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Future of the Democrats : The List
During an off-year election Tuesday that may give Democrats momentum for 2012, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (R) anti-union legislation was rejected by his state's voters.

Tuesday's 'surprising' elections: 3 lessons

Millions of Americans cast ballots this week. What do their votes tell us about the fate of politicians in 2012?

 
Future of the Democrats : The List
Union supporters rally against Gov. John Kasich's (R-Ohio) anti-public union bill, which will go before Buckeye State voters in a must-watched referendum on Tuesday.

Election Day 2011: 4 key questions

With excitement building toward next year's presidential election, it's easy to overlook Tuesday's off-year vote. But that would be a mistake

 
Future of the Democrats : Analysis
The once-reviled Hillary Clinton, comfortably removed from domestic squabbling in her position as Secretary of State, is enjoying a surge of popularity.

Hillary Clinton's popularity surge: 4 theories

A new poll names the Secretary of State the best liked politician in the U.S. What's behind the recent good will?

 
Future of the Democrats : The Bullpen
Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum: The Democrats' self-defeating crybaby chorus

After a special election loss in New York City, many on the Left are boneheadedly fleeing Obama — just when they should be rallying to his side

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Republican Bob Turner swept to victory Tuesday in New York 's 9th Congressional District, which Democrats have held since 1923: Some say the GOP's victory is a clear rebuke to President Obama.

What the Dems' 'humiliating' NY-09 loss means for 2012

Republican Bob Turner pulls off a shocking upset in a longtime Democratic stronghold in New York City. Does this spell trouble for President Obama?

 
Future of the Democrats : The List
The potential loss Tuesday of the NY-09 House seat, vacated by sexting ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner earlier this year, does not bode well for President Obama in 2012, commentators say.

The Democrats' looming 'electoral disaster' in NY-09: 4 lessons

Democrat David Weprin is expected to lose Anthony Weiner's old congressional seat Tuesday, in what would be a massive upset. What does it all mean?

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
President Obama's declining popularity may be pushing some New York Democrats to favor a potential Republican replacement for Anthony Weiner's seat.

Dems might lose Anthony Weiner's seat: Blame Obama?

A Republican political newbie is poised to pull off a major upset in a New York congressional district that's been in Democratic hands since 1923

 
Gabrielle Giffords Shootings : Opinion Brief
A January gun show in Pima County, Ariz.: The local Republican Party is facing fierce criticism for its plan to raffle off a Glock handgun similar to the one Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot with in January.

Arizona Republicans' 'tone deaf' gun raffle

The local GOP in Gabrielle Giffords' district plans to raffle off a Glock semi-automatic pistol — the same type of gun Giffords was shot with in January

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) greets colleagues on the House floor Monday:  The Democrat, like every member of the House, is up for re-election in 2012, and some say her D.C. appearance proves she'll run.

Gabrielle Giffords' surprise return: Proof that she's running in 2012?

The recovering congresswoman's emotional visit to the House floor Monday night warmed a cynical nation — and fueled speculation about her future

 
Gabrielle Giffords Shootings : Opinion Brief
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) returned to the House floor Monday night to cast her "yes" vote on the debt-ceiling bill.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' emotional return to Congress

The Arizona Democrat shocked the nation by walking into the House Monday night. And for a brief moment, a bitterly-divided Congress could agree on something

 
Future of the Democrats : Winners and Losers
Rep. David Wu's (D-Ore.) resignation may actually benefit Democrats, since they can try to replace the scandal-stained congressman with a candidate less vulnerable to Republicans.

Democrat David Wu's resignation: Winners and losers

The Oregon congressman announces that he'll step down in the face of a damaging sex scandal. A look at the potential fallout

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) is resisting calls for his resignation, following reports that he had a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old girl.

Sex scandal: Should Democrat David Wu resign?

The Oregon congressman says he won't quit, despite allegations that he had an "unwanted sexual encounter" with a donor's teenage daughter

 
"Weinergate" : Opinion Brief
Anthony Weiner may no longer be a congressman, but he still wants to lend a hand in picking his replacement.

Should Anthony Weiner help choose his successor?

The disgraced ex-congressman brought low by a sexting scandal is reportedly fishing for a role in the search for his replacement

 
Future of the Democrats : Controversy
Monday was a bad day for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who faces up to 300 years in prison after being convicted on 17 corruption-related counts.

Rod Blagojevich's guilty verdict: Winners and losers

The disgraced Democrat is convicted on 17 counts after trying to sell the president's old Senate seat. Did anyone benefit from this tawdry affair?

 
Future of the Democrats : The Bullpen
Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum: President Cuomo

The bold New York governor who brought same-sex marriage to the Empire State has become a civil rights hero — and a 2016 contender 

 
Future of the Democrats : Opinion Brief
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband Mark Kelly retires from NASA this fall, and may be looking to politics for a career move.

Should Gabrielle Giffords' husband run for Senate?

Astronaut Mark Kelly retires to attend to his injured wife. And there's speculation that he might someday follow her into politics, too

 
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