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Washington Post
Megyn Kelly nails it on why Donald Trump mattersCall it the Trump Challenge: Will the Donald’s GOP rivals be as specific as he
Megyn Kelly nails it on why Donald Trump matters
Washington Post / Posted 4 days ago
Call it the Trump Challenge: Will the Donald’s GOP rivals be as specific as he has on the question of what should happen to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country? Trump’s position is clear, or at least somewhat clearer than that of... Read more
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Washington Post
Happy Hour RoundupSen. Patty Murray (Wash.), an influential member of Democratic leadership, endo
Happy Hour Roundup
Washington Post / Posted 4 days ago
Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), an influential member of Democratic leadership, endorsed the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday in a lengthy statement that voiced some doubts of the plan’s efficacy but gave a strong overall backing for the outline. Murray became... Read more
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Washington Post
Dear Republicans: You could have avoided this whole Donald Trump disasterThe consensus among many of our wisest political observers is that Trump-ism is
Dear Republicans: You could have avoided this whole Donald Trump disaster
Washington Post / Posted 5 days ago
The consensus among many of our wisest political observers is that Trump-ism is a real phenomenon, that it’s here to stay for the near future, and that it may pose a real long-term risk to the GOP. In a piece entitled, “Can the Republican Party... Read more
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Salon.com
Dick Cheney hands Obama an Iran victory: His speech denouncing diplomacy is good news for the nuclear dealIt’s looking more and more like the multilateral diplomatic agreement on Iran’s
Dick Cheney hands Obama an Iran victory: His speech denouncing diplomacy is good news for the nuclear deal
Salon.com / Posted 5 days ago
It’s looking more and more like the multilateral diplomatic agreement on Iran’s nuclear activities will survive efforts by congressional Republicans to scuttle it. When the 60-day review period began in mid-July, the big question facing the GOP was... Read more
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Washington Post
How Nancy Pelosi may save the Iran dealAs I’ve reported, the math in Congress looks very daunting for opponents of the
How Nancy Pelosi may save the Iran deal
Washington Post / Posted 5 days ago
As I’ve reported, the math in Congress looks very daunting for opponents of the Iran deal. But that’s what the math looks like right now. Things can always change — if there is some kind of new revelation or external event, or if enough individual... Read more
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Washington Post
Happy Hour RoundupThe White House on Monday said President Obama may offer an endorsement in the
Happy Hour Roundup
Washington Post / Posted 5 days ago
The White House on Monday said President Obama may offer an endorsement in the Democratic primary, which could pit his former secretary of State against his vice president. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the... Read more
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Washington Post
How Obama’s active second term is shaping the 2016 presidential raceBy way of illustration, Drum compiles a list of all of the actions Obama has ta
How Obama’s active second term is shaping the 2016 presidential race
Washington Post / Posted 6 days ago
By way of illustration, Drum compiles a list of all of the actions Obama has taken since Dems got washed out in the 2014 midterms, in order to demonstrate how active his presidency has been thus far in his second term: 1. Normalized relations with... Read more
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Washington Post
How Donald Trump has unmasked his GOP rivalsOn ABC News’ “This Week” yesterday, George Stephanopoulos had to ask Scott Walk
How Donald Trump has unmasked his GOP rivals
Washington Post / Posted 6 days ago
On ABC News’ “This Week” yesterday, George Stephanopoulos had to ask Scott Walker three times whether he favors changing the Fourteenth Amendment to end birthright citizenship before getting an answer. Three times. Here’s the final... Read more
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Washington Post
Decoding Scott Walker’s dodge on birthright citizenshipIn an interview with John Harwood, Unintimidated Wisconsin Governor Scott Walke
Decoding Scott Walker’s dodge on birthright citizenship
Washington Post / Posted 8 days ago
In an interview with John Harwood, Unintimidated Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had this to say about the debate over Donald Trump’s call for ending birthright citizenship: “I’m not taking a position on it one way or the other.” A lot of folks,... Read more
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Washington Post
GOP candidates tiptoe around Donald Trump’s xenophobic demagogueryWhen Republican wise men penned their autopsy into what went wrong in 2012, cou
GOP candidates tiptoe around Donald Trump’s xenophobic demagoguery
Washington Post / Posted 9 days ago
When Republican wise men penned their autopsy into what went wrong in 2012, counseling a more welcoming posture towards the fast growing Latino demographic, they probably could not have imagined that only a few years later, the most “moderate”... Read more
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Washington Post
Paul Volcker: It would be ‘a sad day’ if Congress blocks Iran dealIn recent days, opponents of the Iran nuclear accord have argued that if Congre
Paul Volcker: It would be ‘a sad day’ if Congress blocks Iran deal
Washington Post / Posted 10 days ago
In recent days, opponents of the Iran nuclear accord have argued that if Congress blocks it, the major powers that negotiated the agreement can simply go back and crank up sanctions to put more pressure on Iran to agree to a better deal. That... Read more
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Washington Post
Is the battle over the Iran deal in Congress already over?In the read of the morning, Karoun Demirjian brings us the most comprehensive a
Is the battle over the Iran deal in Congress already over?
