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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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Could a Shift in U.S. Public Opinion Erode Israel Support in Washington?

(5) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Public support for Israel is becoming partisan. In a way, that's not a surprise. Everything is becoming partisan these days.

What makes Israel different is that you don't see any partisan split in Washington. Last week, the Senate voted unanimously in favor of an emergency spending measure for Israel's missile...

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In Washington, It's Politics vs. Problem Solving

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:11 PM

How bad have things gotten in Washington? Two of the most basic functions of government are to protect the country's borders and to maintain the nation's infrastructure. The federal government can't do either one. Why not? One word: politics.

President Obama's diminished authority is one problem. When the president's...

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Polar Politics

(6) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 9:29 AM

All politics is national. Tip O'Neill's famous maxim, "All politics is local," which he said he learned from his father in 1935, no longer applies.

Political parties in every corner of the country have become nationalized. There used to be very liberal Democrats in New York and very conservative Democrats...

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Hillary Clinton: The Great Uniter?

(9) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 1:25 PM

Can Hillary Clinton run for president as the Great Uniter -- someone who can overcome the country's crippling partisan gridlock? Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have been sounding the theme of partisan compromise and reconciliation in recent weeks.

"We have simply got to have more people who are willing to...

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With Friends Like These...

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Democrats got three surprises last week.

One was that the party would not hold together behind President Obama's call for a military strike in Syria. Another was that Democrats in Colorado did not rally to the cause of gun control. The third was that New York Democrats have come...

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Americans Tire of 'World Police' Role

(199) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 10:46 AM

President Obama is trying to pull off a difficult political feat. He is asking Congress to defy public opinion. When Congress is heedless of public opinion, there is always a political price to be paid.

Case in point: the Senate vote to ratify the Panama Canal treaties in 1978. Many...

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Fear of Government Rivals Fear of Terrorism

(9) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 10:54 AM

At his August 9 news conference, President Obama said "People may want to jigger slightly sort of the balance between the information that we can get versus the incremental encroachments on privacy that, if [they] haven't already taken place, take place in a future administration or as technology...

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Who Will Be NYC's Next Mayor?

(9) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 10:27 AM

New York City is going to elect a new mayor this fall and it won't be Anthony Weiner. Who will it be? My money is on Bill de Blasio. Why? Because he's the un-Bloomberg.

The September 10th Democratic primary will produce a runoff between de Blasio, the city's elected Public...

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Immigration and Kreplach

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 4:37 PM

There is an old Jewish joke about a little boy who has a morbid fear of kreplach, a sort of Eastern European ravioli. His mother consults a doctor, who advises her to show the boy every step in the making of kreplach so he will see that his fear has...

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Where's the Body?

(43) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 11:33 AM

What's missing is a victim.

That's why all the scandals roiling Washington are not having much impact on public opinion. No one seems to have been damaged by the revelations. If the government is abusing its power with these vast surveillance programs, we need to see an abuse -- an...

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Obama Pilots Drone Policy Through Political Headwinds

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 2:33 PM

During the 2004 campaign, Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate, made this statement to the New York Times Magazine:

We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives but they're a nuisance.


As a former law enforcement...

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In Search of the Next Crisis

(102) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The deficit is going down. Woo-hoo! Let the celebrations begin.

Oh, wait. That may not be altogether a good thing. Certainly not for Republicans. They need an out-of-control deficit to bludgeon Democrats into cutting more spending. It may not be good news for the economic recovery either. Budget austerity means...

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Obama Toes the Red Line in Syria

(15) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 5:33 PM

Syria is a test for President Obama and the New America coalition he brought to power. Can the U.S. fulfill its obligation to be "the world's indispensable nation" while at the same time avoiding the kind of military quagmire that enrages Democrats?

The Obama administration did it once before,...

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The Conservatives' Last Stand

(76) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 2:02 PM

We are at a turning point in American politics. Wedge issues no longer threaten Democrats. The social issues that destroyed George McGovern in 1972, Michael Dukakis in 1988, John Kerry in 2004 and the Democratic Congress in 1994 -- "God, guns and gays" -- have reversed direction. Republicans are on...

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A Republican Civil War in the Old Dominion?

(8) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 9:16 AM

"The truth is, we're going to have to have some higher taxes in order to generate the money we need to solve the problem."

When was the last time you heard a Republican talk like that? That was Virginia's Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling talking to the Washington Post...

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Leveraging Likability: Why Obama Will Win the Sequester

(113) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 9:26 AM

The White House is not positioned to win on the sequester showdown. That's got congressional Democrats worried. Nevertheless, President Obama is feeling confident that he has the upper hand. There's a good reason to believe he does.

Senate Democrats started worrying during the fiscal cliff negotiations in December. They warned...

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Blasphemy! The Un-Churched in America Are Democrats

(42) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 9:16 AM

Democrats don't talk about it, but they have become the party of the unchurched in America. It's right there in the 2012 exit poll. Asked, "Are you Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, other or none?" Twelve percent of the voters last year called themselves "None." They...

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Sh*t, F#%k, D&mn -- Is Government No Longer a Four Letter Word?

(48) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 11:18 AM

"Preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action."

With that bloodless, analytical sentence from his second inaugural address, President Obama set off a firestorm of protest among conservatives. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called the speech "unabashedly far-left-of-center." House Speaker John Boehner said the president's mission was to "annihilate the...

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Split Election May Fan 'Red Rage'

(144) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 9:05 AM

Yes, it could happen. Mitt Romney could win the popular vote while Barack Obama wins the electoral vote -- and gets re-elected. It could happen if Romney wins overwhelming popular majorities in the South while Obama ekes out narrow victories in the rest of the country. But the consequences this...

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Politics Is a Blood Sport

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 9:07 AM

Politics is a blood sport. President Obama is not, by temperament, a warrior. That's why he lost last week's debate. Obama is rational, deliberate and thoughtful. They are good things if you're a college professor. They're not if you're fighting a battle.

Democrats were enraged by Obama's performance. It was...

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