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So That Happened: Obama, Warren Team Up To Save Older America

(124) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed a "top to bottom" review of the federal food stamp program. In a surprising twist, the committee's new management struck a soft and empathetic tone toward a government program they'd previously demonized.

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Obamacare Opponents Should Pick One Weird Conspiracy Theory And Stick To It

(51) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:56 PM

As you may have heard, congressional Republicans have embarked once again on their six-year mission to eventually one day get around to coming up with their own plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. At the same time, they're also keeping a hopeful eye on the...

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Overused Management Bromide Now The Exclusive Property Of Carly Fiorina, Apparently

(48) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Those who closely followed the 2014 midterm elections were treated to any number of compelling stories about candidates poaching one another's ideas and passing them off as their own. Well, here in the early stirrings of the 2016 campaign, we have our...

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Anonymous Sources, Political Reporters Courageously Forge On After Criticism

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 5:33 PM

A few days after the over-reliance on anonymous sources in coverage of Hillary Clinton's proto-campaign was sharply criticized on the record by actual intimates of the campaign -- raising questions about whether political reporters should install higher standards for citing anonymous sources -- anonymous sources and...

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Trail To The Chief: Bush Family, Ranked Edition

(114) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:00 AM



Bush Family, Ranked Edition


Most of the people who run for president of the United States don't have to stand before the...

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Hillary Clinton And The Not Too Bitter, Not Too Smooth, Just Right Primary

(171) Comments | Posted February 22, 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 attempt to decode and defang this world with a regular dispatch that we're calling...

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So That Happened: Elizabeth Warren Secretly Met People All Over Washington

(237) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened. This week, the fight over President Barack Obama's immigration policy returns to the halls of Congress, with opponents of the president's executive actions threatening to cease funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Is this a smart idea? Of course not. But we'll talk about...

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Does Hillary Clinton Have An Anonymous-Sources Problem? We Asked A Bunch Of Anonymous Sources

(35) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Over at National Journal, Emily Schultheis reports on a problem that's been bedeviling those who are closely tied to the proto-campaign of former secretary of state and presumed presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton: the bewildering welter of sources and commenters who show up in news reports, using the veil...

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Jeb Bush's 'Big Tent' Welcomes Iraq War Screw-Ups

(162) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 1:01 PM

This week, the 2016 campaign takes us back to Iraq as the media grapples with the emerging foreign policy philosophy and advisory team of Jeb Bush. The potential presidential candidate is laden with the burden of memory -- specifically, the memory of his brother's misadventures in Iraq. The early indication...

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Trail To The Chief: Hollywood For Ugly People Edition

(42) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 5:48 AM



HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE EDITION


In this early stage of the 2016 presidential election season, most of the people tasked with covering...

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Your 2016 Presidential Candidates Have A Secret Weapon, According To The Media

(67) Comments | Posted February 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 attempt to decode and defang this world with a regular dispatch that we're calling...

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So That Happened: Obama Asks Congress If It's Okay That He Started Fighting ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So, that happened: This week, America's ongoing battle with the Islamic State reached a new stage, specifically that stage where the president finally gets around to asking Congress if it's okay with them that he started a war six months ago. HuffPost's Jen Bendery joins us to give us the...

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A Rare Success For No Labels Actually Makes Washington Dysfunction Worse

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:09 PM

No Labels, a loosely organized collection of platitude wielders, hasn't achieved much in its short time on this Earth. At least as far as its stated purpose of ending partisanship and gridlock, that is. When it comes to infrequently convincing affluent rubes to pointlessly part with their money, the group...

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Bobby Jindal At Odds With RNC Over 2016 Debate Plans

(172) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Last month, the Republican National Committee took pity on a nation still healing from a presidential election cycle that featured over 20 separate primary debates and said, "Lo, let us not do this anymore." And so they announced a plan that would hold the number of primary debates...

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Trail to the Chief: What's In A Name ~ PAC Edition

(5) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 5:58 AM



What's In A Name ~ PAC Edition


There are many reasons to believe that starting a presidential election season some 600 days...

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The Great Mitt-Stakes: Who 'Wins' Now That Romney Has Quit The Race?

(111) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 10:13 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 attempt to decode and defang this world with a regular dispatch that we're calling...

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So That Happened: Did Obama Forget That The GOP Runs Congress?

(287) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 6:10 PM

So, that happened: This week, the early stages of the 2016 presidential election collided headlong with the phenomenon of vaccine denialism, with two candidates ending up in intensive care for foot-in-mouth disease. We'll talk about who took a hit and who managed to avoid this nonsense.

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How Will 'The Daily Show' Cover Brian Williams' War Story Woes?

(59) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 4:50 PM

Brian Williams, anchor of "NBC Nightly News," is in a world of hurt right now. Earlier this week, a tale that Williams has been telling for some time -- a story about being in a helicopter that came under RPG fire while Williams was covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq...

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Trail To The Chief: The 'Mitt, We Totally Knew Ye' GOP-Only Edition

(110) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 5:50 AM



The 'Mitt, We Totally Knew Ye' GOP-Only Edition


Campaign World –- the hermetically sealed universe of media and politicos who talk mostly...

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What Time Is Hillary Clinton?

(30) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- 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 attempt to decode and defang this world with a regular dispatch that...

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