• Misdirected Anger Pollutes Our Politics

    Misdirected Anger Pollutes Our Politics

    Surging populist campaigns by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have convinced many observers that 2016 represents a “year of anger” but no one can agree on what, exactly, the American electorate is supposed to be so angry about. On the right, activists say people are furious because Barack Obama has…

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  • Dana Milbank – Rebecca Costa

    Dana Milbank – Rebecca Costa

    Dana Milbank is an award-winning political columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post as a political writer, he covered the 2000 US Presidential election, 2004 US Presidential election, as well as the Clinton White House for The New Republic, and Congress for The Wall Street Journal. He has…

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  • Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton

    Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton

    I spent Friday's radio show explaining to incredulous guests that of course I'd support Donald Trump if he is the GOP nominee. “But after he just insulted you and your radio show in front of 15 million people?” came the question. When I reminded Trump at Thursday's debate that it…

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  • Focusing on the Wrong Issue

    Focusing on the Wrong Issue

    The worst part of the GOP Presidential debate in Houston involved its disproportionate focus on illegal immigration. The CNN moderators began with that topic, and stayed with it for more than a third of the debate's running time. You'd think that the flow of unauthorized migrants represented the public's top…

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  • Misleading Chatter about a “Brokered Convention”

    Misleading Chatter about a “Brokered Convention”

    Commentators in mainstream media have begun speaking obsessively about a so-called “brokered convention”—acknowledging the possibility that no candidate will come to Cleveland with a majority of first ballot votes. This is a misleading term, since there are no potential “brokers” who could dictate the outcome. The candidates themselves won't exercise…

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  • Why Do We Choose the Leaders We Hate Most?

    Why Do We Choose the Leaders We Hate Most?

    Major polls seem to agree that the two most unpopular politicians in the country are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but (unless something changes quickly) the public may be forced to choose between these reviled figures in the November election. The latest Wall Street Journal poll shows 49 percent of…

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  • Jeff Bingaman – Rebecca Costa

    Jeff Bingaman – Rebecca Costa

    Jesse “Jeff” Bingaman, Jr. is a former United States Senator from New Mexico. As a member of the Democratic Party has served as Chairman of Committee Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus. Bingaman was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978, and in 1982 was elected to the United…

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  • Some advice for the candidates

    My last bit of ghost-writing for a candidate was in 2012, and though my career as a secret scribbler stretches back to Richard Nixon's The Real War in 1980, I'm pledged to neutrality this year until the GOP has a nominee. Then I'd be pleased, for free, to work on…

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  • Get ready for a long slog to the GOP nomination

    When then Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed potential future president and key Revolutionary figure Alexander Hamilton in a duel, the careers of both men were over. Now another “big guy” New Yorker — as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush referred to Donald Trump on Sunday's “Meet the Press”…

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