Can Hillary Get Away With Hugging Obama?

Clinton is not selling herself as an agent of abrupt change. She is positioning herself as a conduit of steady change, in contrast to, Donald Trump, who might bring change like a tornado, leveling all in its wake.
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Remembering The First Clinton Bounce

As some declare Democrats disunited after the first night of boisterous disruptions from some Bernie Sanders delegates, 1992 is a reminder that even a somewhat fractious convention can still end on a high note.
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This Is What a Broken Party Looks Like

America saw a divided party last night, though what it was divided over wasn't evident if you haven't been paying close attention. They are mainly divided over whether the party should accept America's multiculturalism or fight it.
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Donald Trump Is Wrong. Crime Is Down. Way Down.

The rate of violent crime is at a 45-year low. The murder rate is the lowest since 1957. Let's not allow the Donald Trumps of the world peddle excuses for bad police behavior on the grounds that crime is out of control, when it's not.
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61% “Uneasy” About Trump and International Trade

A new The Economist/YouGov poll asked "Are you confident or uneasy about the following presidential candidates’ ability to deal wisely with international trade?" The numbers might surprise you.
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Big Climate Win In The Senate, But The Battle Is Not Over

A Senate committee approves money for a climate fund. Deep down, Republicans seem to know that it is a political loser with the broad middle of the country to sabotage the president from acting on climate change.
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Veepstakes: Tim Kaine’s Troubles With The Left

Now Hillary Clinton knows what message a Sen. Tim Kaine nomination will send to Bernie Sanders voters; the question remains if that's the message she wants to send.
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The Tax Debate Is Over, and Progressives Won

Time and time again, tax cuts for the wealthy have proved ineffectual at sparking robust growth, while responsible budgeting that includes tax increases on the wealthy has repeatedly contributed to economic progress.
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Nobody Cares About Paul Ryan’s Conservative Rehash

Ryan has served up cold conservative porridge. Nothing that showed any lessons learned from the failed conservatism of the past. Nothing that went beyond hack anti-Obama talking points.
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Paul Ryan Is No Better Than Donald Trump For The Climate

Ryan new anti-regulatory package willfully ignores that the planet "has been made considerably worse by the addition of global warming," requiring action to make the planet better. But what do you expect? He's voting for Donald Trump.
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If Anything Can Unite the Democrats, It’s Climate

Even if you are convinced that Clinton's climate platform is insufficient, the logical course of action is not to let the Oval Office become occupied by someone who calls global warming a "hoax."
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Trump Has No Use For Dog Whistles

Donald Trump's brazen racism, in addition to being immoral and appalling, is political malpractice. He is so consumed by racism that he can't contain it. He is blinded by it, and is incapable of rational political decision-making.
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Trump Would Be a Climate Killer

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both accept climate science and propose policies based on science that would cut carbon pollution. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is pure poison for the planet. Period.
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Trump Can’t Spin His Greed

Trump brags about sucking the wealth from the lower-income to line his own pockets, and nothing in his stated policies suggests a Trump administration would be any different.
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Trump’s Trade Con

If he's willing to lower the corporate tax rate to strengthen our negotiating position, what's stopping him from lowering the federal minimum wage as well? Why assume his version of a "good deal" would try to lift wages worldwide?
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“Populist” Trump Wants To Deregulate Wall Street

For a guy who claims he can win the votes of Bernie Sanders' supporters, he has an odd way of going about it. Going backwards on Wall Street reform is hardly the best approach to win over Bernie's populist following.
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Trump’s Uphill Battle For Bernie Voters

"I think I'll get a lot of his supporters" Donald Trump said on CNN of Bernie Sanders voters. A few seconds earlier, Trump smeared Sanders, saying he "could be beyond a socialist." That sums up his problem.
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Donald Trump’s Trick To Pose as a Populist

Donald Trump has a trick he likes to use when he wants to communicate two different messages to two different constituencies: incoherence. It doesn't take much to expose incoherence, yet it seems to flummox media headline writers.
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No, Trump Did Not Change His Position On The Minimum Wage

Is his recent minimum wage comment a real shift in position? Is he breaking with conservative orthodoxy? Is he showing that deep down, he truly has working people's interests at heart? Nope, nope, and nope.
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Conservatism 1980-2016, RIP

Modern American Conservatism died last night at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was 35 years old. Myriad diseases in conservatism's early adulthood were devastating and eventually proved to be irrevocable.
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Hillary Clinton’s Balancing Act

It's possible Clinton can lean right, and still win over the Bernie Sanders vote because she's preferable to Donald Trump, and also double down on progressive populism, and still pick off Republicans because she's preferable to Trump.
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Carly Fiorina: The Worst Possible VP Pick

She was a failure at business and a failure at politics. She never had the qualifications to be president. The fact that Ted Cruz would take Carly Fiorina seriously only shows how low the Republican Party has sunk.
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Is The Paris Climate Agreement Too Little Too Late?

We should celebrate how much we have been able to accomplish, but with our eyes wide open, knowing that there will surely be more we will have to do and more battles to fight.
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Can Democrats Take Back The Senate?

The unhinged Republican presidential primary may give an impression of a nation gone mad, but the way vulnerable Republican Senate incumbents are trying to hold on to their seats reminds us that the nation is not in a right-wing mood.
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Everybody Hates Trump

Does the Republican Party leadership and the Republican convention delegates have the spine to stand up to Trump, and his threats of riots, and deny him a delegate majority?
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Fight For $15 Nears Big Win In California

Tenacity and flexibility is helping California workers get a raise. Despite reluctance from Gov. Jerry Brown, a compromise has been struck to establish a statewide $15 minimum wage, the highest in the nation.
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