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Alexis Simendinger

Alexis Simendinger, a native of Washington, DC, has been a reporter in the capital since 1986. She is the national political correspodent for The Hill and hosts the site's podcast called HillCast.  She previously worked for RealClearPolitics. 

She joined RealClearPolitics as White House correspondent in May 2011, shortly after completing a six-month investigative project with the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to help write the best-selling official account of the 2008 financial meltdown, published early in 2011.

Alexis previously covered the White House, national affairs and presidential politics for National Journal magazine, reporting on the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Senate action during Barack Obama’s first two years in office. 

For “sustained excellence in White House coverage," Alexis in 2008 won the respected Aldo Beckman journalism award administered by the White House Correspondents’ Association for her 2007 National Journal reporting about the Bush White House.

She earlier reported for news and information publisher BNA (the Bureau of National Affairs Inc.), in Washington, covering the White House, Congress, executive branch departments, and the Supreme Court. In Florida, she began her reporting career at The Tampa Tribune.

Alexis earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her B.A. from New College in Sarasota, Florida.

She has discussed four presidents, Congress and national politics as a guest speaker, and as an occasional commentator for a variety of television and radio outlets, including PBS’ Washington Week program.

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  • RealClearPolitics
    September 8, 2017
    President Trump and lawmakers from both parties did little Wednesday to clarify what ultimately becomes of the Obama-era exceptions that allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented migrants to work and go to school in the United States since 2012.
  • RealClearPolitics
    August 3, 2017
    President Trump and two Republican senators unveiled a proposal Wednesday to prioritize a skills-based approach to legal immigration while curbing the number of new immigrants into the United States by half in the next decade.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 20, 2017
    A tweet by President Trump launched a nationwide search for something widely viewed as so fictional – a U.S.
  • RealClearPolitics
    June 30, 2017
    On a day in which President Trump’s advisers wanted their boss to focus on an energy speech, his imperiled legislative agenda, and a sit-down with South Korea’s president to dissect how to halt North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, he surprised them.
  • RealClearPolitics
    June 16, 2017
    President Trump’s decision to rewind some of America’s two and a half years of openness with Cuba will not be a wholesale retrenchment of President Obama’s policies.
  • RealClearPolitics
    May 19, 2017
    President Trump fancies himself an innovator, but his political playbook to try to dig out of scandal quicksand owes a lot to the 42nd president.
  • RealClearPolitics
    May 16, 2017
    GOP lawmakers have joined Democratic colleagues, including Reps. John Conyers and Elijah Cummings, in casting wary eyes at Trump and his erratic West Wing operation.
  • RealClearPolitics
    May 12, 2017
    President Trump decided to fire former FBI Director James Comey well before receiving recommendations from the Justice Department’s top officials this week, he said Thursday.
  • RealClearPolitics
    May 10, 2017
    The abrupt announcement came shortly after the FBI corrected information Comey had given to Senate investigators last week when he overstated the number of emails Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had sent to her husband’s laptop.
  • RealClearPolitics
    May 5, 2017
    Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act remains unfinished business for the Republican Party after seven years, but nudging a patchwork alternative through the House with no Democratic support after initial failure in March put a big smile on
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 26, 2017
    When President Trump unveils his tax reform ideas leading into his 100th day in office, he wants Washington and the American people to see “a president who is working at breakneck speed.”
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 21, 2017
    During a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President Trump sketched an evolving U.S. foreign policy.
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 13, 2017
    President Trump and his top international advisers assailed President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, describing U.S.-Russia relations as hovering at an “all-time low.”
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 14, 2017
    As many as 24 million fewer Americans could have health insurance in a decade under Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 11, 2017
    A week into President Trump’s pitch to replace Obamacare with new law, the White House used gentle lobbying mixed with not-so-subtle political warnings to encourage conservatives to stand behind a measure criticized from the Right and the Left.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 7, 2017
    President Trump revamped his controversial order Monday to temporarily bar some immigrants and refugees from U.S. entry, while attempting to skirt new court challenges.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 4, 2017
    President Trump said the Navy “is going to soon be the largest it’s been” if Congress approves “one of the largest defense spending increases in history.”
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 16, 2017
    President Trump on Wednesday retreated from decades of U.S. policy endorsing an eventual two-state solution between Israel and the Palestine.
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 14, 2017
    President Trump publicly distanced himself from Michael Flynn, his controversial national security adviser, on Monday, and hours later accepted his resignation.
