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Hillary: Bernie Raised $5 Million More than I Did

8:28 PM, Feb 04, 2016

Hillary Clinton is admitting to supporters that her main Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, outraised her by $5 million last month.

"We just learned that the Sanders campaign raised $5 million more than ours did in January, and they raised another $3 million in a single day after the Iowa caucus," Clinton writes to her supporters this evening.

"I'm proud of the campaign we're running -- I'm committed to standing with you to make life better for American families, and I'm ready to fight by your side to earn every vote, take on the Republicans, win the White House, and make history.

"But daniel, if we don't win this nomination, we'll never get the chance to do those things. So on this important night, show me you're

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What Next for the Left?

The progressives go from bad to worse
Feb 08, 2016

A strange period has now passed into history. Captivated by a presidential campaign in 2008, Americans by the millions came to believe that a new leader would be able to produce more than a transformed society and an era of world peace. Politics could be extended beyond its ordinary boundaries and bring about a spiritual renewal. This exhilarating prospect fed on its own spiraling expectations, surprising even its original purveyors.

Faith in this political religion eventually dissipated. Four years into the experience, many ceased to believe. Today most have forgotten. Politics has retreated to its more usual limits, focusing on the harder core of ideology.

Modern progressivism has driven much of American politics for the

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Hillary Leaves Iowa for Investment Mogul Fundraiser

7:50 AM, Jan 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton left Iowa to attend a fundraiser last night with an investment mogul. The fundraiser took place in Philadelpia.

Jon Bon Jovi was exptected to serenade the crowd with an acoustic set.

“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Philadelphia on Jan. 27 for a fund-raiser hosted by a group that includes lawyer-turned-investment mogul Michael C. Forman and former State Rep. Michael Gerber (D., Mont.) at their $17 billion 'alternative investments' firm, Franklin Square Capital Partners.

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Chelsea to Fundraise for Mom in London With Anna Wintour

8:16 AM, Jan 20, 2016

Chelsea Clinton will be in London February 23 for a fundraiser for her mother, Hillary Clinton. The former (and perhaps future) first daughter will be joined by fashion icon Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue.

The fundraiser will be at the home of Natalie Massenet, who is chair of the British Fashion Council.

An invitation of the vent was posted on Hillary Clinton's campaign website:

The cost to attend the event is $2,700, the maximum contribution allowed by an individual to a campaign under federal election law.

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Astonishingly Popular

How to succeed as a Republican governor in a Democratic state.
Jan 11, 2016

Annapolis

As rioting broke out in Baltimore last April, Maryland governor Larry Hogan got a call from Chris Christie, his friend, political ally, and governor of New Jersey. How you handle the crisis, Christie told Hogan, “is going to be the defining moment for you" as governor.

The situation was dicey and Hogan's task—preventing the riot from spreading—was delicate. He was a Republican official in a Democratic state, a white politician dealing with a predominantly black city, a governor ready to send in the National Guard who had to negotiate with a black mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. She appeared more fearful of an overreaction than of the riot itself.

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Chelsea Asks for More Foundation Cash

7:37 AM, Dec 22, 2015

Chelsea Clinton announced yesterday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their second child.

Yesterday, Chelsea Clinton also asked supporters of her family foundation, the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, for money.

"You and I share a common belief – the belief that we can really do something about improving health, defeating poverty, and making gender equality a reality," Clinton's email to supporters began. "And together, we are.

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The Economic Consequences of COP21

8:00 AM, Dec 14, 2015

The international conference on climate change attracted thousands of delegates from almost 200 nations. The Conference of the Parties21, so named for the parties that signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992 and had come to Paris for what was their 21st conference, came to an end with the obligatory self-congratulatory photo op, linked arms raised in victory, cheers from some, tears of joy from others, applause for Al Gore, and a promise by Secretary of State John Kerry that we have seen the end of the age of fossil fuels.

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Not to Worry

Dec 14, 2015

You're worried. Okay, you're alarmed. Actually, you're panicked. Donald Trump will be the nominee and destroy the party. It's embarrassing for the GOP that Ben Carson has so much support. Marco Rubio will be judged by voters too young and inexperienced for the Oval Office. Ted Cruz would be a certain loser to Hillary Clinton. And it's too late for someone else to come from behind and win the nomination. All scenarios lead to disaster.

