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New research has uncovered a surprising factor that helps people vote. And it involves marshmallows.

Voter turnout in the United States is low. In last year’s midterm elections, only 36 percent of eligible voters turned out. Voter turnout is also unequal: educated, wealthier, and older voters are much more likely to vote. These patterns shape the election outcomes we see and the public policies that get implemented. Unfortunately, most approaches […]

Big moments in Boehner's nearly 5 years as House speaker

The Republicans captured control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, propelled by the birth of the tea party and anger at President Barack Obama. In 2011, Boehner and Obama met secretly in hopes of negotiating a "grand bargain"...Show More Summary

GOP Senators Up for Reelection Are Not Happy About a Potential Shutdown

Republican Senate candidates campaigning in 2014 had a great advantage; since it was a midterm election, potential voters leaned conservative and were mostly unimpressed with the current Democratic president. As a result, Democratic senators who were elected in 2008 — a year with some impressive Democratic coattails — had an... More »

Youth Apathy: The Problem Is in the Question, Not the Answer

Young people have a terrible reputation for not having political convictions or speaking out about them. Only 45 percent of 18 to 29 year olds voted in the 2012 election and less than 20 percent went to the polls in the 2014 midterms--the lowest number in the past 40 years. Show More Summary

The Black Box: Voting Machines

Computer Vote Tampering and Vote Counting Irregularities The 2014 midterm election results may have been a complete farce. All it takes is one insider who knows how to flip a switch and the outcome changes. When it comes to voting, should...Show More Summary

Fox's Charles Payne Embraces Jobs Trutherism: "We Know 5.3 Percent Unemployment Is A BS Number"

From the September 1 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto: Previously: On Eve Of Midterm Election, Hannity Declares Unemployment Rate "A Lie"Fox Pushes Jobs Trutherism In Anticipation Of October Jobs Report

Black Box Voting: Voter Intimidation

Hard to believe, but true. Voters are flat-out intimidated to come to the polls. During the 2014 midterms, incumbent Mitch McConnell sent out warnings to Kentucky voters that read: ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE. You are at risk of acting...Show More Summary

Competition / Town Meeting Hall (New England) / AIA Vermont Emerging Professionals

TOWN MEETING HALL is the 3rd annual competition organized by AIA Vermont Emerging Professionals Network. COMPETITION BRIEF Only 35.9% of eligible voters in the U.S. cast ballots during the 2014 midterm elections. That was both the lowest turnout and the biggest drop from a preceding presidential election since 1952. Show More Summary

What the Black Lives Matter campaign gets wrong

HECKLING politicians is rarely an effective form of advocacy. In the midterm elections advocates for illegal immigrants heckled Barack Obama—and mostly were shouted down. But at a series of recent political events, protesters standing up to shout that “black lives matter” have been causing ripples in the Democratic presidential-primary race. Show More Summary

This Pastor May Run For The Senate -- And Help Turn Georgia Blue

WASHINGTON -- Rev. Raphael Warnock has been arrested while advocating for Medicaid expansion and inspired black parishioners to go to the polls during last year's midterm elections as part of the "Souls to the Polls" movement. Now, he's...Show More Summary

Why political journalists shouldn’t report on internal polling

In the waning days of the 2014 midterm elections, as the political sands shifted decidedly away from many Democratic candidates, The New York Times published a roundup of the party’s decisions to abandon races once considered competitive to shore up vulnerable incumbents. Show More Summary

Before He Was America's Wacky Uncle, Joe Biden Was a Tough-on-Crime Hardliner

"Hillary and I both feel a special indebtedness for the friendship and the leadership of Joe Biden," Bill Clinton said during a November 1994 campaign rally in Wilmington, Del., the evening before the midterm elections. "Without him, there would have been no crime bill this year. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton’s First Campaign Ads Focus on Her Mom

Parents were the hot accessory in campaign ads during last year's midterm elections, and it looks like the trend will continue in the 2016 race. Last month Chris Christie launched his campaign with a video about how his mother made him the straight-talking man he is today, and on Sunday... More »

How did the pollsters get the British elections so very wrong?

The past 12 months have not been kind to political pollsters. Opinion polls have been well wide of the mark in the U.S. midterms, the Israeli general election, the Greek and Scottish referendums, and the British general election. The U.K. election was perhaps the most embarrassing of all. Through the heavily polled election campaign, surveys […]

Fascinating statistics about who voted in the last election

The US Census Bureau recently released an analysis of who voted in the 2014 election, based on a survey of Americans taken in November. And it revealed some fascinating statistics about the makeup of the midterm electorate. Overall,Show More Summary

Obama Won’t Be a Lame Duck

With the amazing events of the last 10 days, David Remnick says the idea that President Obama “would play out his Presidency, after the political defeat of the midterm elections, as a professorial lame duck turns out to be without [...

Government Official Admits Deleting Text Messages After Ex-Im Bank FOIA Request

In today's consequence-less world - where only the poor are punished - news that a top official at a controversial U.S. export finance agency deleted text messages sent within days of the 2014 midterm elections after a watchdog group filed an open records request for the messages, will come as no surprise whatsoever. Show More Summary

“Republicans lag behind on voter information”

LAT: The Republican National Committee’s plans for the 2014 midterm election went far beyond taking control of Congress: They were to put in motion a massive technology push aimed at capturing the White House in 2016. The party vowed to … Continue reading ?

Obama's veto is the only weapon defeated Democrats have left

Early in the evening on election night, nervous Democrats might have found solace in the fact that, even with all the advantages Republicans had going into the 2014 campaign - the conservative bent of midterm voters, gerrymandered House districts, a lopsided number of shaky Democratic U.S. Senate...

Republicans try to catch up on data analysis but run into their own ideology

The Republican National Committee's plans for the 2014 midterm election went far beyond taking full control of Congress - they were also to put in motion a massive technology push aimed at capturing the White House in 2016.

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