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 7, 2017
    President Trump defended his immigration order to temporarily bar travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries Monday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 27, 2017
    It was the shortest trade war in a young presidency.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 20, 2017
    Historians will spend years studying Obama’s two terms. But in the interim, the outgoing president kept his eyes on his own record.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 13, 2017
    Donald Trump will move into the White House bolstered by less public support and goodwill than his recent predecessors enjoyed.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 9, 2017
    Republican lawmakers hope to fulfill their campaign promise this week to begin to repeal Obamacare.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 5, 2017
    Donald Trump made it official Wednesday: The incoming senior White House staff will have a deep bench of aides steeped in politics.
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 31, 2016
    President Obama may be golfing with pals and snorkeling with his family in Hawaii as 2016 comes to a close, but he’s simultaneously making full use of his presidential say-so heading toward Inauguration Day.
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 7, 2016
    With gusto, Donald Trump promises to unwind President Obama’s governance with the stroke of his presidential pen and the support of a GOP-controlled Congress. He can make good on those promises, but he will need to weather pushback.
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 2, 2016
    Donald Trump visited Indiana Thursday to celebrate the announcement by manufacturing company Carrier that they would keep 1,000 jobs in the U.S.
  • Real Clear Politics
    November 4, 2016
    “Scorched earth” is how some of Hillary Clinton’s allies on Thursday described Donald Trump’s final days as a 2016 presidential candidate.
  • Real Clear Politics
    November 1, 2016
    Buoyed by recent polling but still facing a perilously narrow path to victory, Donald Trump will broaden his gaze in the final week of the presidential campaign, expanding from the central battleground states to others currently favoring Hillary Clin
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 24, 2016
    Emails released by WikiLeaks -- allegedly hacked from the Gmail account maintained by longtime Clinton adviser John Podesta -- have sparked partisan outrage on the right, and we-told-you-so head-shaking among liberals who worry that Hillary Clinton’s
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 14, 2016
    Michelle Obama, during an unprecedented public condemnation of a presidential nominee by a first lady, accused Donald Trump Thursday of engaging in sexually predatory behavior over decades, which she said disqualified him for the office and made him
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 23, 2016
    Hillary Clinton and her campaign team have pored over hours of video showing Donald Trump debating his GOP primary opponents, sparring with television moderators, and skewering “Crooked Hillary” from the stump.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 21, 2016
    Donald Trump seized on the weekend attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota to promote his anti-immigration proposals as a national security agenda and return his campaign to the familiar terrain of terrorism a week before the first presidentia
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 13, 2016
    If Hillary Clinton kept her respiratory illness under wraps too long, and Donald Trump still refuses to reveal his tax returns, which of the presidential nominees pays the higher price with voters on the question of transparency?
  • Real Clear Politics
    August 26, 2016
    In back-to-back speeches Thursday, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump worked to make the election a referendum about the other, wrestling on a fraught battlefield of race and leadership in America.
  • Real Clear Politics
    August 22, 2016
    President Obama returned from his vacation Sunday night to a busy calendar, including the race to pick his successor, which he became embroiled in during his sojourn on Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Real Clear Politics
    August 12, 2016
    Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid got a boost from Donald Trump this week, an assessment widely shared even among Republicans, including some who recently hopped aboard the vote-Clinton bandwagon.
  • Real Clear Politics
    August 11, 2016
    Donald Trump, with his unfiltered rhetoric and lack of political experience, may be ushering Hillary Clinton into the White House, according to self-described swing-voter moms, who are more resigned than enthusiastic about that prospect.