Washington Post / Posted 10 days ago
In the read of the morning, Karoun Demirjian brings us the most comprehensive analysis I’ve seen yet of where the battle over the Iran deal in Congress stands, and the conclusion is a stark one: At this point, the chances that Congress will block the... Read more
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Salon.com
The death of birthright citizenship: How Donald Trump is taking a fringe idea into the mainstreamHere’s something the New Republic’s Brian Beutler wrote a few days ago about Do
The death of birthright citizenship: How Donald Trump is taking a fringe idea into the mainstream
Salon.com / Posted 10 days ago
Here’s something the New Republic’s Brian Beutler wrote a few days ago about Donald Trump, the man whose unusually resilient presidential campaign has dominated the GOP primary and kept the media entertained during this long, hot and relatively... Read more
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Washington Post
Donald Trump is setting the GOP agenda on immigration. What could go wrong?NBC News’ First Read crew tallies up where the 2016 GOP candidates stand on Don
Donald Trump is setting the GOP agenda on immigration. What could go wrong?
Washington Post / Posted 10 days ago
NBC News’ First Read crew tallies up where the 2016 GOP candidates stand on Donald Trump’s call for an end to birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants, and marvels at the degree to which it’s already setting the agenda in the GOP... Read more
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Washington Post
How the ‘Sanders surge’ may help Hillary ClintonA new CNN poll finds that Bernie Sanders is surging among Democrats nationally
How the ‘Sanders surge’ may help Hillary Clinton
Washington Post / Posted 11 days ago
A new CNN poll finds that Bernie Sanders is surging among Democrats nationally — Hillary Clinton leads him by 47-29, but her support has slipped nine points since July, while Sanders’ backing has climbed 10 points. It’s hard to know how much national... Read more
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Washington Post
Birthright citizenship was one of the Republican Party’s greatest accomplishments. Now some Republicans want to end it.Donald Trump’s call for doing away with birthright citizenship for the children
Birthright citizenship was one of the Republican Party’s greatest accomplishments. Now some Republicans want to end it.
Washington Post / Posted 12 days ago
Donald Trump’s call for doing away with birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants has once again focused media attention on the idea and led some of his GOP rivals to signal openness to it. The Huffington Post looked at the... Read more
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Denver Post
Sargent: Donald Trump's GOP rivals struggle to understand his appealRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaigns at the Iowa State Fair
Sargent: Donald Trump's GOP rivals struggle to understand his appeal
Denver Post / Posted 12 days ago
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Saturday. (Win McNamee,Getty Images) The rise of Donald Trump has many of his GOP rivals asking: How can we steal away the source of his apparent appeal... Read more
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Washington Post
Donald Trump’s GOP rivals struggle to understand his appealThe rise of Donald Trump has many of his GOP rivals asking: How can we steal aw
Donald Trump’s GOP rivals struggle to understand his appeal
Washington Post / Posted 12 days ago
The rise of Donald Trump has many of his GOP rivals asking: How can we steal away the source of his apparent appeal to GOP primary voters? Today, we’re getting one answer to that question from Scott Walker, who seems to have decided that Trump’s... Read more
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Washington Post
If Dems help Republicans kill the Iran deal, they, too, will own the consequencesIn recent days, supporters of the nuclear accord with Iran have hit back agains
If Dems help Republicans kill the Iran deal, they, too, will own the consequences
Washington Post / Posted 13 days ago
In recent days, supporters of the nuclear accord with Iran have hit back against GOP opposition to it with two lines of argument. First, if Congress blocks the deal, Republicans will be responsible for the downward spiral of consequences that will... Read more
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Washington Post
You should take Donald Trump’s immigration plan seriously. Here’s why.The sight of Donald Trump rolling out a new, and highly specific, immigration p
You should take Donald Trump’s immigration plan seriously. Here’s why.
