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Against the Grain

Obama's Politicking Is Damaging His Presidency

On foreign policy and immigration, the president has prioritized short-term politics over sound policy. And it's costing him badly in his final years in office.

Is Marco Rubio a Statesman or Just a Good Strategist?

To run for president, the senator needs to show voters how he's a different type of Republican—beyond his biography.

If Democrats Lose the Senate, Harry Reid Deserves the Blame

The Senate majority l eader's aggressive tactics have backfired, threatening his hold on leadership.

The Secret Weapon to Win Over Voters: Authenticity

It's becoming harder for red-state Democrats to say what they really think on hot-button issues.

The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

This year's political environment is shaping up to be nearly as bleak as 2010, and that's ominous news for Senate Democrats.

Immigration Isn't A Slam-Dunk Issue for Democrats Anymore

Polling shows the public is divided on immigration reform, while divisions within the Democratic party are worsening.

The 2014 Against the Grain Awards

Grading the best and worst of the campaigns at the election cycle's halfway point.

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Obama's Politicking Is Damaging His Presidency

On foreign policy and immigration, the president has prioritized short-term politics over sound policy. And it's costing him badly in his final years in office.

Is Marco Rubio a Statesman or Just a Good Strategist?

To run for president, the senator needs to show voters how he's a different type of Republican—beyond his biography.

If Democrats Lose the Senate, Harry Reid Deserves the Blame

The Senate majority l eader's aggressive tactics have backfired, threatening his hold on leadership.

The Secret Weapon to Win Over Voters: Authenticity

It's becoming harder for red-state Democrats to say what they really think on hot-button issues.

The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

This year's political environment is shaping up to be nearly as bleak as 2010, and that's ominous news for Senate Democrats.

Immigration Isn't A Slam-Dunk Issue for Democrats Anymore

Polling shows the public is divided on immigration reform, while divisions within the Democratic party are worsening.

The 2014 Against the Grain Awards

Grading the best and worst of the campaigns at the election cycle's halfway point.

Show More