  • Real Clear Politics
    August 5, 2016
    Donald Trump’s assertion this week that the November elections might be “rigged” against him is “ridiculous,” President Obama said Thursday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 23, 2016
    Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to be her vice presidential running mate, a choice that reflects her political ambitions as well as her affinity for a comfortable and reliable partner in governance.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 13, 2016
    President Obama appealed to Americans to open their hearts to what he called “truths” about America’s racial divisions and hatreds during a memorial service Tuesday honoring five police officers gunned down in Dallas last week.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 1, 2016
    At age 50, the Freedom of Information Act received a bit of a facelift Thursday, courtesy of Congress and President Obama.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 29, 2016
    Hillary Clinton says she understands how multiple investigations surrounding the 2012 deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, including a new report released Tuesday, have impacted her presidential bid.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 22, 2016
    Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday that Donald Trump is hazardous to America’s economic health and unfit to lead the country as president.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 21, 2016
    Hillary Clinton believes Donald Trump, if elected president, would be a disaster for the U.S. economy.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 17, 2016
    President Obama brought to Orlando Thursday an armload of white roses, a seasoned mourner’s sorrow, and an entreaty to Congress to ban assault weapons to help protect Americans from mass murderers.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 10, 2016
    President Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton in a video released Thursday, hours after a meeting with Clinton’s opponent, who said he is taking his presidential bid to the end of the primary calendar next Tuesday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 6, 2016
    Voters in six states head to the polls Tuesday, effectively braking a rollercoaster primary season that catapulted Donald Trump to the Republican presidential ticket and is expected to crown Hillary Clinton as the Democrats’ nominee.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 3, 2016
    Plenty of American workers, fearful about their financial well-being and their perch in the middle class, believe that economists, politicians and President Obama have it wrong.
  • Real Clear Politics
    May 18, 2016
    President Obama is weeks away from diving headlong into the anti-Donald Trump campaign in an effort to support Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, and to warn voters of risks to America’s economy, national security, and communities if Tru
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 26, 2016
    The Obama administration believes it is a “realistic goal” to publicly release by June at least some classified information that explored Saudi links to the 9/11 terror attacks, the director of national intelligence said Monday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 15, 2016
    For the third consecutive presidential cycle, the financial crisis that gave birth to the Great Recession will shape the outcome of an election.
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 6, 2016
    Bernie Sanders handily beat Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary Tuesday, but confronted a reality now painfully familiar to the Vermont senator: to both candidates go the delegate spoils.
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 4, 2016
    Tuesday’s results in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary may prolong a grudge match featuring Hillary Clinton’s math and Bernie Sanders’ momentum.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 22, 2016
    Hillary Clinton test marketed a biting general election playbook Monday, casting Donald Trump as an erratic, dangerous candidate who would harm U.S. leadership and international policy if elected president.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 17, 2016
    President Obama plunged headlong into an epic battle with the Republican-led Senate Wednesday, nominating Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, to succeed the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 16, 2016
    Hillary Clinton essentially locked up the Democratic nomination Tuesday night after five key Democratic primaries handed her significant victories.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 15, 2016
    Arguing that the race against Hillary Clinton is tantalizingly close in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri, Bernie Sanders stoked supporters to vote for him Tuesday while his campaign team sought to shatter online donor records.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 11, 2016
    President Obama described the Republican Party’s presidential nominating process as a “circus” and a “crack-up” Thursday, arguing he is not the catalyst for the GOP’s internal unrest or the anti-immigrant policies that have fueled Donald Trump’s asce
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 1, 2016
    Hillary Clinton believes her support in Super Tuesday states could all but knock Bernie Sanders out of the delegate hunt for the Democratic nomination, and she campaigned Monday like a candidate focused on a GOP opponent.
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 3, 2016
    After winning the Iowa caucuses by a margin so slender that her underdog challenger appeared stronger as a result, Hillary Clinton is trying to figure out if Bernie Sanders remains a contender for weeks, or for months.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 28, 2016
    Let’s stipulate: It is rare that President Obama encourages another Democrat to grab headlines outside the iconic columns of the West Wing. The appearance of Sen.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 27, 2016
    In just a handful of days, Iowa caucus-goers will set a course for the presidential contest, and few candidates have more at stake there than Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 21, 2016
    The current crop of GOP presidential candidates appears so loath to value Washington experience or to hail the mission and output of the federal bureaucracy that D.C. insiders are worried.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 12, 2016
    President Obama entered office with a dramatic economic rescue and overhaul of the nation’s health care system as his opening acts.
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 19, 2015
    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who will be joined by Martin O’Malley Saturday in their third and final presidential debate of 2015, frequently assure their supporters that Democrats agree more often than they are divided.
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 15, 2015
    President Obama on Monday confronted the same domestic question that presidential candidates in both parties have found challenging.
