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New National Poll Finds No Evidence That Attacks From Rubio & Cruz Have Hurt Trump

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A new national poll suggests that the newly aggressive tone from Senators Rubio and Cruz has done nothing to stop Donald Trump’s momentum.

Republican Race Descends Into Childish Taunts, Name Calling

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Ever since last week’s debate, the race for the Republican nomination has come to resemble a schoolyard fight among a bunch of nine year-olds.

Jeff Sessions Endorses Donald Trump, While Other Republicans Begin To Panic

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Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions became the latest prominent Republican to endorse Donald Trump, but there are a lot more Republicans who are starting to panic over what Trump could do to their party.

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Peyton Manning To Announce Retirement, Reports Say

If reports today are accurate, one of the great N.F.L. careers will come to an end this week.

Internal GOP Politics and the Trump Problem

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The NYT has a long, but worthwhile piece on the internal difficulties that the Republican Party is having to face as the Trump nomination comes closer to irrevocable reality:  Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump. I highly recommend it.  As I keep noting to friends, the GOP’s current situation is quite fascinating from […]

Clinton Has Massive Leads In Key Super Tuesday States, Polls Show

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A series of new polls shows the extent to which last night’s results in South Carolina were very much a harbinger of how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders stand to do on Super Tuesday, especially in the south: First up, there’s a new series of battleground polls from CBS News that shows Clinton with the […]

Clinton and the African-American Vote

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Like I was saying… 84% of black voters went for Clinton and 16% went for Sanders (CNN exit poll). In other words, despite the Cable News Horserace Hoopla,TM the Democratic side of the equation is going as expected, and will be, as I predicted before New Hampshire over this week:  ”I remain convinced that by the […]

Trump, Cruz Well Positioned Heading Into Super Tuesday, Rubio Not So Much

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Donald Trump is positioned to do very well on Super Tuesday, while Ted Cruz should win his home state. Marco Rubio, meanwhile, seems to be struggling to maintain his relevance.

Huntsman, Trump, and the Limitations of a Two Party System

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All of which leads to a discussion of electoral rules.

Trump and the KKK

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Via NPR: Trump Won’t Condemn KKK, Says He ‘Knows Nothing About White Supremacists’ The following is from a Trump appearance on CNN: Trump: I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. … If you would send me a list of the groups, I […]

United States Putting ‘Advisers’ On The Front Lines In Nigeria’s War Against Boko Haram

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The U.S. is poised to send troops to the front lines of yet another war we have no reason to be involved in.

Ex-CIA Chief Says Military Would Have to Disobey President Trump

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Michael Hayden notes that many of Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions are illegal.

Hillary Clinton Trounces Sanders In South Carolina

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Hillary Clinton crushed Bernie Sander last night in South Carolina, pushing the race further down the path that leads to an inevitable outcome.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to meeting a couple at Harrah's Las Vegas, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Jean-Marie Le Pen Endorses Donald Trump

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Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France’s National Front who was forced out of the party by his own daughter when his comments denying comment proved too controversial even for the French far right, has kind words for Donald Trump: Jean-Marie Le Pen, the larger-than-life founder of France’s far-right Front National party, endorsed Donald Trump […]

More Endorsements For Donald Trump

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Two more Republican Governors endorse Donald Trump.

Trump Wants to Repeal First Amendment

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The Republican frontrunner doesn’t want newspapers to be able to write negative stories about him.

With Little Suspense Regarding The Outcome, Democrats Head To The Polls In South Carolina

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There’s little doubt that Hillary Clinton will win today’s South Carolina Primary, the only question is how big a win she’s likely to score.

Kasich or Rubio?

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I’m torn between my preferred candidate and an acceptable candidate who’s more likely to win.

The Revolt Against Politics

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David Brooks has articulated a frustration many of us share.

Melissa Harris-Perry Doesn’t Understand TV

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The host of a weekend show on MSNBC is angry that the network wants her to talk about the presidential race.

Economic Growth In Final Quarter Of 2015 Pegged At Anemic 1.0%

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Not exactly inspiring economic news from the Commerce Department.

Tenth GOP Debate Garners Estimated 14.5 Million Viewers

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Last night’s Republican debate in Texas received the highest viewership since the start of 2016: The final Republican primary gathering before Super Tuesday produced plenty of insults and fireworks on stage Thursday night — and the largest audience for any debate in more than two months. In Nielsen’s preliminary national estimates, the GOP debate averaged 14.521 […]

China, U.S. Agree On North Korea Sanctions That Are Unlikely To Accomplish Anything

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Can anything restrain the North Koreans besides direct action by China? That’s unclear, but the new round of sanctions pending at the U.N. seem unlikely to accomplish much of anything.

Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump, Donald Trump Steals Post-Debate News Cycle

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With one surprise endorsement, Donald Trump stole the post-debate news cycle from Marco Rubio.

Rubio Campaign Telling Donors It’s Preparing For A Brokered Convention

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Bizarrely, the Marco Rubio campaign seems to be telling donors that their candidate may have to hope for a brokered convention to win the GOP nomination.

Gloves Come Off Against Trump In Tenth Republican Debate, But Is It Too Little, Too Late?

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Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz landed some punches on Donald Trump last night, but it’s doubtful that they changed the nature of the race.

Ted Cruz Faces A Test In Texas

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On Tuesday, Ted Cruz’s campaign faces what amounts to a do-or-die battle in Texas.

Brian Sandoval Takes Name Out Of Contention For Supreme Court

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Less than a day after his name was leaked as a possible Supreme Court nominee, and an intriguing one at that, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has asked that his name be taken out of consideration for the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Antonin Scalia: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced […]

David Duke Urges His Fellow Racists To Support Donald Trump

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Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, who also ended up being the Republican nominee for Governor of Louisiana back in the 1990s at one point, is urging his fellow racists to get out in force for Donald Trump: David Duke, a white nationalist and former Klu Klux Klan grand wizard, told his audience Wednesday that […]

Trump Leads Rubio In Florida By Double Digits

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If Marco Rubio can’t win in his home state, where can he win?

Latino Voters Really, Really Dislike Donald Trump

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A new poll shows Donald Trump with historically low support for a Republican from Latino voters. That’s a recipe for electoral disaster.

Is Bernie Sanders Finally Coming To Realize He Can’t Possibly Win The Nomination?

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With the Democratic race headed into territory where Hillary Clinton is heavily favored, Bernie Sanders may finally be coming to realize that he can’t possibly win the Democratic nomination.

Nevada’s Republican Governor Reportedly Being Vetted For Supreme Court

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Is President Obama planning a Checkmate move in the SCOTUS nomination fight?

Another Chaotic Nevada Caucus Helps Make The Case For Eliminating Caucuses Altogether

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This year’s Nevada Caucuses are a good argument for why there should not be any more caucuses.

Kasich Staying in

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Via The Columbus Dispatch:  Ohio Politics Now: Kasich resists calls to drop out of race, comes in 5th in Nevada Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to ignore calls to drop out of the presidential race saying in Georgia Tuesday, “I would hope they would be clearing the decks for me. I’ve spent the least amount of […]

Donald Trump Scores Solid Win In Nevada

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Donald Trump won his third contest in a row in Nevada, putting him one step closer to inevitability.

Senate Republicans Vow No Hearings On Supreme Court Nominee From President Obama

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Notwithstanding polling that indicates the American public disagrees with them, Senate Republicans emerged from a meeting today largely united on the idea of not giving any Supreme Court nominee named by President a hearing, or even the courtesy of a meeting.

Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley Wine Pioneer, Dead At 101

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A man who helped create a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and some mighty fine wine, has passed away.

Poll: Majority Of Americans Say Senate Should Hold Hearings And Vote On SCOTUS Nominee

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The American people do not seem to support the Republican position on whether President Obama’s expected Supreme Court nominee should get proper consideration by the Senate.

Ben Carson: President Obama Was “Raised White,” Can’t Identify With African-Americans

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Ben Carson may be a non-entity in the Presidential race at this point, but that hasn’t stopped him from making controversial statements.

President Obama Submits Quixotic Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

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The President has another plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It’s as likely to be well-received on Capitol Hill as all of his other previous plans on this issue.

Nevada Hoping To Avoid Another Chaotic Caucus

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Tonight’s Nevada Caucuses could be as chaotic as the floor of a Vegas casino, but Donald Trump seems to be in position to score another win.

Conservatives Double Down On ‘No Hearing, No Votes’ For SCOTUS Nominee

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Conservatives are sending a message to Senate Republicans about the vacancy on the Supreme Court, and it may require them to initiate a suicidal game plan.

Joe Biden In 1992: No Action On Supreme Court Nominations Until After An Election

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In 1992, Joe Biden said that no action should be taken on any potential Supreme Court nominations until after that year’s Presidential election. Sound familiar?

Can Donald Trump Be Stopped?

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Donald Trump hasn’t hit the point of inevitability yet, but time is running short if Republicans are going to stop him.

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Donald Trump Suggests Marco Rubio May Not Be Eligible To Be President

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Donald Trump is trolling the depths of the Internet’s conspiracy dungeons once again. This time to raise the largely absurd argument that Marco Rubio may not be eligible to serve as President.

The End, At Least For Now, Of The Bush Dynasty

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For now at least, the Bush Dynasty has seen the end of its involvement in national politics.

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