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Bernie Sanders: Our first non-religious president?

<i>Update: Frances Stead Sellers and John Wagner have a great new, in-depth look at Sanders religiosity -- or lack thereof. I encourage everyone to click over and read it, but I also thought it worth resurfacing my look at just how rare a non-religious president would be, from late last year.</i><p>Much of …

Middle-class

Sanders Goes on Offense Against Clinton in Key Iowa Dinner

Special Collections Research Center/University of Chicago Library<p>The Washington Post/Getty Images<p>Donna Light—AP<p>Donna Light—AP<p>Courtesy of Bernie …

Joe Biden's Too-Long Goodbye

If Biden didn't have the heart to run, why did he wait so long to make his decision?<p>WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden is a man of many minds, often in conflict. But he wasn’t serious about running for president.<p>Most of his inner circle wasn't serious about the idea, either.<p>Biden said in February that he …

Joe Biden

Jeb Bush just released a hard-hitting ad against Donald Trump

The video, titled "Judgment," reminds viewers that the president commands the US' nuclear arsenal before pivoting to comical music and a highlight reel of Trump discussing the military as pundits criticize him.<p>In an email to reporters, Bush spokeswoman Allie Brandenburger said the comments "raise …

Ben Carson, a grifter on the wingnut welfare circuit: How he just gave away the act

Wingnuts hate government, love the market. So why are they surprised when their heroes pick riches over governing?<p>The unorthodox presidential campaign of Ben Carson took another twist late Wednesday when the retired neurosurgeon announced he would temporarily suspend his campaign. Unfortunately …

Bernie won all the focus groups and online polls -- so why is the media saying Hillary won the debate?

Who “won” a debate is inherently subjective. The idea of winning a debate necessarily entails a goal to be achieved. What this goal is, therefore, …

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Trump’s America vs. Hillary’s America: The most shocking contrasts between the Democratic & Republican debates

If there’s one thing last night’s debate made clear, it’s that our political parties are living on separate planets<p>Everyone on the right agreed that the Democratic debate last night was dull as dirt: No fireworks, no pizazz. The candidates didn't insult each other's looks or tell gory tales of …

This Is What A Real Debate Looks Like: Democrats Face Off On Guns

It’s official: The first Democratic presidential debate is not boring.<p>Not only is it not boring, Tuesday’s debate also featured a number of …

Government

Scholars give Hillary the win -- but Bernie definitely hit a nerve

<i>The Democrats’ first debate took place in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening. Compared to the two GOP debates, this CNN-hosted debate was a more</i> …

Government

Last night’s most important lesson: The GOP’s longstanding myth about Democrats is starting to crumble

For years, liberals have been painted as the spineless and unserious ones. That idea is laughable now<p>I was honestly concerned prior to Tuesday's night's CNN debate that the Democrats would begin to adopt some of the inchoate blurting tactics of the GOP field, led of course by serial trolls Ben …

Bernie Sanders is Ayn Rand’s worst nightmare: He’s changing how we view socialism — and exposing free market parasites

Conservatives have long wielded “socialism” as a pejorative — but Sanders owns it and is transforming politics<p>Since Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., launched his campaign for president this spring, he has gone from being a fringe candidate of the left to a serious challenger of Hillary Clinton, who …

Ben Carson Reaches Peak Crazy, Says Dead Bodies Are Preferable to Gun Control

Is he trying to out-Trump Trump?<p>Here's something you might not realize. Ben Carson says lots of really dumb things. You might not realize this because Donald Trump is running for president as well, and he has the "guy who says dumb things" corner pretty well covered.<p>But don't forget that Ben Carson …

Donald Trump plots his second act

NEW YORK — After a summer of dominating the Republican presidential campaign, Donald Trump is moving into a new and un­certain phase that the billionaire businessman acknowledges will be more challenging than any project he has ever undertaken — even as he views the nomination as now within his …

Donald Trump

Joe Biden: No Money, Weak Polls, but Still Clinton’s Toughest Rival

Vice President Joe Biden has less support in the polls than Bernie Sanders and hasn’t raised a single dollar for a presidential campaign. Yet if Mr. Biden does decide to seek the presidency, he will pose a greater challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.<p>In Mr. Biden, Mrs. Clinton …

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Hillary Clinton: I’m Not Interested in VP Job

Hillary Clinton wants to be the first female president, but she says she's NOT interested in the White House's second slot.<p>Asked by NBC's Savannah Guthrie if -- "hypothetically speaking" -- she'd consider serving as vice president, Clinton laughed and offered a short answer: "Hypothetically …

Government

I'm Voting for Bernie Sanders Because He Answers Questions. Clinton 'Breaks Her Silence' Often

In April, <i>The Economist</i> ran a cover with the words, "What does Hillary stand for?" Essentially, that's why Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination; Democrats no longer want a moderate Republican on issues like war, trade, and Wall Street. After 9/11, when Hillary Clinton's "mistake" helped …

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 …

I gave up Ayn Rand for Bernie Sanders: How I grew up and traded libertarianism for a progressive “socialist”

Most self-identifying “libertarians” actually subscribe to a bankrupt ideology. What if they all opened their eyes?<p>The rise of Bernie Sanders feels familiar to me. When I was a libertarian-leaning Republican, I was a delegate for Ron Paul in the 2008 Nevada State Convention. Paul’s supporters were …

Why Sanders ‘should write a check’ to Biden

Why should Bernie Sanders hope Joe Biden gets into the 2016 race? MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell speaks with Republican strategist Matt Schlapp.

Biden Would Enter 2016 Race As Most Popular Candidate: Poll

Joe Biden hasn’t yet announced his plans for a 2016 White House bid, but a new poll shows that he would enter the race as the most popular presidential candidate if he chose to toss his hat into the ring.<p>According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 40 percent of Americans have a positive …

Government

Carly Fiorina stubbornly pretends fiction is fact

The novice White House candidates have every reason to be pleased with their current standing, but they nevertheless find themselves at a crossroads, …

Ben Carson's Scientific Ignorance

For a man with an impressive educational C.V., Ben Carson makes a lot of intellectual missteps. In his September 16th debate performance, he displayed a profound lack of foreign-policy knowledge; last Sunday, when he said, on “Meet the Press,” that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in …

Marco Rubio: Count me out of Donald Trump 'freak show'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. Marco Rubio says he wants no part of Donald Trump's "freak show," as the Republican presidential hopeful continues to throw jabs at the front-runner.<p>The two candidates have battled through sound bites for the past week, after essentially staying muted on each other for most …

Government

Carly Fiorina Responds With Outdated Information When Veteran Asks About Medical Marijuana

DAVENPORT, IA — “I was trying to be brave,” Shelly Van Winkle told ThinkProgress minutes after a tense exchange with Republican presidential …

Cannabis

Did Hillary Clinton start the Obama birther movement?

Call it ricochet politics. First, a questioner at a New Hampshire rally for Donald Trump repeats the lie that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. …

The Wall Street Journal gets whacked: How its Bernie Sanders hit piece completely backfired

A provocative headline claims his proposals will cost taxpayers $18 trillion. Nonsense, says a UMASS professor<p>Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton in early primary states, and he's gaining on her in national polls. Major media outlets are starting to treat Senator Sanders seriously, but not …