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 8, 2015
    Donald Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” on Monday, garnering criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 7, 2015
    President Obama, in a rare Oval Office address Sunday night, sought to talk tough and also reassure Americans that his administration has strengthened America’s defenses against an “evolving” terror threat he will hand off to his successor in a littl
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 4, 2015
    At the White House, the concept of “a new normal,” where mass shootings are committed by radicalized Americans on home turf, was rejected out of hand Thursday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 1, 2015
    In the heat of the 2016 presidential contest and earlier in January than usual, President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address seven weeks from Tuesday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    November 20, 2015
    Bernie Sanders Thursday proposed creating an international organization to battle the rise of violent extremism and said wealthy Muslim nations should shoulder more responsibility as part of a global effort to destroy the Islamic State and its follow
  • Real Clear Politics
    November 4, 2015
    President Obama and House Speaker Paul Ryan each explored some history this week. And they both argued that bold policies should outshine political theater any day of the week.
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 20, 2015
    If Vice President Joe Biden was on the verge of launching his third bid for the presidency Monday, he kept his plans under wraps during public remarks.
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 17, 2015
    President Obama harbors strong opinions about some of the positions Democratic presidential candidates have staked out along the campaign trail.
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 16, 2015
    President Obama announced Thursday that U.S.
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 13, 2015
    Tuesday night’s first debate among Democrats vying for the 2016 presidential nomination will challenge frontrunner Hillary Clinton to concentrate on Republican candidates rather than her disagreements with four men from her own party.
  • Real Clear Politcs
    September 24, 2015
    Pope Francis lost no time advocating for the Earth’s delicate climate and for immigrants and “the excluded” during brief remarks on the White House lawn Wednesday morning.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 23, 2015
    By the end of this week, anyone close to U.S. politics will have lots (more) to talk about.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 17, 2015
    Republican debaters Wednesday night labored to grab the spotlight, land a punch and make millions of potential voters see them as presidential timber.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 9, 2015
    Hillary Clinton said, “I’m sorry” Tuesday during questioning about her controversial email preferences.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 4, 2015
    Labor Day was invented by organized labor, becoming a “workingman’s holiday,” observed first in the states and then as an annual, national respite beginning in 1894.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 3, 2015
    Vice President Biden was busy Wednesday with the usual second-fiddle assignments he so often shoulders, but with a twist: every word, every motion was dissected as if Biden has a secret.
  • Real Clear Politics
    August 11, 2015
    Republican presidential candidates on Monday said they were unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s $350 billion debt-free tuition plan unveiled in New Hampshire, even as tens of millions of American families struggle with college sticker shock.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 17, 2015
    President Obama said what appeared to be a lone gunman in Chattanooga, Tenn., shot and killed four Marines during attacks on two military facilities Thursday, and he ordered an FBI investigation and security vigilance at military locations nationwide
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 14, 2015
    President Obama on Monday commuted the prison sentences of 46 men and women as part of a political push to show solidarity with the African-American base of his party and to encourage congressional support for legislative reforms before he leaves off
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 2, 2015
    America’s stars and stripes will fly over an American embassy in Havana this month for the first time since 1961. Flying nearly as high after more than six years in office are President Obama’s job approval numbers.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 30, 2015
    Democratic voters are skeptics this summer.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 23, 2015
    From ruminations in a garage about racial progress to an upcoming Charleston, S.C., eulogy, President Obama is eager to speak and laboring to be heard.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 17, 2015
    On Friday, one of the Democratic Party’s most generous supporters may view up close what “climate change” looks like.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 12, 2015
    There are lots of reasons Sen. Bernie Sanders is attracting crowds for his long-shot presidential bid as an ultra-progressive.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 9, 2015
    President Obama, juggling U.S. worries abroad and a few at home, said he’s formulating new military options to degrade the Islamic State by speeding up U.S.-led training of Iraqi fighters and thwarting ISIL’s recruitment of foreign fighters.
  • Real Clear Politics
    June 4, 2015
    Former Rhode Island Gov.
  • Real Clear Politics
    May 29, 2015
    Hillary Clinton concluded a half-hour campaign speech here Wednesday when a longtime Clinton friend, standing in the wings, offered predictions to a reporter about the presidential race.
  • Real Clear Politics
    May 20, 2015
    Democrats and officials in Cedar Falls, Iowa, told Hillary Clinton Tuesday they were pleased to hear she wanted regulatory relief for small banks to boost lending to small businesses.
  • Real Clear Politics
    May 12, 2015
    Voters feel threatened, insecure and pessimistic, which wouldn't be news if the unceasing repetition of that polling assessment didn't also complicate the picture for the 2016 presidential contest.
