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So That Happened: A Look At How Evangelical Voters Could Legitimize Ted Cruz (Or Not)

(84) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, the 2016 race welcomed Ted Cruz to the GOP scrum after the U.S. senator from Texas made his presidential ambitions clear to a literally captive audience of Liberty University students. He's been immediately anointed as a long shot, but is he...

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'Rise Of Super PACs' Set To Ruin The RNC's Plan To Avoid A Brutal Primary Season

(77) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 1:47 PM

As I've had the opportunity to write about before, the Republican National Committee emerged from the 2012 election bent on making a series of dramatic changes in the hopes of achieving better results. One major area that the RNC examined was the length of the 2012 primary season...

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Pity The Poor Multi-Millionaires And Their Waning Political Influence

(39) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 1:00 PM

It probably will come as no surprise to any of you to hear the news that most of you are not making it in America. And one way in which the semi-permanent nature of our not-making-it status has deftly revealed itself is the clear alteration to our political...

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David Vitter Is Sick Of Europeans And Their Stupid Coins

(317) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:59 PM

WASHINGTON -- The European continent has gifted some of history's greatest cultural icons to the world. The Louvre. The Colosseum. The Cologne Cathedral. Plato, Dante, Gibbon. The Clash.

But Europe has also committed great crimes. In particular, Europeans go around paying for things with coins valued in whole units...

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Important Fact-Check: 108,000,000,000 ÷ 12,000,000 = 9,000

(119) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 2:03 PM

The Washington Post's resident fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, has a pretty important corrective to mete out to an unsuspecting congressman today. Specifically this: 108 billion divided by 12 million equals 9,000, and not -- as some believe -- 5 million. Can't stress this enough. All of which raises an...

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'Testing The Waters': The Unseen Significance Of A Candidate Cliche

(23) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:12 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the occasion to write about the myriad steps that a human being takes along the way to becoming a presidential candidate -- from the period in which supporters "draft" a candidate to that person's "active explorations" to "laying the groundwork" for a...

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Hillary Clinton Moved Her Head, According To Crack Campaign Reporters

(174) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a featured guest Monday at the Center for American Progress' "Expanding Opportunity in America's Urban Areas" conference in Washington. According to the liberal think tank's website, the event "[brought] together a small group of public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders to...

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So That Happened: Aaron Schock's Resignation Shockingly Doesn't Fix Washington Corruption

(51) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:50 PM

So, that happened. This week, the GOP released budget proposals and it's good news if you like massive cuts in discretionary spending and a bloated defense budget. We'll detail the broad strokes of a funding fantasia that probably won't pass and will likely lead to some new apocalyptic showdown.


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Trail To The Chief: Primer On The Way Too Early To Tell Primaries Edition

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:57 PM

The Primer On The Way Too Early To Tell Primaries

Here in this period of time when everyone who might be running...

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New Hampshire Fourth-Graders Learn Vital Lesson In Cynicism From State Legislature

(14) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 2:43 PM

Most people agree that it's vital for the youth of America to learn about civic participation and the ins and outs of our representative democracy. Some even believe that getting a civic education can be fun! Last week, a group of New Hampshire grade school students got to learn the...

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It's Sad That The Best The Media Can Do To Fight Government Corruption Is Scalp Aaron Schock

(105) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:50 PM

This week, noted ab-haver Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) announced that he will be resigning his seat March 31 under the weight of multiple examples of shady, scandalous behavior. "The constant questions over the last six weeks," said Schock in a statement, "have proven a great distraction...

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(191) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:21 PM

There have been a lot of stories in the news in recent days about reality television's Donald Trump and his intentions to run for president in 2016. He will not be returning for another season of his NBC show, "The Apprentice," we hear. He is forming...

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Trail To The Chief: The Darkest Of The 2016 Dark Horses Edition

(112) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:53 AM

The Darkest of the 2016 Dark Horses Edition

Let's talk about the enduring story of the "dark horse" candidate. Anyone remember the...

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Clinton Email Controversy Gives 2016 Race Its First Dose Of High Anxiety

(336) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 7:30 AM

Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash predictions, bold pronouncements, and bad advice. This year, your Speculatroners shall convene every Sunday and attempt to decode and defang in a way that will...

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So That Happened: With Iran Letter, GOP Senators Basically Say 'Don't Trust America'

(704) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, Iranian leaders got a letter, authored by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 46 other Republican senators, in which a clear message was sent. That message? "No one should ever take the United States of America at its word." Why did this have to...

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Hillary Clinton's Email Problem Is Unsolvable

(596) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 8:48 PM

Tuesday afternoon, the first act of "Hillary Clinton Email Dämmerung" concluded, with the former secretary of state providing an eager mass of reporters with a brief press conference, in which she "Addressed The Controversy For The First Time" and, as you might expect, "Raised More Questions Than She...

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Trail To The Chief: The Non-Existent Democratic Bench If Hillary Doesn't Run Edition

(228) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 10:02 AM

The Non-Existent Democratic Bench If Hillary Doesn't Run Edition

In the world of anonymous sources calling for an

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ICYMI: Here's Everything That Happened During The Netanyahu News Dump

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday morning, an event that was -- for many Beltway swells -- the hot ticket for the social event of the season. But all the media attention focused on Netanyahu's remarks has made...

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62 Takeaways From CPAC 2015, Ranked

(42) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Any time a thing happens in politics, the media has "Takeaways" about that thing. And whenever the media has a bunch of Takeaways, Eat The Press gathers all of those Takeaways in one place, so that you can sate your yawning hunger for Takeaways. This past weekend, the Beltway played...

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Trail To The Chief: The CPAC Effect Edition

(81) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 4:36 AM

The CPAC Effect Edition

This week, the field of hopefuls on the Republican side of the 2016 nomination circus faced a critical...

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