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A rational explanation of the GOP budget?

Can anyone point me toward some writing by a smart person in support of the GOP's budget? I'm not being snarky—I am sure that wealthy, anti-intellectual people looking out for their own interests is a motivation on the part of some congresspeople, but I am not ready to believe in a world where it is the only one. [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Geez, I'm not a pageant queen here

The VP of my company has made a habit of teasing me about whether I'm smiling. I'm getting to the point where if I don't say something soon, I might blow up one day. How can I communicate my distaste for this kind of teasing without offending and/or alienating him? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Mar 4, 2011 - 56 answers

Economics for Dummies

How much does the corporate tax rate really affect jobs? [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Feb 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Does Alaska have a huge surplus or huge deficit?

Can somebody explain to me how Alaska claims a budget surplus, yet is scores low nationally on deficit rankings? [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Feb 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Getting all sides of the stories.

Polly Toynbee writes a newspaper column from a left-wing /social democratic perspective. Who would be her centre and right-wing newspaper/magazine counterparts?
posted by episodic on Feb 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Office Politics-Book

Books on dealing with office politics [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Streaming video of public meeting. How do I download for offline viewing?

Video pirates, ahoy. All I want to do is save .wmv streams of some Seattle-area public meetings to my computer, for offline viewing. Simple, right? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Feb 8, 2011 - 6 answers

How exactly does America stay competitive, anyways?

How exactly does America stay competitive, anyways? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Jan 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Conservative predictions

Have any of the major Conservative political pundits, especially Bill Kristol, Beck, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, et al., made any correct predictions about major historical, political, or social events in the last decade? [more inside]
posted by jspopin on Jan 22, 2011 - 8 answers

America isn't a Democrat, it's a Republican! Er, yeah.

Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 17, 2011 - 30 answers

Where can I read more about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, and the events leading up to it?

Where can I read more about the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, and the events leading up to it? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jan 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier?

Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jan 7, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I pull political data into my website?

How can I find out United States political information, such as Senators, current elections, and so on, for visitors of my website, in as automatic a way as possible? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Dec 31, 2010 - 8 answers

The 1968 conventions

Recently a college radio station here played a recording of a man recounting the story of the 1968 United States presidential election in a quasi-biblical radio-preacher style. Please help me find this recording. [more inside]
posted by enn on Dec 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Are meetings with elected officials public knowledge?

Are meetings for members of Congress and other elected and appointed officials part of the public record? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Dec 11, 2010 - 7 answers

News about any and all countries?

What, if any, English-speaking website will give me news about all of the world's nations? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Dec 5, 2010 - 16 answers

Music for your shift on the barricades

Class war music. [more inside]
posted by enn on Nov 29, 2010 - 73 answers

Looking for an old political cartoon

Looking for a political cartoon from the 1992 US Presidential election, I think it was. [more inside]
posted by rheumy_the_dwarf on Nov 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Gerry Mander

How would an objective redistricting (e.g.) at the state and local level change the political landscape of the United States? In other words, who is getting screwed by the current gerrymandering?
posted by leotrotsky on Nov 15, 2010 - 9 answers

What should I read about Just War?

Do you have recommendations for good readings on Just War theory and debates? Any and all perspectives welcome, from Thomas Aquinas to modern day. Links to good summaries and reviews of leading works/thinkers very good too. This is for thesis writing, so especially looking for the academic or at least erudite. Thanks very much for any tips!!
posted by zresearch on Nov 8, 2010 - 16 answers

School publication on politics - need help!

School publication: Eagle or Gazette something? [more inside]
posted by wylde21 on Nov 7, 2010 - 1 answer

Did female Tea Party-affiliated Republicans do worse than male Tea Party-affiliated Republicans in this election?

Did female Tea Party-affiliated Republicans do worse than male Tea Party-affiliated Republicans in yesterday's election? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Nov 3, 2010 - 10 answers

What's the big (energy) idea?

Say a group of citizens in a fairly progressive US state wanted to run an initiative campaign [i.e., pass a law by popular vote] that would implement one big, state-wide renewable energy effort. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by slab_lizard on Nov 2, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me follow election returns on the go.

Please recommend a good iPhone app or mobile-optimized website for following U.S. election returns on Tuesday night -- not just the outcome of races, but the returns of individual races as they come in. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Nov 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Will Noone Rid Me Of These Troublesome Political Calls?

We get what I consider to be an excessive number of political advocation/push polls/polls/robocalls at our house (9 calls between noon on Wednesday and noon on Thursday, for example). We get 1-3 political-oriented calls per-week year round, but it is beginning to feel like harassment now. Help me figure out how to cut way back on the calls for the future. [more inside]
posted by julen on Oct 29, 2010 - 22 answers

Looking for Platforms/Positions, Campaign Summaries, Judicial Ratings & Tiny-Position Info to Help Me Cast my Cook County Ballot

I’m a resident of Chicago (Cook County, Illinois). I’m very much not a fan of politics, but that lack of enthusiasm doesn’t extend to not voting – I’d still like to make an educated choice when casting my ballot, but without re-engaging in the political blogosphere, etc.. So, could you help me do my due diligence by helping me find websites that would contain the three particular kinds of information you'll see me describe inside/after the break? [more inside]
posted by Fizzgig on Oct 28, 2010 - 5 answers

California gubernatorial race poll numbers

Was there a single event that happened on or shortly before September 7th, 2010, that caused Brown's poll numbers to start to rise and Whitman's numbers correspondingly fall in the current gubernatorial race for US state of California? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Oct 27, 2010 - 14 answers

I need a "politics for dummies" book.

