Leonid Bershidsky

02/09/2016 - 2:00pm

    Here's some evidence that the financial side of the current presidential election is not "rigged," as candidates, and particularly Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, like to say. Sanders out-raised Hillary Clinton in January, and "non- establishment" candidates in general have been doing great so far...

02/07/2016 - 11:00am

    In the 10 days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, I witnessed a genuine democratic process that involved a good percentage of the state's voting age population (those coin tosses notwithstanding). Why then do so many Americans, and their politicians,...

02/06/2016 - 11:00am

    On Monday night, the Stilwell Junior High School in West Des Moines, a suburb of Iowa's state capital, was repurposed as the 114th precinct for Democrats and Republicans to caucus for the first-in-the-nation presidential nomination contest. The Democrats'...

02/05/2016 - 2:00pm

    With candidates in both parties racing toward photo finishes in Monday's Iowa caucuses, the issues have receded from view. Instead, the final push is a contest of raw emotion, war, sports, animal magnetism and last-minute gimmicks. I've seen election campaigns...

02/05/2016 - 8:00am

    The more threatening Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information becomes to her chances at the presidency the more I think the story has a relevant precedent.

    In 1974, 12 days after...

02/02/2016 - 1:00pm

    The competing spectacles put on by Republican presidential candidates in Iowa on Thursday night should put to rest any remaining doubts that the party's 2016 nomination contest is a show-business phenomenon, and has little to do with the boring realities of...

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