from The Great Debate:

One party system: What total Republican control of a state really means

By Herman Schwartz
August 19, 2015

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The U.S. Constitution gives the states almost total control over how Americans live and vote. Republicans appear to have grasped the importance of this, but most Democrats have not. Since losing the White House and Congress in 2008, the GOP has focused time, money and talent on gaining control of state governments.

from The Great Debate:

Who’s the real populist in this presidential campaign?

By Robert L. Borosage
June 16, 2015

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Clinton delivers her "official launch speech" at a campaign kick off rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers her campaign kick-off speech at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City, June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

from The Great Debate:

Why socialist Bernie Sanders may just shake up the 2016 presidential race

By Robert L. Borosage
May 7, 2015

U.S. Senator Sanders holds news conference after announcing his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington

Senator Bernie Sanders after he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

from The Great Debate:

A lose-lose choice for Hillary Clinton

By Bill Schneider
April 21, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton reacts while testifying on the Benghazi attacks during Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds to intense questioning about the September attacks on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

from The Great Debate:

Why Boehner’s invite to Netanyahu is unconstitutional

By Elizabeth A. Cobbs
March 2, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama (R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from The Great Debate:

Why the 2016 Republican nominee is likely to be chosen by the blue states

By Bill Schneider
February 17, 2015

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses delegates during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012 REUTERS/Mike Segar

from The Great Debate:

The war between Congress and the White House

By Bill Schneider
February 6, 2015

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner watches as U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a bipartisan meeting of Congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington

House Speaker John Boehner watches as President Barack Obama hosts a bipartisan meeting of congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing

from The Great Debate:

Israel’s dangerous new game playing out in Washington’s corridors of power

By Bill Schneider
January 27, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama (R) speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from The Great Debate:

Republicans talk about inequality. But how serious are they?

By Bill Schneider
January 20, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell stand at a ceremony to posthumously present the Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg in Washington

President Barack Obama is laying down his marker Tuesday with his State of the Union Address. He told a closed-door meeting of Senate Democrats last week, “I'm not going to spend the next two years on defense. I'm going to play offense.”

from The Great Debate:

What does it take to win the Democratic nomination in 2016?

By Bill Schneider
December 29, 2014

ydbElizabeth Warren, candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, addresses the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

Get out your pitchforks, Democrats! A showdown over populism is coming.

The core of the problem is the decline of Democratic support among white working-class voters.  White voters without a college degree made up 36 percent of the midterm electorate this year. They voted nearly 2-to-1 Republican.