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Why Congress Can't Deliberate

  • By
  • Lorelei Kelly,
  • New America Foundation
December 4, 2012 |

The new Congress next year will likely inherit high-stakes standoffs over many complicated issues, from financial credibility to immigration. Our elected leaders must be able to make difficult trade-offs and craft policies that reflect the best expert knowledge.

In its current dysfunctional state, however, Congress cannot have nuanced deliberations or make knowledgeable judgments. One big reason is that it no longer has the capacity to produce unbiased public-interest information.

Nation of Amateurs

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
November 9, 2012 |

Twenty-four hours after Mitt Romney’s concession speech—as most of America nursed election hangovers, pundits opined on what went wrong for Romney and what’s next for Obama, and Florida continued counting votes—I gained perspective from an unexpected source: Mexico. I was at a hotel in Puebla watching the late-night TV hosts of Tercer Grado (the Third Degree) news commentary show bash the amateurish democratic process of their neighbors to the north.

Verify Some, But Mostly Trust

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
November 9, 2012 |

Twenty-four hours after Mitt Romney’s concession speech—as most of America nursed election hangovers, pundits opined on what went wrong for Romney and what’s next for Obama, and Florida continued counting votes—I gained perspective from an unexpected source: Mexico. I was at a hotel in Puebla watching the late-night TV hosts of Tercer Grado (the Third Degree) news commentary show bash the amateurish democratic process of their neighbors to the north.

The Sidebar: Post-Election Reflection and the Republican Reboot

November 9, 2012
Garance Franke-Ruta, Gabriel Sherman, and Gregory Rodriguez recap what happened on election night and where the country, the electorate, and the Republican Party go from here. Elizabeth Weigarten hosts.

New America Podcast: In Between His Lines

November 8, 2012
Listen to what New America's analysts were thinking while President Obama outlined his second term policy priorities during Tuesday night's victory speech.
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Why Obama Won't Take Revenge on Bibi

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
November 7, 2012 |

Within minutes of the President’s reelection, my twitter feed was alive with conservatives fretting that Obama will take revenge upon Benjamin Netanyahu for doing everything he could to boost Mitt Romney and almost nothing to boost Israeli-Palestinian peace. Unfortunately, they’re probably wrong.

The argument that in a second term Obama will intervene aggressively in the peace process rests on the mistaken belief that because he himself doesn’t have to run for reelection, he’s freed from worrying about the domestic political costs of friction with Israel. That’s untrue.

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Obama Victory Signals New Democratic Dominance in U.S. Politics

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
November 7, 2012 |

This campaign, like every campaign, pundits offered historical analogies. 2012 was 2004 or 1992 or 1948. But, in the end, it wasn’t any of those. It was 1936.

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Mitt Romney's Biggest Campaign Success

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
November 7, 2012 |

Whether Mitt Romney wins or loses tonight (or tomorrow, or next week), the most interesting story of the campaign, to my mind, is his turn to the center starting in the first debate. It’s interesting first of all because it happened so late. After the primaries, most pundits expected Romney to Etch-a-Sketch his way to the center. Instead, he chose Paul Ryan and temporarily turned the race into a referendum on entitlement cuts. Conservatives loved it, until Romney began falling behind in the polls, at which point they began slamming to the press.

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Why Election Day In Ohio Depressed the Hell Out of Me

  • By
  • Joe Mathews,
  • New America Foundation
November 7, 2012 |

I just spent Election Eve and Election Day in the ultimate swing state and the heart of the presidential election: at a hotel in Capitol Square, in the heart of Columbus, in the heart of Ohio, which the state license plates tout as “the heart of it all.”

Even standing this close to the country’s electoral heart, it’s hard to hear much of a democratic heartbeat. The presidential election, experienced in this proximity, is less a living thing than it is a big, loud machine that drowns out other noises.

Red Herring

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
November 1, 2012 |

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are said to be tussling over the fabled "military vote," and during this extraordinarily tedious election season, both have highlighted their fondness for all things military. Despite the efforts of both candidates to drum up military support, however, most commentators assume that the military "naturally" supports Republicans over Democrats. But will "the military vote" really favor Romney next week?

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