June 2013

Jun 24, 2013

Can Democrats Win Back the Deep South?

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

A few weeks ago, municipal elections were held in Mississippi. The state Republican Party concentrated its efforts on four traditional GOP strongholds -- Tupelo, Meridian, Starkville, and the picturesque Gulf Coast burg of Ocean Springs.

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Dems Lack ‘Firepower’ to Defeat Sen. McConnell

By Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

One of the biggest goals of the year for Democrats has been trying to find a candidate in Kentucky who is willing to run against Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader. But the last man who tried to defeat him has new words of advice for his party: good luck.

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Chance for a New Approach on Iran

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

We don't know yet whether Hassan Rowhani, the surprise winner of Iran's presidential election, will turn out to be a reformer or just another frontman for the clerical establishment. He won't even be inaugurated until Aug. 4.

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Two Bills, Two Lessons for GOP Hopefuls

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

Republicans contemplating a run for the White House in 2016 must be thinking hard about what transpired on Capitol Hill this past week and what it says about the gap between winning their party’s nomination and winning a general election.

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GOP’s Divide on Immigration Best Explained By Two Senators Named Jeff

By Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post

One easy way to grasp the challenges facing the Republican Party on immigration reform is to map the political distance between two GOP senators who have been working diligently on the package that the Senate is expected to vote on this week. The problems begin with the fact that they have not been working together.

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Plane for Havana Leaves Moscow Without Snowden

By David M. Herszenhorn, Ellen Barry and Peter Baker, The New York Times

Edward J. Snowden, the former national security contractor accused of espionage, did not leave Moscow as expected on a flight to Havana on Monday, raising questions about what, if any, alternative travel plans he may have made.

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Supreme Court Raises Bar for Affirmative Action in College Admissions

With Pete Williams, NBC News


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Jun 21, 2013

On Nuclear Cuts, a Split Over Whether Senate Backing Is Needed

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

Secretary of State John Kerry called Senator Bob Corker on Tuesday to discuss President Obama’s renewed drive for arms control. On that much, at least, the two agree. Exactly what was said, however, has quickly become a point of contention.

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Bipartisan Senate Group Seeks Deal on Student Loans

By Susan Davis, USA Today

A bipartisan coalition of senators is working on a compromise to avert an impending July 1 doubling of subsidized Stafford loan interest rates that would affect as many as 7 million college students.

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Congress Kicks the Can

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

It almost seems like distant history now, but it was really just a few short months ago that President Obama and Senate Republicans, spurred by fear of fiscal chaos, did the unthinkable: They went out to dinner and talked civilly about the possibility of a "grand bargain," a compromise that would shrink the deficit through revenue increases and long-term spending cuts.

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National Polls On Immigration and Guns Don't Tell The Whole Story

By Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

The president and the press love to cite national polls as the authority on how Americans see the issues. How many times have you heard about the “90 percent of Americans” who support background checks or the “overwhelming majority” who support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?

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Border Deal Greatly Improves Chances for Immigration Bill

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

Prospects for the contentious immigration bill that has been working its way through the Senate for months vastly improved Thursday after senators agreed to spend several billion more dollars to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border.

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