  • Real Clear Politics
    May 6, 2015
    In swing state Nevada Monday night, Hillary Clinton made an overt play for Latino votes with vows to “fight” for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, accompanied by a pledge to “go even further” than President Obama to defer deportations if
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 30, 2015
    A few blocks from the White House Tuesday, officials at the country’s largest labor federation privately worried the organization will soon be on the losing side of a trade debate that divides Democrats on Capitol Hill.
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 29, 2015
    As the city of Baltimore hunkered down during a second day of unrest Tuesday, President Obama defended the city’s police as well as state and local officials and said individuals who torched cars and buildings and looted businesses overnight “need to
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 22, 2015
    Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren say they’re in the “hell, no!” camp of Democrats eager to defy President Obama over his support for a trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 10, 2015
    Perhaps it’s the field of potential and actual candidates who claim to want his job, or thoughts of a presidential library where two terms of Barack Obama history will get tucked away, or the accumulating West Wing farewell parties for close advisers
  • Real Clear Politics
    April 7, 2015
    President Obama Monday dismissed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence that Iran recognize the state of Israel as a condition of a nuclear arms control pact, arguing Iran’s regime will not change that drastically, even if Tehran’s nuclear ac
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 24, 2015
    “Old habits last,” Hillary Clinton joked Monday night while addressing a room full of political journalists in Washington.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 23, 2015
    Rand Paul sends Snapchats, Jeb Bush makes his own Instagram videos, and Hillary Clinton comments on current events and policy through Twitter.
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 20, 2015
    President Obama, in a chilly post-election congratulatory call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, objected to the Israeli leader’s “new positions” opposing a Palestinian state, as well as to Netanyahu’s harsh comments about Israeli Arabs
  • Real Clear Politics
    March 9, 2015
    Hillary Clinton is open to an independent examination of email communications she created while serving as secretary of state – emails she did not make accessible to the government until recently, a spokesman for Clinton said Sunday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 18, 2015
    An immigration ruling by a federal judge in Texas is just a temporary interruption that will not succeed in blocking deportation relief offered to at least four million undocumented immigrants in the United States, President Obama and top White House
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 17, 2015
    In a world where innocent civilians are killed daily, and Islamic terrorists behead Muslims and Christians and recruit educated teenagers to battlefields, can a few days of White House conversations help prevent “violent extremism”?
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 13, 2015
    Americans are increasingly alarmed by the international criminals, malicious hackers, cyberwarriors and spies who make off with electronic data moving through cyberspace and stored where break-ins happen in silent code.
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 6, 2015
    President Obama would work with Congress to raise the federal gas tax to help pay for road and transportation improvements, even though he presented lawmakers with an alternative funding proposal this week, his budget director said Thursday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    February 3, 2015
    President Obama and his foreign policy team are assessing whether to change course to help arm Ukraine in a continuing bloody conflict with Russia, the White House confirmed Monday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 30, 2015
    President Obama on Monday will send Congress a nearly $4 trillion budget that seeks to increase federal spending aimed at middle-class Americans and offset the price tag through higher taxes on the well-off.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 29, 2015
    President Obama’s most recent job approval ratings may help explain why he decided so swiftly that reducing the tax benefits of a popular college savings plan – a proposal he’d made earlier this month – had become an unwanted “distraction” and should
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 15, 2015
    Ted Kennedy is gone and Iowa’s Tom Harkin retired from the Senate last year, but in their absence, President Obama on Thursday plans to echo their advocacy for paid sick leave, championed by Democratic stalwarts in Congress and by organized labor ove
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 13, 2015
    President Obama’s meeting Tuesday with House and Senate lawmakers at the White House is scheduled to last 90 minutes, but judging from a week of rancor, it could be a shorter session.
  • Real Clear Politics
    January 2, 2015
    President Obama’s personal ambition this week may have been as simple as improving his chip shot, but before he abandoned Washington for Oahu’s lush golf greens at the end of 2014, the president’s public reflections sounded a lot like “Lessons I Plan
  • Real Clear Politics
    December 29, 2014
    President Obama is ending 2014 in better shape than he probably imagined was possible just a few months ago. U.S. economic performance brightened and corporate profits soared. Consumer confidence rose, along with financial markets.
  • Real Clear Politics
    November 24, 2014
    As President Obama prepared to fly to Las Vegas Friday to tout his new executive actions on immigration, a top White House adviser faced journalists in a Washington hotel ballroom where an eggs-and-sausage breakfast was being served.
