Best Political Blogs

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Whether you're a casual voter who just wants to know more about the candidates or are hardcore political junkie who can't get enough news and commentary, here's a guide to some of the best political blogs and website out there. These websites provide breaking political news, analysis, and coverage, and are a great way to follow updates and learn more about recent development in Washington, develop a better understanding about government policy, and get caught up on all the latest news about Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton.

  1. Vox: Run by Ezra Klein (formerly the director of Wonkblog at the Washington Post) and featuring Matt Yglesias and a number of other famous writers, Vox describes its mission as "explaining the news." The website focuses on public policy and economics but also includes articles on science and pop culture topics. One of the websites best attributes is that it continuously updates articles explaining key topics like immigration and health care to reflect changing conditions and policies, unlike static news articles and blog posts which only reflect circumstances at the time they were originally written and posted.
  2. FiveThirtyEight: The best political statistical analysis website out there, hands down. Run by genius statistician Nate Silver (who also somehow finds time to write for Baseball Prospectus and appears on Baseball Tonight), 538 cuts through an avalanche of polling data and economic statistics to tell you what is really happening in the economy and in the political world. Formerly housed at the New York Times, this site is currently transitioning to ESPN and will be expanding its coverage to sports, pop culture and other topics when it is launched in early 2014. The site will be similar to Grantland, the sports and pop culture site launched by sports columnist Bill Simmons.
  3. Politico: Founded by a number of ex-print journalists, Politico is an entirely DC focused political newspaper that is a must read for anyone involved in high-level electoral politics. Mike Allen's daily playbook post is one of the first things many operatives read every morning. A non-partisan operation, Politico focuses on politics more than policy, so look elsewhere if you want in-depth analysis of what will happen if a bill passes (as opposed to how the bill might pass or who might prevent things from going down).
  4. The Fix: Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizza's political blog. Cillizza writes mostly about national politics, focusing on Senate, Congressional, and presidential elections. One of his best features is the weekly Friday Column known as "the Line" where he'll break down questions like "what are the ten most likely congressional incumbents to lose in the fall." Unlike many mainstream political bloggers who tend to take themselves a little too seriously, Cillizza has a decent sense of humor, plus he runs prediction contests that award prizes (usually a t-shirt) to the reader who best guesses the results.

Partisan Blogs: Democrats.

  1. Daily Kos. The granddaddy of all progressive blogs, Daily Kos (run by blogger Markos Moulitsas) gets 15-25 million monthly hits and has a great network of contributors and bloggers, not to mention an extremely active reader base that loves to comment on political stories. The reader started diaries can get a little nasty at times (especially recently as Clinton and Obama supporters go back and forth at each other), but if you're interested talking to like-minded liberals who are pissed off about George Bush and want to take back control of Washington, this is the place for you.
  2. Moveon.org: This best blog for grassroots progressive political activism. Moveon has raised millions of dollars for democratic candidates and liberal causes since it was founded in the late 90s as a call for the Republicans in Congress (and the nation in general) to "move on" after the Clinton-Lewinsky scandals. At times the site gets itself embroiled in controversy, most notably last summer when it ran a full page ad in the New York Times asking "General Petraeus or General Betray Us." A great website if you're looking to volunteer for candidates, donate money, or actively support progressive candidates and issues.
  3. Talking Points Memo: A liberal blog devoted to investigative journalism and reporting political news with a somewhat liberal bent. Talking Points actually reports and investigates original news stories (unlike most partisan blogs) and was the first media organization to break the news of the US Justice Department Scandal involving the firing of Assistant US Attorneys for political reasons. The website actually won the 2008 Polk Award for legal reporting for its work in bringing the scandal to the public. Great website.

Conservative Blogs:

  1. Little Green Footballs: A blog run by Charles Johnson, a web designer from California who writes about a variety of issues but who focuses on a conservative take on foreign policy, the war on terrorism, the war in Iraq, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Very heavily trafficked, this site gets 100,000+ hits a day and has thousands of active members posting comments on articles and commentary.
  2. Redstate: A blog similar in format and style to DailyKos, it has a large community of active users who posts stories on the main page and discussion diaries that can quickly ignite into flame fests. Notable Republican politicians (including former congressman Tom Delay) regularly post on RedState.

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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great informative hub & thanks for sharing!


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spikeseo 6 years ago

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Tim_511 6 years ago from Huntington, WV

Interesting post! Redstate is an amazingly good forum if you are on the conservative side of the isle. Little Green Footballs, however, is no longer conservative - its owner lost his marbles awhile back. Another good conservative site is theminorityreportblog.com


satire cartoons 6 years ago

Very informative and this was exactly I was looking for.


onlinecandidate 6 years ago

Another non-partisan site with articles for local candidates is onlinecandidate.com


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Sure appreciate this helpful info that I didn't know about! Thanks!


Sehrlich 5 years ago

This is a great list! I would also recommend one more resource for both non-partisan insights to top stories, but also a complete list of links to various government websites (which are usually so hard to find):

www.allgov.com

Thanks again for putting this together!

sehrlich


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sir slave 5 years ago from Trinity county CA.

Thanks for providing such good resources....it will be up to us to educate people about how bad some of these people are!!!


zafar 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing these websites with everyone. It will help a lot of people.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Thanks for this very useful list.


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Cinpit8812 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Excellent hub on political blogs. Unfortunately, while I wholeheartedly agree with your non-partisan section, I have encountered many conservatives and extreme right-wingers who condemn and label Nate Silver as liberal, along with Politico and Chris Cillizza's The Fix. It seems as if anyone does not hold extreme right-wing points of view, they are vilified and/or mislabled as "liberal or socialist" or whatever other label they can think of in order to discredit them. Of course, the left can fairly be accused of doing the same thing, but not nearly to the degree as the right.


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Logan 4 years ago

This guy is new but his stuff is gold. Really good blog, I think he falls into the nonpartisan category:

http://simple-politiks.com/


Mark 4 years ago

Politico is definitely NOT non-partisan. Read it. Though its professional and not Fox News, its right-leaning or even solidly right.


Trevor 4 years ago

I'm with Mark, Politico is definitely right-leaning. Good list overall though. I work as a political website designer (http://www.watchstreetconsulting.com/political-cam... so I'm always interested in the relationship between politics and technology.


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Newatthisgame 3 years ago

Sorry guys, but politico is not a partisan site. It seems to really be biased against Obama. Sure, they do some partisan work, but a careful review shows where they really are.

Don't know what to say about Chris Cizzilla. He seems to be afraid to write anything that might upset republicans. He is pro David Gregory more than anything else.


Anthony Iovinelli 3 months ago

Why haven’t the general public figured out main street media is merely an extension of the Democratic party? I hope one day in the very near future the common people of America abandon buying any newspapers and viewers of all the media station drop to record low levels.

Unless these media giants feel it financially the main street media will pump out garbage providing everyone is gullible enough to think it’s true and buy their media product. I challenge anyone to uncover positive news on any Republican candidate in attempt to prove this fact incorrect. I am confident many will uncover the naked truth and that is the media is shaping your thoughts for their own financial benefits, and political outcome they desire.

I could only hope one day the American people ban together regardless of party lines and boycott all main street media giants until they do their job fairly and that is be honest, report fair and balanced information and be fair to both party candidate running for any office. Like any other business that sells a bad product they should go out of business.

Please help the movement to boycott main stream media until they do their jobs for the American people!

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