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Public Opinion About The Supreme Court Nears New Lows

Supreme Court Justices

Thanks mostly to Republicans unhappy with the Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, public disapproval of the Supreme Court is nearing a new high.

Rand Paul’s Disappointing Fundraising Brings The Reality About His Campaign To The Forefront

Rand Paul Campaign Rally

Rand Paul’s fundraising in the just completed quarter is disappointing enough that it’s clearly time for him to consider calling it a day.

Sanders Raises Nearly As Much As Clinton In Third Quarter

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Hillary Clinton had a healthy fundraising quarter, but so did her primary opponent: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign barely outpaced Bernie Sanders’ in the third quarter of 2015, a surprising development that shows the insurgent candidate’s strength while the former secretary of state struggles. Clinton’s operation raised more than $28 million in the third quarter […]

Biden Will Reportedly Skip October 13th Democratic Debate, Still Not Entering Race

Joe Biden Speaking

Vice-President Biden will apparently not be at the first Democratic debate, which may be yet another sign that he’s not running for President.

Ben Carson Raises $20 Million In Third Quarter

Dr. Ben Carson Speaks At Launch Of New Media Online Network In Scottsdale, Arizona

In a sign that he’s likely to stick around for some time going forward, Ben Carson’s campaign announced last night that they had raised an impressive $20 million in the fundraising quarter than concluded yesterday: Ben Carson’s presidential campaign has raised $20 million in the last three months, according to a new report published Wednesday. […]

CNBC Debate Criteria Likely To Be Bad News For Several Republican Candidates

Republican Debate September 16 Two

The criteria for next month’s third Republican Presidential debate have been announced, and they’re likely to end up being bad news for several Republican candidates.

Kevin McCarthy Inadvertently Tells The Truth About The House Benghazi Committee


The man who will likely be the next Speaker of the House accidentally acknowledged the real motivation behind the Select Committee investigating, yet again, the Benghazi attack.

It’s Time To End Iowa And New Hampshire’s First In The Nation Status

Campaign 2016

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus suggested that Iowa and New Hampshire shouldn’t get used to their place at the top of the primary calendar. He’s right, but fixing the crazy system that put them there isn’t going to be easy.

Have we Seen Peak Trump?

Trump Escalator

Trump remains in the lead, but he has been steadily falling over the month of September. (And this triggers, as these things do, musings about institutions and our party system).

Several Republicans Likely To Be Excluded From Third Debate

Republican Debate September 16

The next Republican debate is likely to be a lot smaller than the previous two, and that could prove fatal for several candidates.

John Boehner’s Parting Words For His Critics Are Spot-On


John Boehner let loose on the “false prophets” on the right yesterday, and he’s absolutely right.

A Study in Being “Presidential”


Via TPM Livewire:  WATCH: CNN Grills Carson On Muslim Comments Until Manager Ends Interview: Tapper and Carson spent several minutes of back and forth. “You’re assuming that Muslim Americans put their religion ahead of the country,” Tapper said to Carson. “I’m assuming that if you accept all the tenets of Islam that you would have […]

Donald Trump Continues To Lead GOP Field In Post-Debate Polling

Republican Debate September 16 Two

One week after the second Republican debate, Donald Trump is still at the top of the GOP field, and that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon.

Scott Walker’s Campaign Was The Shortest In At Least 20 Years

2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

Philip Bump notes that Scott Walker’s Presidential Campaign was the shortest major party campaign in two decades: The complete and utter collapse of Scott Walker’s presidential bid appears to bring to an end the shortest presidential campaign since at least 2000. Walker’s bid began with his announcement July 13 before a fancy backdrop and in […]

2016 Presidential Debate Schedule Set

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Neither major political party has selected their nominee, or even begun the process of voting, but the Commission on Presidential Debates has already set the schedule for next year’s General Election Debates: Next year’s general-election presidential debates will be in Ohio, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday. The first general-election […]

Joe Biden Inches Closer To Clinton In New Poll

Joe Biden Campaigns With Hillary And Bill Clinton In Scranton

Vice-President Biden continues to rise in the polls even though he has yet to actually enter the race for President.

Donald Trump Tries To Bully Yet Another Critic


The Club For Growth has released two ads criticizing Donald Trump, so of course Trump is threatening to sue them.

Winnowing of the Minnows


Two gone: 14 to go.

Scott Walker Dropping Out Of Presidential Race

Scott Walker Speaking

Once a candidate that many believed could become the Republican nominee, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is dropping out of the race for President.

Democrats Coming Under Increasing Pressure Over Debate Schedule

2016 Democratic Field

The pressure on Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to expand the 2016 debate schedule is increasing.

Clinton Recovers In Latest National Poll, But Biden Is Rising

Clinton Biden Sanders

Hillary Clinton seems to be bouncing back from recent troubles in the latest national poll, but Vice-President Biden is starting to rise in the polls before even getting in the race.

U.S. To Increase Number Of Syrian Refugees Accepted Into The Country

Syrian Refugees

The U.S. is set to ramp up its contribution to dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, but there’s a lot more we can do.

Donald Trump Still Leads The GOP Race In First Post-Debate Polls

Republican Debate September 16

The first significant national polls taken in the wake of last week’s debate show that Donald Trump has slipped somewhat, but still remains the clear leader of the Republican race for President.

A Quick Constitution Lesson for Carson


More bigotry in the campaign.

