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Terence Samuel

Terence Samuel is a Prospect senior correspondent and the author of The Upper House: A Journey behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Senate, published in May by Palgrave Macmillan. Follow him on Twitter.

Ragtime -- an innovative tableau of real and fictional events in the early 20th century -- legitimized the idea that the self-interested act can have an impact. Read more

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Super-angry-voter syndrome is beginning to look increasingly like a fiction. Read more

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Democrats will get credit for their accomplishments only if they are willing to claim them as such. Read more

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Sens. Chris Dodd and Byron Dorgan announced plans to retire this year, and some Democrats are going into panic mode over the news. Should they? Read more

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This year was full of political scandals, blunders, and miscalculations. Here's what Washington can learn from its mistakes. Read more

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In Papua New Guinea, the battle between environmental protection and economic development plays out with one controversial gas project. Read more

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While Afghanistan and health care dominate the news, Obama still needs to address the troubling job market. Read more

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Forget making everyone healthy and saving the polar bears. If Democrats can't solve the jobs problem, next year's elections will be an uphill battle. Read more

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Will the GOP be sufficiently rebuilt to challenge Obama and the Democrats in 2010? Probably not. Read more

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While the urge to read the political tea leaves is strong, Tuesday's results say little about next year's elections. Read more

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Senate Democrats finally seem willing to take risks to ensure the public option's survival. Read more

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The White House is fighting back against Fox News, and journalistic objectivity is at risk of becoming collateral damage in this war. Read more

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Do the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey say anything about the Democratic Party's future? Read more

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As long as racism is tolerated within their party, Southern Republicans shouldn't act too surprised when they get pushed on the issue. Read more

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The resignation of Obama's green-jobs czar is a primer on the right's political warfare tactics -- those preparing to defend health-care reform should take note. Read more

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Republicans have been able to confuse the issue, but their chances of killing health-care reform remain slim. All Obama has to do is lay out the facts. Read more

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Birthers, Blue Dogs, Glenn Beck, and beer -- all of these things have spelled a bad week for Obama. Now, it's time for a vacation. Read more

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Cheney's re-emergence in the media spotlight can only make Obama look good. Read more

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Sarah Palin may be well suited to the small screen, but she was never White House material. Read more

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