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Federal Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws In Wisconsin, North Carolina

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Big losses for proponents of Voter ID laws in two swing states.

Conventions Helped Trump More, Even Though His Was Awful and Hers Wasn’t

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The one with the better convention seems to have lost ground over the last two weeks.

A Gold Star Father Rebukes Donald Trump

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More than any politician that spoke last night, it was the father of a fallen solider who stole the night.

Hillary Clinton Accepts Nomination To Cap Off A Largely Successful Convention

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Hillary Clinton delvers a largely successful acceptance speech that caps off a convention that ran far smoother than its Republican counterpart.

With A Reaganesque Tone, Barack Obama Passes The Torch To Hillary Clinton

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Eight years after beating her for the Democratic Nomination, Barack Obama passed the torch to Hillary Clinton with a speech that sounded more like Ronald Reagan than anything we’ve heard from the Republican nominee.

Donald Trump Invites Russia To Commit Espionage To Help His Presidential Campaign

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Donald Trump suggests Russia engage in espionage to help his Presidential campaign.0

Hillary Clinton Makes History As Convention Tone Changes

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The second night of the Democratic Convention seemed much calmer than the first, as the Clinton campaign moves forward toward the biggest speech of Hillary Clinton’s life.

Vast Majority Of Sanders Supporters Backing Clinton

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Ignore the focus on discord, most of Bernie’s supporters are supporting Hillary.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Out As DNC Chair After Leaked Emails Lead To DNC Chaos

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Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is out as head of the Democratic National Committee after the release of a trove of embarrassing emails.

Trump Leads Clinton After Convention Bounce

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The worst convention in history has given Trump a yuuge bounce.

Democrats To Consider Changes To How Superdelegates Are Allocated

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Democrats will consider changing superdelegate rules, but not as much as Bernie Sanders would like.

Hillary Clinton Picks Tim Kaine As Her Running Mate

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As expected, Hillary Clinton went with the ‘safe’ choice, and has selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate.

Could Crazy Donald Trump Actually Win The Presidency?

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While a Clinton landslide seems obvious after the dumpster fire of a Republican convention, the race is close.

Donald Trump Returns To Dark, Dystopian Themes In Convention Speech

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Donald Trump started out his campaign by telling us that the American dream is dead, and he returned to those dark and pessimistic themes in his acceptance speech last night.00

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

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A big setback for one of the most restrictive Voter ID Laws in the country.

Ted Cruz Refuses To Endorse Trump In Convention Speech

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Ted Cruz’s convention speech was about what you’d expect, a gamble designed to set up his campaign for President in 2020 or beyond.

Does Donald Trump Even Really Want To Be President?

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If Donald Trump actually became President, would he really do the work, or just delegate it to others? An anecdote from the campaign trail makes one wonder.

Donald Trump Claims Nomination Of A Party That Remains Divided

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18:  Delegates crowd the convention floor on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Donald Trump completed his unlikely journey to the Republican Presidential Nomination last night, but he the party he now leads remains divided.

Norovirus Reportedly Striking Some Attendees At Republican Convention

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There are reports of a particularly nasty virus striking the Republican National Convention: CLEVELAND — The highly contagious norovirus appears to have hit the Republican National Convention. A dozen California Republican Party staff members, who arrived last week in Ohio ahead of the state’s delegates, have fallen ill with the virus, said Jim Brulte, chairman […]

Donald Trump’s Campaign Fumbles As Plagiarism Plagues Aftermath Of Melania Trump’s Speech

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Speeches by the wife and kids are supposed to be the easy part of a convention. If you mess that up, you truly are an amateur.

A Bizarre First Day for Republican National Convention

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I haven’t yet watched any of the 2016 Republican National Convention but the first day was a beauty.

Pre-Convention Polls Show Clinton Leading, Johnson Rising, Major Party Candidates Hated

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A look at the state of the race before the two party conventions begin.

Donald Trump Makes It Official, Mike Pence Is His Running Mate

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The least likely choice ascends to the Number Two position on the Republican ticket.

Trump Vice-Presidential Announcement Delayed

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In the wake of last night’s apparent terrorist attack in Nice, Donald Trump’s campaign has delayed the announcement of the candidate’s running mate announcement, but we should know by early this afternoon if it really is Indiana Governor Mike Pence: CLEVELAND — In a stunning move late Thursday, Donald Trump said he was scrapping his […]

Final Effort To Block Trump Fails In RNC Rules Committee

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Predictably, the latest effort to prevent Donald Trump from gaining the Republican nomination has ended in failure.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Regrets Anti-Trump Comments

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Justice Ginsburg walks back her comments about the presumptive Republican nominee.

