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Post-ABC News Poll: Absent Mitt Romney, who can claim the 2016 GOP banner?

October 20, 2014
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
When Mitt Romney managed to get about 25 percent support in the early polls against his 2012 Republican rivals, everyone asked, “What’s wrong with Mitt?” He was, after all, the presumed front-runner. Today, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing something similar about 2016, the question could be, “What’s wrong with all the others?”
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Relying on Old Models in a New Model Election

October 10, 2014
Amy Walter | Cook Political Report
Earlier this year, I sat down with a smart strategist who has been actively involved in the independent expenditure side of the campaign world for the last couple cycles. When I asked this Democrat what he learned from 2012 that he was going to put into practice in the upcoming midterms, he said (and I'm paraphrasing here), "I'm not interested in rehashing 2012, I'm focused on running the best campaign for 2014."
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Hey! Do You Want to Save America? Give Me $5.

October 9, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
If you receive political fundraising emails, you know the end is near. As Politico reported recently, pessimism brings in the donations, and as the Wall Street Journal confirmed, studies back that up: “Donors and would-be donors are more likely to click on a fundraising email and contribute if the candidate highlights a recent poll that shows him or her trailing by a narrow margin.”
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White House Security Blunder

October 3, 2014
Secret Service 2011 Gaffe and White House Dynasties
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The (Im)perfect Candidate for 2016

October 3, 2014
Amy Walter | Cook Political Report
Almost anytime I engage in a conversation about 2016 presidential prospects, the first thing that gets brought up is the shortcomings of the potential candidates: Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate,” Rand Paul’s perceived isolationism, Hillary Clinton’s “Benghazi,” and Marco Rubio’s immigration vote. Republicans openly fret about the fact that they don’t have a candidate with the experience and political heft of Clinton. Meanwhile, Democrats worry that Clinton will be easily labeled as a candidate of the past.
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Ted Cruz finds a core of support among social conservatives frustrated with GOP

September 30, 2014
Robert Costa, Sebastian Payne | The Washington Post
While there is not yet a front-runner in the early race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is quickly becoming the favored contender of social conservatives, riding a recent wave of fiery speeches and standing ovations at right-wing conferences.
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This Year’s Mitt Romney

September 30, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
Once a GOP White Knight decides to run for president, the party turns on him. Romney knows that better than anyone.
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A Record of Resilience at Vanguard of American Presidential Politics

September 29, 2014
John Harwood | The New York Times
Obscured in all the talk about Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 2016 race is a historical achievement unrelated to gender.
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Bill in a Box

September 26, 2014
Todd Purdum | POLITICO
Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting has a priceless asset, a super weapon strong enough to strike fear in her most determined rival. It also has a dangerous liability, a burden able to drag her into dead ends and drive her to distraction. It’s Clinton’s peculiar fate that both just happen to be her husband.
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