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Hagel’s Dismissal A Reflection Of Contradictory Policy

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The abrupt departure of Chuck Hagel says much more about Administration policy than it does about Chuck Hagel.

Americans Support The Substance Of Obama’s Immigration Policy, Not How He Implemented It

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans support the President’s changes to deportation policy, but don’t like that he acted unilaterally.

Romney Continues To Lead In Polls Of 2016 GOP Candidates, Leading Hillary In Head-To-Head Match

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The numbers don’t lie, Mitt Romney remains popular among Republican voters.

Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

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Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

Regardless Of The Grand Jury Decision, Ferguson Raises Issues Americans Need To Address

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Regardless of the outcome of the Michael Brown investigation, there are legitimate problems that need to be addressed.

The House Lawsuit Against Obama; Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

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The House of Representatives has filed its lawsuit against the President. As expected, it doesn’t amount to much.

Ted Cruz Wants Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

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  The junior Senator from Texas thinks he knows who Obama should pick for Secretary of Defense: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. […]

Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that Latino voters overwhelmingly support the President’s executive action on immigration: Latino voters have Obama’s back again. That’s according to a new poll by Latino Decisions, for Presente.org and Mi Familia Vota, the first of Latino voters since Obama announced sweeping executive actions, given to BuzzFeed News ahead of […]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Stepping Down “Under Pressure”

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A surprising change at the top of the military’s civilian chain of command.

House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

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The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

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You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

Obama’s Executive Action, The Law, And The Constitution

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On a preliminary examination, the President’s executive action on immigration appears to be within the boundaries of applicable law. However, as with other exercises of Executive Branch authority, it raises some important concerns about the precedent that it sets.

Obama Announces Immigration Plan, But Constitutional Confrontation Lies Ahead

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On substance, the President’s immigration actions aren’t very objectionable. How he is implementing them, though, is problematic and seems needlessly confrontational.

GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

Americans Oppose Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration, But Support Immigration Reform

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A new poll provides some interesting context to the political context to the President’s expected executive action on immigration.

Report: Obama To Announce Immigration Executive Order On Friday UPDATE: Speech To The Nation Thursday Night

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CNBC’s John Harwood is reporting that the President is expected to announce the details of his much talked about executive action on immigration in a speech in Las Vegas on Friday: President Barack Obama plans to announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday to address immigration reform, CNBC has confirmed. Another source familiar […]

Can Hillary Expand The Electoral College Map In 2016? In An Important Sense, It Doesn’t Matter

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An adviser close to Hillary Clinton is talking about expanding the Electoral College map in 2016, but even without such an expansion the GOP faces an uphill battle.

President Obama Was Against Unilateral Executive Action On Immigration Before He Was For it

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If the President now believes he can act unilaterally on immigration reform, why did he spend the last five years saying that he couldn’t?

Public Wants Obama To Wait On Immigration Action

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A new poll shows that Americans would prefer President Obama to wait to act on immigration until after the new Congress has had a chance to act on the issue.

Obama And McConnell Hold A Bourbon Summit

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This weekend’s cold open to Saturday Night Live pondered what an actual Bourbon Summit between President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might look like:

Unless Congress Steps In To Authorize It, The President’s War Against ISIS Is Illegal

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As things stand right now, there is no legitimate legal authorization for the President’s war against ISIS, and that’s largely because Congress has failed to act.

If Obama Pulls The Trigger On Executive Action, Republicans Have Limited Options

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Republicans don’t really have many options if the President pulls the trigger on immigration reform via executive action.

White House Hints At Content Of Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration

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The White House is now leaking out details of what seems like an inevitable decision by the President. How it plays out politically, though, is the big question.

Secret Service Review Of Fence Jumping Incident Finds Multiple Failures

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There’s not much good news in the initial review of September’s fence jumping incident at the White House.

Republicans Should Be Careful In Bringing Up Hillary Clinton’s Age

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A Presidential candidate’s health and fitness for office are legitimate issues. When it comes to bringing up Hillary Clinton’s age in the context of 2016,, though, Republicans need to proceed with caution.

