money-politics-illustration-2Behind Every Republican, a Billionaire

But it's the uncommitted billionaires who may be key to the 2016 Republican primary

By Karoli Kuns

The “money primary” continues, but it is becoming a “billionaire primary,” in which each candidate must secure the backing of at least one billionaire. The winner of the “billionaire primary” will be the beneficiary of a $900-million Koch brothers coordinated pledge to elect a Republican to the White House in 2016.

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Faith and FreedomTed Cruz and the Politics of Faith and Fear

These people are, in a word, afraid. And their candidates have mastered the exploitation of their fears

By Lou Dubose

At the annual Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in downtown Washington, Republican candidates meet “the base” whose support they must have to win. There’s a dynamic in which each candidate feels compelled to out-Herod Herod. To be outflanked on the right is to lose ground.

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You Can’t Make the Congress Do Anything

The ability of presidents to move the legislative needle will always be severely limited

By Scott Lemieux Read

The_Pentagon_January_2008Accounting for the Pentagon

The debate over defense spending isn't what it looks like

By Peter Certo Read

Charts final 2abCorporate Dollars v. Union Dollars

"The distinctive potential of corporations to corrupt the electoral process [has] long been recognized."

By Lou Dubose Read

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