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Rahm's Rocky Road to the Mayoralty

Posted October 4, 2010 | 22:38:58 (EST)

The fairly unprecedented pomp of Friday's White House farewell ceremony for Rahm Emanuel speaks to his power and ubiquitousness in insular Washington, as he prepares to run for Mayor of Chicago. Emanuel's cult status and his intimate closeness to President Obama has led to the pervasive early view that Emanuel...

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Democrats' Gubernatorial Picture May Be Bleakest of All

Posted August 24, 2010 | 14:47:36 (EST)

As Washington contemplates the fast-approaching midterms, much attention is focused on a possible Republican takeover of one or perhaps both houses of Congress. Lost amid the hullabaloo is the vast swath of governor's races across the country, where a combination of the bad economy and high unemployment rates, term-limited and...

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Obama Must Decide on Terrorism Trials

Posted July 12, 2010 | 16:11:56 (EST)

Nine years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the United States invaded Afghanistan, the U.S. government has still not determined who it can detain as an enemy combatant in the war on terror. Despite promises to the contrary, the Obama administration has done no better at settling this debate than...

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CNN's Rapid Decline and the Future of Cable News

Posted April 2, 2010 | 15:19:03 (EST)

The cable news wars continue unabated with Fox News Channel holding a wide dominance in viewership over its rivals. But in the last several months a surprising development has occurred, as one-time upstart MSNBC has overtaken long-time stalwart CNN behind Fox. MSNBC's rise and Fox News Channel's strength, coupled with...

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John McCain's Predicament

Posted March 30, 2010 | 17:33:49 (EST)

Last week had to have been a difficult one for Sen. John McCain. Locked in an increasingly harsh primary for a fifth term, McCain was compelled to appear with his one-time running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in an effort to bolster his campaign. Palin's appearance in Arizona helped...

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Health Care Is Pelosi's Victory

Posted March 22, 2010 | 11:04:00 (EST)

The House's passage Sunday night of a reform package will inevitably be seen as President Barack Obama's biggest achievement, whether he goes on to serve two distinguished terms or is voted out in 2012. Given the magnitude of the legislation and how long it has eluded the grasp of all...

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Karl Rove's Missed Opportunity

Posted March 12, 2010 | 11:52:33 (EST)

As a general matter, political memoirs are a dicey proposition. While they carry the promise of deep access and a wealth of fresh gossip, they generally fail to deliver the goods, offering tiny morsels instead of juicy gobs of storytelling. More importantly, because memoirs are written by insiders from one...

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Stupak's Opposition Colored By Power Disputes

Posted March 8, 2010 | 15:47:25 (EST)

As the House nears a final vote on health care and Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces the unenviable task of trying to corral the support of members who backed the anti-abortion Stupak Amendment to the original House-passed bill, much liberal ire is currently being directed at the amendment's author, Rep. Bart...

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The Fierce Urgency of Never: House Democrats Must Pass the Senate Bill

Posted January 25, 2010 | 15:47:51 (EST)

With Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts, there is now only one way for Congress to approve a larger health care package: the House must pass the Senate bill, and the stakes could not be higher.

Right now, many Members are either noncommittal or vocal in their belief that the...

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Coakley Loses. Here's What It Means for the Big Picture

Posted January 19, 2010 | 22:33:38 (EST)

The failure on Tuesday night of Democrat Martha Coakley to succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy is a political catastrophe for national Democrats. Almost unfathomable given what appeared to be an insurmountable lead for Coakley one month ago, the loss of Kennedy's seat puts the Senate Democratic caucus below the...

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