GOP Candidates Trade Ideas, Not Barbs, At Poverty Forum

It’s easy to think of the Republican primary race as a gladiator-style, winner-take-all, bloodbath in which attacks ads are the norm and debates are decided based on who landed the most zingers. But what’s often forgotten amidst that media-friendly narrative is that these candidates have big hearts and big ideas, and what may come as…
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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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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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The Wheels are Falling Off Democrats’ 2016 Hopes

Over the past few election cycles Democrats have been licking their wounds, lamenting the loss of majorities in the House, Senate and state governments across the country. Just how bad were things? Colleen Nelson and Peter Nicholas survey the damage for the Wall Street Journal: After two presidential victories, Mr. Obama presides over a Democratic…
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Hillary Clinton’s Economic Speech: A Study in Contradictions

We didn’t have high hopes for Hillary Clinton’s economic speech. After all, here’s how POLITICO billed it:  Clinton’s aide said she will discuss some of the structural forces conspiring against sustainable wage growth, such as globalization, automation, and even consumer-friendly “sharing economy” firms like Uber and Airbnb that are creating new relationships between management and labor…
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Bush: “We are 17 Months From the Time for Choosing”

Typically, we wouldn’t write about a candidate’s announcement in the primary, and none of the following should be read as an endorsement of Jeb Bush, but the message he delivered was so universal, that it deserved comment. Earlier this campaign season Jim Messina, President Obama’s former campaign manager, said that it was Hillary Clinton’s “turn”…
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CPAC Speakers Highlight the Power of the American Dream

Congratulations, if you’re reading this you survived another CPAC. For the unindoctrinated, CPAC is a rowdy convention, known as “Woodstock for conservatives,” that serves as a destination for young activists and the political candidates out to court them. This year, nearly every Republican presidential hopeful spoke in hopes of generating buzz and building momentum amongst…
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