Washington Post / Posted 13 days ago
The sight of Donald Trump rolling out a new, and highly specific, immigration plan has been more than a little unsettling: It shows that Trump is now genuinely playing in the GOP primaries to win, and reveals in stark relief how exactly he intends to... Read more
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New York Magazine
What’s Going to Happen With the Iran Deal Now That Chuck Schumer Hates It?Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images "I will vote to disapprove the agreement, not be
What’s Going to Happen With the Iran Deal Now That Chuck Schumer Hates It?
New York Magazine / Posted 23 days ago
Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images "I will vote to disapprove the agreement, not because I believe war is a viable or desirable option, nor to challenge the path of diplomacy," he wrote in a statement published on Medium this morning. "It is because I... Read more
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Washington Post
The Voting Rights Act is 50 years old. In North Carolina, its legacy hangs in the balance.The Voting Rights Act turned 50 years old this week, and while the violent turm
The Voting Rights Act is 50 years old. In North Carolina, its legacy hangs in the balance.
Washington Post / Posted 23 days ago
The Voting Rights Act turned 50 years old this week, and while the violent turmoil of that era’s struggles now seem part of the distant past, the battle over access to the franchise continues a half century later. One current skirmish that could have... Read more
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Business Insider
One of the most powerful Democrats is being torched by liberals after coming out against Obama's Iran dealUS Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) was planning to roll out a major decision to
One of the most powerful Democrats is being torched by liberals after coming out against Obama's Iran deal
Business Insider / Posted 23 days ago
US Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) was planning to roll out a major decision to the American public on Friday. Schumer, the Senate's No. 3 ranking Democrat who is next in line to lead his caucus, was set to reveal that he would buck the leader of... Read more
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Washington Post
Schumer comes out against Iran deal. How much does that matter?Last night, while Donald Trump spewed bile at the the GOP debate moderators, an
Schumer comes out against Iran deal. How much does that matter?
Washington Post / Posted 23 days ago
Last night, while Donald Trump spewed bile at the the GOP debate moderators, and Chris Christie and Rand Paul shouted about the Fourth Amendment, Chuck Schumer quietly issued a statement coming out against the Iran deal. The left exploded, and... Read more
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Washington Post
White House ramps up effort to keep Dems behind Iran dealEnergy Secretary Ernest Moniz — the wild-haired scientist who has emerged as a
White House ramps up effort to keep Dems behind Iran deal
Washington Post / Posted 24 days ago
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz — the wild-haired scientist who has emerged as a pivotal figure in selling the Iran deal to Democrats on Capitol Hill — is taking new steps today to shore up enough Democratic support to ensure that if President Obama... Read more
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Washington Post
What top Dems are watching for at tonight’s GOP debateGuess what: It doesn’t have as much to do with Donald Trump as you might think.
What top Dems are watching for at tonight’s GOP debate
Washington Post / Posted 24 days ago
Guess what: It doesn’t have as much to do with Donald Trump as you might think. Tonight the 473 GOP presidential contenders gather for what is widely — if optimistically — being described as a “debate.” There are reams of analysis out there about... Read more
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Washington Post
Tom Cotton: We can bomb Iran’s nukes back to ‘day zero’Senator Tom Cotton has an undeniable talent for injecting himself into foreign
Tom Cotton: We can bomb Iran’s nukes back to ‘day zero’
Washington Post / Posted 24 days ago
Senator Tom Cotton has an undeniable talent for injecting himself into foreign policy debates in ways that garner maximum media attention — and deafening accolades from the Conservative Entertainment Complex. He also has an undeniable talent for... Read more
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Washington Post
Rapid cultural change on race — but not among Republicans and conservativesNearly a year has passed since the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson
Rapid cultural change on race — but not among Republicans and conservatives
Washington Post / Posted 25 days ago
Nearly a year has passed since the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and that event is now widely seen as ushering in a new period of cultural sensitivity to racism. A new Washington Post poll confirms this, finding that a... Read more
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Salon.com
The simple question GOP’s Iran naysayers still can’t answer: What’s the alternative?It’s looking more and more like Republicans will come up short in their bid to
The simple question GOP’s Iran naysayers still can’t answer: What’s the alternative?
