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Hobby Lobby vs. Obamacare: Corporations are Not People My Friend

Hobby Lobby vs. Obamacare: Corporations are Not People My Friend
Real Politik has already dedicated an entire article to criticizing the flawed logic that led to the Supreme Court’s now-infamous Citizens United ruling. During Citizens United, the court channeled its inner Mitt Romney by ruling that corporations are people and that political advertising is the same as political speech. Therefore any limits placed on political advertising violate corporations’ First... Read more »

U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Times They Are a-Changin

U.S.-Cuba Relations: The Times They Are a-Changin
Changing America’s Cuba policy has traditionally been considered electoral suicide for aspiring politicians. Their thinking has been based on a simple premise. Florida – and the state’s 29 electoral votes – has played kingmaker in the last five elections. And good luck taking Florida without taking a hard line on Cuba. South Florida is loaded with senior... Read more »

Chris Christie: Stuck in Traffic

Chris Christie: Stuck in Traffic
Chris Christie’s political scandal is shocking for so many different reasons. Here are three that immediately come to mind: 1) How could Mr. Christie’s staffers (or the governor himself) think that sabotaging city infrastructure and creating havok on the George Washington Bridge – one of the state’s most heavily trafficked arteries – would be the best... Read more »
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America’s Elections: Almost One Month Later

America’s Elections: Almost One Month Later
Mr. Obama Gets Another Shot at Hope and Change The following column about America’s elections was recently published in the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Gráfica. It was written the day after the election when Real Politik was feeling particularly bullish about the possibility of a Grand Bargain between Democrats and Republicans on deficit reduction and... Read more »

The Presidential Election: Obama and Romney's Forgotten Issues

The Presidential Election: Obama and Romney's Forgotten Issues
With less than two weeks to go before the 2012 presidential election, the campaign’s statistics speak for themselves: Three debates Hundreds of speeches Ten of thousands of advertisements Hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign donations Nonstop television coverage Given the tabloidization of American politics and the immense saturation of political media (including this blog)... Read more »

The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy

The Fighting Obama: Good Politics, Lackluster Policy
After seeing his poll numbers hit record low marks last year, President Obama and his team of advisers adopted a more aggressive public posture towards Republican opposition, as well as a born-again populist agenda around the theme of economic justice that appeared front and center during the President’s State of the Union address. The Fighting... Read more »
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Memo to OWS: It's All About Campaign Finance Reform

Memo to OWS: It's All About Campaign Finance Reform
          Like the Tea Party before it, Occupy Wall Street has defied popular expectation and become a major force in American politics. As of this post, OWS protests have raged from coast to coast for more than two months. Time will tell what becomes of the movement, but OWS has definitely... Read more »

President Obama Was Right on Israel and Palestine

President Obama Was Right on Israel and Palestine
Mahmoud Abbas’ move to propose a referendum on Palestinian statehood to the United Nations has thrust the delicate issue of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict back on the world stage and refocused attention on American diplomacy in the Middle East. Unlike his predecessor, George W. Bush, Barack Obama engaged in the Israeli/Palestinian peace process early and often... Read more »

You Say You Want a Revolution...

Kambiz is an Iranian journalist living in exile. I first met him on a train in Hamburg, Germany in 2005. I was traveling to Berlin on a backpacking trip and he was living there for a brief while contemplating moving his family to Europe. We struck up a conversation about politics that lasted from station... Read more »
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A View of Egypt from Chicago

The Egyptian Revolution has been very well documented since Egyptians first took to the streets a little more than a week ago to protest the 30-year rule of dictator Hosni Mubarak. Protesters Clash With Riot Police in Egypt  Americans have defied our popular stereotype as an isolated, ignorant and apathetic people by giving the revolution... Read more »