How Rand Paul Could Pull a Thad Cochran

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 10:00 am

The surprise victory of Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) may have provided some of the best evidence for how Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) could gain a big advantage in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

 

Chelsea Clinton Makes $900,000 for Doing Almost Nothing

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 7:50 am

A feature of oligarchy is the dynastic ascension of new leaders, children who rise to positions of power and wealth simply by the luck of birth. We welcome Chelsea Clinton to the club.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dave Zirin, Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 1:59 pm

The soccer World Cup is upon us! On the pitch it has been scintillating tournament thus far, with Lionel Messi carrying Argentina, Tim Howard carrying the United States, Arjen Robben carrying the Netherlands, and James Rodriguez carrying Colombia. Meanwhile British Airways carried the English squad on their early journey home and rumors of Cameroonian match-fixing have carried the day in the global media.

While players from around the world have provided us with dazzling moments of skill, stamina, and sangfroid, things haven’t been so pretty off the field. For anyone who wants to better understand the seamy machinations thrumming behind the World Cup’s spectacular outer shell, Dave Zirin is your guy. His new book Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy is indispensable reading.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated In Primary

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 7:12 am

For the first time since the position was created in 1899 a sitting Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has been defeated in a party primary. Eric Cantor was soundly defeated last night in Virginia’s 7th congressional district Republican primary by David Brat, a conservative college professor who represented the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

Late Night: Why Millennials Don’t Vote and What To Do About It

By: Monday June 9, 2014 8:00 pm

More than half of respondents in this survey, released by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, said they think elected officials don’t share their priorities, and almost two-thirds said elected officials seem motivated by selfish reasons. Less than a quarter of the millennials polled said they will definitely be voting in November

Wall Street Republicans Looking to Support Hillary Clinton in 2016

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 5:15 pm

Now that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been severely damaged by the Bridgegate scandal, Republicans on Wall Street are desperately searching for a candidate they can count on to do their bidding in 2016. With a distrust for Senator Ted Cruz or Senator Rand Paul to follow orders, some are hoping former Florida Governor Jeb Bush might step into the race.

But Bush fatigue may have even reached Manhattan as Wall Street Republicans eye another candidate to invest in, Hillary Clinton.

Rand Paul’s Secret Weapon: Hillary Clinton

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 9:14 am

One of the big advantages Rand Paul has in the Republicans primary could be Hillary Clinton.

Is Any Democrat Desperate Enough to Challenge Clinton?

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 8:35 am

Gov. Brian Schweitzer is 58, Gov. Peter Shumlin is 57, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is 56 and Gov. Martin O’Malley is only 51. All of them are young enough they could easily wait to run in 2020, 2024, or even 2030.

Christie’s National Fall Continues

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 7:50 am

National support for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has completely crumbled from its previous lofty heights. Before the bridge scandal he was both the clear leader in the Republican primary and more importantly the only Republicans that polled as having a real chance of beating Hillary Clinton. That is now all gone.

The Importance of a Brian Schweitzer Presidential Run

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 1:25 pm

The chances of Schweitzer winning the primary are small but choosing a presidential nominee is only one function of a presidential primary. Schweitzer could play a critical role in shaping the debate on issues ranging from NSA oversight to single-payer health care.

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