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Jennifer Donahue
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Jennifer Donahue has covered national and New Hampshire politics since 1989 as a journalist and academic.

Background: A political reporter and producer for 15 years; now in academia. Was a Harvard Institute of Politics Fellow, Fall 2008. Donahue covered the 2000 presidential race for a New Hampshire TV station, and as an on-air analyst for MSNBC. Donahue covered the 1996 race for CNN and the 1992 presidential race for C-SPAN. Hardball's Chris Matthews called her "a rising star" among political analysts. Donahue has appeared on every major broadcast network news show, as well as CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NPR, and the BBC. From 2002 to 2009, Donahue was with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Donahue moderates frequent panels and lectures on politics. She is regularly quoted in national and local newspapers and magazines. Donahue has also worked as a press secretary for a U.S. Senator and is a graduate of Cornell University.

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Bloomberg: Running as an Independent

Posted March 30, 2010 | 16:37:08 (EST)

Not only is New York Mayor and media business mogul Michael Bloomberg hitting President Obama on insufficient gun control... today, news that a key deputy mayor is leaving his job. From Bloomberg news, "Edward Skyler, New York City's deputy mayor for operations, will leave Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration next month...

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Gen. Petraeus in NH: "I Really Do Mean No"

Posted March 25, 2010 | 10:44:36 (EST)

Speculation was rampant at a speech by Gen. David Petraeus on Wednesday in New Hampshire. He pretty much put that to rest. "I will not ever run for political office." And, "I have no plans to go to Iowa or visit there before 2012."

At a media availability before speaking...

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Fear: The Key to Health Care Reform

Posted March 6, 2010 | 09:42:48 (EST)

A fundamental truth in politics that gets used in most every winning election is the most basic human trigger: Fear.

President Obama won in 2008 by using fear. Not anger, but fear. The fear of more of the same, the fear of the economy, war, erosion of American values. Senator...

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Powerless

Posted March 2, 2010 | 08:10:51 (EST)

Polls and the favorability of both parties and all political establishments are precipitously low. Watching Senator Bunning yell and flip the bird at ABC while holding up unemployment benefits to those who need them is harrowing, and could be an indelible image for many Americans.

Health care is held up....

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Hopey Changey Stuff

Posted February 8, 2010 | 08:15:19 (EST)

At the tea party convention in Nashville, Sarah Palin asked how President Obama's supporters feel now about all that "Hopey Changey stuff." So, how do you feel?

I look at it strategically. I feel like the lone voice calling for the White House to wake up and go nuclear: attach...

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Go Nuclear: Health Care 51 Budget Reconciliation

Posted February 4, 2010 | 11:19:07 (EST)

Now that President Obama is ceding Congressional passage of health care and 60 is not possible to pass it, except through reconciliation.

Ironically, Scott Brown is the vote the Democrats need to change the game on their health care strategy. He makes it plausible and relevant to the Budget Reconciliation...

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Tea Party Movement Ready for Obama NH Visit Tuesday

Posted February 1, 2010 | 10:55:51 (EST)

The aftermath of Obama sending his budget to Congress Monday will be felt throughout his town hall meeting in New Hampshire as conservative and independent voters plan to crash his event inside and outside Nashua High School Tuesday.

The heaviest promotion of Obama's visit to the rock hard Granite...

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Democrats: Define Health Care This Week or Kill It

Posted January 24, 2010 | 16:08:16 (EST)

In 1993 and 1994, Washington was caught up in the Clinton health care quagmire, and the lesson then is similar to the lesson now. Even a shorter bill (2009-2010 versions) is really hard to stuff into a 30 second soundbite. But the argument against it was proven by the famous...

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President Obama Needs to Leader Up

Posted January 20, 2010 | 09:13:30 (EST)

Embrace the fact that Brown is the new Red in America.

Yesterday's Massachusetts vote left pundits who were in denial about the independence of Independents nationally backpedalling. (Except me: read last Tuesday's Republicans Have Already Won MA Senate Race). Here is the headline: If this hurts, Democrats...

