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Bring Back Balanced Power to Washington

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 11:26 am (UTC-5)
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The American people want their power back. The American people no longer trust their government….They’re tired of watching a money-gobbling, D.C. machine crank out policies that don’t work, don’t help, and don’t line up with what the Constitution says the federal government should and should not be doing.  

Democrats’ Dilemma

Posted November 21st, 2016 at 3:29 pm (UTC-5)
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10 days from now, on November 30, Democrats in the House of Representatives will decide on a leader.

Nancy Pelosi from California has been the Democrats’ leader for the past 14 years. She is the first woman to be leader of either party in Congress and the first woman Speaker of the House.

Challenging Pelosi is Tim Ryan from Ohio. He began serving in Congress the same year Pelosi was elected party leader (2003). He represents counties in Ohio that had been reliably Democratic until Trump won them in 2016. Ryan says the Democrats will experience more election disappointment without a change of leadership.

What can Democrats do to reverse their fortunes? And how can they do it during the presidency of Donald Trump?

Sanders May Have Lost the Primary, but He’s Already Won Key Concessions on Foreign Policy

Posted June 16th, 2016 at 2:06 pm (UTC-5)
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He has succeeded — and even exceeded observers’ expectations – in forcing the Democratic Party to re-evaluate its long-held assumptions about the use of military force abroad. Clinton embodies many of those views, and Sanders won millions of votes by coming at her from the left and arguing for a less interventionist foreign policy.

What Does Bernie Want?

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 2:57 pm (UTC-5)
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It’s a long shot for Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic Party presidential nomination. But he is still campaigning hard, vowing to take his candidacy to the convention in Philadelphia in July.
Sanders trails Hillary Clinton by 268 pledged delegates going into the final nine contests of the primary election season. Neither are likely to win the nomination with pledged delegates only.
Both candidates will need to make their case to the 712 so-called “superdelegates” that they are the better candidate to take on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Both need to have convincing victories in the final primaries, especially California.
With 475 pledged delegates at stake, California has the biggest delegate haul. Sanders has been campaigning in the state for more than a week. Clinton has changed her schedule and will add two more days of California campaigning before the June 7 primary. She also got a boost with an endorsement from California governor Jerry Brown.
Donald Trump is already on the attack against Hillary Clinton. Many Democrats worry Sanders is dividing the party when the delegate math doesn’t add up.

Campaign ‘Cuisine’ Isn’t Always Presidential

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 2:31 pm (UTC-5)
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Political pundits have already decided the outcome of today’s five-state presidential primary contests. It goes something like this: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton will widen their leads, leaving their competitors (Bernie Sanders, John Kasich and Ted Cruz) that much further from securing their party’s nomination. Election season in America is a taxing months-long, 24/7 exercise, requiring a lot of stamina, and fuel to keep on keeping on. Sampling corn dogs, milkshakes, burgers, five-alarm chili and apple pie in state after state is a campaign must for every candidate. Why? Because breaking bread with the locals, whether in a small Idaho town or the big city of New York, is a sure way to connect with the voters. Today, we offer you a glimpse of American campaign “cuisine.” We check in on the latest thinking about the candidates, and Trump’s alleged pivot away from his raw and rowdy campaign style.

How 2016 Will Shape the Future of American Politics

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 10:14 am (UTC-5)
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Imagine a different, more destabilizing, and (frankly) more likely scenario — which is that we’re living through the early stages of an ideological realignment of America’s two major political parties.

Should Bernie Sanders Call It Quits?

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Sanders has changed the political discourse and shifted the focus onto these issues as the only candidate who repeatedly addresses them in speeches and debates.

Many Democrats Want to Face Trump in November. They’re Wrong.

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 5:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Cruz is often dishonest, and he takes extreme and sometimes appalling positions. But he has shown an inclination to play by the rules — and that’s a safeguard Trump doesn’t offer.

In this Crucial Election, I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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This election truly is a choice between hell and reason, and I want the best, most-qualified candidate to ensure that the United States lands on the right side of that battle. In Clinton we have a proven warrior who has both the commitment and record of accomplishment to lead the fight.

Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders

Posted April 17th, 2016 at 4:57 pm (UTC-5)
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Hillary Clinton has a remarkable record. She would be a strong and capable president. But Bernie Sanders is boldly and fiercely addressing the biggest challenges facing our country.

New York State of Mind

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 1:36 pm (UTC-5)
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It’s been more than a month since Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders held a debate. Tonight’s faceoff in Brooklyn pits the New Yorker by birth versus the New Yorker by choice in what might be their final battle. The debate will be a chance for the candidates to respond to some recent incendiary rhetoric, most of which came from Sanders: calling Clinton “unqualified” to be president; questioning her taking money from Verizon for a speech as both candidates appeared at union picket lines to support striking Verizon workers; and the comment “corporate Democratic whores” by a speaker at a Sanders event to describe those who, like Clinton, support incremental progress in health care reform. After the debate, it’s all about numbers. Sanders may have won seven of the last eight Democratic contests, but he still trails Clinton by 251 pledged delegates — four more than the number at stake in Tuesday’s New York primary. The Democrats have no “winner-take-all” contests. Delegates are allocated proportionally to the popular vote. So, in order for Sanders to catch Clinton, he needs to win about 60% of the vote in New York and the 19 other remaining contests. It’s a high mountain to climb.

Here Are the Questions Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Really Need to Be Answering

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 7:57 am (UTC-5)
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SInce Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last debated, we’ve seen a terrorist attack in Brussels, more fighting in Syria and Iraq, a huge leak of offshore financial records from Panama…. So what have the Democrats been arguing about all this time? Who’s qualified to be president and who’s not; who’s being truthful, and who’s not…

Reality Check for Trump and Clinton

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 2:27 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican party front-runner Donald Trump’s Twitter feed went uncharacteristically quiet in the immediate aftermath of his double-digit loss in the Wisconsin primary to Sen. Ted Cruz. Later in the night, the Trump campaign reverted back to status quo by insulting, not congratulating, the winner. “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump,” according to a statement from his campaign. As Trump pouted defiantly, pundits were dissecting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sixth straight win against Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is far ahead in the delegate count. As one newspaper editorial put it:

“For a guy who can’t win, Bernie Sanders is certainly defeating Hillary Clinton a whole lot…. ”

Next primary stop is in New York, where we may learn if Cruz and Sanders’ campaign ‘mojo’ will continue.

Odds Rise of Democratic Victory

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 1:34 pm (UTC-5)
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If Mr. Trump prevails, many Republicans are likely to stay home on Election Day, and more than a few will quietly support the Democratic nominee. If he falls short on the first ballot and is denied the nomination, he and his supporters will cry foul, and a formal party split would be likely.

Trump ‘Foreign Policy’ Unnerves American Allies

Posted February 29th, 2016 at 1:23 pm (UTC-5)
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By Barbara Slavin The battle for the Republican presidential nomination this year has made many Americans squirm as they watch grown men fling potty-mouthed playground insults at each other in lieu of serious discourse.  Overseas, however, concerns are mounting at the prospect of a possible presidency by New York real estate magnate Donald Trump, whose […]