The Illinois Democrat has done little to fix his image and is now fighting for his political life against an unknown Republican outsider who Democrats say is the next Mitt Romney.
You know an election is coming up when candidates from both parties are sowing fear and disinformation about the threat the Islamic State poses to the US.
Vermont's independent Senator Bernie Sanders is angry. And he wants you to get angry too.
According to Louisiana Representative John Fleming, if you smoke marijuana, you will get addicted or die.
The president wants to name and shame the rest of the world into cutting carbon emissions, but that sort of strategy requires moral authority—something America sorely lacks these days.
With US politics swimming in so much corporate money that it's pretty much an oligarchy, it can be hard to keep track of all the corruption. Luckily, there's an app for that.
The brief House majority leader candidate has promised to talk about what he did for R. Allen Stanford, who has since been convicted of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Republican primary in Virginia last night in a stunning upset has sent GOP leaders into a panic, proving that right-wing anti-government populism continues to resonate, at least in Virginia's Seventh District.
Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who disappeared for a week to visit his Argentine lover, is trying to chip away at the modern surveillance state.
Socialism is in vogue again, and even if Occupy Wall Street stubbornly refused to engage the electoral system, one avowed Marxist isn't afraid of getting her hands dirty.
One of the angriest blowhards in the House of Representatives is growling about the Pulitzer Prize going to the journalists who broke the NSA story. He should be ignored, as usual.
A huge chunk of the federal income tax goes to paying for America's wars. Got a problem with that? Maybe it's time to make like a war-tax resister and tell the IRS to keep its hands off your money.
Nearly two dozen socialists in the Midwest were hauled before a grand jury because an undercover FBI agent said they were talking about revolution. But speech isn't supposed to be a crime, even when it disagrees with the state.
American conservatives cheer the deportation of people fleeing poverty and violence, but when a family of German Christians came to the US because they refused to send their kids to school, the right rediscovered compassion.
Russia's aggression in Crimea gave GOP talking heads yet another chance to blather on about how weak Barack Obama is and how America needs to bomb more countries in order to gain respect.
Tanner Colby, author of Some of My Best Friends Are Black, a book about the failure of racial integration, thinks that while Republicans are awful on race, many liberal policies haven't particularly helped African Americans.
The senator from Massachusetts is taking up the old left-wing cause of campaign finance reform. Does her crusade to reduce the influence the rich have over American elections stand a chance?
In the world of the constant campaign, the State of the Union is just a blip, an applause-filled ritual that ends with politicians denouncing each other and everyone going back to business as usual.
Everyone from Barack Obama to Chris Christie is having sudden second thoughts about marijuana prohibition. How did legal weed go from a fringe issue five or six years ago to this current race to out-chill your political competitors?
Today we think of Kennedy in terms of myth: the golden hero of a bygone age whose life was cut down in a mysterious tragedy. But if we move past nostalgia and conspiracy, what remains of the 35th president's legacy?
Representative Trey Radel got caught buying cocaine and is now on probation and taking a leave of absence. But is he so different from the Congressional boozehounds of the 20th century or the snuff-loving Founding Fathers?
Around noon today, it became increasingly clear that the manufactured crisis that was the government shutdown is going to end the way everyone knew it would, with the Republican position collapsing.
The world economy might be in danger thanks to a group of Republicans stuck in a feedback loop of information and a few powerful men committed to playing an extremely high-stakes game of chicken. This is not good.
Thanks to a few dozen ultraconservative Tea Party politicians, the entire federal government shut down at midnight last night. This doesn't seem like a great way to run a country, does it?