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So That Happened: Clinton's Economic Message Doesn't Worry Wall Streeters Because They Don't Believe Her

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 7:30 AM

This week, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign, but didn't order sofritas at Chipotle, the House of Representatives voted to offer upward of $250 billion in handouts to needy, filthy-rich Americans, and a man flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to get us to talk about campaign finance reform....

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One Hillary Clinton Think Piece To Rule Them All

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 2:29 PM

This week, we were faced with the daunting prospect of having to make sense out of all the Hillary Clinton think pieces that were microwaved into existence after she decided to formally enter the 2016 presidential race. And there were so many pieces of "think" to go through! Millions of...

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A Celebration Of The Professionalism Of Campaign Reporters

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:59 PM

What are the first words that come to mind when you think about campaign reporters during an election cycle? For me, those words are dignity and distinction.

These are some of the qualities you'll see in abundance in the video above, which depicts reporters coming to grips with the...

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Paging Hillary Clinton And The Media Covering Her: Could You Please Climb Out Of Plato's Cave?

(152) Comments | Posted April 12, 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: Rand Paul School Of Journalism Open For Business

(109) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 7:30 AM

This week, we discuss the fallout from the Columbia Journalism Review report on Rolling Stone's discredited campus rape story, Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign strategy of talking down to reporters, and why Democrats have been obscuring their support for more deregulation of big banks.

Listen to this week's "So, That...

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Trail To The Chief: This Is Brooklyn Edition

(37) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 4:14 PM



This Is Brooklyn Edition


In what surely is her last bid to win the presidency -- for herself, by herself -- Clinton...

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2016ers Are Launching Campaigns Left And Right, And Political Reporters Are On It

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 6:43 PM

It's campaign-launch season, and our country's political reporters are on the scene, giving you the analysis you need. "Hey, a thing seems to be happening!" they are saying. "We should find out some stuff, about this thing," they add. And so we now have, not one, but two...

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20 Campaign Reporters Wasted A Year Trying To Make A Useless Prediction About Hillary Clinton

(18) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Sometimes it's almost possible to feel sorry for campaign reporters during a presidential election cycle. Take, for example, this report in Politico about the staggering waste of a score of people's short time on this earth:

In the past year, at least 20 journalists from as many news...
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Drexel Law Professor's Email Mishap Touches Off Idiotic Freakout With University Administration

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 1:47 PM

As much as our fancy technical gadgets and devices allegedly make life easier, anyone who's spent any time mashing keys and closing tabs knows that modern life is filled with its own perils. The accidental reply-all, the direct message sent to all of Twitter, the occasional sending of a malformed...

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Yet Another Hopeless Plea For Some Fresh Perspective On Sunday Morning

(46) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 3:52 PM

As more and more Americans continue to follow my example and find something better to do on Sunday mornings than slog through the network television chat shows, the people in charge of these ratings-starved programs will have plenty of opportunity to wonder why they've been abandoned.

For an answer,...

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So That Happened: How Arkansas' Governor Threw Indiana's Governor Under The Bus

(56) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 7:30 AM

So That Happened. This week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) one-upped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) over the handling of controversial religious freedom legislation, there's a new hope for millions of Americans living on the ragged edge of homelessness, and since April Fool's Day was this week, we explore the...

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Some Atlanta Educators Just Learned A Cynical Lesson About Accountability In America

(246) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 5:20 PM

It isn't every day that people who abuse their positions of authority are held accountable for wrongdoing. Actually, to be statistically precise about it, it isn't any day that happens, really. But there is some good news on that front, for a change: This week, in an Atlanta courtroom, some...

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What Would Rand Paul Do About A Discriminatory Indiana Pizza Shop?

(139) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 3:54 PM

What's the public to do, in a world where the state allows a private business owner to discriminate against the LGBT community? In the minds of those who create and support such laws, the public is probably just supposed to sit back and endure the poke in the eye.

But...

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Trail To The Chief: The 2016 State Of The Race Edition

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



The 2016 State of the Race Edition


It’s spring, and it's time for the quadrennial launching of presidential campaigns.

“Launching” used to...

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Mike Pence Dodges Criticism By Calling Critics 'Intolerant.' That Dog Won't Hunt.

(615) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 7:36 AM

This weekend, on ABC News' "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos rather conscientiously attempted to elicit a "yes" or "no" answer from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was invited to clarify the unique language of his state's recently enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

That "yes" or "no" question,...

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Trail To The Chief: 2016 Perks Of Being A Wallflower Edition

(17) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 5:52 AM



2016 Perks Of Being A Wallflower Edition


Here at Trail to the Chief, we are not cynics. Far from it....

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Ted Cruz Signs Up For Obamacare Is Your Short-Sighted Media Fixation Of The Week

(177) Comments | Posted March 29, 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: A Look At How Evangelical Voters Could Legitimize Ted Cruz (Or Not)

(132) 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

(89) 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

(49) 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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