  • Real Clear Politics
    November 5, 2014
    For President Obama and his party, Tuesday night's midterm results were nothing short of brutal. Voters' deep misgivings about Washington and Obama's leadership put Republicans in charge of both chambers of Congress next year by margi
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 27, 2014
    He's raised millions of dollars. He says his policies are on the ballot this year.
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 24, 2014
    President Obama on Thursday was updated with information about a doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, flew to New York more than a week ago and tested positive for the virus after being isolated in a Manhattan hospital with a fever and gastro
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 21, 2014
    President Obama’s choice to lead the government’s Ebola response will begin work Wednesday, more than a month after Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian traveler infected with the disease, arrived in Dallas and subsequently transmitted the virus to two o
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 16, 2014
    President Obama -- alarmed that a second nurse in Dallas contracted Ebola and flew on Frontier Airlines Monday -- altered his schedule Wednesday so he could reassure the public and announce “more aggressive” follow-up by the government’s disease dete
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 14, 2014
    As an American nurse received treatment after contracting Ebola in Texas, President Obama conferred Monday with federal experts about how a virus that killed a Liberian man hospitalized in Dallas last week infected one of his caregivers, despite elab
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 9, 2014
    Since the spring, Ebola has killed more than 3,700 people in Africa and counting, and Wednesday it killed the single infected traveler to the United States who slipped past disease detectives in West Africa.
  • Real Clear Politics
    October 7, 2014
    President Obama said Monday he is monitoring the Ebola epidemic with continued urgency and announced the administration is preparing new transportation screening of passengers.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 26, 2014
    President Obama on Thursday reluctantly accepted Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation after nearly six years, suggesting during a White House tribute that he will nominate a successor whose passion for “equal justice under the law” similarly ex
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 15, 2014
    As Congress heads into what it imagined would be a short two weeks of work during September, lawmakers are now trying to reckon with twin requests from President Obama for their support: He wants their backing for attacks on Islamic State terrorists
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 10, 2014
    On the eve of another 9/11 anniversary, Barack Obama will tell Americans in a prime time address Wednesday that the United States is back in the business of battling Islamic extremists in Iraq.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 8, 2014
    President Obama has played the immigration reform card before, but with better results.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 4, 2014
    Having affirmed that two American journalists had been beheaded by Islamic State fighters, and announcing late Tuesday a surge of at least 350 more U.S.
  • Real Clear Politics
    September 2, 2014
    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.”
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 29, 2014
    On his calendar, President Obama has four days left in paradise. And let's just say that when it comes to filling up the hours in the lovely state where he was born, gym workouts and golf have outpaced beachcombing and hiking.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 29, 2014
    Following a vacation of golf and R&R in Hawaii, President Obama will tee up Tuesday what he hopes can be a “year of action,” beginning with a renewed push to resurrect expired federal unemployment insurance for millions of families.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 29, 2014
    President Obama urged lawmakers Tuesday to adopt a three-month extension of federal unemployment insurance benefits that expired last month, saying he is "very appreciative" of Senate efforts that cleared a procedural hurdle shortly before
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 29, 2014
    One year ago, fresh off his re-election, support for President Obama was buoyed by Democratic-leaning independents who offered progressives a political leg up over the GOP.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 29, 2014
    This is the year President Obama could spark a war.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 29, 2014
    Size matters when it comes to measuring the public’s embrace of health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 28, 2014
    President Obama shares Republican senators’ commitment to tough sanctions against Russia and assistance for the Ukrainian people, but opposes supplying military weapons and lethal aid to Ukraine, the White House repeated on Wednesday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 28, 2014
    If Democratic candidates assume most minorities who enrolled for health insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces are happy about getting covered -- a reasonable hypothesis -- where might those fans of the law prove politically helpful, if they tu
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 25, 2014
    From Americans’ stagnant incomes to Iran's nuclear ambitions, and from pre-kindergarten classrooms to climate change, President Obama will have lots to say Tuesday evening.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 25, 2014
    Accompanied by his Treasury secretary, President Obama flew to Pittsburgh Wednesday to unveil a new retirement savings vehicle for workers, and at the same time encouraged Congress to take up related legislation.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 23, 2014
    It took mere minutes Monday before howls of GOP outrage circulated through Washington. The Obama administration is “unilaterally making it up as they go along,” protested Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus after learning the adm
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 23, 2014
    The Obama administration said Wednesday it doesn’t know how many Americans who previously had no health insurance have enrolled under the Affordable Care Act, but newly released government data indicates that 82 percent of nearly 3.3 million enrollee
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 23, 2014
    In economic circles, the difference between zero lost jobs and 1 million lost jobs -- in an economy with 137 million of them -- might amount to a polite difference of opinion among academics. But when a whiff of lower employment Tuesday attached a
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 23, 2014
    If Congress decides $10.10 an hour is too steep a climb from the existing $7.25 federal minimum wage, might policymakers shake hands on an increase closer to $9 an hour?
