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If Democrats Want to Challenge Trump, They Need a New Strategy. The moment that Donald Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States, the Democratic Party became the weakest, in terms of elected offices held, it has been in the entire history of the United States.

If Democrats Want to Challenge Trump, They Need a New Strategy

While Republicans in Congress have begun to show some interest in investigating the Trump campaign’s pre-election ties to Russia, it remains the case that party competition, not the checks and balances among branches of the government, is the most important restraint on the power of the president. That means that Democrats in Congress, weak as they might be, are the only major obstacle between Trump and total control of the United States government. I’m a political scientist and business school professor who has written a book on American presidents and “unfiltered” leaders exactly like Trump, so this situation presents an irresistible challenge.

What Hasn’t Worked So far, Trump’s opponents have used three relatively ineffective strategies. Understanding Trump’s Pillars of Support. The Future of Liberalism and the Politicization of Everything - Niskanen Center. January 25, 2017 by Samuel Hammond The ideals of liberalism seem increasingly under threat these days, so it’s worth reviewing what they are, where they come from, and why it’s essential that they make a comeback (a PDF version of this essay is available here).

The Future of Liberalism and the Politicization of Everything - Niskanen Center

The first step is to recognize that they were not invented by some obsolete English philosopher. Rather, in their most general form, liberal principles have been rediscovered repeatedly and throughout history as practical tools for reconciling two basic social facts: Many of our deepest moral and metaphysical beliefs, like how to live a good life or which God to worship, are inherently contestable — reasonable people can and will disagree;We nonetheless all stand to benefit (on our own terms) from a social structure that enables peaceful cooperation. Howard Dean: How to Move Beyond the Two-Party System. Photo I stand with Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

Howard Dean: How to Move Beyond the Two-Party System

Others will back Donald J. Trump. But polls suggest that almost one in 10 voters are making a different choice by supporting the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, or another candidate. And so once again major party backers warn against wasting votes on “spoilers” and criticize minor party candidates for even running. America Is Becoming More Liberal. Over roughly the past 18 months, the following events have transfixed the nation.

America Is Becoming More Liberal

In July 2014, Eric Garner, an African American man reportedly selling loose cigarettes illegally, was choked to death by a New York City policeman. That August, a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed an African American teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. For close to two weeks, protesters battled police clad in military gear. Missouri’s governor said the city looked like a war zone. In December, an African American man with a criminal record avenged Garner’s and Brown’s deaths by murdering two New York City police officers. In April 2015 another young African American man, Freddie Gray, died in police custody, in Baltimore. Then, in July, activists with Black Lives Matter, a movement that had gained national attention after Brown’s death, disrupted speeches by two Democratic presidential candidates in Phoenix, Arizona. Anyone familiar with American history can hear the echoes.

Why Americans Are Becoming More Pessimistic.

The Left vs. Right Partisan Divide

The GOP. Powell Memo « The People's Book Project. The Powell Memo (or the Powell Manifesto): Text and Analysis. The Powell Memo was first published August 23, 1971 Introduction.

The Powell Memo (or the Powell Manifesto): Text and Analysis

‘Death of the Liberal Class’ - Book Excerpt. ‘Death of the Liberal Class’ Posted on Oct 29, 2010 By Chris Hedges From the book “Death of the Liberal Class,” by Chris Hedges.

‘Death of the Liberal Class’ - Book Excerpt

Excerpted by arrangement with Nation Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2010. Someone finally polled the 1% — And it's not pretty. On May 22, The Campaign for America's Future gave a conference on The New Populist Majority.

Someone finally polled the 1% — And it's not pretty

The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Warren. The conference confronted the meme that the US is a "center-right" country. Most interesting to me was the fact that they obtained poll results from "the 1%. " Typically, "upper income" in polling is considered "over $250K/yr" or even "over $150K/yr. " Such people are rich compared to most, but they do not have enough money to buy elections with their spare change. Chris Hedges: Obama is a "Poster Child for the Death of the Liberal Class" This is a rush transcript.

Chris Hedges: Obama is a "Poster Child for the Death of the Liberal Class"

Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: President Obama signed the controversial $858 billion tax-cut legislation into law Friday. At least a quarter of the tax savings under the deal will go to the wealthiest one percent of the population. The only group that will see its taxes increase are the nation’s lowest-paid workers. The Death of Neoliberalism. Our grandchildren won’t believe our stories about the 1990s.

The Death of Neoliberalism

Yes, there really was a time before the World Wide Web and ubiquitous portable communication devices in sub-Saharan Africa. Yes, you really could travel to some foreign countries without a passport, without a return ticket, without a credit card, and without entering multiple government databases. Phony Federalism. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution is like the skinny teenage girl who blossoms over the summer and suddenly finds herself besieged by suitors.

Phony Federalism

Once ignored, it has found a host of champions among Republican presidential candidates who are competing to show their devotion. The amendment contains just one sentence: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. " It is a bulwark of federalism, which allows states the freedom to adopt different policies reflecting their peculiar circumstances. It was meant as a check on those who would demand uniform practices from one end of America to the other. Given the conservative preference for local control and distrust of national mandates, it's no surprise to hear Republicans asserting the central importance of this provision.

Thoughts on Neoconservatism and Neoliberalism. I got to thinking today about how neocon and neoliberal are becoming interchangeable terms. They did not start out that way. My understanding is they are ways of rationalizing breaks with traditional conservatism and liberalism. Standard conservatism was fairly isolationist. Secret Debate Contract Reveals Obama and Romney Campaigns Exclude Third Parties, Control Questions. This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will hold their second debate tonight at Hofstra University on Long Island.

President Obama faces increasing pressure after what many deemed a lackluster performance during the first debate in Denver, Colorado, earlier this month. Noam Chomsky Slams America's Selfish Ayn Randian Elites. January 14, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Politics (whole documentary) Fixing Democracy. 2012 presidential election: Obama, Romney, Biden, Ryan campaigns told in video game fights. Congress’ Approval Rating Ties Lowest in Gallup Records. Why We Have a Do-Nothing Congress. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), third from left, and other Gang of Eight senators during a news conference after a Senate vote on immigration legislation, in Washington, June 27, 2013. Three-quarters of Americans distrust the government.

Published time: March 12, 2013 20:22 Edited time: March 13, 2013 15:55. NBC/WSJ poll: 60 percent say fire every member of Congress. J. David Ake / AP. Poll: Trust in government at all-time low. Washington (CNN) – Four decades after President Richard Nixon resigned, a slight majority of Americans still consider Watergate a very serious matter, a new national survey shows. But how serious depends on when you were born.

The CNN/ORC International poll's release comes one day before the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974. With the Watergate scandal escalating, the second-term Republican president had lost much of his political backing, and he faced almost certain impeachment and the prospects of being removed from office by a Democratic-dominated House and Senate. Congressional Performance. Congressional Performance. Take Back the Senate, Senators. If I Were President... - Interactive Feature. Opinion. Perceived Need for Third Party Reaches New High. We Need a 'Conservative' Party. Is the Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?

(Image: Troy Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: samdupont / Flickr)Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking “what did the voters want?” But the right question is why did only 36.4 percent of potential voters bother to register and vote? Is Our Adults Learning? Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy. The Quiet Movement to Make Government Fail Less Often.

In Praise of Small Miracles. The depressing psychological theory that explains Washington. Americans Don't Trust Each Other Anymore. The Germans have a perfect word for American disillusionment. The Most Depressing Discovery About the Brain, Ever. 'Moneyball' Godfather Bill James Tackles Politics In Super PAC Age. Billionaires Going Rogue. The Political Compass - Test. Social Attitude Test. Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes.