The Week: Most Recent democratic-party recent posts.en-usThu, 28 Feb 2013 16:20:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent democratic-party from THE WEEKThu, 28 Feb 2013 16:20:00 -05006 strange ways Cory Booker helps his constituents [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In addition to being a rising star in the Democratic Party, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., has built up a reputation for going above and beyond the call of duty. Here, six reasons to think he's America's hardest-working civil servant:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. He will help you propose to your girlfriend<br /></strong>This week, Booker helped a former constituent play cupid. Israel Burns contacted the mayor via Twitter and asked him if he would help him pop the question to his girlfriend. Within minutes, Booker tweeted back, "I am a romantic. Please DM me. Sounds fun." Booker eventually called&nbsp;up Burns' girlfriend to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 28 Feb 2013 16:20:00 -0500The rise and fall of Jesse Jackson Jr.: 3 lessons<img src="" /></P><p>Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.&nbsp;pleaded guilty early Wednesday to conspiring with his wife, Sandi Jackson, to spend $750,000 in federal campaign funds on themselves, using the money to buy everything from a $43,350 Rolex watch to a $4,600 fedora that once belonged to Michael Jackson. Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman, also entered a guilty plea to one count of tax fraud connected to the same allegations. Jackson, the son of famed civil rights leader and former Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, could face years in prison. He has already resigned from Congress, after seeking...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:30:00 -0500Can anyone stop Cory Booker in New Jersey's 2014 Senate race?<img src="" /></P><p>Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), the 89-year-old senior senator from New Jersey, might be declining to run for re-election in 2014 because he'll be 91 at the time. Or it could be he announced his pending retirement late Thursday because the polls suggest he would lose a costly Democratic primary fight to popular, almost super-heroic Newark Mayor Cory Booker. In December, Booker said he was "considering" running for the seat, fueling speculation and raising the ire of Lautenberg and other New Jersey Democrats.</p><p>Of course, the 2014 voting is a year-and-a-half away &mdash; a point Lautenberg made when ...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:10:00 -0500Yes, Leader Pelosi, we have a spending problem<img src="" /></P><p>To govern is to choose. And on Tuesday night, President Obama will lay out his priorities for the next year in the first State of the Union address of his second term.</p><p>Information leaked by to the press by the administration suggests that the president will focus his speech largely on the economy. But President Obama will also reportedly push to dramatically reduce the size of America's nuclear arsenal.</p><p>Nuclear weapons are a pet issue of President Obama's &mdash; he reportedly wrote his Columbia thesis on Soviet nuclear disarmament &mdash; so perhaps it is not surprising that the president wants...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:24:00 -0500Will Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony come back to haunt her?<img src="" /></P><p>On Wednesday, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of four Americans. She came under tough questioning from Republicans, many of whom have accused the Obama administration of deliberately trying to cover up the attack by initially claiming that it stemmed from a spontaneous riot. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin was particularly aggressive, claiming that Clinton could have "easily, easily" determined the precise nature of the attack within hours of it occurring, despite Clinton's claim that such an effort...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500Joe Biden and the perils of the permanent campaign<img src="" /></P><p>On Monday, Washington's political class came together to mark Barack Obama's second and last inauguration. On Tuesday, things were relatively quiet on the political news front, probably because most of Washington's newsmakers (and the reporters who bring it to you) were busy sleeping off post-inauguration-night hangovers. By Wednesday, however, the press corps was back up and running and, with Obama sworn in, turned the nation's attention to <span >immigration reform, the gun control debate, the crippling debt, the Benghazi hearings, the fact that Americans were just murdered in Algeria, bringing peace...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:45:00 -05004 reasons Joe Biden won't be elected president in 2016<img src="" /></P><p>Vice President Joe Biden has already run for president twice (in 1988 and 2008). And during inaugural festivities over the last several days, he ignited a fresh round of speculation that he's going to give it one more try in 2016. On Saturday, the gaffe-prone veep told the crowd at the Iowa State Society Inaugural Ball that he was "proud to be president of the United States." He later courted leaders from other early primary states &mdash; New Hampshire and South Carolina &mdash; to hear him take the oath of office at the Naval Observatory and be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:17:00 -0500Would entitlement cuts spark a Democratic civil war?<img src="" /></P><p>Since President Obama's re-election, the Democratic Party has shown remarkable unity, while Republicans have split chaotically over the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling debate, and aid for Hurricane Sandy. Democrats for the most part have lined up behind the president's agenda, including nearly unanimously voting to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $400,000 a year, even when many liberals would have preferred the threshold to be $250,000. But as Congress begins talks over a budget deal to lift the debt ceiling, which may involve cuts to entitlement programs, Democratic solidarity...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:57:00 -0500Why does Obama keep raiding the Senate for his cabinet?<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama faces a large second-term turnover of cabinet members, and prominent names are being floated for all of the major positions &mdash; most notably Sen. John Kerry for secretary of state. Some Democrats have warned against the Kerry selection, as it could potentially result in the party losing his seat to a Republican like departing Sen. Scott Brown in a subsequent election. Indeed, such scenarios are among the reasons why sitting senators are so rarely chosen for cabinet positions.</p><p>The only recent president who appointed any sitting senators to his cabinet was Bill Clinton, who chose...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Joshua SpivakMon, 17 Dec 2012 14:25:00 -0500Is Elizabeth Warren going to go after the big banks?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">"They frankly own the place." That's how Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), in a refreshing moment of candor, once described the banking industry's influence in Congress, a sad testament to the power deep pockets can buy. However, there is at least one incoming senator who has so far managed to avoid relying heavily on the financial industry's patronage: Elizabeth Warren, who in November defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts on the strength of a populist campaign against the country's biggest banks. <strong>She has been described as "Wall Street's worst nightmare,"</strong> and bankers won't be waking up...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:26:00 -0500Should Stephen Colbert actually run for Senate?<img src="" /></P><p>Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert has had some fun with the notion of occupying the seat being vacated by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, joking that he might&nbsp;buy the seat with unmarked bills left over from his (very real) super PAC. But a poll released this week showed him actually winning the support of a plurality of voters, giving him an edge over more conventional candidates. His support comes mostly from Democrats, so there's little chance of Republican Gov. Nikki Haley tapping him to fill DeMint's seat. However, the seat will be up for grabs in 2014, no matter who Haley appoints....</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 06:45:00 -0500Proof that Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016?<img src="" /></P><p>Hillary Clinton's popularity has soared to an all-time high as she prepares to step down as secretary of state and, she says, get some much needed R&amp;R. But a majority of Americans don't want her to stay off the political stage for long, according to a new <em>Washington Post</em>/<em>ABC News</em> poll. In fact, 57 percent of all Americans &mdash; including 23 percent of Republicans &mdash; say they want her to run for the presidency in 2016. And 82 percent of Democrats say they'd get behind a Clinton campaign &mdash; most of them strongly. Of course, some political observers say Hillary fans needn't worry:...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:10:00 -0500Cory Booker's food stamp challenge: 3 lessons<img src="" /></P><p>Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a popular Democrat widely seen as a strong potential candidate for a New Jersey Senate seat in 2014, has vowed to spend the week eating off of $4 a day, which is what the average food-stamp recipient receives in benefits. Booker &mdash; known for heroic exploits such as rescuing a constituent from a burning building &mdash; agreed to take the so-called "food stamp challenge" after having a spat over Twitter with a 39-year-old North Carolina mom&nbsp;who said taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for school lunches and breakfasts for low-income kids. Booker said Americans "have...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:15:00 -0500Could Ashley Judd beat Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014?<img src="" /></P><p>The scuttlebutt started about a month ago: Movie star and political novice Ashley Judd might be considering a run for Senate, probably in Kentucky, and likely against the highest ranking Republican in the upper chamber, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Many people &mdash; including Judd's own grandmother &mdash; were skeptical, but now <em>Politico</em>'s Manu Raju reports that Judd is "seriously exploring a 2014 run for the Senate to take on the powerful Republican leader." She has spoken with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) about the idea, contacted a pollster, and conducted opposition research on herself...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 09:30:00 -0500Why liberal is no longer a dirty word<img src="" /></P><p>A full 25 percent of voters in this month's election&nbsp;identified themselves as liberals, according to exit polls, a marked increase from 22 percent in 2008. (Conservative is still a more popular identifier, with 35 percent of voters claiming that label.) Still, the "L" word is more popular than it has been since 1976. Conservatives managed to turn "liberal" into an insult in the 1980s, and when Republican icon Ronald Reagan won re-election in 1984, only 17 percent of voters confessed to being liberal. Today that number has ballooned to 25 percent. Why are a growing percentage of Americans calling...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 23 Nov 2012 13:00:00 -0500Liberal America's big Election Night: 4 major victories<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">President Obama was hardly the only big Democratic&nbsp;winner on Election Night. Supporters of gay marriage and legalized marijuana also emerged victorious at the polls, while the ideological makeup of the Senate became decidedly more liberal. Indeed, the electorate swung heavily behind liberal causes and candidates, a trend that bodes ill for the Republican Party. "The 2012 election marked a cultural shift as much as a political one," says Ben Smith at <em>BuzzFeed</em>. "The future of the Grand Old Party will be determined by how well it adapts to the brand-new Liberal America &mdash; indeed the Obama...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 07 Nov 2012 16:10:00 -0500