Not to worry. All will be well .  .  . probably.

First and foremost, we will likely be spared a Trump nomination. In the latest national poll, taken at the end of November by Quinnipiac, Trump leads the GOP field with 27 percent, 10 points ahead of Rubio at 17

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Bill Clinton Raises Money ... For Family Foundation

6:39 AM, Dec 02, 2015

The husband of the top Democratic presidential candidate is continuing to seek donations to his family foundation. Bill Clinton, husband to Hillary Clinton, sent an email to supporters last night to ask for money.

"I want to let you in on the secret to our Foundation's success, friends," Clinton writes. "It's you."


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Don't slow down now. The challenges in front of us – like changing the futures of families stuck in poverty and helping communities deal with climate change –

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Paris Letter

An immense spirit of solidarity.
Nov 30, 2015

In the confusion and horror of Paris in shock, the details stay with you. In the bleary early Saturday morning, behind the police barriers, a lone tour bus was still parked on Boulevard Voltaire in front of the Bataclan concert hall, where the Eagles of Death Metal gig had been bloodily interrupted by Daesh terrorists the night before.

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The Mumbai Parallels

Not the first such attack; probably not the last.
Nov 30, 2015

For those of us who were in Mumbai during the 2008 terrorist attacks there, the bulletins from Paris on Friday night evoked queasy déjà vu. With each shocking addition to the story—drive-by shootings at one crowded restaurant and then another, explosions reported at the other end of town, casualty estimates rising sharply, and then the first social media hints at hostages being calmly slaughtered—the feeling intensified. 

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There Has Never, Ever Been Anyone Like Donald Trump

12:14 PM, Nov 25, 2015

I'm ready to concede that Donald Trump is the most anomalous figure I've seen in presidential politics.

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Rubio Beats Phony Scandals and Comes Out Stronger

3:22 PM, Nov 09, 2015

At some point, the most obvious explanation is rope-a-dope. 

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Enter Ryan, Exit Biden

Nov 02, 2015

‘Republicans in Turmoil!” “Chaos Confounds GOP Congressmen!!” “Catastrophic Conservative Crack-Up Imminent!!!” “Trump Likely GOP Nominee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

All nonsense.

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Fix the Filibuster

But don’t destroy it
Nov 02, 2015

We hear endlessly these days from the left and the right that our political system is “broken.” The left’s principal complaint is that it is too hard to pass their desired legislation. Liberals pine for a parliamentary system, where the majority party in the legislature controls public policy. Our Founders, however, devised a novel structure of checks and balances that makes enacting legislation difficult. If that constitutional design is functioning as intended, it can hardly be said to be “broken.” 

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Strife of the Party

The GOP is ready to grumble
Nov 02, 2015

Republicans are in trouble. A significant bloc regards their congressional leaders—House speaker John Boehner, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and their underlings—as enemies. A quarter or more of grassroots Republicans think Donald Trump should be president. And to make things worse, Hillary Clinton has a glide path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, making her tougher for any Republican to beat.

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The Trudeau Restoration

Canada veers left.
Nov 02, 2015

Richard Nixon visited Canada just once during his presidency. He’s also been dead 20 years. But he was about the only person to correctly call last week’s Canadian election.

On April 13, 1972, at a state dinner in Ottawa, where he addressed Parliament and signed the Great Lakes Treaty, Nixon raised his glass to Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s 4-month-old son. “Tonight, we’ll dispense with the formalities. I’d like to toast the future prime minister of Canada: to Justin Pierre Trudeau.”

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Hillary Aide Calls Canada Election a 'Great Progressive Win'

6:07 AM, Oct 20, 2015

Team Hillary Clinton is happy with the election in Canada. Liberals won big there, as the National Post reports:

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Bill Emails for Hillary: 'Chip In $1'

8:35 PM, Oct 13, 2015

Bill Clinton sent an email to Hillary Clinton supporters in the middle of tonight's Democratic debate. Clinton says that Clinton is doing great. 

"Right now, Hillary's making her case for why she's the most qualified candidate to be the Democratic nominee for president. I think she's doing great," writes Bill Clinton.

"We get to do the easy part -- supporting her with everything we've got.

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What the Hell Is Going On?

