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10 Things To Know If The GOP Runs The Senate

(256) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- It’s easy to think that little will change if Republicans win the Senate. They won’t have a filibuster-proof majority. The place is a sinkhole of inaction. Democratic leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell are withered peas in a pod. Torpor will reign, right?

Wrong. The numbers...

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Lembra da nova promessa que era Barack Obama? O que aconteceu com aquele cara?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Em viagens recentes, me perguntaram a mesma coisa em Pequim, Auckland e Roma: “O que aconteceu com Barack Obama?”.

Na verdade são várias perguntas: O que aconteceu com aquele político novo e idealista? O que aconteceu com seu poder e sua popularidade nos Estados Unidos? Por que ele não domina...

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¿Recuerdas lo prometedor que fue Barack Obama? ¿Qué le ha pasado?

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:04 AM

En los viajes que he hecho recientemente a Beijing, Auckland y Roma me han hecho la misma pregunta: "¿Qué le ha pasado a Barack Obama?"

En realidad, son varias preguntas en una: ¿Qué ha ocurrido con aquel tipo fresco e idealista? ¿Qué ha pasado con su poder y su popularidad...

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Ricordate la giovane promessa Barack Obama? Che ne è stato di quel tipo?

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:04 AM

WASHINGTON - Mentre ero in viaggio negli ultimi tempi mi sono sentito ripetere la stessa domanda a Pechino, Auckland e Roma: "Che è successo a Barack Obama?".

Questa domanda in realtà ne porta con sé parecchie altre: che ne è stato di quel tipo giovane e idealista? Che ne stato...

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오바마 대통령은 대체 왜 이렇게 된 걸까?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:05 PM

미국 정치 칼럼니스트 하워드 파인만이 묻는다. 오바마 대통령의 신선한 출발을 기억하나? 그의 희망찬 약속은 다 어디로 사라졌나?

요근래 출장을 다니다 보면 거기가 북경이건 오클랜드건 로마건 똑같은 질문을 자주 받는다. "도대체 오바마는 어떻게 된 건가요?"

물론 이 간단한 질문에는 다른 여러 질문이 함축되어있다. 그렇게 이상을 좇던 신선한 리더는 어디로...

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Lembra da nova promessa que era Barack Obama? O que aconteceu com aquele cara?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 8:10 PM

WASHINGTON - Em viagens recentes, me perguntaram a mesma coisa em Pequim, Auckland e Roma: "O que aconteceu com Barack Obama?".

Na verdade são várias perguntas: O que aconteceu com aquele político novo e idealista? O que aconteceu com seu poder e sua popularidade nos Estados Unidos? Por que ele...

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¿Recuerdan aquella promesa fresca de Barack Obama? ¿Qué pasó con aquel muchacho?

(10) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 6:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- En viajes recientes me han hecho la misma pregunta en Beijing, Auckland y Roma: ¿Qué le ocurrió a Barack Obama?

Pero en realidad son varias preguntas: ¿Qué ocurrió con aquel muchacho fresco, idealista? ¿Qué pasó con su poder y su popularidad en Estados Unidos? ¿Por qué no domina...

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Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy?

(2028) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 7:39 AM

WASHINGTON -- While traveling recently, I’ve been asked the same question in Beijing, Auckland and Rome: “What happened to Barack Obama?”

This really is several questions: What happened to that fresh, idealistic guy? What happened to his power and popularity in the United States? Why doesn’t he dominate the political...

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Mitch vs. Alison Isn't Over Yet

(205) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 8:23 AM

WASHINGTON -- Coal miners used to take canaries with them underground, where a dying bird would signal the presence of poison gases.

In Kentucky’s Senate race, Democrats think the “canary in the coal mine” for Mitch McConnell might be the arrival of right-wing activist James O’Keefe.

A proudly unscrupulous provocateur,...

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Political Read: The Pain of Change at Colgate

(14) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 7:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- What Daniel Webster said two centuries ago about Dartmouth applies to my own alma mater.

Colgate is "a small college. And yet, there are those who love it."

I am one of them, but I am worried.

I am far away from the Chenango Valley in...

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Political Read: In DC, at Least We Have Diane Rehm

(38) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- The national media is in the midst of another season of self-loathing, and with good reason. The coverage of politics often is as trivial as politics itself.

The latest example is a storm of stories about a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Paul Davis, who visited a strip club 16...

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Political Read: Scot-Free? Scotland, America and the World

(36) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- I have walked in parts of the Scottish Highlands that not only don't look like England, they don't look like they are on this Earth.

There is no doubt that Scotland's story is primarily its own.

But Scotland's story is also America's story more than we tend to...

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Bobby Jindal Trusts Science Except When He Doesn't

(656) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- America needs a leader to bridge the widening gulf between faith and science, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a devout Roman Catholic with Ivy League-level science training, thinks he can be that person.

As a studious man of immigrant background with the kind of credentials admired by coastal...

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Iowa Probe: A Ditch For Mitch?

(193) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 1:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- The five words a senator least likes to hear are not “you have lost the election.” They are “the federal investigation is ongoing.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky might have a reason to be concerned that the second sentence could lead to him hearing the first....

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The War Of Glenn Beck's Worlds

(520) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 7:51 AM

DALLAS -– "I don't expect anybody to believe I've had a change of heart," Glenn Beck told me. "I don't know if I would."

Have you had a change of heart? I asked.

"Half of me would say, 'Hello?!?'" he replied, as if startled that I would even...

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Bill Clinton Launches Charm Offensive For Alison Lundergan Grimes In Coal Country

(10) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 1:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It's a good thing for embattled Democrats here in Kentucky that Bill Clinton loves to play golf.

Because he does, and because his foundation supports wellness programs, the Professional Golfers' Association is giving him an award at the all-star PGA tournament that begins in Louisville this week...

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Grimes Is As Tough As McConnell -- And As Nasty

(375) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -– It’s finally dawning on people, perhaps including some Republicans here in Kentucky, that the 35-year-old woman tearing into Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) day after day may be as tough and nasty as the 72-year-old five-term incumbent she is trying to oust.

At the Fancy Farm...

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Kentucky's GOP Bromance Deepens, Even Without True Love

(30) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 3:07 PM

MAYFIELD, Ky. -- Sen. Rand Paul arrived at the Graves County GOP breakfast here Saturday all but incognito, without an entourage, wearing jeans, cowboy boots and his usual bemused look.

He came to praise Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, not to bury him, as he had once tried to do....

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For Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell Is The Least Of It

(64) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:07 PM

PADUCAH, Ky. -- Two key features of Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ drive to oust GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell were on display here Friday within a few hours of each other.

In an abandoned gas station on the outskirts of town, Grimes opened a local headquarters and...

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The Wrestling Match Called Congress Moves To A Picnic Shed In Kentucky

(8) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 9:52 PM

PADUCAH, Ky. –- On paper, the U.S. Senate race here shouldn’t be a race at all.

The incumbent is Sen. Mitch McConnell, 72, a five-term powerhouse and the Republican leader in the Senate. He is in line to become majority leader if, as is possible, the...

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