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Marco Rubio's Illegal Presidential Campaign

"Illegal" immigrants? How about an illegal presidential campaign?<p>Marco Rubio's presidential campaign is breaking the law with impunity and in so doing, is throwing up the specter of political corruption and the appearance of political corruption.<p>All of the money for Rubio's campaign ads to date has …

Government

The End of China’s One-Child Policy Isn’t Enough

Human-rights advocates have cause to laud the end of China’s decades-old one-child policy. The controversial policy, first introduced in a series of …

Human Rights

Are Democrats doomed or dominant? Yes.

What if Republicans dominate state politics and Democrats control the national agenda?<p>We've now had several rounds of back-and-forth about whether the Democrats are doomed. Matt Yglesias says yes. Phil Klinkner says no. Lee Drutman says yes, at least maybe. Seth Masket says the party obituaries are …

Middle-class

White Republicans are revolting: They keep winning elections, and keep getting angrier

Want to understand the roots of modern GOP anger? Look no further than white, male, religious insecurity and fear<p>When John Boehner stepped down, he became just the second speaker since the beginning of the 20th century to resign mid-session, and the only one to do so without an ethics investigation …

Political Science

The Memphis Grizzlies have fought the NBA's biggest change for 6 years, and it's finally catching up to them

At 3-5, currently in 12th place in the Western Conference, the Grizzlies have gotten off to a far slower start than anyone anticipated.<p>Coming off a 55-win season and a second-round playoff appearance, the Grizzlies were expected to continue down their path. They have the same core of players, the …

NBA

Does The GOP Know What They're Getting Into With Carson?

I’ll kick this post off by acknowledging that this issue likely has not gotten too much attention because nobody thinks Ben Carson is going to be the …

Ben Carson

How Obama Is Gearing Up to Ignore Lawmakers, Commit US to Significant Carbon Emissions Reductions

Remember that part of the Constitution that gives the executive branch of government the authority to make a commitment with foreign powers to cap …

Warning to Ryan: The Dark Side awaits

“It’s a trap!”<p>That line uttered by Admiral Ackbar in the film "Return of the Jedi" spawned (pun intended for you "Star Wars" fans) countless youtube …

Luke Skywalker
Rights & Freedoms

If the Party That Loses Can Impose Its Will, Why Bother Having Elections?

What's the point of elections? Seriously, think about it for a minute. In the most practical terms, elections are how we, the people select the leaders who -- within the boundaries set by the Constitution -- will make the laws and determine the policies by which we live. For better or worse, our …

Political Science

This is why you don’t mess with Hillary Clinton: How the GOP’s Benghazi crusade just crashed and burned

If you’re trying to score a political win against an opponent as formidable as Hillary, here’s what *not* to do<p>Thursday's meeting of the House Select Committee on Benghazi began not with a bang but a whine. Republican chairman Trey Gowdy wanted everyone to know that he was sick and tired of all the …

Government

American presidential power is not leading to dictatorship.

Is American democracy doomed? An intellectual tradition going back to the nation’s founding holds that it is. Opponents of the Constitution argued …

Political Science

Good riddance, Jim Webb: He was running to lead a Democratic Party that doesn’t — and shouldn’t — exist anymore

The ex-senator says he may run as an independent. That’s fine, because his running as a Democrat never made sense<p>With his skepticism of “government-directed diversity programs,” his soft spot for the Confederate battle flag, and his previous opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, Jim Webb …

Government

The party of lying liars: Welcome to the frightening new post-truth GOP

Carly Fiorina lies about virtually everything. Not only are there no consequences but she’s surging in the polls<p>Did you make it through Sunday’s lunar eclipse OK?<p>When the moon turned blood red, I bet you didn’t shake spears at it or beat your dogs to make them bark, as the Incas did to scare away …

Carly Fiorina

How Donald Trump Wins the Election (No Joke)

Don't laugh. It's not only possible, it's probable. First of all, let us qualify our opening statement by noting that Trump doesn't actually win the election for himself. Please, that's not going to happen. Granted, we might have been gullible enough to include Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential …

Donald Trump

No, pundits, Hillary Clinton isn't collapsing

Has the political punditry class lost its collective mind?<p>In a year in which every other supposed front-runner and establishment candidate has collapsed to single digits or has already withdrawn from the race — yes, I am talking about you, Jeb Bush, and you, Scott Walker —<p>Hillary Rodham …

Men stab, rape and kill women because they can. It's time to say they can't

I fear for my daughters and I feel an onerous responsibility for my son.<p>Sixty-three women killed by violence in this country this year.<p>It’s still only September.<p>Men who hate women so much they kill them with axes, burn them, stab them, beat them to death. They kill their children too or otherwise …

Sociology

Constitution 101 for Presidents

"Isn't your Constitution just a myth?" a German Fulbright scholar asked me during my keynote address. I was taken aback, then responded: "You mean as compared to the national myths that some other countries have embraced?" He looked dumbfounded, while the audience murmured knowingly. Yet his point …

Political Science

Prejudice is on full display in the GOP presidential race

As disturbing is that his comments follow closely on the failure of another candidate, Donald Trump, to challenge the anti-Muslim animus of a supporter.<p>It's a sad moment for the Republican Party when two of its top contenders for president think it is acceptable, even admirable, to promote bigotry …

Government