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Bill Schneider, a leading U.S. political analyst, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Resident Scholar at Third Way. Along with his work at Third Way, Bill is the Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University and is a contributor to the AL Jazera English network. Bill was CNN's senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009 and was a member of the CNN political team that was awarded an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage. Schneider has been labeled "the Aristotle of American politics'' by The Boston Globe. Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him "the most consistently intelligent analyst on television.''

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A Two-Oxymoron Race

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 5:54 PM

"Tough liberal'' and "nice conservative'' sound like oxymorons. They defy political stereotypes. But the ideal Democratic candidate is a tough liberal. And the ideal Republican candidate is a nice conservative. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are aiming to meet those standards.

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The stereotype...

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Rebellion in the Ranks

(21) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 5:30 AM

President Obama made a spectacular miscalculation on the trade vote.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tells the story that when he first served in Congress, House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip'' O'Neill, his Massachusetts colleague, urged Markey to vote for a energy bill that was unpopular in New England but important to...

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Divide and Conquer

(67) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 9:51 PM

The new rule in American politics is divide and conquer. That's how Barack Obama got re-elected in 2012. It's how Hillary Clinton and Scott Walker are aiming to win in 2016.

You run on issues that define the election as "us" versus "them." You use the campaign to rally your...

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Time for a Pro

(58) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 8:52 PM

What's the most important problem facing the country today? Answer: government. In the latest CBS News-New York Times poll, "politicians and government" edges out
"the economy" as the top issue on voters' minds.

"The system is broken," former New York Gov. George Pataki said when...

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The 'Who Lost Iraq?' Issue

(8) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 1:34 AM

Republicans have plenty of candidates running for President but not many issues. President Obama won't be on the ballot. The economy is improving. Social issues no longer work for Conservatives. What else is there? Answer: foreign policy.

Republican contenders are ready to stage a full-scale assault on President Obama's foreign...

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Ideological Cleansing

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 10:14 PM

The party that loses the White House next year will face an existential crisis.

Suppose Republicans lose again. They will have lost three presidential elections in a row. After Democrats lost three in a row in 1988, the party was forced to acknowledge, "We can't go on like...

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Losing Our Religion

(15) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:20 AM

"Losing My Religion'' is not just a song by R.E.M. It's also a fact of American life.

That's the message of a survey of more than 35,000 Americans just released by the Pew Research Center. The key finding: the number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation...

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Victory for Downton Abbey

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Downton Abbey won.

The surprise triumph of Britain's Conservative Party was driven by English nationalism. Not British nationalism -- English nationalism. St. George's Cross and all that.

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The election saw an English backlash against the surge of Scottish nationalism...

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The Past Is a Burden -- For Jeb, Not Hillary

(69) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 8:22 AM

"Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday.'' Marco Rubio (age 43) said that when he announced he was running for President this month, one day after Hillary Clinton (age 67) announced she was running.

Scott Walker (age...

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Rand Paul: Contender or Curiosity?

(137) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 8:44 AM

What are the chances that Sen. Rand Paul will get elected President next year? Look at it this way: Sen. Paul's is running for re-election to the Senate at the same time he is running for President. That doesn't show a lot of confidence in his presidential prospects.

Paul is...

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The Fight Rages On... In the GOP

(43) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 6:32 PM

It's not over. True, Indiana and Arkansas have backed down from "religious freedom'' laws that legitimize anti-gay discrimination. And the U.S. Supreme Court may rule this year that same-sex marriages are legal in the entire country.

But even then it won't be over. One sentence in

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Fighter or Deal Maker?

(8) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Both parties face a choice for 2016. Will they nominate a fighter or a deal maker?

For Republicans, it's likely to come down to a choice between two candidates. For Democrats, it's likely to be a battle over one candidate. Will they nominate Hillary Clinton the fighter or...

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Jewish Voters: Values Trump Interests

(9) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 4:25 PM

Conservative columnist Ed Rogers recently wrote in The Washington Post, ``I don't know why American Jewish support is so lopsided in favor of the Democrats.'' Here's why.

Jews have conservative interests and liberal values. Most Jews vote their values. So do a lot of other voters whose...

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Can a Divided America Still Lead?

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 1:51 PM

The Iran issue highlights a central dilemma of U.S. foreign policy: will political division undermine U.S. world leadership?

In his Second Inaugural Address in 1997, President Bill Clinton said, "America stands alone as the world's indispensable nation.'' Since World War II, whenever there has been a threat to international...

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The Extreme Becomes Mainstream

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 1:15 PM

Remember the "vast right-wing conspiracy" Hillary Clinton talked about in 1998 when her husband was embroiled in scandal? It sounded paranoid at the time. Well, it met last week near Washington. I'm talking about the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a network of right-wing think tanks,...

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Independents, Anti-Incumbent Wave Could Create Election Day Surprises

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:03 PM

Republicans are planning election night celebrations all over Washington. Some of them with no music or entertainment. "The entertainment is Fox News," a Republican lobbyist told Politico. Bookmakers put the odds at a Republican takeover of the Senate at 80 to 90 percent. Sounds pretty close to a...

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Democrats Are Having Trouble With the Working Class, Just Like the 2010 Midterms

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Doctor to patient: "Have you had this problem before?"

Patient: "Yes."

Doctor: "Well, you got it again."

The Democratic Party is facing the same problem it faced in the last midterm election. In 2010, Democrats lost six Senate seats, 63 House seats and the party's majority in the House of...

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History Shows Voters Make Statements in Midterm Elections

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:48 PM

Ever hear of "morphing" ads? Republican candidates ran them in the 1994 midterm campaign, when President Clinton was intensely controversial (health care reform, gays in the military, gun control laws). The ads showed photos of Democratic candidates electronically "morphing" into the face of Bill Clinton. A narrator warned, ominously, that...

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'Meh' Economy Muddies Mid-Term Election Picture

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 11:25 AM

It's the "meh" economy, stupid. 2014 is not a boom year or a bust year. It's just "meh."

That's why President Obama chose his words carefully when he talked about the economy in his CBS 60 Minutes interview last week. "Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, 'Are you better...

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Will the 2016 Presidential Race Be the "We Told You So" Election?

(7) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:27 AM

It would be the "We told you so" election: Mitt Romney versus Hillary Clinton in 2016. The campaign would look like an effort to roll back the calendar and say, "Let's get it right this time."

There's plenty of buyers' remorse in the electorate right now. At a time when...

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