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Howard Fineman

Entries by Howard Fineman

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

(653) 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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Why The World Is Spinning Into Crisis Everywhere

(179) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 5:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Israel vs. Hamas. Ukraine vs. Russia. Unaccompanied minors at the Texas border. Syria in flames, with a militant “caliphate” at the door. Iran stalling for time on nukes. A rising China sowing fear throughout the rest of Asia.

The world seems dangerously unmanageable these days.

President Barack...

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It's All About Southern Women In The 2014 Elections

(94) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 6:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- "Southern women are different," says Garden & Gun, the cheeky lifestyle magazine out of Charleston, S.C.

"They're forever entangled in and infused by a miasma of mercy and cruelty, order and chaos, cornpone and cornball -- a potent mix that leaves them wise,...

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Zen Master Joe Biden Runs And Does Not Run For White House

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- It's a tough time for presidential wannabe Joe Biden.

Jokingly but obviously, Hillary Clinton all but declared her competing candidacy on "The Daily Show" Tuesday night, telling host Jon Stewart that she likes to work at home and prefers an office with no corners -- say, an oval...

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Harry Reid Hearts Rand Paul, Or So He Says

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 7:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Amidst the nasty partisan torpor that is the U.S. Senate, there are very few Republicans whom Democratic leader Harry Reid likes, or even can stand.

The Nevada senator said these days his favorite is none other than libertarian (and leading GOP presidential contender) Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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Hillary Inevitable? Fading Book Sales Say No

(1140) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- If books can make presidencies -- and Barack Obama proved they can-- then hold the talk about the inevitability of Hillary Clinton.

The Huffington Post has learned that new survey figures show sales of her foreign policy memoir, Hard Choices, are falling fast.

According to authoritative numbers from...

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Why Washington Fails The Third Metric And What Some Locals Are Doing About It

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 8:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital is not a happy or well place, Arthur Brooks has concluded.

He should know. A pioneer in "happiness studies," Brooks examines the how and why of human wellness in all its dimensions: physical, mental, moral and spiritual.

As president of the American Enterprise Institute, a...

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Bernie Sanders Thinks Hillary Is Eric Cantor

(294) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:18 PM

WASHINGTON –- Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, self-described “democratic socialist,” claims he hasn’t decided whether to run for president, let alone whether to seek the Democratic nomination or try a third-party bid.

But in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, Sanders sounded like...

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Hillary's Bio Is A Hard Slog, But These Political Memoirs Are Well Worth Your Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 8:45 PM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton launched her book tour here amid the screeching of partisan spin and the collective yawn of would-be literary critics in the national political media.

On one level, the initial reception is unfair. Most of the spinners, pro and con, and critics, good and bad, haven’t...

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Hillary Clinton's Game Plan Assumes No Second Obama

(103) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 7:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Based on everything Hillary Clinton has done and said since she left the Obama administration last year, her 2016 campaign strategy is as clear as it is simple. The idea is to not run against another Barack Obama.

In 2008, Clinton thought that it was her time, that...

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