July 30, 2016 |
With Hillary Clinton accepting the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia this week, we might expect that Americans, and especially women, are taking pride in her historic achievement as the first woman to lead a major party ticket. That is certainly what happened in 2008 when Americans of all stripes expressed pride that the nation had nominated its first African American candidate. Even if they did not support Barack Obama, many Americans recognized the historic nature of the election.
June 15, 2016 |
THE MASSACRE at Paris' Bataclan concert hall last year was the work of Islamic terrorists, as was the attack on Pulse. More people were murdered at Bataclan - 89, yet the Orlando massacre where 49 died somehow seems worse. The people dancing and drinking in Pulse were hated not just for where they lived - in the liberal West - but for what and who they were. This one was different from the tragedies at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine. Omar Mateen drove two hours to murder gay people.
May 15, 2016
John Quincy Adams Militant Spirit By James Traub Basic Books. 640 pp. $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow To read this biography of our sixth president is to see both how little and how much has changed in American politics in the last two centuries. John Quincy Adams, son of our second president, John Adams, spent a miserable and largely unsuccessful four years in the White House from 1825 to 1829. Like Jimmy Carter, he is generally acknowledged to have made his greatest contributions after leaving office.
May 5, 2016
By Craig Snyder A movement arises within and surrounding a major American political party, a movement that rejects and condemns the official and unofficial establishment of that party's leadership. The party "establishment" is vilified as corrupt and corrupting. National leaders in the party, at both the presidential and congressional level, have to fear first, maybe even mostly, their primary elections. They can afford less and less to position themselves for the broad American political center because they must survive ideological purity contests in primaries within their party.
April 9, 2016 |
By Daniel Pipes Of his many outrageous campaign statements, perhaps Donald J. Trump's most important ones concern his hoped-for role as president of the United States. When told that uniformed personnel would disobey his unlawful order as president to torture prisoners and kill civilians, Trump menacingly replied, "They won't refuse. They're not going to refuse, believe me. " Responding to criticism by the speaker of the House, Trump spoke like a Mafia don: "Paul Ryan, I don't know him well, but I'm sure I'm going to get along great with him. And if I don't?
February 29, 2016
Ahead of this week's Super Tuesday primaries, Currents political analysts T.J. Rooney and Alan Novak talk about the short-term effect labels are having in the election and the long-term punch for American politics. T.J. Rooney is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Alan Novak is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania R ooney: Candidates hang labels on their opposition either to prove a point or drive a narrative. In most instances, they use them to define their opposition.
June 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - When the smoke cleared from congressional primary season, women had taken one step forward in New Jersey, and one back in Pennsylvania. The result: Come January, two states with a combined 34 seats in the Senate and House will likely include just one or, at most, two women. "It's pathetic," Julie Roginsky, a New Jersey Democratic consultant, said of her party's failure to elect a Garden State woman to Congress since 1976. That drought is likely to end in November, thanks to the results of Tuesday's primaries.
April 16, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Republican mega-donor Bob Perry never cared for the spotlight. But writing big checks and financing one of the most famous television ads ever in a presidential campaign made the Texas millionaire famous nonetheless. Perry, a wealthy Houston homebuilder who became a force in a new era of lavish spending in American politics, died Saturday at 80. Perry spent $4.4 million financing the famous 2004 Swift Boat Veterans campaign against Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, which remains among the most famous political television ads in history.
November 8, 2012 |
The election's over and you're bummed. You just learned the hottie you were interested in voted for the wrong person. How do you deal? Consider logging on to bluestatedate.com or redstatedate.com, two new websites designed to help people find their perfect liberal or conservative love. Or, as the sites put it, "Find your running mate. " Alex Fondrier, 27, came up with the idea while at Boston University. Fondrier, a self-proclaimed political junkie, found that talking politics in the early days of a relationship was verboten.
October 12, 2012 |
Colbert's America Satire and Democracy By Sophia A. McClennen Palgrave McMillan. 240 pp. $25. As the 2012 presidential election approaches, one central question is whether young Americans will turn out in the same numbers as in 2008. Will this "millennial" demographic favor the Democratic ticket by a similarly substantial ratio and help put it over the top in key battleground states against their Republican opponent? In other words, four years later, can young voters decidedly affect the fate of American politics again?