The fraying of the national political consensus.
Oct 12, 2015

The latest political happenings—the rise of Donald Trump, John Boehner’s surprise resignation as speaker of the House of Representatives, Hillary Clinton’s slide against the septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders—remind me of a verse from the old Rolling Stones song “Jigsaw Puzzle”:

Oh, there’s twenty-thousand grandmas.

Wave their hankies in the air.

All burning up their pensions

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Chelsea Sends Out Fundraising Pitch for Her Mom, Asks for $1

4:01 PM, Oct 09, 2015

Chelsea Clinton is officially getting into the game. The former first daughter has sent out a campaign fundraising pitch on behalf of her mother's presidential campaign.

"My mom is my hero. From helping cut the uninsured rate for children in half as First Lady to later becoming the first female senator from New York and then running for president, she's kept fighting for families -- while also being a great mom," reads the pitch.

"I hope my daughter grows up to be as proud of me as I am of my mom.

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Obama Uses Oregon College Shooting Trip to Attend Fundraisers

8:43 PM, Oct 08, 2015

President Obama will be heading to Oregon tomorrow to visit Umpqua Community College, the site of a shooting rampage last week. But Obama's not heading home directly after meeting with families of the victims. Instead, the president will attend a series of West Coast fundraisers immediately after.

In fact, Obama has three fundraisers lined up for tomorrow. Two in Seattle and one in San Francisco. He'll spend tomorrow night in San Francisco.

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Hillary Fundraises Off Gun Violence

7:51 AM, Oct 07, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent an email to supporters about gun violence. 

"Gun violence isn’t an inevitability -- it’s a virus and we must do whatever we can to stop it," the email reads.

"Our children should feel safe going to school. They should feel safe at the movie theater. And they should feel safe in places of worship.

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She Said What?

Ann Coulter, twit.
Oct 05, 2015

Toward Ann Coulter I had always taken a “suffer little children to come unto me” attitude. Not that she ever came on to me or anything. It’s just that she’s a kid. She was born in 1961. I’ve got skinny Brooks Brothers neckties in the back of my closet older than that.

Ann Coulter grew up during the “I-was-conservative-after-conservatism-was-cool” era, helping found the Cornell Review in the early 1980s. She’s noisy and she gives me a headache. But kids are, and kids do. I have several.

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Everyone Gets Everything Wrong

The surprising 2016 race.
Oct 05, 2015

Nearly everything that was expected to happen in the 2016 presidential race hasn’t, and many things that weren’t expected have. The rise of Donald Trump—even that he would run—was not predicted. Nor was the fall of Scott Walker or the weakness of Jeb Bush’s candidacy. Polls have proved to be unreliable indicators of where the Republican and Democratic campaigns are headed. Hillary Clinton’s coronation as Democratic nominee, we were told, was a sure thing. Now she’s sliding toward underdog status.

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Uh-oh . . .

Sep 28, 2015

How big a problem is it that the two leading Republican candidates for president aren’t actually qualified to be president?

“Oh, come on,” you’re inclined to respond. “It’s not that much of a problem. After all, Donald Trump and Ben Carson aren’t really the leading GOP presidential candidates, are they?”

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Jebonomics

A winning tax reform.
Sep 28, 2015

Some Republican presidential candidate was sure to come along with a credible tax reform plan to erase tax loopholes, preferences, and special breaks, broaden the tax base, and lower rates. Now Jeb Bush has done it. This marks a departure point in the GOP race.

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Desperately Seeking Consensus

Where is the Republicans’ Goldilocks?
Sep 28, 2015

Judging by the number of House and Senate seats, governorships, and state legislative seats it holds, the Republican party is stronger than at any point since the 1920s. Yet, going by the presidential nomination battle alone, the party is a mess. There are too many candidates, a few of whom are distracting the public with their self-aggrandizing shenanigans, spurred on by ratings-hungry cable-news networks.

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The Week of Walker and Boehner

7:27 AM, Sep 26, 2015

On Monday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the Republican presidential front-runner on April Fools' Day, quit the contest. There had been no scandal which disgraced him, no momentous mistake which undermined him. It was simply that he once had support from Republican primary voters; he no longer did.

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Donald Trump Threatens Club For Growth With Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

11:29 AM, Sep 23, 2015

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published the cease and decist letter that Donald Trump's lawyer reportedly sent Club for Growth president David M. McIntosh, along with the promise of a multi-million dollar lawsuit if the group doesn't comply.

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