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The Bluest Republican

February 17, 2015
Molly Ball | The Atlantic
“Mark Wahlberg is asking me for a pardon?,” Charlie Baker said as he folded his lengthy frame into the backseat of a black SUV one evening in December. Until his election as governor of Massachusetts the month before, the only elected office achieved by Baker, a Republican, had been selectman of Swampscott (population 13,800), a position he held for a single term. He had also spent nearly eight years as a state-cabinet official in the 1990s. But some responsibilities, Baker was discovering, accrue only to the chief executive. Informed by an aide that the actor was seeking to have a decades-old assault conviction expunged from his record, Baker turned to me and said drily, “He seems to have overcome that.”
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Governors’ records present chances and challenges on path to White House

February 17, 2015
Reid Wilson | The Washington Post
Governors who are considering runs for the White House will make the case to donors and voters that they have the experience necessary to become president, in contrast with senators who do nothing but make speeches. But governing is a messy business, and the records that will be their greatest assets will also be a governor’s biggest albatross.

Obama Requests War Powers, Ceasefire Begins in Ukraine, Homeland Security Funding Fight, and Ups & Downs in 2016 Race

February 13, 2015
Obama wants Congress to approve fight against ISIS and a European-backed ceasefire in Ukraine.
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A Different Kind of Security Election

February 13, 2015
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Before every presidential election, we chew over the question of whether this will be a foreign policy or a domestic election. Will we be talking about "security moms" or "soccer moms"?
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Big donors holding off making pledges to pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC

February 11, 2015
Matea Gold | The Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision to delay an announcement about her presidential ambitions until as late as July has stymied efforts of a major allied super PAC to come out of the gate early with a slew of big-money commitments.
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How Walker and Jindal are drawing attention for 2016

February 9, 2015
Gwen Ifill talks to Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report about early efforts by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to make an impact on the 2016 presidential race, plus what HIllary Clinton is doing behind the scenes.
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In Iowa, Republican field wide open as moderates stake their caucus claims

February 9, 2015
Robert Costa | The Washington Post
Less than a year before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, it appears that every Republican contender is making a serious play to win the state, setting up what is likely to be one of the most active, competitive campaigns here in recent memory.
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Republicans Court Kissinger, Instability in Yemen, Spying on Wall Street and Gov't Intervention in Hand Washing

February 6, 2015
A coup in Yemen, Henry Kissinger's influence in the 2016 race, and should the government mandate food workers wash their hands?

Fighting the Islamic State, U.S. Considers Arming Ukraine, Signs of Economic Improvement and Vaccination Politics

February 6, 2015
Jordan steps up its fight against ISIS, Russian aggression in Ukraine picks up, and the U.S. economy shows more signs of life
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