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Legislature As Theater

Using control of the agenda to force the opposition into unpopular votes doesn’t have much of an impact on elections at the presidential level (although a little more at the state and local level). Still, given that Republican control of the House makes passing worthwhile legislation an impossibility, there’s no reason for Senate Democrats not [...]
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Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was gunned down within sight of the Kremlin's own security cameras

Politics : Business Insider: Politix (3 hours ago)

Although few doubted the seriousness of his political convictions, Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov also had a reputation as a charmer and something of a playboy. Yet one of a very few opposition leaders who always seemed... Read Post

A Thousand Little Frauds

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (5 years ago)

Martine van Bijlert documents vote manipulation at the local level in Afghanistan: The competition was more localized and the level of organization of the fraud more limited than in the presidential election, but the margins needed ... Read Post

Why Did You Vote? Ctd

Politics : The Daily Dish By Andrew Sullivan (4 years ago)

A reader writes: The question in the linked article specifically asks about presidential elections. But my vote has a much greater impact on local and even state elections. The correct question isn't "Why do we vote?", but "Why do w... Read Post

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