Politics. Let’s face it, a lot of times politics is just a bunch of overpaid people screaming past each other. Regardless of your political beliefs, there’s no question that Washington is dysfunctional. It may or may not be different at the state level, but still, when it comes to politics, most people either can’t stand politics or can’t get enough. If you fall into the latter category, here are some of the best sites to keep you informed, and your blood pressure sufficiently elevated. If you’re more of a “what are politics?” type of person, move on to another post.
Political news and analysis
Politico offers up news and analysis. And with headlines like “Is Rick Perry Dumb?” you know it’s from an arguably left wing philosophy. You can join in the discussion by becoming a registered user. Politico is also available as an email subscription and you can also opt for the print version. Politico offers daily news, updates on what’s happening, or not happening in Congress and a host of other issue specific threads you can follow.
>> National politics – politico.com
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire
Trending political news.
Goddard is a former policy advisor to a U.S. Senator and Governor. He offers his Political Wire as one stop shopping for political news. There you can find links to all the major political outlets as well as a good summary of what the current stories are for the day. A regular feature is the “Quote of the Day” which often highlights the absurdities of the political world. And, of that, there is no shortage.
>> One stop shopping for political news – politicalwire.com
Conservative news and analysis
If you’re looking for political news from a conservative viewpoint, then Townhall.com is the place to start. Townhall.com had its beginnings with the conservative Heritage Foundation. In addition to the website, Townhall.com offers a print magazine and a radio program. Townhall.com pulls together insight from over 100 leading columnists and opinion leaders and compiles it for you right there on their website.
>>Top conservative analisis and commentary – townhall.com
Online gathering for conservative activists
Free Republic is no longer the conservative powerhouse that it was during the days of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal. Still, thousands of conservatives still gather on a daily basis to discuss the news, support the troops and engage in other political activity. Once the first place many looked for news, with the advent of other sites, including social media, Free Republic doesn’t always get the scoop any more. Still it was a “freeper” who first outed Dan Rather’s doctoring of memos relating to George W. Bush’s military service.
>> Conservative political activism – freerepublic.com
Where progressives gather on the web
Founded in 2002 by Markos Moulitsas, Daily Kos is a gathering spot for progressive political activists on the web. Open to posts from anyone, Daily Kos does not hesitate to describe themselves as a Democratic blog, but not necessarily one for all Democrats. Their ultimate goal is Democratic electoral victory. Democrat activists gather daily to give their perspectives about what’s right with the Country, and about what’s wrong with the right.
>>Support for Democratic victory – dailykos.com
Linking to all the top news.
Matt Drudge made himself a household name by being the first to break the Monica Lewinsky scandal. His site, the Drudge Report, isn’t flashy or showy. It’s just links and headlines. But they’re the links and headlines that matter most in the world of politics. Conservatives will find themselves more at home with Drudge than liberals. But if you want to know what’s going on in politics, Drudge will probably know first.
Progressive Links and Activism
MoveOn is a political action committee that came about during the Clinton impeachment scandal. Named simply because progressives felt it was time to “move on,” the site quickly became a source fo progressive activism and information. MoveOn.org Political Action is one of the largest Political Action Committees in the country. The movement began in 1988 when two activists launched an online petition to “Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation.” Since that time they’ve been involved in opposition to the War in Iraq and other issues.