The Top Six Political Storylines of 2015

By any measure, 2015 was an incredible year filled with storylines whose effects will likely reverberate for the foreseeable future. To be clear, it wasn’t a good year. Many of the top themes focus on death and violence and turmoil. But, in many ways, it was a hopeful year marked by economic improvement,  a growing…
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Republicans Offer Choices, Democrats Offer More of the Same

The media struggled to find a worthwhile storyline from this week’s debate. As POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush tweeted, “Try writing about this debate, just try. It’s like eating ten lbs. of dry toast with a sawdust chaseer.” And honestly, if gotcha moments, personal attacks or embarrassing gaffes are the standard by which you judge a debate,…
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Democrats’ Plan to Win Down-ballot Races? Um…They Don’t Have One

The 2015 elections are over. But if you ask many, if not most, Americans they’re likely unaware that  elections were even being held this year. Instead, almost all eyes are focused on the 2016 presidential elections and the seemingly bottomless well of juicy storylines the race is generating. In some ways that works to Republicans…
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Yes, the Debate Moderators Stunk, But the Candidates’ Ideas Didn’t

If you’ve watched or played much baseball you know that the cardinal rule of umpiring is simple: Stay invisible. Fans tune into the game to see aces pitch, gold glovers defend, and sluggers smack home runs, not watch the boys in blue impact the outcome of the game. A similar rule applies to debate moderators…
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Despite Criticism, Political Outsiders Continue to Lead GOP Field

All summer we’ve heard predictions about the fate of Donald Trump and Ben Carson. They are flashes in the pan. All sizzle and no steak. Nothing more than fools gold. Their bubble would surely burst. And all sorts of half-baked idioms that I can’t think of right now. But here we are in mid-September and…
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Candidates’ Policy Ideas on Full Display in Second GOP Debate

Almost all of the stories about last night’s GOP presidential debate focus on the bombastic spectacle of candidate’s squaring off against one another. Donald Trump jabbed Sen. Rand Paul for being on the stage despite his poll numbers. Paul jabbed back, wondering whether Trump is mature enough to be trusted with the nuclear launch codes.…
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