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.

Trying to out-Trump Trump? That way madness lies.

By Bill Schneider
August 4, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

For such a rich guy, Donald Trump looks kind of sad

By Dan Hill
July 29, 2015

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I expected disgust — and its first cousin contempt — to be the most frequent emotions on Donald Trump’s mug as he announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. After all, disgust would make perfect sense. It’s an emotion in keeping with Trump’s repeated comments about the current state of America as something that smells and tastes bad — if not literally, then at least metaphorically.  

How socialist Bernie Sanders offers Democrats a shot at the white working class

By Alan Chin
July 8, 2015

Almost everywhere that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont campaigns in his quest for the Democratic nomination for president, crowds overflow to standing room and in some cases out the doors.

Focusing on 2016, GOP governors overlook their own states

By Bill Schneider
July 7, 2015
Wisconsin Governor and potential Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Scott Walker greets supporters at a rally for Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) in Cedar Rapids

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Justice Scalia is the Supreme Court’s real loser in Obamacare ruling

By William Yeomans
June 26, 2015
Justice Scalia testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before a House Judiciary Sucommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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

The Bush boys: No sibling rivalry, but maybe something deeper

By Peter Wolson
May 21, 2015
US President Bush bids farewell to his brother in Tampa

President George W. Bush (R) bids farewell to his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as they step off Marine One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, May 9, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Reed

If Obama really wants to close Guantanamo, here’s what he needs to do

By Daphne Eviatar
May 20, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama speaks before signing the executive order to close the military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, in the Oval Office on his second official day at the White House in Washington, January 22, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Why the 2016 GOP race may be all about taking down unions

By Thomas Geoghegan
May 6, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Walker holds a news conference at the state Capitol in Madison

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker holds a news conference at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck