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Barack, Hillary and Bernie

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 2:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Keeping with tradition, President Obama is traveling to the American heartland to sell his State of the Union message. That message — the country is in better shape than the presidential campaign rhetoric makes it out to be — seems to be aimed helping his party continue to occupy the White House and burnish his legacy. As most of the media attention is focused on the fractious campaign among Republicans, the race between democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is getting closer and more contentious. How unscathed either can emerge will go a long way to determine how shiny the Obama legacy will look.

DC Insiders Think Bernie Sanders Lost the Debate. Here’s Why They Might Be Wrong

Posted October 15th, 2015 at 2:14 pm (UTC-4)
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One of Sanders’s most important moments in the debate — his defense of Clintonand criticism of the media over the email issue — was generally scored by pundits as a victory for Clinton…. But to Democratic voters, it could also speak to Sanders’s character, and mark him as a different kind of politician, who’s not interested in […]

Who Won in Vegas? Depends On Who You Ask

Posted October 14th, 2015 at 12:20 pm (UTC-4)
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If you believe the majority of the pundit class, it is apparent that Hillary Rodham Clinton won Tuesday’s night’s premier showdown among the Democratic Presidential Candidates. It was also clear why Clinton, despite being criticized for her own arguably poor decisions, her loss to Barack Obama in 2008 and a near constant barrage of conservative vitriol has been so successful. With panache’ and polish she navigated the criticism and took a star turn in Las Vegas. But pundits aren’t voters, and in the online world of non-scientific post-debate polling, Bernie Sanders is proving the big winner.

Betting the Odds in Vegas: Democratic Hopefuls Hold First Debate

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 4:02 pm (UTC-4)
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It’s the Democrat’s turn. Tonight, the five candidates running for the party’s nomination will appear together on stage in Las Vegas. There’s a lot at stake for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the two frontrunners who have been in a quiet sparring match for months. The former secretary of state has been the presumed Democratic nominee for months, but her status has been weakened by her own missteps and years of conservative criticis.Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ populist message of income equality has pushed his poll numbers up, making the Clinton camp nervous. Add to the mix Virginia Senator Jim Webb, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and the Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee – all potentially fiery candidates. Looming over the entire campaign is one key question: Will Vice President Joe Biden toss his hat in the ring?

Sanders and Trump: Two Populist Peas in a Pod?

Posted August 19th, 2015 at 4:47 pm (UTC-4)
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A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government, and even the economic system. Only one in four Americans are satisfied with the way things are going.

Democrats Worry About the ‘Probable, but No Longer Inevitable’ Hillary Clinton

Posted August 19th, 2015 at 2:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid is hitting bumps in the road. Her resume is one that campaign professionals would drool over: Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, First Lady. But with the recent slow drip of details about her emailing habits as Secretary of State, combined with a history of tough media scrutiny, there is concern about her candidacy. With fellow Democratic contender Bernie Sanders nipping at her heels, party operators are asking whether she can weather the gathering storms.

2016 Democratic Hopeful Bernie Sanders’ Populist Message Resonates

Posted July 6th, 2015 at 1:44 pm (UTC-4)
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CNN has dubbed it the “summer of Sanders,” referring to the surprising popularity and poll numbers of the 73 year-old U.S. senator from Vermont. While Hillary Clinton has the big money of the Democratic Party machine behind her, Sanders appears to have the American public’s attention by channeling the frustrations of the middle class.

Bernie Sanders: Why the Guy Who Won’t Win Matters

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 12:33 pm (UTC-4)
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-described socialist who kicked off his presidential campaign on Tuesday with a characteristically fiery speech, isn’t going to win the 2016 Democratic nomination unless lightning strikes.