Archive of Articles for June, 2015


[ Posted Monday, June 15th, 2015 – 18:28 UTC ]

Today, Jeb Bush formally entered the race for the Republican nomination for president. I should point out, as a bit of personal trivia, that his new campaign logo ("Jeb!") has allowed me to create what I believe is the shortest headline I have ever written (in over 2,000 blog posts).

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Friday Talking Points [350] -- Bernie Sanders Shows Democrats What "Family Values" Should Mean

[ Posted Friday, June 12th, 2015 – 16:53 UTC ]

We begin with a story which is just ripe for mixing a few metaphors: The Iowa Republican Party just announced today that they are cancelling the Iowa Straw Poll.

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Clinton Campaign Coverage, So Far

[ Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2015 – 16:51 UTC ]

I have to pity the poor mainstream media reporters covering Hillary Clinton's campaign, a tiny bit. No, no, I really do -- at least a smidgeon. They know full well that, barring any large and unforeseen events, they'll be covering Clinton's campaign for at least the next eight or nine months without having much of any "horserace" story to tell. If Clinton does as expected (again, barring a tremendous surge by Bernie Sanders or a sudden health problem for Hillary), she's going to become the Democratic nominee for president without much problem. This presents a deep quandary for the mainstream Clinton reporters, since all pundits (and I definitely include myself in this) absolutely love writing horserace stories. They're easy, they're poll-driven, and much like their namesake horseraces, it's always fun to see a dark horse pull into the lead or a frontrunner stumble or any other thrilling racetrack development that gets the heart pumping and the juices flowing. To put it another way: horserace stories are easy to write, which is why we get so many of them during each election.

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Rick Perry Tries Again

[ Posted Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 – 16:06 UTC ]

Perry is the tenth Republican to throw his hat in the 2016 ring, joining Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Rick Santorum. There are at least five other Republicans who will also likely make a run for their party's nomination, but they have yet to formally announced their candidacies.

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Program Note

[ Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 – 16:28 UTC ]

No new column today, sorry. I had planned a biography column on Rick Perry, but somehow failed to work up the energy to write it (I'll get it written in the next day or two, promise). Instead, I am going to attempt to work through the backlog of answering your comments from the [...]

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SCOTUS Optimism

[ Posted Monday, June 8th, 2015 – 16:01 UTC ]

For political wonks, June is not the month to celebrate grads, dads, and brides, but instead the biggest SCOTUS month of the year. SCOTUS (for the un-wonky) stands for "Supreme Court Of The United States." June marks the end of the Supreme Court's yearly session, and it is when all the biggest decisions get handed down.

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Friday Talking Points [349] -- Hillary Champions Universal Automatic Voter Registration

[ Posted Friday, June 5th, 2015 – 21:05 UTC ]

We really wanted to use a different subtitle for today's column, one we are actually astonished that more news organizations didn't go with, given Rick Perry's announcement of his second run for the White House. That headline, of course, would have been: "Oops, He Did It Again!" Now, we do realize that the Britney Spears album is actually 15 years old (how time flies, eh?), but even so, with "Oops" being so central to defining Perry on the national stage, it certainly seemed like an obvious choice.

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Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2015

[ Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 – 17:58 UTC ]

This is going to be a rather abbreviated column, because President Obama's job approval poll numbers didn't change much either way in May. Not only were the changes minimal, it also flattened the trendlines out all the way back to February. Let's take a quick look at the chart to see what I'm talking about:

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The Foreign Policy Candidates: Lindsey Graham And Lincoln Chafee

[ Posted Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 – 18:03 UTC ]

We continue our running series of taking a serious look at all the announced candidates for president with two new entries this week, one from each side of the aisle. Republican Lindsey Graham made his formal announcement earlier in the week, and today Democrat Lincoln Chafee is also set to announce his candidacy.

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USA FREEDOM Act Thoughts

[ Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 – 17:00 UTC ]

So the USA FREEDOM Act is now on its way to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. I have a few disjointed thoughts on the process this bill went through, so bear with me because this means I'm about to write a rather disjointed column about it.

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