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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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Even Texas may not be big enough for four favorite sons in 2016

September 22, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
The next presidential election may be more than two years away, but things are already getting awkward in the Lone Star State, where at least four potential Republican contenders have deep roots.
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The Final Days of the Unofficial Hillary Clinton Campaign

September 17, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
Hillary Clinton opened her remarks at the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry by talking about the imminent arrival of her daughter’s first child and her possible presidential campaign. It was hard to tell which was more pregnant.
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Mrs. Clinton goes to Iowa

September 15, 2014
John Harwood | CNBC
Is the former Secretary of State planning a run for the 2016 presidential election? Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton made speeches in The Hawkeye State over the weekend to rally Democrats to vote in the upcoming November elections, reports CNBC's John Harwood.
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Why polarization could persist after Obama

September 8, 2014
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
Many issues will come into play in the 2016 election, but among the most important is whether the next president and the Congress that will convene in January 2017 can break through the partisan polarization that has turned Washington into a gridlocked island.
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