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Fernando Espuelas
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Fernando Espuelas is an American political analyst. He is the host and managing editor of the national, daily "The Fernando Espuelas Show" syndicated by the Univision America Network, from Washington, DC. Espuelas is also a regular blogger at The Hill and contributor to NPR News.

A Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Time magazine and CNN named Espuelas one of the “Leaders of the Millennium”, while Crain's New York Business magazine gave him its "All-Star" leader award. Espuelas was also a recipient of Latin Trade Magazine's Bravo award for Internet CEO of the Year.

Espuelas has been ranked on the power lists of several major media including: CNN, Time, The Hollywood Reporter, PODER Magazine, The Industry Standard, Latino Leaders Magazine, Red Herring Magazine, Silicon Alley Reporter, Hispanic Business Magazine, Upside Magazine, Hispanic Magazine, LatinVision and many others.

The World Economic Forum chose him as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" in 2000. In 2007, he became a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Espuelas was also named "Immigrant of the Day" by Immigration Daily in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, the U.S. Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) included Espuelas in its HITEC 100, the list of "Most Influential Hispanics and Rising Stars in Information Technology". PODER Magazine named him one of America's 100 Most Influential Hispanics in 2012.

Entries by Fernando Espuelas

Republican Steve King Is 'Campaigning' for Hillary Clinton

(149) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 4:08 PM

Hillary Clinton, please take a moment to thank Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for his tremendously effective effort to assure your election in 2016. While some of the 2016 Republican contenders seek the holy grail of attracting the Hispanic vote, some other Republicans in Congress are openly contemptuous of the Hispanic...

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Scott Walker Is 2016's Mitt Romney

(147) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 5:06 PM

That didn't take long. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is now the first 2016 GOP presidential potential walking the anti-immigration plank, hoping -- against history -- that this time it will lead to the White House and not just to a watery political death.

Since Republican nominee Mitt Romney...

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Enraged Congressman Confronts Me at the Airport

(13) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 1:45 PM

It was, in retrospect, a terrible idea. Waiting to board a plane at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., I saw a member of Congress who had been on my radio show. Let's call him "Larry," because our conversation was off the clock and off the record.

Larry is...

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Koch Brothers Aggressively Hunting 2016 Hispanic Vote

(149) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 2:02 PM

I wouldn't call them smug, exactly, but Democrats seem to be quite confident that once again they will win the Hispanic vote in 2016 with a big enough margin that assures them the White House. Certainly, congressional Republicans have done everything within their power to antagonize Latino voters....

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Deporters-In-Chief: GOP Will Lose the 2016 Election

(544) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Sure, Republicans are playing to their base by calling for mass deportations. The years-long campaign to convince a segment of Americans that undocumented immigrants are the biggest threat to the country has had its intended effect. Witness the spectacular GOP victory in the midterms, where about...

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Why Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next President

(169) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party's nominee, and she will win the 2016 election.

When you analyze the objective conditions of the Republican Party today and most likely over the next two years and compare them to Clinton's strengths, it's hard not to make such a prediction...

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John Boehner Is No Leader

(89) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 7:58 PM

Over the last few days, many Republicans have echoed Democrats in asking this basic question: Is the Republican Party in 2015 ready to actually govern? While the mounting evidence seems to point to a resounding "no," maybe this is the wrong question to be asking.

What if, at...

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Republicans Humiliate Boehner, Tee-Up Next Week's National Crisis

(220) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 4:08 PM

Humiliating their leader again, House Republicans rejected Speaker John Boehner's last minute, desperate attempt to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for three weeks. Instead, in what is another sad look at how truly incapable of governing today's Republican Party is, a one week emergency...

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New Republican Congress Is a Dangerous Failure

(465) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 7:04 PM

Give us a majority, and we'll show you what the GOP can do. That was the basic sales premise of the midterm elections. Controlling both chambers of Congress, Republicans would show Americans that their party is a governing party. No longer a chaotic, fragmented political entity in a

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Republicans Attack Immigrants While Putting America in Danger

(35) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 6:01 PM

The House of Representatives' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, which is really a law seeking the mass deportations of undocumented people, including children, died on the Senate floor, victim of arithmetic certainty.

Mathematical reality seems to be a challenge to the GOP House majority. While most...

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Anti-Immigrant GOP Puts America in Danger

(113) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 10:05 AM

Short of flying giraffes in the chamber of the House, nothing should surprise Americans about their Congress. The latest chapter in the GOP's high dysfunction as the "governing" party is the suggestion by some Republicans not to fund the Department of Homeland Security so as to stick a...

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Dazed and Dizzy, the Republican Majority Stumbles

(116) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Republicans seem dazed. How can President Obama be climbing in the polls while the approval rating for the Republican-controlled Congress remains stuck at 16 percent? And more stupefying, why is the president grabbing the reins of the national agenda when the GOP now controls both houses...

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Republicans Say Goodbye to Latino Voters

(1302) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 9:47 PM

The Congressional GOP's unhealthy obsession with President Obama's use of his presidential powers has driven them into a strategic black hole, with very high, long-term costs for the party and future candidates. Speaker John Boehner's House of Representatives has voted to overturn all of Obama's executive actions on...

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Marco Rubio Plays Cheap Politics With Cuba Opening

(33) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has lunged into the spotlight, harshly criticizing President Obama's Cuba opening as if we were still in the 1960s, in the deep freeze of the Cold War and Russian nukes were about to be deployed on an island a few miles from American shores.

But it's...

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Torture: President George W. Bush's Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Beyond the lurid revelations in the CIA torture report, the spectacle of senior Republican leaders defending torture is equally shocking and disturbing. Of course, the rush to shield President George W. Bush, the most recognized face of the Republican Party, is politically expedient: The torture report is a moral (and...

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Obama Ascendant, Republicans Flubbing Immigration Again

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Like a lit stick of dynamite in a dam wall, President Barack Obama's immigration executive orders have blown up the stasis of America's immigration debate. After years of entrenched positioning of both parties, the president finally used his now famous pen and created a new dynamic; the immigration debate in...

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Desperate Republicans Mired in Anti-Immigrant Attacks

(42) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 8:34 PM

Finally, President Obama is playing offense on immigration reform -- and it will pay dividends to both the country and his own political standing. Republicans who thought Obama would be a rug they could stomp on to 2016 are now on defense.

In spite of the hysterical cries...

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GOP's 'Hispanic Problem' Only Got Worse After This Election Cycle

(7) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Even as Republicans bask in victory and Democrats try to recover from shell-shock, the greater implications of this election are starting to crystallize. It's early, but three lessons particularly stand out.

1. It's the economy, stupid. Again.

Polling has been consistent - economic insecurity, and in particular white,...

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Why Latinos Should Vote for the Democrats

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 6:57 PM

In this election, Hispanics must support Democrats. It is not often in politics that people are given the choice between real, substantive contrasts. An attitude of "vote for the lesser of two evils" that permeates the American electorate has veiled many voters into believing that both the Democratic and Republican...

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Ted Cruz Attacks Dreamers To Win the November Midterm Election

(8) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 9:05 PM

Ted Cruz needs something, badly. He can't rally Tea Party support without it, and he can't, then, win the Oval Office in 2016.

The Republican senator from Texas needs a new Other.

It was easy for 2008 presidential nominee Mitt Romney; he had that Muslim Kenyan, the socialist with radical...

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