Here's Some of What We Learned From Tonight's New Hampshire Exit Polls

Brendan O'Connor · 02/09/16 07:40PM

Well folks, it’s that lovely election night limbo after the polls have begun to close and before anyone actually knows anything, and so instead we have to look at exit polls! Exit polls are only ever indicative of bad things. How bad? Let’s find out.

Trump On Concerns His New Fan Putin Kills Journalists: "At Least He's a Leader"

Allie Jones · 12/18/15 10:25AM

In a news conference yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Donald Trump “a bright and talented person” and “the absolute leader of the presidential race.” Trump loved this, obviously. Today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he declared, “When people call you brilliant it’s always good. Especially when the person heads up Russia.” Trump then proceeded to ham-handedly defend his new buddy Putin against accusations that he kills journalists.

It's Time for You to Run for Office

Tom Scocca · 12/11/15 09:00AM

How can you make a difference in the American political system? Bernie Sanders supporters are having preemptively defeatist arguments about this, about whether Sanders voters should swallow their principles and support Hillary Clinton in the general election, or sit back and let the Republican nominee win, in the hopes of shocking Democrats to move left.

Hong Kong Protests Turn Violent Once Again in Lead-Up to Talks

Brad Friedman · 10/18/14 03:20PM

Confrontation between protesters and police turned violent once again early Sunday morning in Hong Kong. As Reuters reports, the pro-democracy movement, which has been demonstrating for the past three weeks, launched a new attack in spite of news that the movement’s leaders and members of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government would meet next week.

Afghanistan Finally Elects a New President

Zara Golden · 09/21/14 09:08PM

Drawing the curtains on a drawn-out and dramatic election season, today the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner and the next president of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, an American-brokered power-sharing agreement signed by the two leading candidates dictates that runner-up Abdullah Abdullah will serve as his chief executive officer. Together they will share control over who leads key institutions such as the Afghan army and other executive decisions.

Runner-up in Afghan Presidential Election Calls Results a "Coup"

Allie Jones · 07/08/14 07:27AM

Afghanistan's election drama got worse this week when the preliminary results of last month's presidential runoff were released to show contender Abdullah Abdullah losing by a wide margin. His camp responded by calling the election a "coup" against the people's votes.

Study: The U.S. Is an Oligarchy

Hamilton Nolan · 04/15/14 09:46AM

A new study by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities finds that America's government policies reflect the wishes of the rich and of powerful interest groups, rather than the wishes of the majority of citizens.

Americans Done With U.S. Democracy, But What Will They Choose Instead?

Ken Layne · 10/22/13 12:47PM

Having learned what happens when giant babies are elected to govern the United States, Americans are very disgusted with their government. They like the Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and Obamacare and Prescription Drug Benefits, but they don't like democracy, which is a pretty weird way to run a country.

Abolish the Electoral College (And The U.S. Senate)

Hamilton Nolan · 11/06/12 04:55PM

Democracy is not very hard to understand. Its simplicity is a big part of its appeal. One citizen, one vote. Even representative democracy, necessary for unwieldy, far-flung populous nations like ours, is pretty easy: the candidate who gets the most votes wins. Representatives represent the will of the people.

Is Arkansas Town Now the Least Democratic in the USA?

Lauri Apple · 07/17/11 06:35PM

The city council of Gould, Arkansas just passed an ordinance that forbids "new organizations" from forming without their permission. This applies to any organization, from book groups to Justin Beiber Fan Club chapters—but especially applies to groups that like to talk local politics.