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Is Washington getting less dysfunctional?

January 30, 2013 Don't look now, but things are actually getting done in Washington, D.C. Witness the last month: We didn't go over the fiscal cliff. We averted (at least for the moment) adebt-ceiling standoff. On Monday, Congress passed, with barely any drama, aid for victims ofHurricane Sandy. And the bipartisan push for ...

Obama's permanent campaign: Can he use his reelection playbook to change Washington?

January 29, 2013 A week ago, President Obama launched his second term with a set of lofty goals -- climate change legislation, immigration reform, and gun control among them. Around the same time, Obama's former campaign apparatus announced it would morph into a new group called Organizing for Action, a nonprofit group to ...

What Americans Want From a Fiscal-Cliff Deal

November 27, 2012 With lawmakers getting down to business on a fiscal-cliff deal, interest groups are working overtime to tell the politicians what voters want them to do. This matters a lot, obviously; all else being equal, politicians are much more likely to take stands they believe to be political winners. But when ...

The community organizing geeks who could revolutionize campaign tech

May 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The websites for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney look practically the same: sleek, snazzy, red-white-and-blue. But peel back a layer, and there's a difference -- the fundamental difference, in fact, between how Democrats and Republicans use technology. Obama's site was custom-built starting in 2008 by the consulting firm Blue State ...