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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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Independents, Anti-Incumbent Wave Could Create Election Day Surprises

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 5:03 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 | 1:44 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 | 2:48 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 | 12:25 PM

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 | 12:27 PM

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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Obama's Cautiousness to Engage in Global Hotspots Emboldening Aggressors

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 2:04 PM

We can now see what happens when the United States retreats from global leadership: ISIS and Vladimir Putin. Aggressors challenge the status quo and try to change the world map. ISIS aims to unite the Muslim world in a global caliphate. Putin wants "self-determination" for ethnic Russians everywhere, which could...

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Ferguson Shaping Up to Be a Consciousness-Changing Moment for Whites

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:03 PM

Is Ferguson a consciousness-changing moment? There is evidence that it could be -- for white Americans. African-Americans have long been aware of brutal police behavior. Now the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the police response to them are raising consciousness of the problem among whites.

The shock is not only...

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No One Likes a Frontrunner

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:18 PM

"No one likes a frontrunner, especially Democrats," a grassroots activist at Netroots Nation told Politico. That's certainly true. Remember John Glenn in 1984? Howard Dean in 2004? Hillary Clinton in 2008?

It's Republicans who have a tradition of nominating whoever is next in line. Every Republican presidential nominee since Barry...

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

(5) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:02 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 | 2:11 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 | 10:29 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 | 2:25 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 | 11:03 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 | 11:46 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 | 11:54 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 | 11:27 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 | 5:37 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 | 12:33 PM

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 | 3:33 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 | 7:00 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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