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    Super PACs: The Nominating Committees of the Future

    Graphic by Em Parsons.

    On Tuesday July 22, David Perdue cinched the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia, defeating Rep. Jack Kingston in a runoff election with notable outside spending. In this post, Walter Shapiro looks at how Super PACs are influencing congressional primaries across the country. 

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    Netroots 2014: A Conversation with Progressive Leaders

    (L-R) US Democratic presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) pose before the CNN/Congressional Black Caucus Institute Democratic Party presidential debate at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina January 21, 2008.

    Recently, John Hudak attended Netroots Nation, a progressive political action conference. He sat down with the leaders of Democracy for America to discuss plans within the progressive movement for the 2014 and 2016 elections. 

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    Hobby Lobby and the Electoral Fallout of Religious Exemptions

    Pro-choice demonstrators rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington June 30, 2014. In one of the most closely watched cases of the year, a nine-member court will weigh whether for-profit corporations may raise religious objections to a mandate in President Barack Obama's signature 2010 healthcare law that their insurance cover contraceptives.

    At Netroots Nation 2014—a progressive political organizing conference held this year in Detroit—one panel focused on the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case in June. Reporting from Detroit, John Hudak explores the messaging and strategy progressives may use in the upcoming election.

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    New Paper: Party Polarization and Campaign Finance

    The U.S. flag flies at half-staff on the Capitol dome in memory of former Senator Howard Baker (R-TN) in Washington June 27, 2014.

    On Tuesday, July 15, Tom Mann and Anthony Corrado released a new paper, "Party Polarization and Campaign Finance," addressing the role that campaign finance reform can play in depolarizing American politics. In this post, Ashley Gabriele highlights key takeaways from the paper. 

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    House Transportation Bill: A Path to Nowhere

    Travelers wait in line to board their Amtrak train at Pennsylvania Station in New York December 24, 2008.

    On Tuesday, July 15, the House passed a stop-gap bill to finance the Highway Trust Fund until May, 2015. In this post, Korin Davis and William Galston argue for a solution to the country's infrastructure needs that goes beyond a temporary fix. 

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    Understanding the EPA's Math

    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - Vivint Solar technicians install solar panels on the roof of a house in Mission Viejo, California October 25, 2013.

    In a recent blog post, Phil Wallach and Alex Abdun-Nabi discuss the discrepancies in state carbon-intensity standards contained in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. In this post, they provide interested readers with a deeper understanding of how EPA derived its goals by walking through its calculation process step by step.

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    Government Failures: Causes and Consequences

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House about the Iraq situation in Washington June 19, 2014.

    In a new research paper, A Cascade of Failures: Why Government Fails and How to Stop ItPaul C. Light identifies and categorizes 41 important government failures from 2001 to 2014. In this post, John Hudak reviews some of the most important lessons from the paper, focusing on what the President and Congress can do to prevent future missteps. 

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    New Survey: Are Millennial Voters Up for Grabs?

    U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington July 1, 2014.

    On Thursday, July 10, Reason-Rupe released a new survey on millennials' views of politicians, politics, and government. In this post, Grace Wallack reviews the report's findings, and explores what millennials think about government size, spending, and nontraditional presidential candidates.

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    Legal Marijuana: Comparing Washington and Colorado

    Section Grower Morgan Blenk inspects a marijuana plant clone before planting it at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario, March 19, 2014.

    On Tuesday, July 8, recreational marijuana retailers opened for the first time in Washington state. Although they both legalized marijuana on November 6, 2012, Washington and Colorado have taken very different approaches to regulating marijuana distribution and sales. In this post, Phillip Wallach and John Hudak compare the differences between each state's approach to regulating legal marijuana. 

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    Independence, Immigration, and Citizenship

    U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and French President Francois Hollande (L) tour the outside of the Virginia residence of Thomas Jefferson with Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson foundation, at Monticello in Charlottesville, February 10, 2014

    On July 4, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which preserves and operates Monticello, holds a celebration commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence and a ceremony conferring citizenship on newly naturalized Americans. In this post, William Antholis shares thoughts on a speech that David Rubenstein delivered at the celebration. 

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