Donald Trump To Pick Mike Pence As Running Mate, Reports Say

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If reports are correct, Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s choice for a running mate.

Republican Platform Veers To The Right

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Once again, the GOP platform is turning into a surrender to social conservatives on issues such as same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Attacks Donald Trump, Raising Judicial Ethics Questions

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Justice Ginsburg made some recent comments about the election that have, to say the least, raised some eyebrows.

Bernie Sanders Finally Endorses Hillary Clinton

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Well that took long enough.

Evan Bayh Seeking To Return To The Senate

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Evan Bayh is reportedly ready to enter the race to reclaim his old seat in the Senate: WASHINGTON — Former Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana, is expected to announce that he will run to reclaim the job he gave up in 2010, a move that could strengthen the Democrats’ prospects of winning majority control […]

Presidential Debate Schedule Announced

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The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the dates and venues for this fall’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will participate in three general election debates from September through October, according to the schedule released Thursday by the nonpartisan organization that sponsors the debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced […]

Majority Disapprove Of Decision Not To Charge In Clinton Email Case

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A new poll suggests that the decision not to bring charges related to her use of a private email server will likely have only a minimal impact on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Corker, Ernst Withdraw From Trump’s Veep Consideration

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Two potential Donald Trump running mates in the Senate have taken themselves out of contention. First up, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said he’d prefer to focus on policy from the Senate: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee who has recently emerged as a finalist in the search for […]

Donald Trump Raises $51 Million In June

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Donald Trump raised a surprisingly robust $51 million for his campaign and the GOP in June: Donald Trump raised more than $26 million through online and mail solicitations in June and another $25 million at events with the Republican National Committee, his campaign announced Wednesday, a hefty haul that his allies hope will put to rest anxieties in […]

Clinton Cleared Legally, But Her ‘Extreme’ Carelessness Will Follow Her To The White House

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Hillary Clinton’s extreme carelessness with classified information probably won’t cost her the election, but it should.

Clinton Campaign Pays for Obama Trip (But Not Really)

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As President Obama starts campaigning for Hillary Clinton, a perennial question arises.

Quixotic ‘Stop Trump’ Movement Still Out There, Still Doomed To Fail

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Despite a year of utter failure, one group of Republicans apparently still thinks they can deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination.

Fact Checker Finds 78% Of The Factual Claims Donald Trump Has Made Are False

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Truth? Donald Trump can’t handle the truth.

No Charges Against Clinton Despite ‘Extremely Careless’ Safeguarding of Classified Information

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The presumptive Democratic nominee for president won’t be going to jail. But we knew that.

Donald Trump Meets With Joni Ernst As Veep Search Continues

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The Veepstakes continues.

Today in Strange Reasoning (Trump Semi-Support Edition)

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Comments on a pro-Trump (well, sorta) column.

Mike Pence Meets With Trump About Veep Slot

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Is Indiana’s Governor a contender to be Donald Trump’s running mate?

Hillary Clinton Interviewed By F.B.I. Regarding Private Server Investigation

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In a sign that the ongoing F.B.I. investigation into her use of a private email server and handling of classified information is coming to an end, the former Secretary of State was interviewed by Federal Agents today.

13% Of Americans Would Prefer A Giant Meteor Over Trump Or Hillary

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Public Policy Polling’s new national poll finds that 13% of Americans favor a giant meteor striking the Earth over Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton: More than 1 in 10 voters say they’d prefer a giant meteor hitting earth over supporting Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) offered the hypothetical “Giant […]

Another Anti-Trump Republican

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This time it is Mark Salter, “the former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain and […] senior adviser to the McCain for President campaign”:  Why This Republican Won’t Vote for Trump.  He concludes a column that is basically a long list of troubles with Trump with the following: Whatever Hillary Clinton’s faults, she’s not ignorant […]

Hillary Clinton Raises $70 Million In June Alone

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign raised nearly  $70 million for itself and the Democratic National Committee for the just-concluded month of June: Hillary Clinton’s campaign reported Friday that it had raised more than $68.5 million for Hillary for America, the Democratic National Committee and state parties in the month of June. Of that total, $40.5 million went […]

Trump Campaign Reportedly Vetting Newt Gingrich For The Vice-Presidency

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Vice-President Gingrich? Really?

The Trump Campaign: One Huge Political Science Experiment

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If anything, the Trump campaign is going to provide some interesting data for future political scientists who study campaigns.

On the Usage of “Radical Islam”

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Via Vox:  I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say “radical Islam.” When I directed the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the CIA in the early 2000s, I frequently interacted with senior Bush administration policymakers about how to engage Muslim communities and, when doing so, which words and phrases […]

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