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Rubio (second from left) waves along with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (second from right), U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (far left) and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (far right). REUTERS/Chris Keane

The GOP moves to South Carolina, the first red state battleground

South Carolina is a red state. The GOP candidates know that a win here can lead to the party nomination.
Rod Webber before a Marco Rubio rally in Exeter, New Hampshire. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Did independent voters decide the New Hampshire primary?

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.
“The Donald” campaigning for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. REUTERS/Brian Frank

How Fox News and Donald Trump are impacting the GOP

Fox News and its embrace of the Donald is pulling our national conversation – and the 2016 Republican campaign – to the right.
Yelling protesters at health care reform town hall meeting in West Hartford, CT, in 2009. Sage Ross

Digital town halls take political discussions beyond sound and fury

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 Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The State of the Union 2015 – theater, traditions, politics

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…
What difference will President Obama’s executive order make for this family? Sandy Huffaker/Reuters

The president’s executive order: what difference will it make for immigrants?

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…
Just who were the voteres these elections? Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Minority voters tell their stories

Editor’s note: voter turnout in this year’s midterm elections - 36.6% - was lower than in the 2010 midterms (40.9%.) According to the Pew Research Center the “party of non-voters” is more racially diverse…

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