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Sanders Scores Major Upset, Defeats Clinton in Michigan

Sanders Scores Major Upset, Defeats Clinton in Michigan
Though expectations were met as Hillary Clinton claimed a win by large margin in the Mississippi primary, the big story of Tuesday's two Democratic primaries is that Bernie Sanders has achieved an "upset of almost unheard of proportions" by claiming victory in the bellwether state of Michigan.
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Kakistocracy: Everybody Wants to Rule the Worst

Kakistocracy: Everybody Wants to Rule the Worst
Are you coming to grips with the fact that we live in a world where pondering the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency is no longer considered completely delusional?
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Why Is Mitch McConnell Picking This Fight?

Why Is Mitch McConnell Picking This Fight?
In early 2009, as Barack Obama was about to take office, Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate, assembled his caucus at a retreat in West Virginia. There, he laid out his strategy for taking on the new president, who was sweeping into office on a tide of popularity, historical resonance and great expectations barely diminished by the economic free fall then underway.
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Why We Must Try

Why We Must Try
Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.”
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Littwin: Winners, Losers and Coin Tossers in the Iowa Caucus

Littwin: Winners, Losers and Coin Tossers in the Iowa Caucus
The voters have finally spoken, and, in a surprise, at least to the pollsters, it turns out they had a lot to say. First, they handed the Donald his first-in-the-nation loss, and to Ted Cruz at that. Trump gave a brief, humbled, un-Trump-like concession speech which made you wonder, now that his winners-win tour is over, if we shouldn’t have seen this coming.
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Koch Brothers Play the Long Game Developing Undergraduate Propaganda Machines

Koch Brothers Play the Long Game Developing Undergraduate Propaganda Machines
This is a guest post by Connor Gibson that originally appeared at Huffington Post.This article is the first of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examines the history,
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What Do You Mean ‘Sanders Might Be Another George McGovern’?

What Do You Mean ‘Sanders Might Be Another George McGovern’?
George McGovern was the Democratic nominee against incumbent Richard Nixon in the 1972 election. He lost in a landslide. Just as the events of the 1980s shaped the current economic environment, the 1970s “Nixonian” politics of division shaped the current political environment. Did Democrats learn the right lessons from that election?
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Trump Skips Debate, Wins Anyway. Can He Be Stopped?

Trump Skips Debate, Wins Anyway. Can He Be Stopped?
We can now all agree on the Trump Effect. The Donald wins when he’s there. He wins when he isn’t there.
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Huge Crowds, Surging Polls for Sanders as 'Revolution' Revs Engine Ahead of Iowa

Huge Crowds, Surging Polls for Sanders as 'Revolution' Revs Engine Ahead of Iowa
With wall-to-wall crowds, climbing poll numbers, and a wave of critical new endorsements, less than one week before the primary contests officially commence, Bernie Sanders is riding high.
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Campaign Donations Reflect the Sharp Split in Congress Among Republicans

Campaign Donations Reflect the Sharp Split in Congress Among Republicans
The Republican split that defines this year’s presidential campaign has been on display in Congress for years, with the most conservative wing battling party leaders on issues from spending to immigration. A ProPublica analysis of campaign donations highlights just how profound this gap has become in the House of Representatives. “Sometimes,” Hasen said, “self-interest can trump ideology.”
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