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The Top 50 Political Blogs Of The Year

Top 50 Political Blogs
The Top 50 Political Blogs Of The Year

Not sure how to vote in the coming Presidential election? Do you want to hear what the bloggers on both sides of the spectrum are saying? Stay up to date with the most recent news, ideas, and opinions from the top political bloggers in the world. We've featured below the top 50 political blogs for 2008 and include blogs from the left, from the right, somewhere along the spectrum, and from the media. These will be the key sources to watch as the election counts down to its final days. Enjoy! The illustrations for the top 4 are provided by Happy Worker, a creative agency that makes custom action figures and custom toys.

From the Left

1) The Huffington Post
URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post is a liberal news blog founded by socialite Arianna Huffington in 2005 that covers everything from politics to business and more. Since its launch, it has become the most linked-to, as well as the most visited blog online. It was also ranked the most influential blog in the world by The Guardian. Its roster of influential columnists alone makes this blog worth checking out.

2) Daily Kos
URL: http://www.dailykos.com

Daily KosMarkos Moulitsas - a.k.a. "kos" - created Daily Kos on May 26, 2002. As a veteran, Moulitsas was worried that the freedoms he fought for were not being upheld in his own country, and created Daily Kos as a result. The blog has since grown into the premier political community in the United States, with traffic of about 600,000 daily visits. Even the likes of President Jimmy Carter, have used Daily Kos to lend their voice to the online political world.

3) Think Progress
URL: http://thinkprogress.org

Think Progress is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a nonpartisan organization. With its blog, CAPAF seeks to provide a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies. Think Progress was voted “Best Liberal Blog” in the 2006 Weblog Awards. It was also named "Best Blog of 2008" by The Sidney Hillman Foundation, receiving an award for journalism excellence.

4) Talking Points Memo
URL: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com

Josh Marshall began publishing Talking Points Memo in November 2000, during the infamous Florida electoral recount. TPM launched its second site, TPMCafe.com, in 2005 and TPMuckraker.com and TPM Election Central in 2006. Headquartered in New York City, TPM also has two staff bloggers based in Washington, DC, making sure all their political bases are covered.

5) Crooks and Liars
URL: http://www.crooksandliars.com

Founded by John Amato, Crooks and Liars is a politically left-wing blog that focuses on political events and the news coverage of them. It was first launched in August 2004, and is known especially for its video archive of political events, television, and radio shows. In 2008, it won "Best Weblog About Politics" at the Weblog Awards.

6) Wonkette
URL: http://wonkette.com/

Ana Marie Cox is known as the writer who has made Washington politics irresistibly naughty. In Wonkette, she combines a mix of gossip and satire and self-described "things the author makes up." Get the inside scoop on the going-on's of Washington with Wonkette.

7) Eschaton
URL: http://www.eschatonblog.com

Promising to provide political commentary from a liberal perspective, Eschaton is a busy blog that sees a range of comments from across the political spectrum. For the latest on what's making people talk, visit Eschaton.

8) Matthew Yglesias
URL: http://matthewyglesias.theatlantic.com/

Matthew Yglesias is an Associate Editor of The Atlantic Monthly. His blog was begun in January 2002, since which time he has also written for The Guardian, Slate, The New Republic, and The Washington Monthly. His first book, Heads in the Sand, takes a critical look at the Democratic Party's failure to produce a coherent alternative to the Bush foreign policy. Check out his blog for more.

9) OpEdNews
URL: http://www.opednews.com

OpEdNews is a tough progressive website that claims to be not only a blog, but "an activism and empowerment site." It receives over 600,000 unique visitors and some 40 million hits each month. Founded by Rob Kall in 2003, OpEdNews now also has more than 17,000 registered members.

10) Crooked Timber
URL: http://www.crookedtimber.org/

Crooked Timber is a widely-read leftist political blog that is run by a team of fifteen academics from across the world. Founded in July 2003, Crooked Timber has since been ranked as one of the world's 50 most important blogs by The Guardian.

11) Making Light
URL: http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/

Making Light is a blog written by husband and wife team Teresa and Patrick Nielsen Hayden. Known outside of the blogosphere for their writings and teachings on science fiction, online the duo are known for their political analysis and spirited discussions.

12) Oliver Willis
URL: http://www.oliverwillis.com/

Oliver Willis does not match the old-school profile of political influence. He’s not a rich man or a player in Democratic circles; in the 2000 presidential campaign, the most he did was purchase a Gore/Lieberman hat. But he has a political platform of his own in this blog, which he runs from his sparsely furnished apartment in Dedham. And when he posted an essay there, promoting former Vermont governor Howard Dean for Democratic nominee, he drew a flood of comments from people he had never met. When Oliver Willis talks, the blogosphere cares.

