Obama's Total Knockout

Barack Obama finished the debate season with a definitive win. Will it matter?

You Are Me and We Are All Together

Obama embraces the "not one of us" attack.

The Third Debate: New Topic, Same Empty Taste

It would be useful to peer into Romney's and Obama's hearts tonight. But we won't be able to.

In Minnesota, Voting Blind on Voter ID

The state's voters will decide whether to require a photo ID at the polls. But they'll get no say in the specifics of the provision.

The Last Debate

Expect Obama to try to focus on Osama bin Laden and the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while Romney tries to steer things toward China.

White Democrats Disappear from the Deep South

If Georgia's John Barrow loses, there will be none left.

Extreme Partisanship: Preserver of our Democracy

No, we can't all just get along—and that's a good thing.

George McGovern: America's Critic and Champion

The former presidential candidate challenged the country he loved while firmly embracing its people.

The Mile-High Question

Mitt Romney's performance in nearby Denver has Republicans in Jefferson County fired up, narrowing Obama's once-sizable lead to a toss-up.

Making Prisoners Count

For legislative districts, inmates are considered part of communities where they’ll likely never live as free citizens.

Four Notes on George McGovern

Farewell to a decent man who was never treyf like Nixon.

The Grit and Grace of George McGovern

A fellow South Dakotan remembers his friend and mentor, who died on Sunday at age 90.

Free Speech Weirdness from Overseas

Imagine if the government started policing Rush Limbaugh's facts.

Salad Days for the Gun Industry

It's the best of times if you're a gun manufacturer.

Georgia's Bitter Charter Battle

Will voters create a $430 million charter-school commission when school budgets are already suffering?