Confirmation Of New Attorney General Likely To Be Delayed Until 2015

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Democrats are telling The Hill that confirmation of President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General will likely wait until the new Congress convenes in January: President Obama will have to get his nominee for attorney general past a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic and Republican aides say. A packed schedule after the election is almost […]

President Obama’s Immigration Threat Is Politically Naive And Unrealistic

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President Obama’s threat to take action on immigration if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the year ignores political reality,

Don’t Expect Anything Out Of Washington In Obama’s Final Two Years

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Despite the conciliatory language after Tuesday, it’s unlikely that much will change in Washington in the next two years.

Obama Authorizes 1,500 More U.S. Troops For ISIS Fight

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Mission creep.

Obama To Nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

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Later today, President Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch, who has served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York under two Presidents, as the next Attorney General of the United States: WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate Loretta E. Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, to be the next attorney general, […]

A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

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Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

Republican Party Wins Senate, Poised To Add To New Majority

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2014 was not supposed to be a wave election, but it clearly qualifies as one.

Armed Man On Elevator With President Did Not Have Criminal Record As Initially Reported

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Just over a month ago, when the Secret Service was in the middle of the scandal that led to the departure of the agency’s director, it was reported that an armed man with a criminal record had been on an elevator with President Obama. As it turns out, the story is a bit more complicated […]

House Lawsuit Against Obama Hits Another Snag

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At this rate, it’s unlikely the House will file any kind of lawsuit against President Obama until 2015, assuming it ever files anything.

Slipping Support Among Key Groups, And Obama’s Job Approval, Have Democrats Worried

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Important numbers in recent polling suggest big problems for Democrats on Tuesday.

Sarah Palin Pretending She Might Run For Office Again

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With the midterms over, it’s time for Sarah Palin to start grifting again.

Whatever Happened To That Lawsuit The House Of Representatives Was Filing Against Obama?

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It’s been three months, but there’s been no action on the lawsuit that the House of Representatives said it was filing against President Obama.

Jeanne Shaheen: No Need To Come Campaign For Me, Mr. President

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Jeanne Shaheen isn’t exactly eager for President Obama to come campaign for her: Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. […]

Obama the Republican

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Bruce Bartlett has a column at the American Conservative (Obama Is a Republican) which is getting a lot of attention today (and rightfully so, in fact).  His points about the deficit, in particular, ought to be paid attention to. I will say, however, that I find all the attention to his thesis a bit amusing, […]

Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

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To a large degree, the Democratic Party’s supposed advantage among women voters appears to not exist this year.

Obama’s Credit Card Rejected

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President Obama had a bit of trouble paying for dinner during a recent visit to New York City: Turns out, even the president of the United States has had a credit card declined. “I should mention, by the way, that I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was there during the […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

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A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

Obama Names ‘Ebola Czar,’ Doesn’t Explain Why We Need One

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President Obama has appointed an “Ebola Czar,” but it’s unclear why we need one when there are already people who are supposed to be in charge of the Ebola response.

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use

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Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

Problems With The Response To Ebola, And A Little Perspective

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We’ve become aware of failures in how we’ve handled the Ebola situation. The response is to figure out what went wrong and do our best to fix it, not to panic.

White House Won’t Name New Attorney General Until After Election

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The White House has announced that it will not announce a new pick for Attorney General until after the midterm elections: President Obama has decided to wait until after next month’s midterm elections to nominate a replacement for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., White House officials said on Tuesday, effectively ensuring that the choice […]

GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page

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Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.” The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best […]

Air War In Syria Not Exactly Going As Planned

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So far at least, the air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria do not seem to be having much of an impact.

Alison Lundergan Grimes Really Doesn’t Want To Admit She Voted For Obama

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Sometimes, being evasive in answering a question just makes a politician look silly. This is one of those times.

Tide Of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Down Significantly

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Remember the border crisis? Yea, it’s not much of a crisis these days.

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