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 23, 2014
    If Congress decides $10.10 an hour is too steep a climb from the existing $7.25 federal minimum wage, might policymakers shake hands on an increase closer to $9 an hour? As the Congressional Budget Office and the White House continued to disagree
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    July 22, 2014
    President Obama conferred Thursday by phone with his secretary of state and members of his national security team in the hours after a shoot-down of a commercial airliner carrying close to 300 passengers.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 22, 2014
    President Obama has not undergone a complete medical examination since well before his re-election -- apparently not since October 2011, according to public records.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 21, 2014
    President Obama told Congress Tuesday the nation could inch closer to a balanced budget in a decade, thanks (in part) to billions of dollars in savings made possible through provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 21, 2014
    The Obama administration announced Wednesday that existing insurance policyholders will be able to keep some insurance plans for another two years, even though the coverage doesn’t meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 21, 2014
    More than 4 million people have signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and “millions more” will sign up by the end of this month, administration officials said Tuesday.
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    July 21, 2014
    Ukraine’s prime minister, visiting President Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday, accused Russia of seeking to invade all of Ukraine after a threatened annexation of the Russian-speaking Crimean peninsula.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 21, 2014
    To protect “executive branch confidentiality,” President Obama is withholding from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 9,400 CIA-related documents created during the Bush administration, the White House and Senate sources confirmed Thursday.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 21, 2014
    President Obama, joining with European allies, on Monday sanctioned Russian government officials and some of their closest supporters less than a day after Ukrainians in Crimea overwhelming voted to join Russia.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 21, 2014
    President Putin had proudly anticipated hosting his peers at the annual G-8 summit in June on Russian soil.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 21, 2014
    It began during the weekend with a surprise email from the White House: Six local TV anchors and camera crews from around the country discovered they’d been invited to interview President Obama on Wednesday, and receive VIP briefings from top Obama a
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 21, 2014
    President Obama expanded U.S.
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    July 21, 2014
    The United States and leaders of the largest economies wagered Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will fret about his nation’s ouster from a global club Moscow worked hard to join beginning in the 1990s.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 18, 2014
    Democrats tried Tuesday to focus their high-fives on the 7.1 million (and still counting) new enrollees for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 16, 2014
    If more Democrats could be exported to live in Nebraska and Wyoming, the country would be better off, President Obama joked during a New York City fundraising event Wednesday evening.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 11, 2014
    President Obama offered no predictions Thursday about when Americans in larger numbers might embrace the Affordable Care Act, and he urged Democratic candidates to defend the law, even as he said they should heed public calls to focus on other econom
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    July 11, 2014
    Vice President Biden arrived in Ukraine this week bringing some tangible U.S. support to a country challenged by political and military struggles both internally and from neighboring Russia.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 8, 2014
    President Obama said the public’s “passion” and fury are missing when it comes to failed efforts to enact new gun controls and background checks in response to mass shootings.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 8, 2014
    “Stem the tide.” That’s the phrase the Obama administration used Monday to describe why it will ask Congress to help fast-track the expulsion of migrant children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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    July 8, 2014
    President Obama has ordered “up to” 300 American military and other specialists into Iraq to “train, advise and equip” the Iraqi military to battle Sunni jihadists who have seized control of Iraqi towns as part of a religious-based sectarian clash.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 1, 2014
    President Obama has something on his mind -- a message he plans to deliver in Minneapolis Thursday and Friday. It’s similar to an idea President George H.W. Bush shared in Pease, N.H., in January 1992.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 1, 2014
    Proposed immigration reforms will not clear Congress this year -- and may be politically untenable as long as President Obama is in office.
  • Real Clear Politics
    July 1, 2014
    Proposed immigration reforms will not clear Congress this year -- and may be politically untenable as long as President Obama is in office.
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    July 1, 2014
    There was a time last year when President Obama thought politics would propel immigration reform through Congress to his desk. On Monday, he announced that politics had strangled it instead.

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