Sam Braaten

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'Ready For Hillary' SuperPAC Gains Backing From Soros

It may not officially have a candidate to back quite yet, but for months Ready for Hillary has been revving up for 2016. Now, the superPAC has earned the support of a prominent Democratic donor.<p>Billionaire investor George Soros on Thursday joined the group, which is encouraging former Secretary of …

Ted Cruz will be president if Democrats listen to Elizabeth Warren, warns Republican

A moderate Republican’s counter-intuitive take is actually just a warning to Democrats to avoid class warfare<p>What's that, Daily Beast? "How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016"? Oh, you are still around, and still doing this sort of thing? That's great. Let's take the bait, I guess.<p>Our dutiful "hot take" …

New Book Gives The Best Account Yet Of Bush's Failed Presidency

Mr Bush surprised the visiting historians twice over, according to a fine new book about his time in office, "Days of Fire", by Peter Baker, a long-serving White House correspondent. First, his guests were taken aback by his air of serenity and his eagerness to chew over his eight years. Then …

Political Science

The Glorious, Futile Progressive Policy Agenda

The left is unified and full of exciting ideas. What's the point?<p>A few months ago, Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, summed up the state of the left. “We’re winning the politics,” she told me. “But on policy, we’re just getting killed.”<p>On the one hand, a handily …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Hiking