August 2014

Aug 29, 2014

Why Are We Waiting For A Wave?

By Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

Despite dismal numbers for President Obama, a public deeply pessimistic about the direction of the country, and a Senate battleground based almost solely in red states, Republicans aren’t running up the score in Senate races, even in deep red states. Many are asking: why hasn’t the bottom dropped out on Democrats yet? The answer is: it already did.

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Is Rick Perry really ready for 2016?

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

Is there really a new Rick Perry? Is the Candidate Oops of 2011 and 2012, whose rise and fall is the stuff of political lore, a thing of the past? You might think so because of everything that has happened this summer. But is he really ready to run for president again?

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U.S. history in Mideast hampers hopes for anti-ISIS coalition

By Hannah Allam and Roy Gutman, McClatchy Papers

The United States faces no small task in drumming up allies to fight the Islamic State as part of a new coalition that foreign policy analysts already are criticizing as a hollow effort unless the Obama administration proves a commitment to wading into a conflict it’s largely avoided for three years.

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Surveillance Flights Over Syria Does Not Imply Imminent Airstrikes

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

ABC News' Martha Raddatz discusses President Obama's remarks on military plans in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.

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Obama: No Strategy Yet for Combating ISIL

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

President Obama said the United States doesn’t have a strategy “yet” to combat Islamic State terrorists, but he will weigh options along with NATO allies at a summit in Wales next week, and consult with Congress “when we’ve got clear plans.”

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Obama Urges Calm in Face of Crises in Ukraine and Syria

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

President Obama confronted a pair of volatile international crises with restraint on Thursday as he said he was not close to authorizing airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Syria and played down the latest escalation of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

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Aug 28, 2014

Medal of Honor for a Civil War Hero 150 Years in the Grave

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

He went off to fight, telling a cousin that “I may never return” but “I will gain a name in this war.” First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing proved right on both counts. He did not return, and now, after an epic delay notable even in a town famed for taking its time, his name will at long last be honored at the White House.

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The End of the Scott Walker Experiment?

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may survive, but the Walker Hypothesis seems dead. In a poll released by Marquette University Law School on Wednesday, Walker’s Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, has her biggest lead among likely voters, 49 percent to 47 percent. In May Burke trailed Walker 48–45, but pulled ahead by one point (47–46) in July. Walker’s recent attempts to define Burke, including the risky attack on the practices of her family company, haven’t appeared to work.

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Will Republicans Shut Down the Government Again?

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

The last government shutdown, almost a year ago, was no fun for anyone. Republicans in the House and Senate demanded that legislation to fund the government simultaneously defund Obamacare; Democrats refused to go along. In the ensuing 16-day stalemate, many functions of the federal government were forced to shutter. Federal workers were furloughed or worked without pay, children were disenrolled from Head Start, and the U.S. economy lost about $24 billion. Heartbreakingly, the annual Assateague Pony Roundup was canceled. Veterans were forced to commit civil disobedience and break into national monuments. (Okay, the shutdown was apparently fun for a few people: Nine months later, there were anecdotal reports of a D.C.-area baby boom.)

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Islamic State: Is It the Taliban With Oil Wells?

With Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News

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Obama’s immigration decision could roil 2014 election

By Robert Costa and Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety about the possibility that President Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country, fearing that White House action on the issue could change the course of November’s midterm elections.

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Aug 27, 2014

Ad watch: Sullivan challenges Begich on 'Alaska Agreement'

By Susan Davis, USA Today

AD SPONSOR: Dan Sullivan

THE RACE: U.S. Senate

STATE: Alaska

ANALYSIS: Republican Dan Sullivan is challenging first-term Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, in a race that is expected to be the costliest in state history. At least $9 million has already been spent in the race, the majority of which has been in the form of attack ads against Sullivan by a Democratic super PAC. Millions more are expected to flood the airwaves before Election Day.

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