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Ronald Brownstein

Ronald Brownstein is the national affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

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Sidney Blumenthal's new volume in his biography of Lincoln explores the role of leadership in the remaking of American politics in the 1850s. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

If the profusion of legacy candidates this election season is any indication, having a political pedigree can do wonders for your electoral chances. As we hurtle toward the possibility of the first all second-generation presidential race, it's time to ask: Do dynastic advantages trample democratic fairness? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

As George W. commandeers the political center, Gore and Bradley may find more compelling voices as liberals. Read more

Money, Politics and Power