Trying To Read The Biden Tea Leaves


Time is running out for Joe Biden to make a decision about running for President, and it’s still not clear what he’ll do.

Anti-Vaccine Paranoia Infects The Republican Race For President


There was far too much pseudoscience in evidence during the Republican Debate on Wednesday.

Second Republican Debate Garners Record-Setting Ratings For CNN

Republican Debate September 16

More than 23 million people watched the debate Wednesday night.

Donald Trump’s Demagoguery Comes Home To Roost

Donald Trump Speaking

At a town hall last night in New Hampshire, it became clear just what kind of supporters Donald Trump’s demagoguery is attracting.

Women, the $10 Bill, and the GOP Field


Yes, the following is not exactly all that consequential, but why blog if you can’t share your opinion on the inconsequential? Via the WSJ:   Republican Debate: Rosa Parks Top Pick for $10 Bill Some of the votes: Rand Paul: Susan B. Anthony Mike Huckabee: My wife Marco Rubio: Rosa Parks Ted Cruz: Keep Hamilton. Put […]

Foreign Policy At The Republican Debate

Republican Debate September 16 Two

With the exception of Rand Paul, the foreign policy discussion at last night’s debate was about as bad as you’d expect.

Republicans Clash In Second Debate That Seemed To Last Forever

Republican Debate September 16

The Republican candidates for President took to the stage last night for a debate that seemed to last forever and accomplished nothing.

Donald Trump’s National Security Speech Was As Substance-Free As The Rest Of His Campaign

Donald Trump Leads Rally For US Military At USS Iowa

What was promoted as major foreign policy speech by Donald Trump turned out to be more substance-free stream-of-consciousness rambling from an egomaniac.

Republicans See Donald Trump As ‘Presidential,’ The Rest Of America Not So Much


Polling shows that Republicans increasingly see Donald Trump as Presidential and trustworthy. The rest of America disagrees.

Cable News Is Basically Now Just The Donald Trump Show


Even taking the fact that he is the Republican frontrunner into account, Donald Trump is getting a disproportionate amount of attention from the political media.

Despite Obvious Shortcomings, Ben Carson Rises In The Polls

Dr. Ben Carson Speaks At Launch Of New Media Online Network In Scottsdale, Arizona

Ben Carson has no government experience, he has a history of saying things that don’t seem grounded in reality, and he lacks the resources for a credible campaign. And yet, he’s closing in on Donald Trump in the polls.

Republican Candidates Abandon Reagan’s Optimism In Favor Of Doom And Gloom


To listen to many of the Republican candidates for President, it would appear that the lights have been turned out on Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill.

Donald Trump, Ben Carson Lead The GOP Field Heading Into Second Debate

Republican Debate August 6

Donald Trump and Ben Carson remain at the top of the Republican Presidential field heading into the second debate on Wednesday.

Politinerds: A Republican Debate Preview With Hugh Hewitt


Our guest this week on Politinerds was Hugh Hewitt, host of The Hugh Hewitt Show on the Salem Radio Network, Law Professor at Chapman University Law School, former staffer in the Reagan Administration, and, most importantly for our purposes, one of the co-panelists at next week’s Republican Presidential Debate. We talked with Hugh about what he […]

Rick Perry Drops Out Of The Race For President


We won’t have Rick Perry to kick around anymore.

Scott Walker’s Campaign Seems To Be In Serious Trouble

Scott Walker

Scott Walker used to have a commanding lead in Iowa, now he’s in 7th place. That’s just another sign of the troubles facing his campaign.

Joe Biden Drops Another Hint About His Presidential Intentions

Biden Sunglasses

Vice-President Biden dropped another hint that suggests he might not be up to running for President.

Bernie Sanders Jumps Ahead Of Hillary In Latest Iowa Poll

Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders has jumped ahead of Hillary Clinton in the Hawkeye State.

The Charlie Sheen Candidacy


"We will have so much winning if I get elected, that you may get bored with winning."-Donald Trump So is tiger blood the explanation for the hair?

Donald Trump Unleashes Another Insult That His Supporters Most Likely Won’t Care About

Donald Trump Hair

Donald Trump is back to hurling insults at his opponents, but it’s unlikely his supporters are going to care.

CNN To Live Stream September 16th Republican Debate

Republican Debate August 6

CNN will make the September 16th Republican Presidential debate available via live streaming over the Internet: You won’t need to have Trump bucks to watch The Donald in the upcoming debate. CNN will be streaming its Republican presidential debate on September 16 for free without the need for any cable authentication. The news channel is […]

Vast Majority Of Americans Oppose Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis’s Actions

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A new poll shows that the vast majority of Americans oppose Kim Davis’s refusal to follow the law, even while some Republican candidates rally behind her.

John Boehner Faces A Tough Fall On Capitol Hill

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Speaker John Boehner seems likely to see another leadership threat from fellow Republicans this fall.

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Hits The Reboot Button

Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is doing a reset in the face of declining poll numbers and bad press.

Sanders Continues To Cause Trouble For Clinton, Biden Could Cause More

Clinton Biden Sanders

Bernie Sanders continues to cause Hillary Clinton problems, and Joe Biden could cause more if he enters the race.

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig Launches Quixotic Presidential Bid

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Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig is officially a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President: After exceeding his $1 million crowd-funding goal, Harvard Law School professor Larry Lessigannounced today on “This Week” that he is running for president. “I think I’m running to get people to acknowledge the elephant in the room,” he told ABC’s George […]

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