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Obama's Challenge: Building a Bridge Over America's Racial Divide

It is now possible to see a future where the GOP is clearly and distinctly a white party, while Democrats are a majority-minority party.

The Pernicious Effects of Gerrymandering

If the Supreme Court decides to stop letting voters take control of the redistricting process away from partisan legislators, polarization can only get worse.

Will Congress Use Executive Order on Immigration as Excuse for More Gridlock?

I hope President Obama issues his order but delays its effective date until early next year, giving the House one last chance to do something on the issue. 

'Alpha House' Blends Its Political Satire With Humanity

I come away from the show feeling not naked contempt for the pols but sympathy for the pushes, pulls, and pressures that come with their jobs.

Plunging Oil Prices Set Off a Global Chess Game

Huge implications of a lower cost per barrel will make John Kerry's job even tougher.

A Republican Senate Victory Could Splinter the Party

The tension between setting out a positive agenda for governing and the pressure to continue to block and obstruct will be very, very high.

What If Independents Keep Senate Majority Status in Flux?

Imagine if they aligned to form a Centrist Caucus, providing the votes needed to top 50 percent in return for commitments on a list of priorities.

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