The Great Debate

A neat trick that makes political ads more effective

March 21, 2016

  A political ad against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) plays on a television in a hotel bar in Columbia, South Carolina, February 12, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A political ad against Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plays in a hotel bar in Columbia, South Carolina, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Are U.S. rivals hacking the American electoral system? Why it’s impossible to know.

January 21, 2015
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RSA SecureID electronic keys are pictured in a photo illustration taken in Singapore, June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Caronna

Welcome back to the bad old days of American politics – only worse

January 21, 2015
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Ben Holladay, Courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society; Charles Koch, REUTERS/Courtesy Koch Industries; Leland Stanford, Wikipedia/Courtesy of Bancroft Library, University of California – Berkeley

Democracy is drowning in a sea of dark money

January 16, 2015
Voters fill in their ballots as they vote in the U.S. midterm elections at a polling place in Westminster, Colorado

Voters fill in their ballots in the midterm elections at a polling place in Westminster, Colorado, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Making every voter equal

February 26, 2014

The venture capitalist Tom Perkins recently suggested that he should have a greater voice than others in selecting our government because he’s rich. “You pay a million dollars in taxes,” he told the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, “you get a million votes. How’s that?”

Democracy for sale – or billionaires’ folly?

March 30, 2012

It was said of Andrew Carnegie that he gave money away as quietly as a waiter falling down a steel staircase carrying a tray of tall-stemmed glasses. Not so the sotto voce superrich donors who are spending so much to keep Mitt Romney from declaring himself the winner of the Republican nomination.