• Brokering a convention, part VI

    Cleveland's Terminal Tower was still beaming off the display of red, white and blue Rock & Roll Convention of an elephant-opposite-a-guitar logo as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan seated themselves in the studios of Lake Effect Media on the 40th floor of Cleveland's…

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  • Brokering a convention, part V

    When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz found Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the latter was finishing a bowl of Skyline Chili 5-Way delivered to his suite at Quicken Loans Arena by an Ohio delegate who had wanted the Buckeye State governor to stay loose and relaxed. “Ted, Ted, come in. See what…

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  • Brokering a convention, part IV

    Donald Trump had shrewdly set up headquarters for his team in the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland's Tower City, smack in the heart of downtown. Reciprocity among casino owners was as advertised — legendary until it turned lethal — and Trump's excellent relationships throughout the gaming industry had opened all the…

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  • Brokering a convention, Part III

    As Sen. Cruz headed into the hallway outside Dan Gilbert's owner's suite of Quicken Loans Arena in search of his wife Heidi and campaign manager, Jeff Roe, en route to a meeting with Donald Trump, Spencer Zwick, chairman of America Rising, a super PAC sitting on $200 million, disconnected the…

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  • Brokering a convention, Part II

    Part I of this serialization can be found here. Wednesday night, July 20, 2016. Cleveland Ohio. Dan Gilbert's Owner's Suite 1, Quicken Loans Arena As the door closed behind Ohio's governor, Sen. Ted Cruz kept his silence and could hear the Buckeye asking his Ohio State Troopers in their distinctive…

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  • Most important issue of 2016: The judiciary

    When the new president is sworn in on January 20, 2017, Chief Justice John Roberts, who administers the oath, will be 61. His colleagues, on that day, will be mostly older. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be 83. Justices Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia will be 80. Justice Stephen Breyer…

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  • Hillary’s emails disqualify her from the presidency

    How fast does information move through the Iowa caucus electorate? Hillary Clinton is hoping very, very slowly, because Friday's bombshell news about 22 of her emails — stored on her private, illegal, compromised, national security-endangering server — turn out to be so sensitive that not one word of any of…

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  • How Republicans can beat Clinton in November

    My ritual declarations of neutrality are less and less persuasive to more and more people diving into the scrum that is the GOP presidential nomination process. But it is still the case that my radio show remains open to all three of the GOP candidates still in the field, and…

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  • How Republicans can beat Clinton in November

    My ritual declarations of neutrality are less and less persuasive to more and more people diving into the scrum that is the GOP presidential nomination process. But it is still the case that my radio show remains open to all three of the GOP candidates still in the field, and…

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