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Bungled Health Care Process Gets Blamed on Scapegoat Coakley

Posted January 19, 2010 | 02:55:32 (EST)

Signs were more than clear last August during Congressional recess that amidst the health care debate and seething town hall meetings, reform, as Democrats defined it, was being poorly received.

Town hall meetings and tea party demonstrations -- many in Massachusetts -- threw fuel on the fire.

It was...

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Obama Gambles: Travels to Massachusetts for Coakley

Posted January 15, 2010 | 16:51:01 (EST)

In a sign that can be read as genuine desperation, the White House has decided that President Obama will travel to Massachusetts to appear with ailing Democratic Senate Candidate Martha Coakley this Sunday.

Amidst headlines in Boston about Bill Clinton's visit to help Coakley with a fundraiser, at a cost...

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Republicans Have Already Won Massachusetts' Special Election

Posted January 12, 2010 | 08:53:29 (EST)

By virtue of the fact that State Sen. and military JAG Scott Brown had Attorney General Martha Coakley on defense all night, on Obama's core issues, Republicans have already won the debate in Massachusetts and are poised to stay up late when the votes are counted Jan. 19th, when voters...

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Tiger Woods and the Human Condition

Posted December 11, 2009 | 14:15:54 (EST)

As I went to meetings in Boston today, all I heard around me was the buzz over Tiger Woods. Driving North, I called Kelly McGann Hebert, who is as knowledgeable about human behavior as I aspire to be about politics. On the radio, it was all Tiger, all the time....

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Bill Clinton Brings Smiles to Uneasy Democrats, Supports Obama Afghanistan Plan in New Hampshire

Posted December 3, 2009 | 08:49:52 (EST)

Bill Clinton returned to New Hampshire Wednesday night on the 30th anniversary of his first visit to the state, like an old friend returning home, for a speech to the New Hampshire Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner.

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Voters Are Turning Up The Heat While Congress Struggles To Understand

Posted November 24, 2009 | 09:36:03 (EST)

As the Senate considers health care legislation, voters at home are waiting. Waiting for the holidays, waiting for paychecks, waiting for jobs. Postponing trips, postponing purchases, postponing college, postponing weddings. Postponing anything that costs money.

When Members of the House and Senate return home, they will probably face the wrath...

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Ethics Probe Could Feel to Voters Like 1992 House Banking Scandal

Posted October 30, 2009 | 14:37:14 (EST)

News today of House ethics investigators looking into dozens of members and staffers is a huge news bomb that will effect everything that happens between now and the 2010 election. This goes to the heart of the trust between Americans and their elected officials, and how it plays out will...

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Two Parties of 'No' and a Silent Majority

Posted October 12, 2009 | 14:56:47 (EST)

"This is the most polarized I've ever seen it," has been the echo of scores of political observers. The visceral reaction towards the ideas of others is, if not the worst, high, as we approach 2010.

The fact that any development is up for criticism shows just how divisive...

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What Do Americans Want On Health Care?

Posted September 30, 2009 | 14:00:31 (EST)

A year ago, it was clear that most Americans wanted health care reform. They still do. But along the way, Washington has cut them out of the process.

This summer, lawmakers took a lesson from town hall meetings back home. Members endured angry, scared voters. Some of the protesters were...

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Obama Brings Passion to Health Care Reform

Posted September 15, 2009 | 16:03:36 (EST)

After months of missed opportunities, tense town hall meetings, and an American public with too little information on what a health care overhaul would look like, President Obama today brought the freshly finished plan from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus straight to the people.

The President has accomplished...

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With New Strategy White House Plays Last Card on Health Care: Lead a Bipartisan Bill or Risk a Defining First Year Failure

Posted September 1, 2009 | 23:59:16 (EST)

August recess was no day at the playground for legislators visiting their home districts. Main Street is looking worse each day. Folks back home are angry, and a vocal group has proved it in town halls. New Hampshire is no exception. White House control over the bill, and the legacy...

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