices than ever before.
How I spent my summer vacation: “Ran for president”
Even if you come in dead last in every poll, a run for the presidency might be a career booster. Then again, anyone remember the Carol Moseley Braun campaign of 2004?
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
What is up with Bernie Sanders? No chance that he would win the primary, much less the presidency. But there is a long history of outsider candidates who have impacted American politics.
Rahm Emanuel wins second term as mayor of Chicago.
A centrist against a liberal in Chicago but that's an outcome that reflects the city's unique political landscape
Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Tuesday's Chicago mayoral run-off reveals fissures within the city's Democratic infrastructure and demonstrates potential divisions in the national Democratic Party
Yelling protesters at health care reform town hall meeting in West Hartford, CT, in 2009.
Politics as partisan blood sport may be fun to watch but may undermine discourse necessary for democracy. A study finds that online town halls may re-engage potential voters in the political process.
One more SOTU to go
Editor’s note: “The state of the union is good,” and the attitude of President Barack Obama in his annual speech to Congress was upbeat. Good economic news and no more election campaigns were the backdrop…
Congressman Henry Waxman: relieved to be going after 40 years?
An era has ended. The last of the “Watergate Babies” has left the Congress. The nickname was applied to the class of House Democratic freshmen elected in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal. There…
What difference will President Obama’s executive order make for this family?
Editor’s note: On November 20, President Obama announced a plan - through an executive order - to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation if they meet certain criteria. His move has…
A relieved and re-elected Sam Brownback.
The 2014 midterm elections were full of surprises, mostly bad for the Democratic Party. Many Democratic candidates were defeated in races where the polls showed them with small but consistent leads. Chief…