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A history of 'exceptionalism'

The idea of "American exceptionalism" can be traced back to the 19th century, but it has recently become a catchphrase for Republican politicians. Here are some notable past mentions of the phrase as an attack on President Obama or a rallying cry.

The Washington Post - Nov. 24, 2010.
 

The Friday Line

Why governors races matter

The last three weeks in Wisconsin have proven that what goes on in the states has reverberations across the country.

Political Tools

Breaking down the 2011 SOTU

Take a look at the broad themes of the president's address, how the public views his handling of the issues and which lines got the best response.

Congressional votes databaase

The U.S. Congress Votes Database documents every vote and member of the House and Senate since 1991.

Census: Switching Seats

18 states have lost or gained seats in the House of Representatives based on 2010 U.S. Census figures. Explore changes over time.

Beyond the Results

Drill in on the 2010 results for the House, Senate and governors races.

Tea Party Canvass

Interviews with nearly 650 organizations revealed a movement that has attracted hundreds of thousands of first-time activists but one that shows little interest in becoming a coordinated political force.

Palin Tracker

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin threw her support behind dozens of candidates. Explore her endorsements and see how they fared in the 2010 midterm elections.

Money Match Up

Democrats had more money than Republicans in the contests for 63 seats that flipped to the GOP in 2010. But Republicans invested more in their own campaigns and benefited from more interest-group spending.

Tea Party Tracker

Only two tea party groups officially endorsed candidates in the 2010 elections at the national level: Freedom Works and Tea Party Express.The Post's interactive map shows how many of their candidates won and how many lost.

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Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza was online Friday to discuss the week in Washington: "If Palin and Huckabee don't run, I think there is a case to be made that Santorum could emerge as the choice of a segment of social conservatives."

Congressional Database

Browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991, or search the database to see how your member voted on a particular measure.

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