White HouseAs the recently concluded primary season reminded us, America’s quadrennial presidential nominating process, from the earliest primaries to the national party conventions, has become little more than a political sporting event of mind-numbing complexity.

Sen. McCainWhat effect would a John McCain presidency have on the Supreme Court? That question is perhaps even more important this election year, since three or four Supreme Court justices are likely to retire during the next presidential term.

Senator BidenDespite Obama’s pledge for “change,” his pick for vice-presidential running mate, Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.), is the clearest signal yet that an Obama presidency would be little more than old wine in new bottles.

Riot police1968. For nostalgic, aging radicals, that year is fondly remembered as the zenith of their glory days, when their demonstrations against the Vietnam War and the American “system” reached a fever pitch, culminating in the televised violence and riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. For most other Americans old enough to remember that time 40 years ago, it is marked as one of the darkest in American history, a year of riots, revolution, murder, and mayhem.

Capitol HillWith an unpopular Republican president presiding over a slumping economy, soaring fuel prices, and two wars in the Middle East, Republicans face an uphill battle in many of this year’s Senate races.

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