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Bush Taps Washington Money

Even as he positions himself as a Washington outsider, Jeb Bush “seems to have mastered a skill that is crucial in this city: tapping into the money-raising clout of the K Street lobbyists, political operatives, superlawyers and business leaders in [...]

McAuliffe Company Got Special Treatment

Not long before he became governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe (D) “received special treatment on behalf of his electric-car company from a top official at the Department of Homeland Security,” the Washington Post reports. “McAuliffe was among several politically powerful [...]

Netanyahu Is No Nixon

David Remnick: “For twenty years, many people in Israel and in the West have expressed the hope that Benjamin Netanyahu would prove to be the Richard Nixon of the State of Israel … the Nixon who yearned to enter the [...]

Cruz Will Sign Up for Obamacare

Even though he’s a leading critic of the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted to CNN that he will sign up for health care insurance for his family through the law’s exchanges. Cruz said he “would no longer [...]

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“Like most psychopaths. That’s why they’re successful. That’s the way they look. They all look great.” — Ben Carson, quoted by GQ, commenting on how President Obama looked at the State of the Union address.

No South Carolina Firewall for Jeb

Politico: “Twice before, South Carolina has delivered for the Bush family. In 1988, it famously served as George H.W. Bush’s firewall after he finished third in Iowa. Twelve years later, it served the same role for George W. Bush after [...]

Obama Slows Afghan Troop Withdrawal

President Obama “has decided to slow the pace of the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan in response to a request from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, leaving roughly 10,000 American forces in place through the end of the year,” the Wall [...]

Obama-Netanyahu Feud Gets Worse

First Read: “A week after Prime Minister Netanyahu’s election win last Tuesday, relations between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu aren’t getting better — they’re getting worse.” “We’re having a hard time thinking of another time when two allies have [...]

Coats Will Not Seek Another Senate Term

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) told Indy Politics that he will not run for another term in the U.S. Senate. “Coats said he deliberated for months before making his decision. He says he informed leadership today of his decision and will [...]

Clinton Seeks Fresh Start with Reporters

“Weeks after being dogged by accusations of secrecy, Hillary Clinton told journalists that she wanted “a new relationship with the press,” Politico reports. She acknowledged that her “relationship with the press has been at times, shall we say, complicated” and [...]

A Low Bar for Congress

Neil Irwin: “On the central question around which America’s partisan battles are fought, the size and scope of the federal government, Ryan-Murray didn’t decisively move the needle one way or the other, which is why it was able to attract [...]

Clinton Caught in the Middle on Education

New York Times: “The last time she ran for president, Hillary Clinton did not have to take a position on the Common Core, teacher evaluations or Race to the Top… Now, as she prepares for a likely second run at [...]

Quote of the Day

“There was a presidential candidate who ran in 2012 promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and that campaign pledge didn’t work out very well for him.” — White House press secretary Josh Earnest, quoted by The Hill, noting the [...]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“I wish Reagan would rise from the dead and come back.” — Pat Robertson, on his television show The 700 Club, while noting President Obama “does not believe in America” and was mentored by “leftists who don’t really love this [...]

Winner Take All Budget Politics

“As House Republicans try to pass a 2016 budget blueprint, GOP leadership is relying on an obscure legislative procedure to try to break the impasse between staunch fiscal conservatives and defense hawks,” Politico reports. “The move is called called ‘Queen [...]

Baker Slams Netanyahu as Obstacle to Peace

Former Secretary of State James Baker harshly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, echoing White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough’s comments earlier in the day, Haaretz reports. Baker acknowledged his disappointment with “the lack of progress regarding a lasting [...]

Trump Raises Birther Charge Against Cruz

Donald Trump told Fox News he doubts Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) can legally run for president because he was born in Canada. Said Trump: “It’s a hurdle; somebody could certainly look at it very seriously. He was born in Canada. [...]

Democrats Cheer On Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential bid “has prompted an outpouring of excitement and delight — from Democrats,” The Hill reports. “To liberal activists, the firebrand Texan is much too far to the right for the nation at large and too extreme [...]

Emanuel Maintains Wide Lead for Re-Election

A new Ogden & Fry survey in Chicago finds Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) well ahead of challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D) in the race for mayor, 49% to 32%.

White House Unmoved by Netanyahu Apology

Even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Israeli Arabs for comments made during his re-election campaign, “the White House issued a new signal that it remained furious with Mr. Netanyahu for campaign comments that also appeared to close [...]

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