I'd like to be knowledgeable about politics enough to be able to state my opinion, engage in debates, and the like. I'm a one-issue person (gay marriage) and I'd like to discover my own beliefs about politics so that I no longer have to sit quietly when my friends get into it.
posted by Autumn on Oct 25, 2010 - 15 answers

Who wants to conquer the world?

What modern political theorists/essayists write very explicitly about the end-result they'd like to see in the world, rather than focusing on piecemeal reforms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the career path of a school trustee?

What is the career path of a school trustee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Mystery audiobooks and other things to pass the time

My grandmother recently had a shoulder replacement and was never a huge television fan, so I'm looking for audiobooks and podcasts to put on a digital audio player for her. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Oct 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Governor of Death

Which U.S. governor has presided over the most executions? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Oct 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Is coalition government possible in the US system?

In many advanced democracies around the world these days, coalition governments are in place (Japan, England and Australia just to name a few). Is it 'technically' possible in the US - given the rise of 'third party' candidates (or 'fourth' 'fifth' whatever ...) - for Congress to operate in that fashion? Positions like 'House Majority/Minority Leader' and suchlike seem to be predicated on the existence of two opposing blocks. Could either the House or Senate operate if there were (say) three large parties dividing up the seats, instead of two?
posted by woodblock100 on Oct 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Searching for op-ed article

I'm looking for an article about how the "good old days" (that the Party of No wants the US to return to) never really existed. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Sep 30, 2010 - 9 answers

What has your president done for you lately?

May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Sep 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Why wouldn't I only hire women then?

I need some ammo to fight an oft heard political argument [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Sep 22, 2010 - 36 answers

What's a good book on the lives of Hispanic immigrants?

What's a good book on the status of Hispanics in America? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear on Sep 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Books on Bosses?

In preparation for Boardwalk Empire, what are the best books out there on political bosses, political machines, and their heyday on the American scene?
posted by LeonBernstein on Sep 16, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I stay above the fray?

Good news: it looks like I'm being groomed for a new position at work, one I really want. Yay! Bad news: there's rumors that the person who currently has the position is getting fired. I'd like advice on how to deal with this gracefully. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Drowning in politics and lies at work

How do I navigate this increasingly complicated and uncomfortable situation at work which involves lying on other people's part, future fibbing on my part, being angry at my bosses, and potentially following them out the door? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I navigate racial politics with my family before our transracial adoption?

When I was childless, my parents' right-wing politics were pretty easy to ignore. Whatever, we're different, they are entitled to their opinions. But now that I have a small child, and we are about to adopt transracially, things are beginning to get tense for me. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Aug 31, 2010 - 41 answers

Help me find this "skeptic Marxist"

Help me find the name of this "Marxist Sceptic" thinker. I remember reading on aldaily.com within the last few months about a Marxist thinker who essentially came to the conclusion that though desirable, no socialist system of government would exist in the immediate future. I'm not sure if it was an obituary or something else.
posted by atrazine on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

How does the Chinese political system work?

I'd like to know how the Chinese political system works. [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Aug 14, 2010 - 22 answers

HuffPo for Canuck?

I'm a big fan of The Huffington Post. However, I'm Canadian, and am looking for something that features Canadian politics. Is there a site similar to Huffington Post that focusses on Canadian content?
posted by ms.v. on Aug 14, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I tell my manager to wake up?

How do I (or we) speak to my manager about his increasing lack of involvement in what we feel are the core components of a product's (re)launch, especially when the stakes in the launch include: our careers, the fate of the company, and the jobs of fellow colleagues in the office? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

U.S. State data maps.

How do I easily make a map like this, from data like this? [more inside]
posted by Stu-Pendous on Aug 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Required course on ethics for politicians?

I would like all new elected and appointed officials -- from Congress all the way on down to appointed officials at the municipal level -- to be required to take a minimum 20 hour course on ethics and civic responsibility. How would I go about getting Congress to pass this as a new law? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Aug 7, 2010 - 27 answers

borderline

Is Mexico a failed state? [more inside]
posted by four panels on Aug 5, 2010 - 14 answers

What are you getting for your $1 billion?

How anyone (or anyone you know) benefited in one respect or another from the provisions in the new U.S. health care bill? I'm not asking this in Fox News-ish way, I am actually curious. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on Aug 4, 2010 - 27 answers

CROSSFIRE!

What are the best places on the web to discuss politics that are well moderated to maintain courtesy, encourage debate to be logical and well supported, and have good rates of participation from both sides of the political spectrum?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Aug 2, 2010 - 13 answers

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