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2014 Midterm Lessons for Republicans: Ostensible GOP 'Inroads' With Latino Voters in 2014 Are Misleading, and Won't Be Repeated in 2016

At first glance, the 2014 midterm elections appear to have been an overwhelming success story for the Republican Party. Among Republican trophies, some commentators have highlighted how the GOP appears to have made significant "inroads"...Show More Summary

When Will GOP Congress Grow Up?

Kevin Drum asks why Republicans in Congress get a pass on governing by temper tantrum on Mother Jones. David Brooks is unhappy that President Obama continues to be a liberal even though Democrats lost in this year’s midterm election:   “I sympathize with what Obama is trying to do substantively (on immigration), but the process [...]Show More Summary

5 Takeaways From the WSJ/NBC Post-Midterms Poll

Americans are largely pleased with the outcome of this month’s midterm elections but have little faith that Republican gains in the House and Senate will prompt the two parties to work more closely to solve the nation’s problems, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Here are five highlights from the poll.

Nonvoters Would Have Leaned Toward Democrats in Midterms — WSJ/NBC Poll

Democrats bemoaned midterm election turnout that reached historic lows. Turns out, those who sat out the Nov. 4 vote would have voted for Democrats had they shown up, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found.

Pot legalization in D.C. could pose a challenge to international anti-drug treaties

More than two-thirds of D.C. voters who took to the polls during the midterm elections were in favor of legalizing marijuana, but the will of the people may actually go against international treaties, according to Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Show More Summary

No room in the Senate for moderate Democrats

No wonder the Democrats got shellacked in the midterm elections. They have one senator, badly behind in her runoff race, and the largest segment of their caucus indebted to billionaire Tom Steyer, the green activist. So they go ahead and hold the Keystone XL pipeline vote and deliver another blow to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), […]

Social Innovation: A Bi-Partisan Bright Spot

The White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation enjoys broad, bi-partisan support; in the wake of midterm elections, its work is more important than ever.

REPORT: Ebola Coverage On TV News Plummeted After Midterms

In early October, the GOP developed a plan to make the federal government's response to Ebola a central part of its midterm elections strategy. Television media played into Republicans' hands, helping to foment panic about the disease. Show More Summary

The Insiders: Congress can derail Obama’s global warming fantasies

The White House would have us believe that the president is unfazed by the midterm election debacle. There is plenty of coverage of President Obama’s upcoming unilateral actions on immigration and his yawner of an announcement of a non-binding agreement on global warming with the Chinese, but another executive overreach may be about to take […]

Teachers Union Ignores State Law Against Campaign Spending

By Bill McMorris, The Washington Free Beacon Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union exploited its members to aid Democrats in the midterm elections and may have broken state law in the process, according to charges filed by a veteran educator.

Congress Must Rein in the NLRB

By Ryan Williams, Roll Call Since the 2010 midterm elections, a split Congress effectively froze the most controversial elements of the president’s political agenda.

Compelled political investment, minimal returns

By Richard Berman, The Hill Richard Trumka made a handsome boast in February 2014: His union, the AFL-CIO, would put $300 million or more forward to stem the rising Republican tide in the midterm elections.

Social conservatives vow to further divide GOP with outdated 'culture war': Rob Portman edition

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One of the big stories of the recent midterms is how anti-gay groups like the National Organization For Marriage played a role in helping elect pro-equality Democrats by waging war against moderate Republicans in a few key races. NOM has...

What's the state of local political news?

In the wake of last week’s midterm election and some ensuing commentary about the state of local media, CJR associate editor Greg Marx and United States Project correspondent Deron Lee shared thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of local news. A record of the discussion is below. From: Greg Marx, 11:11pm Nov. 11 Hey Deron, It feels like we’ve had a...

AM News: Mixed Common Core Signals For Jeb Bush 2016

Jeb Bush, Common Core and 2016 WSJ: Races in which Common Core was raised as a campaign issue in the midterm election produced a mixed verdict. School superintendents who raised concerns about the national standards won in Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina. Show More Summary

Why is it hard to get anywhere on fracking? Because people are too full of themselves.

In the 2014 midterm elections, several localities -- including Denton, Texas, and Mendocino County, Calif. -- passed bans on "fracking," a catchall term that has come to describe the process by which companies use advanced or unconventional drilling technologies to access hard-to-get reserves of natural gas found in deep underground shale formations. Show More Summary

Will Harry Reid’s moves be enough?

The Democratic party was run over in the midterm elections, giving up at least eight seats in the Senate. In some cases, they lost races they were supposed to win, and in others they lost by wide margins in contests that were supposed to be close. So what does this newly chastened and humbled party do to show a fresh face to […]

Why Hydraulic Fracturing is Not Necessarily Contaminating Water or Using More Water Per Unit of Oil Production

The 2014 US Midterm Elections significantly altered the balance of power in the US Congress. This, however, has not been the only big result from Election Night 2014. Voters in some communities in California, Ohio, and perhaps most surprisingly in Texas, chose to enact bans on fracking. read more

Why Hillary Clinton will struggle to rebuild the Obama coalition

In the wake of the disastrous midterms for Democrats, analysis of their prospects for the 2016 elections — and especially the outlook for Hillary Clinton — ranged from shrugs to panic. Some argued that the unique turnout models of midterms do not allow for any projections in a presidential cycle, while others talked about an electoral realignment. Show More Summary

What climate hawks can learn from the midterms: Messaging and money matter

The mainstream media spun the election as a debilitating blow for climate advocates. That's the wrong takeaway.

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