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New York Voters Hold the Key to Hillary, Trump Nominations

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 3:27 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s not enough for them to win the New York primary today — they’ve got to win convincingly.

Not-so-Super Tuesday

Posted March 1st, 2016 at 1:59 pm (UTC-4)
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The Party of Lincoln has reaped what it sowed: All these years of anti-government, anti-immigrant, anti-establishment and often hateful, venomous rhetoric and dog whistling attacks on President Barack Obama have produced that strategy’s uber-candidate, someone who embraces all of it without the niceties — or even intellectual consistencies.

Michael Bloomberg Is the Real Winner in N.H.

Posted February 10th, 2016 at 11:54 am (UTC-4)
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In a year when conventions have shattered and rulebooks tossed out the window of Trump’s 757, why not a candidate who has marched to a different drum his entire career? Bloomberg has run as a Republican, a Democrat, and an independent over the years.

Our World in 2016

Posted December 31st, 2015 at 10:09 am (UTC-4)
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Predicting what the future holds is nearly always a risky pursuit. We can examine and dissect events past, trends and patterns, but do we ever really know what is to come? We do in one case: America will elect a new president in 2016, ending President Barack Obama’s second term. And experts agree overwhelmingly that the world will continue to be plagued by the threat of terrorism. But what about the global economy? Gun violence? The Iran nuke deal? Europe’s migrant crisis? Some of the world’s most pressing issues will be stubbornly familiar and hard to remedy; others are likely to emerge as new challenges in a new year.

Ben Carson’s Appeal Is That He Doesn’t Burn Red

Posted November 6th, 2015 at 9:12 am (UTC-4)
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The 64-year-old Carson — an almost viscerally conservative man who has never held public office — appears to be riding high in the polls precisely because he doesn’t scream bloody red like many chasing the GOP nomination. He is who he is without label or spin.

Republicans Must Deal Wisely With Trump

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 9:23 am (UTC-4)
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Republican elites need to come grips with the real Trump threat and not make things worse.  Which is what they have been doing so far.

Once a Republican Favorite, Gov. Chris Christie Joins 2016 Race with Political Baggage

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 3:06 pm (UTC-4)
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New Jersey’s tough-talking Chris Christie is the 14th Republican to seek the nomination to be the party’s presidential candidate. Despite an uphill battle to regain his former status near the top of the heap, Christie opened his campaign in his usual blunt style. The cure for Washington’s dysfunction, he said, is his willingness to tackle the most difficult issues facing Americans.

Pols And Polls Say The Same Thing: Jeb Bush Is a Weak Front-runner

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 2:52 pm (UTC-4)
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Money isn’t everything, and it certainly isn’t the only thing in presidential campaigns…  Bush’s problem is that he doesn’t hold a large lead.

Poor Judgment

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 4:29 pm (UTC-4)
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An attack on Rubio’s personal spending is as likely to help the Florida senator as hurt him. Rubio is a former working-class kid, and his money problems are as much a chance to connect—he understands how hard it is to be broke, or navigate boom and bust times—as they are a burden.

Marco Rubio: A Rags to Riches Republican

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 4:16 pm (UTC-4)
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In the second of our series of the 2016 presidential candidates, we turn to Republican Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants with a quintessential American story. Having worked his way up from humble beginnings, Rubio has risen to become a Florida senator and a serious presidential prospect.

Love Her or Hate Her, Hillary Clinton ls Hard to Ignore

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 3:09 pm (UTC-4)
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With the 2016 presidential in full swing, we begin an occasional series on all the hopefuls. We start with a 20 year-long Washington fixture: Hillary Rodham Clinton.