David A. Graham

Citizen Cain

Meet the rising GOP star who is confounding the pundits and much of black America.

Meet the GOP Science Skeptics Likely to Hold Top House Science, Energy Posts

Environmental groups are dreading the 112th Congress, in which the number of members who are either skeptical or outright derisive of claims of anthropogenic global warming will skyrocket. But even in that group, the contenders to chair the House Energy and Commerce and Science committees stick out. Here's what they have to say on matters scientific.

Communication Breakdown

On Wednesday, the government successfully put a major terrorist away for 20 years to life. But you wouldn't know it from news coverage, which portrays this as a huge defeat. It's the latest in a string of botched public-relations efforts from the Justice Department, which finds itself repeatedly flat-footed in the face of political attacks from its critics.

The Environmental Movement's Winter of Discontent

With Democrats losing control of the House—the chamber that had already passed a climate-change bill—and an influx of newly minted Republican members of Congress who are skeptical of warming, frustrated advocates say they expect only small advances between now and the 2012 elections, while a "cap-and-trade" law for carbon emissions is almost certainly dead in the water.

Harry Reid Ekes Out Victory

For Republicans, it's a single annoyance marring an otherwise terrific night. For Democrats, it's about the only thing worth celebrating. Somehow, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has defeated Sharron Angle and managed to hold on to his Nevada seat. Reid seemed doomed long ago.

Democratic Bloodbath in Virginia

Returns from Virginia have Republicans jubilant and Democrats despairing, as House Dems go down left and right in an embarrassing reversal of gains made in 2008. Reps. Tom Perriello, Rick Boucher, and Glenn Nye are already out, and Gerry Connolly is on the edge.

Five Signs Your Campaign Is Toast

As the midterm-election season winds down and voter attitudes harden, some races are too close to call. Others are painfully easy to call—the ones where campaign headquarters seem to be emitting chaos, disarray, and sometimes outright surrender. Here is NEWSWEEK's five-step self-diagnostic manual for candidates to tell whether they're toast.

How to Read a Political Poll

Polls have been a mainstay of American politics since at least the 1930s, when George Gallup starting running surveys on elections. But with state-of-the-art technology, improved polling techniques, and ever greater scrutiny of political news, the endless march of polls has become almost deafening. How do you know which polls are most reliable?

A Real Trend or Just Half-Baked Alaska Analysis?

Is Tea Party–backed Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller falling apart? As the Republican nominee struggles with a proliferating set of gaffes and revelations, the vultures are circling. The New York Times says incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost the GOP primary to Miller but opted for a write-in campaign, is "the candidate treated like the front-runner." The Atlantic says Miller has lost his momentum. But prognosticators shouldn't count him out yet.

Violence on the Campaign Trail

We've come a long way since the days when Preston Brooks attacked his colleague Charles Sumner on the Senate floor, but those looking for a little civility in politics won't find it at their local debate. The latest example came when supporters of Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul attacked a member of the liberal activist group MoveOn and stomped on her head. Though appalling, it's hardly the first offense. We offer a short history of the 2010 pugilistic political season.