Chris Christie for President?

As the Republican Party looks to rebuild in the aftermath of its crushing defeat this past November, party activists and elders have been looking for a figure capable of leading them out of the political desert and onto victory in 2016. Already, media speculation has identified a few possible frontrunners. The first and currently most […]

As the Republican Party looks to rebuild in the aftermath of its crushing defeat this past November, party activists and elders have been looking for a figure capable of leading them out of the political desert and onto victory in 2016. Already, media speculation has identified a few possible frontrunners. The first and currently most prominent

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2012: The Political Annus Horribilis

Oh what a year it was! Barely had the nation’s celebratory New Year’s hangover subsided when another headache hit the public consciousness: the Iowa caucuses, on Jan. 3, signaling the official start of the presidential campaign. It kicked off a year of finger pointing, backbiting, mudslinging and name-calling. Not that we weren’t warned. The Republican […]

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Oh what a year it was! Barely had the nation’s celebratory New Year’s hangover subsided when another headache hit the public consciousness: the Iowa caucuses, on Jan. 3, signaling the official start of the presidential campaign. It kicked off a year of finger pointing, backbiting, mudslinging and name-calling. Not that we weren’t warned. The

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Did The Republican Stance On Education Doom Them In Nation’s Smartest States?

(MintPress) – There are a handful of demographics the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney struggled to gain the support of on Election Day: Women and minority voters top the list. But an interesting trend manifested itself that night, as the top 10 educated states in the country voted for President Barack Obama, while nine of the 10 […]

College student Paige McLoughlin, 19, of Parker, Colo., talks over paperwork with an electoral official before voting in the general election, at a polling station serving the local student population on the campus of the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(MintPress) – There are a handful of demographics the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney struggled to gain the support of on Election Day: Women and minority voters top the list. But an interesting trend manifested itself that night, as the top 10 educated states in the country voted for President Barack Obama, while nine of the 10 least

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Puerto Rico Approves Statehood, Gives Congress Power To Make It Happen

(MintPress) – The Hispanic vote in the 2012 presidential election was larger than ever before, with exit polls showing that up to 10 percent of those who cast ballots identified as Latino. Meanwhile, Latinos in Puerto Rico voted Tuesday in a way that also surprised. In an underdog victory, Puerto Ricans went to the polls Nov. […]

Supporters of the pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party cheer while waiting for the arrival of their candidate for governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla as the first tallied votes mark a tendency in his favor early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Incumbent Gov. Luis Fortuno conceded defeat to Garcia Padilla in a close election with a margin less than 1 percent. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

(MintPress) – The Hispanic vote in the 2012 presidential election was larger than ever before, with exit polls showing that up to 10 percent of those who cast ballots identified as Latino. Meanwhile, Latinos in Puerto Rico voted Tuesday in a way that also surprised. In an underdog victory, Puerto Ricans went to the polls Nov. 6, not to vote for the

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Despite Peaceful Protests, Media Focus On Violent Muslim Demonstrations

(MintPress) – The Newsweek cover was met with furor. It read “Muslim rage,” over-simplifying and generalizing an entire population of people over the extremist actions of a few. It offended, degraded and belittled the majority who insist on Islam as a predominantly peaceful religion. Perhaps lost in the rhetoric surrounding the events is the idea that […]

Holding posters of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, demonstrators chant slogans in front of the French Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, during a protest the publication of caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad by a French satirical weekly. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(MintPress) – The Newsweek cover was met with furor. It read “Muslim rage,” over-simplifying and generalizing an entire population of people over the extremist actions of a few. It offended, degraded and belittled the majority who insist on Islam as a predominantly peaceful religion. Perhaps lost in the rhetoric surrounding the events is the idea

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Lobbying In The US: What Does It Mean to be ‘Pro-Israel?’

(MintPress) – Brandishing “pro-Israel” credentials has become a hallmark for election in Washington and an important policy position for incumbent politicians seeking the popular support of pro-Israel groups. However, the bevy of groups claiming to be pro-Israel and pro-peace has grown in recent years, reflecting opinions of most Jewish-Americans who support a two-state solution to […]

A woman holds a candle and an Israeli flag during a pro-Israel demonstration. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)

(MintPress) – Brandishing “pro-Israel” credentials has become a hallmark for election in Washington and an important policy position for incumbent politicians seeking the popular support of pro-Israel groups. However, the bevy of groups claiming to be pro-Israel and pro-peace has grown in recent years, reflecting opinions of most Jewish-Americans

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