Salon.com / Posted 25 days ago
It’s looking more and more like Republicans will come up short in their bid to derail the multiparty diplomatic framework with Iran. The deal is currently grinding through its 60-day window for congressional review, and Republicans have been... Read more
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Washington Post
Large majority of Republicans trusts Donald Trump on illegal immigrationWhy, oh why, does a self-promoting buffoon like Donald Trump continue to lead t
Large majority of Republicans trusts Donald Trump on illegal immigration
Washington Post / Posted 25 days ago
Why, oh why, does a self-promoting buffoon like Donald Trump continue to lead the GOP field among Republican voters? There’s been a great deal of pundit hand-wringing about this question. David Brooks argues this morning that Trump’s “allure” is... Read more
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Washington Post
A big boost for the Iran dealToday, three Democratic Senators came out for the Iran deal: Tim Kaine of Virgi
A big boost for the Iran deal
Washington Post / Posted 25 days ago
Today, three Democratic Senators came out for the Iran deal: Tim Kaine of Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Barbara Boxer of California. The math now looks increasingly difficult for the deal’s opponents. Kaine and Nelson are both quite... Read more
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Washington Post
What does the American public really think of the Iran deal?In the least surprising development ever, today’s Quinnipiac poll finding a maj
What does the American public really think of the Iran deal?
Washington Post / Posted 27 days ago
In the least surprising development ever, today’s Quinnipiac poll finding a majority against the Iran deal generated a whole bunch of twitter traffic from political commentator types. But a new NBC News poll also came out today, and thus far (also... Read more
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Washington Post
Get ready for another ideological death struggle, this time over climateToday, President Obama will roll out the final version of the EPA’s Clean Power
Get ready for another ideological death struggle, this time over climate
Washington Post / Posted 27 days ago
Today, President Obama will roll out the final version of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, an ambitious effort to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels by 2030. This seems likely to set in motion an ideological... Read more
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Washington Post
Medicare at 50: Looking back, and looking forwardFifty years ago this week, Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare, the first t
Medicare at 50: Looking back, and looking forward
Washington Post / Posted 30 days ago
Fifty years ago this week, Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare, the first truly ambitious realization of the long-harbored liberal goal of securing a role for the federal government in providing health care to the poor and the elderly. He... Read more
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Washington Post
How Hillary will cast Republicans as the party of the pastToday, Hillary Clinton is set to deliver a speech calling on Congress to lift t
How Hillary will cast Republicans as the party of the past
Washington Post / Posted 30 days ago
Today, Hillary Clinton is set to deliver a speech calling on Congress to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and her campaign says she will blast “Republican arguments against increased engagement” with Cuba and contend instead that engagement will allow... Read more
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The Huffington Post
Obama Has A Plan To Protect The Iran Deal In August, His Least Favorite MonthWASHINGTON -- The White House and allied groups are preparing a robust campaign
Obama Has A Plan To Protect The Iran Deal In August, His Least Favorite Month
The Huffington Post / Posted 30 days ago
WASHINGTON -- The White House and allied groups are preparing a robust campaign to protect President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran during August recess. The effort comes as support for the deal has faded in some recent public opinion polls... Read more
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Washington Post
Donald Trump and the Cattle Car CaucusWell, it was bound to happen eventually: Donald Trump has finally made a genuin
Donald Trump and the Cattle Car Caucus
Washington Post / Posted a month ago
Well, it was bound to happen eventually: Donald Trump has finally made a genuinely useful contribution to the public debate. In an interview with CNN, Trump went farther than I’ve seen any Republican presidential candidate go on immigration,... Read more
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Washington Post
The GOP is one heck of a dysfunctional familyJohn Boehner at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in today. (Yuri Grip
The GOP is one heck of a dysfunctional family
Washington Post / Posted a month ago
John Boehner at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in today. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can’t even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows... Read more
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San Jose Mercury News
E.J. DIONNE JR.: The price Boehner paysWASHINGTON -- If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can't
E.J. DIONNE JR.: The price Boehner pays
San Jose Mercury News / Posted a month ago
WASHINGTON -- If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can't even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who proffered a little resolution on Tuesday night to oust John... Read more
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Washington Post
GOP push to defund Planned Parenthood heats upAmid the furor over the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials
GOP push to defund Planned Parenthood heats up
Washington Post / Posted a month ago
Amid the furor over the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue prices, the battle is intensifying in the Senate over the Republican push to defund the organization. Democrats charge that the GOP campaign would... Read more

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