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With The Megyn Kelly Vs. Donald Trump TV Summit, Everyone Wins (Except The GOP)

The Fox News vs. Trump saga represents a completely dysfunctional relationship: Much of Fox loves Trump’s right-wing politics; Trump loves to bully Fox. Now the latest love/hate chapter is that Trump has agreed to sit for Kelly’s interview, which is weirdly being hyped as a major campaign showdown. (Remember when campaigns were focused on voters, not cable news hosts?)

April 28, 2016
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Candidates — And Voters — Challenged By Delegate Elections In Pennsylvania

Voters admit they don’t understand the way the Keystone State GOP chooses delegates, and the candidates aren’t much better.

April 24, 2016
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Avenging Angels

The New York values that shaped Donald Trump.

April 18, 2016
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5 Reasons Trump Is The Worst Candidate In Modern History

The GOP primary has been defined by the emergence of the most unpopular major party candidate in modern American history.

April 18, 2016
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Conservatives Lie About History To Exonerate Conscience

This one’s for John. He’s a reader who took issue with my recent column arguing that conservatism has become an angry and incoherent mess.

April 17, 2016
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Whining Donald Trump Failed To Learn The Rules Of The Political Game

Donald Trump doesn’t have the political smarts to win California.

April 14, 2016
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Is The ‘Never Trump’ Movement Bigger Than The ‘Bernie Or Bust’ Campaign?

Good news: The anti-Trump movement is growing stronger.

April 12, 2016
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Trump Refuses To Rule Out Third-Party Run If He Loses GOP Nomination

When pressed to rule out an independent run, the New York billionaire said, “I’m gonna have to see how I was treated. It’s very simple.”

April 4, 2016
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Republican Islamophobia Is Creating Tens Of Thousands Of New Muslim Voters

Compared to 2014 polling, newly-politically active Muslim voters skew heavily Democratic.

March 13, 2016
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A Long, Incomplete List Of The Republicans Opposed To Trump

“I joined the Party of Lincoln and the Party of Reagan. I will leave the Party of Trump.”

March 2, 2016
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5 Things Donald Trump Is Teaching Us About The GOP Base

Republican leaders have fundamentally misunderstood the Trump phenomenon from the beginning.

February 29, 2016
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How Dangerous Is Donald Trump?

Is Trump dangerous for his beliefs, or is he just offensive for his willingness to state them?

February 25, 2016
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Nevada Republicans Are Trying To Mobilize New Voters After Pursuing Voter Suppression Laws

Nevada Republicans — like Republican legislatures across the country — tried to solve a problem that doesn’t exist: there were only two cases of voter fraud in Nevada in 2014.

February 16, 2016
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If “Establishment” Is Code For “Moderate,” Media Need To Stop Calling Rubio The Establishment Candidate

What happens when the facts change but the script does not?

February 5, 2016
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Trump Holds An Unflattering Mirror To GOP, Fox News

If you are going to run against the Republican establishment, that means running against Fox News.

February 1, 2016
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Trump Claims To Aid Veterans, But Is He The World’s Least Charitable Billionaire?

The billionaire developer’s latest stunt was all about him, not helping those who served. While he did raise $6 million, those funds all went to the Donald J. Trump Foundation — a tax-exempt non-profit entity that generally gives barely $1 million a year to charity.

January 29, 2016
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Does The Republican Party Want Bernie Sanders To Win Democratic Nomination?

The Republican Party (yes, that one) has been “feeling the Bern,” if its press releases and publicly available “research” are anything to go by.

January 19, 2016
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Democrats Hope Presidential Coattails Lead To Retaking Senate

If Sen. Chuck Schumer is going to fulfill his dream of running the U.S. Senate, he will likely have to rely on the performance of sometime-rival, sometime-friend and fellow New Yorker Hillary Clinton.

January 13, 2016
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In 2016, Marco Rubio Is Both Sunny And Ominous

Sen. Marco Rubio has adopted a darker tone in the first week of 2016, deploying increasingly apocalyptic rhetoric and fiercer attacks on Republican rivals that provide a stark contrast with the relatively non-confrontational brand of sunny optimism that had characterized his presidential campaign through 2015.

January 8, 2016
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Republicans Get Nasty In New Hampshire With Even Boots Fair Game

Even Rubio’s boots came in for it, their stack heels mocked by Bush and Ted Cruz.

January 8, 2016
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For 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan Sets Sights On Crafting A GOP Campaign Vision

He has a new job, speaker of the House, but Rep. Paul D. Ryan has stuck with a longtime routine, sequestering himself on a hunting stand in Wisconsin, picking off deer that he will turn into jerky, brats and links to sustain him through the year.

January 3, 2016
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Twin Paths Of Rubio And Cruz End At Their Political Perspectives

Edging closer to Donald Trump at the top of the crowded Republican presidential field are two men with remarkably similar biographies: first-term senators in their mid-40s from large Sun Belt states, born five months apart to Cuban American families and propelled into the Senate by tea party rage.

December 15, 2015
Bruce Goacher of Davenport, Iowa, hoists a repossessed car onto his tow truck on Dec. 6, 2015 in Bettendorf, Iowa.  (Michael Finnegan/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Iowa Man’s Worldview A Lot Like Trump’s

Recent events — terrorist massacres in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., Syrian refugees pouring into Europe, political clashes in the U.S. over guns and immigration — have only strengthened Trump’s bonds with these voters.

December 15, 2015
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It All Begins With The GOP

The Republican base is a deeply divided one. The moderates are increasingly marginalized in their party as Evangelical and Tea Party segments grow more defensive of views that are increasingly unpopular and under threat nationally.

December 6, 2015
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5 Times George W. Bush Didn’t Keep Us Safe

If Jeb Bush wants to argue that George W. Bush did a nice job of bringing America together and trying to avoid the demonization of Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, there’s a case to be made. But W.’s record of “keeping us safe” in comparison to every other modern president is non-existent.

October 19, 2015
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