North Dakota

Oil-Train Spills Are Worse Than Ever, and Obama's New Safety Rules Aren't Enough
July 23, 2014

The amount of oil being transported—and spilled—is at an all-time high, and federal regulation can't keep pace. 

You Can See the North Dakota Shale Boom From Space
December 04, 2013

All of a sudden, this map has crazy lights in North Dakota.

The Shale Boom and Montana's Next Senator
April 25, 2013

Pondering the electoral consequences of affluence and energy in North Dakota and Montana

Fetal-Heartbeat Abortion Laws Are Dangerous Even If Judges Reject Them
March 28, 2013

The new laws in North Dakota and Arkansas aren't likely to stand. But they're shifting the conversation in a dangerous direction.

Daily Breakdown: State Polls Show Obama Ahead, National Polls Show A Tight Race
October 31, 2012

The split between the popular vote and the Electoral College isn't as simple as Ohio.

“Acid, Amnesty, and Abortion”: The Unlikely Source of a Legendary Smear
October 22, 2012

How Tom Eagleton screwed up George McGovern's chances of getting elected president not once, but twice.

The Capital of Retail Politics
September 28, 2012

Can Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp's personality trump the Super PAC money flooding into her state?

Will Obama Regret His Decision Not to Buy Ads in Michigan?
June 14, 2012

With the financial balance of power shifting toward the Republicans, Democrats are understandably alarmed that a deluge of cash from outside groups and Wall Street could swamp Obama’s reelection efforts. As an initial step, the Obama campaign has concentrated their expenditures on a smaller number of swing states, ensuring that they at least remain competitive in the markets they consider most important. But when you concentrate resources, some areas end up short-changed, and the decision to narrow the playing field has left Obama without substantial purchases in several media markets.

The Real Loser of the Scott Walker Recall? The State of Wisconsin
April 13, 2012

On June 5, Wisconsin voters will head to the polls to decide whether to recall controversial Republican Governor Scott Walker and his lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch. The current polling shows a close race. But while it’s not yet clear whether Walker will survive the vote, it’s increasingly safe to declare one winner and one loser from the recall election. The winner is the national Democratic Party, which is already reaping benefits.

Santorum For Veep!
March 07, 2012

Rick Santorum’s impressive Super Tuesday showing—he won Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, and lost Ohio by only a hair—compels political commentators to pretend that the nomination may still be up for grabs (when in fact the nominee will still almost certainly be Mitt Romney). That won’t last.