July 2014

Jul 29, 2014

The Idea Men

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

What if they held a presidential campaign and a think tank broke out? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who is considering running for president, offered his thoughts on poverty last week. Sen. Marco Rubio has been giving regular policy speeches on poverty, college loans, and helping the middle class. Former senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is promoting a book of policy proposals on education, family, and revitalizing American manufacturing. Sen. Rand Paul is offering ideas on criminal justice and will give a big foreign policy speech in the fall. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has given speeches on health care and education aimed at a national audience. His staff recently sent an email titled “policy leader” that linked to a Time piece about how he is preparing to be the candidate of ideas in 2016.

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Advocates Shun ‘Pro-Choice’ to Expand Message

By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

For all the talk about women’s issues in this year’s midterm election campaigns, something is missing. One of the most enduring labels of modern politics — pro-choice — has fallen from favor, a victim of changed times and generational preferences.

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Undocumented immigrants call for White House boycott

By Carrie Budoff Brown, National Journal

Undocumented immigrants demanded Monday that national advocacy groups boycott meetings with President Barack Obama until they are included in talks on how he will use his administrative powers to fix the immigration system.

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House, Senate negotiators reach deal on veterans bill

By Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post

House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to deal with the long-term needs of the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and plan to unveil their proposal Monday.

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U.S. and Europe Set to Toughen Russia Sanctions

By Jack Ewing and Peter Baker, The New York Times

The United States and Europe put aside their differences and agreed Monday to sharply escalate economic sanctions against Russia amid worries that Moscow is stepping up its intervention in Ukraine and may be setting the stage for an outright invasion.

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Jul 28, 2014

For Chris Christie, New Jersey pension battle presents a test for 2016

By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

There was a faint ripple of applause as Chris Christie’s black SUV pulled up to the waterfront gazebo, and it was all but drowned out by a loudspeaker blaring the Beach Boys.

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Everyone says turnout is key. So why does it keep going down?

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

Tens of millions of dollars will be spent this year in an effort to boost turnout in the November elections. But the longer-term trends suggest that any marginal increase in what is expected to be a low-turnout election won’t have much effect on one of the chronic problems of America’s politics.

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Did Immigration Sink Another Republican Candidate?

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

The political world was mildly surprised on Tuesday, when David Perdue—a billionaire former CEO and cousin of a former governor who has never held elected office—won the Republican nomination for Senate in a runoff in Georgia. Perdue was up against Jack Kingston, a longtime congressman from Savannah; Kingston had been ahead in every public poll since the first round of balloting back in May.

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House, Senate negotiators reach deal on veterans bill

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to deal with the long-term needs of the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and plan to unveil their proposal Monday.

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The Faces of Middle East Conflict

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

ABC News' Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz tracks the Mideast conflict's impact on Israelis and Palestinians over 26 years of reporting.

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Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles

By David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said.

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Jul 25, 2014

Economy, Not Foreign Policy, Will Be Hillary's Biggest Challenge in 2016

By Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

Given the horrible set of events unfolding overseas, it’s understandable that Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State is getting lots of attention. If she runs in 2016, we should expect to see attack ads featuring her handing the “reset” button to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. However, while foreign policy is in on the front burner today, the bigger challenge for Hillary Clinton in 2016 – or frankly any Democratic candidate – is the state of the economy.

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