13) The Reality-Based Community
URL: http://www.samefacts.com/

The Reality-Based Community provides expert opinions on current issues in the press. Based on the idea that "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts," this blog strives to get to the truth of the issues.



From the Right

1) The Daily Dish
URL: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/

The Daily DishWith The Daily Dish, The Atlantic writer Andrew Sullivan became one of the first mainstream journalists to experiment with blogging. His unique profile (gay, Roman Catholic, HIV-positive, and anti-tax) lends itself to a blog that is as interesting and enlightening as it is controversial.

2) Hot Air
URL: http://hotair.com/

Hot AirHot Air's mission is to expose new viewers to the revolutionary world of videoblogging, animation, and Internet broadcasting, largely as it relates to politics. In their own words, the team behind Hot Air strives to "Laugh. Report. Laugh. Entertain. Laugh. Inform. Laugh. Make money. Did we say laugh?"

3) Power Line
URL: http://powerlineblog.com/

Run by three American attorneys, John Hinderaker, Scott Johnson, and Paul Mirengoff, Power Line is a popular blog that presents an in-depth and right-of-centre take on some of today's most pressing issues in the political game.

4) Hit and Run
URL: http://www.reason.com/blog/

Hit and Run is the blog offshoot of Reason, a monthly print magazine of “free minds and free markets.” It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. It is updated daily with articles and columns on current developments in politics and culture. It also contains the full text of past issues of the print edition of Reason.

5) Instapundit
URL: http://instapundit.com

The Instapundit is Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee. Although his blog covers a vast array of political issues, Reynolds' self-proclaimed chief interest is in "the intersection between advanced technologies and individual liberty." Check out his blog for a unique perspective on the issues.

6) Redstate
URL: http://www.redstate.com/

RedState is a leading blog for right of center online activists. Established in May of 2004 by Ben Domenech, Mike Krempasky, and Josh Trevino, RedState has played an integral role in the right's fight online against the left. RedState continues to be one of the most widely read right of center blogs on Capitol Hill and is the most cited right of center blog in the media, with a community of tens of thousands of readers.

7) Little Green Footballs
URL: http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog

Little Green Footballs is a right-wing political blog started by Charles Johnson, a California-based web designer, in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. With its active discussions relating to Islam and the Arab-Israeli conflict, LGF won the Washington Post's reader poll for Best International Blog in 2004.

8) Right Wing News
URL: http://rightwingnews.com

Created in early 2001, John Hawkins started this blog as a response to the Florida recount dilemma during the 2000 American election. Since then, his site has grown into a premier online forum for political conservative discussion and views.

9) Townhall
URL: http://www.townhall.com/blog

Townhall was launched in 1995 as the first conservative web community. Its mission is to "inform, empower, and mobilize citizens for political change." Its blog is helping to amplify conservative voices in America's political debate as the 2008 election race heats up.

10) Just One Minute
URL: http://justoneminute.typepad.com/

Tom Maguire is known as Mr. Minute Man. In his blog, whose tagline is "You know, this conversation doesn't help my kids," Maguire covers everything from the 2008 American presidential election, to alternative energy. His link directory is also a good source of more information.

11) Michael Barone
URL: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/barone/

Michael Barone is a senior writer for U.S.News & World Report and principal co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. He has written for many publications - including the Economist and the New York Times. His blog offers experience and critical analysis of the issues.

Somewhere Along the Spectrum

25) Politico
URL: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith

Ben Smith's Politico blog is a comprehensive source for the latest news on the 2008 presidential race, with a primary focus on the Democratic side. As the race heats up, tune into Ben Smith's blog to stay on top of the game.

26) Salon
URL: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/

New York Times bestselling author and former constitutional law and civil rights litigator Glenn Greenwald shares opinions through his popular political blog.

27) Pajamas Media
URL: http://pajamasmedia.com

Launched in 2005 as an affiliation of 90 of the most influential blogs on the Internet, together Pajamas Media has since become one of the most significant alternatives to mainstream media when it comes to political coverage.

28) FireDogLake
URL: http://firedoglake.com

FireDogLake's claim to fame was its online coverage of the trial of Scooter Libby, as well as its strong support of Valerie Plame Wilson. Today, it remains one of the most influential liberal blogs in the online world of politics.

29) BuzzMachine
URL: http://buzzmachine.com

Eff Jarvis blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York's new Graduate School of Journalism. This is his personal site about his liberal political beliefs, which at times do not make either side too happy.

30) Political Animal
URL: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com

A self-described "independent voice, listened to by insiders and willing to take on sacred cows - liberal and conservative," the Political Animal has become one of the most reputable sources for stories you are not likely to find anywhere else. Join the likes of Warren Buffett and Paul Krugman in getting the inside scoop for what is going on in Washington.

