What Makes Us Politic?

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When Politicians Complain About Political Correctness

This new strain of complaint about political correctness is really just a warmed over version of the old complaints about politicians hamstringing national security matters.

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Presidential Candidates' Fantasies

Is it a debate moderator's job to call out a presidential candidate for lying?

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The Looming Republican Meltdown

Donald Trump stands to do real damage to the GOP in the coming year, and the party has little power to prevent it.

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The Campaign You're Not Seeing

The presidential campaigns are busier than you think behind the scenes.

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Can Democrats Keep the White House in 2016?

We'll see. The state of the economy will outweigh all other factors.

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The New Refugees Always Seem 'Too Different'

America's melting pot legacy has developed in spite of public opinion on admitting new populations.

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Does It Matter When Candidates Lie?

There are penalties for lying, but not everyone pays them, and not everyone gets caught.

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How Doomed Are the Democrats?

This isn't the first time a party's eulogy has been written prematurely.

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Why Jeb Bush (Probably) Isn't Finished—Yet

Jeb Bush hasn't been a very effective campaigner so far, but he has plenty of other assets as a politician.

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What's in an Endorsement?

Does an endorsement actually move votes? Or is it just a sign of other political support?

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'Who Won?' Is the Worst Question to Ask About a Candidate Debate

Debates have many useful functions, but determining winners and losers is not one of them.

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How to Fix Our Legislatures

The trick is to hold legislatures accountable, even when the system is oriented around individual legislators.

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You Can Change Laws Without Changing Hearts and Minds

Yes, America has a strong gun culture, but laws can be changed nonetheless.

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Will the Party Decide? Or Will Donald Trump Get the Republican Nomination?

The book Party Decides suggests party insiders will keep a candidate like Trump from getting the nomination. Does the party still have that power?

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How Vaccinations Become Partisan

Failing to challenge Donald Trump on vaccines was more than just a political faux pas.

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Authenticity: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

As last week's Hillary Clinton coverage demonstrated, the search for candidate "authenticity" is a fool's errand.

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Larry Lessig Is Still Wrong About the Presidency

The presidential candidate has cited Game of Thrones' Jon Snow as an inspiration. But we all know how that storyline ends.

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The Donald Trump of the Left

Larry Lessig may have the most distorted views of what the presidency is.

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Want to Get Millennials to Vote? Then Stop Focusing on Millennials

Millennials vote just like previous generations of young voters.

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A Tale of Two Rallies

How Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do retail.

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The Other Thing That Happened Last Thursday

There was a game-changing event in the presidential election, but it wasn't the Republican debate.

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Ted Cruz's Nerd-Whistle Campaign

It's a niche campaign meant to reach nativists and fans of Star Trek and the Simpsons. Will it work?

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Risking Your Health for Your Politics

Republicans aren't signing up for Obamacare, even if it would help them.