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GOP elites think Trump will be a disaster for the party. GOP voters disagree.

THE MORNING PLUM: In the latest sign that panicky GOP elites fear Armageddon for the party if Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination, the Washington Post reports this morning that senior Republicans are already laying plans to insulate Senate and House incumbents from spillover damage that Trump might cause. The Post reports that the formidable […]

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President Obama is unimpressed with Ted Cruz’s call to “patrol and secure” neighborhoods where lots of Muslims live: President Obama on Wednesday delivered a sharply personal rebuke of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz for his call to institute surveillance on Muslim communities in response to the Brussels terrorist attacks. During a press conference in […]

Paul Ryan regrets that ‘makers and takers’ stuff. Sort of, anyway.

Paul Ryan gave a big speech today that seemed designed to send a message to elite opinion-makers: No, the GOP is not Donald Trump’s party, really it isn’t! Or, at least, not yet, anyway. Ryan called for our political debate to be driven by ideas, rather than insults, though he didn’t directly mention Trump, and […]

Donald Trump is gung-ho for torture. But he’s no worse than other Republicans.

If anyone was unsure whether Donald Trump would say some shocking things after a terrorist attack in Europe, he didn’t disappoint. His response was indeed appalling. But when you examine it closely, what you see is that Trump isn’t really any different from other Republicans. Trump is just willing to say in unambiguous terms what […]

Why Trump is winning: His supporters think America is screwing over whites

THE MORNING PLUM: Donald Trump continued stomping towards the GOP nomination with a big win in Arizona last night, which will stir more anxiety among GOP elites who worry that his strategy of courting white backlash could drive away minority voters, helping unleash an electoral bloodbath up and down the ticket. Paul Ryan is set […]

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Greg Jaffe explains the challenge the Brussels attacks present to President Obama: The terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday pose the worst kind of foreign policy dilemma for President Obama, pitting his instincts, which tell him that he’s doing all he can to defeat the Islamic State, against intense political pressure to do more. […]

Trumping Trump: Ted Cruz says we must ‘patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods’

Ted Cruz, on the Brussels attacks: We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement […]

What Republican attacks on Obama’s trip to Cuba really tell us

At least two important things happened today: there was a terrorist attack in Brussels, and President Obama gave an address in Havana, during a trip there than can only be described as historic. To some conservatives, the juxtaposition shows everything that’s wrong with this president: He’s off mending relations with a longtime enemy, while Europeans […]

Don’t assume terror attacks will help Donald Trump

THE MORNING PLUM: The horrific scenes out of Belgium, where at least 26 people were killed in a pair of terror attacks, have already sparked a debate over whether this sort of thing will help Donald Trump get elected president. And if Trump does win the GOP nomination, such fears will probably grow. But I’m […]

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Interesting goings-on down in Cuba: In an extraordinary news conference Monday afternoon, President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro sparred over human rights, Guantánamo and their starkly different views of their own countries and the world, even as both hailed Obama’s historic visit here as a successful new step in normalizing relations. The event […]

Democrats gird for long war of attrition over Supreme Court

Mitch McConnell made the rounds on the Sunday shows this week to reiterate: Republicans will not act on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court — not now, not ever. They will not consider Merrick Garland before the election. They will not consider Merrick Garland after the election, in the lame duck. Only the next […]

Hillary Clinton gets to Donald Trump’s right on Israel

Hillary Clinton spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) this morning, and she spent some time arguing against Donald Trump, who will be speaking to the group tonight. What was striking is how Clinton positioned herself to Trump’s right on the issue of Israel and the Palestinians. Before we get to what she […]

Donald Trump will (almost certainly) never be elected president. Here’s why.

THE MORNING PLUM: With Donald Trump steamrolling towards the GOP nomination, the political chatter is increasingly focused on whether Trump could win a general election by making surprise inroads into states in the industrial Midwest. Many Democrats and nonpartisan observers see this as probably the only plausible (if that’s even the right word for it) […]

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Kyle Blaine documents the degree to which the TV networks have knuckled under to Donald Trump: According to two sources familiar with the call, the Trump campaign, citing security concerns from Secret Service, dictated to the networks that their camera crews can only shoot Trump head-on from a fenced-in press pen. Under the Trump […]

Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer will spend big bucks this cycle. But he faces a problem.

As crazy as it might seem, it’s possible that the debate over the long-term fate of the planet might end up exerting a bit of influence over the political agenda in this election cycle. For a confluence of reasons to be discussed later, climate change might play more of a role in the 2016 elections […]

Hillary Clinton doesn’t need white men

The New York Times today has an article of a kind we’ve seen before and will likely see many times again before this election is over, warning that Hillary Clinton has a serious problem with white men, a problem that could threaten her ability to win a general election: White men narrowly backed Hillary Clinton […]

The ‘Stop Trump’ movement is falling apart

  THE MORNING PLUM: Politico has a remarkable piece this morning that portrays the “Stop Trump” movement as being in total disarray, with some senior Republicans wondering whether it’s time to give up and accept the once-unthinkable nomination of Donald Trump. The simple summary of Politico’s story — and some of the other reporting out […]

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The Sanders campaign won’t be too happy about this being leaked to reporters. Maggie Haberman and Michael Shear have the story: In unusually candid remarks, President Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Senator Bernie Sanders is nearing the point where his campaign against Hillary Clinton will come to an […]

Republican voters are spoiling Paul Ryan’s dream of a grand triumph for conservatism

Paul Ryan has given a fascinating interview to John Harwood that neatly captures the dilemma GOP elites face as they adjust to the unthinkable possibility of the GOP nomination getting captured by Donald Trump. First, Harwood gets Ryan to essentially admit that he is likely to support Trump if he is the nominee: HARWOOD: We […]

Why the 2016 election may produce the largest gender gap in history

There are lots of reasons for Republicans to be worried about having Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, and new polling data out from Reuters today shows one of the ways a Trump nomination could be fatal: Real estate billionaire Donald Trump’s coarse rhetoric has won him some fans, but there’s at least one large […]

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