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In 2016 Race, Voters Still Shopping for a Candidate to Love

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 8:57 am (UTC-5)
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When the choice matters that much, voters are inclined to think the best choice is the safest choice. Jeb Bush pays a heavy price for his last name, but the closer we get to Iowa and New Hampshire, the more the Bush brand will help.

Hillary Clinton’s Sweeping Executive Power Agenda is Unprecedented

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 8:28 am (UTC-5)
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The scope of what she’s promising to do by herself is unprecedented from a top candidate for the presidency.

Anybody but Hillary? The Case for Biden-Warren 2016

Posted September 30th, 2015 at 4:36 pm (UTC-5)
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…On a second look, I like what I’m seeing…. Along with many millions of people, I was mighty impressed by Biden’s mid-September interview with Stephen Colbert. Talking with frankness about his faith and how he’s coped with more than his share of loss in his life — in addition to the death in May of his 46-year-old son […]

Joe Biden Can Rescue the Democrats

Posted September 24th, 2015 at 9:18 am (UTC-5)
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Here’s an idea: Biden should run to rescue the Democratic Party from the fringe. Much has been made of Donald Trump’s candidacy and what his brand of politics says about today’s Republican Party. Much less has been said about the changes taking place with the Democrats.

Hillary Clinton Has Become the Anti-woman Candidate

Posted September 15th, 2015 at 9:24 am (UTC-5)
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In recent months, she has lost ground on being honest and trustworthy and on being in touch with people’s everyday concerns — the exact traits that recruiters believe distinguish women candidates. And of course no one would call her an outsider.

A Hawkish Hillary Clinton Distances Herself From Obama’s Putin Policy

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 4:21 pm (UTC-5)
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During her speech supporting the Iran nuclear deal, Hillary Clinton included a thinly veiled criticism of President Barack Obama’s Russia policy after Russian leader Vladimir Putin boldly annexed Crimea, and then sent support to Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Now, Russia says it’s sending military help to Syria to bolster the Assad regime. Clinton said she pressed hard for a tougher line against Putin, and vowed to carry it out if she becomes the next President of the United States.

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

Posted August 19th, 2015 at 2:56 pm (UTC-5)
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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.

A Biden Run Could Inject Life into Democrats’ Race

Posted August 4th, 2015 at 4:36 pm (UTC-5)
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…The garrulous, gregarious Biden — Barack Obama’s VP and for 36 years before that a U.S. senator from Delaware — may never benefit from better timing.  Clinton dominates polling among Democrats, but her standing among independents or general election what-ifs is weakening.

‘Run, Biden, Run’

Posted August 4th, 2015 at 3:33 pm (UTC-5)
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Even since New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote about the deathbed wish of Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau – he asked his father to run for president – the media has been debating his merits. Other than the obvious curveball thrown at the Democratic favorite, Hillary Clinton, the possibility of a Biden run has ramped up political chatter.

The Hillary Paradox

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 3:59 pm (UTC-5)
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The Hillary Paradox consists of two perceptions that are irreconcilable. The first is that Hillary Clinton is a person of uncommon decency, compassionate and deeply committed to justice. The second is that many of her actions over many years are the work of a person who couldn’t possibly be uncommonly decent.

Democrats Being Democrats

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 4:27 pm (UTC-5)
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On Friday, House Democrats shocked almost everyone by rejecting key provisions needed to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement the White House wants but much of the party doesn’t.  

Obamanomics, Sidetracked

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 9:08 am (UTC-5)
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….Before repudiating Obama’s entire program, it’s worth recalling this: Obamanomics has not failed. It just has not been tried.

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

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 3:09 pm (UTC-5)
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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.

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

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 12:33 pm (UTC-5)
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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.

Revisiting the Patriot Act

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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A federal appeals court in New York ruled last week that the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal. The key provision of the Patriot Act, Section 215, is set to expire in at the end of May, and Congress must decide whether to end or amend that program.