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The Promise and the Peril of an Improving Economy

April 17, 2015
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Americans are feeling better about the economy today than they have in years. For the first time since early 2013, more Americans approve of the job Obama's doing on the economy (48 percent) than disapprove (47 percent). That's good news for Hillary Clinton and Democrats heading into 2016. Yet, Americans remain pretty pessimistic about the overall state of the economy as well as their own personal financial situation. Figuring out how to balance those seemingly contradicting trends is going to be one of the greatest challenges for both parties, but more so for Clinton and Democrats who have owned the White House (and thus the economy) for the last six years.
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Can Hillary escape her fame?

April 16, 2015
Gloria Borger | CNN
It is not hard to imagine the conversations inside the Hillary Clinton camp prelaunch: How do we take the best known woman in the world and make her seem like less of a big shot?
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The world according to Jeb Bush

April 16, 2015
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
If Jeb Bush is elected president, the United States won’t be on speaking terms with Cuba and will partner more closely with Israel. He’ll tighten sanctions on Iran and urge NATO to deploy more troops in Eastern Europe to counter Vladimir Putin. And he’ll order the U.S. military to root out "barbarians" and "evil doers" around the globe.
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Manufacturing Authenticity

April 15, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Hillary Clinton’s first campaign event as a declared candidate went smoothly and was full of contradictions. Held in a working garage where students at a community college learn to fix cars, it was a venue for a jumpsuit, not a pantsuit. But Clinton glided into the room as if she had just come out of bilateral talks in Switzerland. Two cars were parked with their hoods open and three engines hovered on stands—like transplants-in-waiting—and yet the room was totally odorless. Though it was an intimate conversation among eight people, a press corps of more than 10 times that number hovered out of the camera view and an even greater throng agitated outside.
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Rubio betting that voters are ready to again take a chance on a young senator

April 15, 2015
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
For someone who just officially joined the race for president, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) is already well experienced in the roller-coaster ride these contests produce. He’s been up and down, lionized and dissed, sought after and dismissed. On Monday, he sought to start anew.
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Harry Reid: Stepping down, yes. Retiring? Never

April 15, 2015
John Harwood | CNBC
Harry Reid is thankful he quit boxing years ago as a young man, since "I'm not sure all those blows I took to the head did me much good" But he's happy to keep delivering punches as he winds down his career as Senate Democratic leader.
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Why Clinton’s campaign wants us to think we don’t really know her

April 13, 2015
Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about the strategy behind -- and responses to -- Hillary Clinton’s weekend announcement of her 2016 presidential campaign, plus a look at what distinguishes Sen. Marco Rubio, the third GOP candidate to announce he’s running.
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Rubio launches 2016 bid by dismissing ‘leaders and ideas of the past’

April 14, 2015
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a son of Cuban immigrants who is serving just his fourth year in the Senate, launched his presidential campaign Monday night by declaring himself the leader best suited to steer the country into what he called “the new American century.”
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Stressing Youth, Marco Rubio Joins 2016 Field

April 14, 2015
Ashley Parker, Jonathan Martin | The New York Times
Senator Marco Rubio, the 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, on Monday declared that it was time for his generation to lead the country, portraying himself as the youthful future of a Republican Party that has struggled to connect with an increasingly diverse electorate.
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