31) AMERICAblog News
URL: http://www.americablog.com/

Covering American politics as a whole, but with a particular focus on the Bush Administration, the radical right, and civil rights, the team behind AMERICAblog thinks you should visit their site "because at some point you tire of the lies."

32) MyDD
URL: http://www.mydd.com

MyDD is a group blog designed to discuss campaigns, the progressive movement, and political power. Its four main writers are Todd Beeton, Josh Orton, Jonathan Singer, and Jerome Armstrong. They do polling, research, commentary, analysis, and activism.

33) The Fix
URL: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix

Chris Cillizza is a writer with Washingtonpost.com. He has reported on campaign politics from the presidential to the congressional level, including as a White House correspondent. His freelance work has appeared in a variety of publications including the Atlantic Monthly, Washingtonian and Slate. This blog is is his insightful look at American politics today.

34) Mother Jones
URL: http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog

Mother Jones is an independent nonprofit whose roots lie in a commitment to social justice implemented through first rate investigative reporting. Its popular blog reflects that mission.

35) The Moderate Voice
URL: http://www.themoderatevoice.com

The Moderate Voice is experienced journalist Joe Gandelman's politically independent and moderate comments, analysis and links on the day's most important issues.

36) Outside the Beltway
URL: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/

Outside the Beltway is an online journal of politics and foreign affairs analysis. For the most part, its views are Classical Liberal:  a strong belief in free trade, limited government, and respect for human rights. The site aims to have informed, polite conversation about the issues which they find interesting. Outside the Beltway was launched on January 31, 2003 by James Joyner.

37) Ezra Klein
URL: http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein

At the young age of 24, Ezra Klein is the associate editor of The American Prospects, and a rising political pundit in the United States. He has been active in the blogosphere since 2003, and as a result, knows his way around the issues.

38) Political Wire
URL: http://politicalwire.com

A roundup of political news and a rundown of blogs from the right and left, Political Wire is one of the most comprehensive political websites you'll find anywhere. Taegan Goddard's Front Page highlights political stories it would take the web novice all day to find. His summaries are short, sweet, to the point, easy to follow and fun to read.

39) The Washington Note
URL: http://www.thewashingtonnote.com

Steve Clemons is the Senior Fellow and Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. This blog is dedicated to his regular comments on public policy debates that deserve attention.

40) RealClearPolitics
URL: http://www.realclearpolitics.com

RealClearPolitics was founded in 2000 by former options trader John McIntyre, and has grown to become one of the leading independent political information sites on the Internet, presenting news, opinion, and commentary on the political issues of the day.

41) Consortium News
URL: http://www.consortiumnews.com/

According to the team of bloggers behind Consortium News, one of the great dangers in modern America is the lock-step conformity of so much of the U.S. news media and the Washington political elites. That is why they purport to promote independent journalism. For a fresh take on the issues, visit Consortium News. But you can help change that. If you like the independence of our journalism,

From the Media

42) The Caucus
URL: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/

A politics blog by the experienced staff of The New York Times, The Caucus analyzes the latest political news from Washington and around the country.

43) The Page
URL: http://thepage.time.com

The Tagline for Mark Halperin's The Page is "Politics updated by the minute," and that is exactly what it is. Halperin, a senior political analyst for Time magazine, maintains a current and insightful blog on what's making the news in politics today.

44) The Corner
URL: http://corner.nationalreview.com

This popular multi-author blog is penned by the National Review's staff, and takes a largely conservative view on the issues. It is updated frequently throughout each day to make sure you stay in the loop.

45) Political Radar
URL: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar

The ABC Political Radar blog offers the latest reporting on politics and the 2008 American election from the experienced staff at ABC News.

46) Swampland
URL: http://www.time-blog.com/swampland

This blog is home to some of the most well known political analysts and commentators on the Internet. From the Wonkette's Ana Marie Cox, to Jay Carney, TIME magazine's Washington bureau chief, Swampland presents the political opinions of those in the know.

47) CNN Political Ticker
URL: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

No stranger to providing late-breaking news, this blog covers the latest political news from CNN's best political team, including campaign coverage, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

48) C-Span
URL: http://c-span.org/

C-Span (the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) is committed to providing non-stop coverage of government and public affairs. Based in Washington, D.C., C-Span provides unprecedented access to government proceedings and updates from the Hill.

49) Tapped
URL: http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/tapped

Tapped is The American Prospect's award-winning group blog, and serves as a link-intensive collection of musings, ramblings, opinions and other assorted writing on the political hot topics of the day.

50) The Plank
URL: http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/

The Plank is The New Republic's blog and is dedicated to covering public affairs from an insider's vantage point. With some of the most respected and influential journalists as contributors, The Plank has become known for covering issues before they hit the mainstream.



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