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Global Flashpoints and U.S. Foreign Policy Dilemma

July 18, 2014
The multiple foreign policy challenges facing the Obama administration including the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. Also, the latest on the investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times, Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy; Michael Crowley, TIME
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What If There's No Hillary in 2016?

July 11, 2014
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Given that her book tour looked more like a campaign roll-out, it's hard to believe that Hillary Clinton will forgo a run in 2016. However, those close to the former Secretary of State continue to insist that her entry into the presidential race is not a foregone conclusion. Those we've talked with in Hillary's orbit give it a 70-80 percent chance that she jumps in. That there is some hesitation is understandable. The woman has spent nearly 25 years in national politics and knows what she's in for: the grueling campaign trail, the loathsome media, the never-ending scrutiny. Plus, she'd be the standard bearer for a political party that (at least for now) failed to improve the economy.
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Cleveland’s winning bid to host the GOP convention highlights Portman’s influence

July 9, 2014
Robert Costa, The Washington Post | The Washington Post
Tuesday’s announcement that the 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland underscored the importance of Ohio in the party’s national strategy to win back the White House and affirmed the influence of Sen. Rob Portman, who pushed for months for the lakeside city to land the coveted nominating convention.
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Roadmap to 2016

July 3, 2014
While the 2016 presidential election is two year away, there is plenty of buzz now about who will decide to run. Gwen Ifill talks to Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz about what to look for as the race starts to take shape including how Hillary Clinton has frozen the field for other potential Democrats.
Vice President Joe Biden
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Crying Poor

June 24, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
On Monday morning, at a White House summit on policies to help working families, Vice President Joe Biden reflected on his wealth. He said that while he wore a “mildly expensive suit” and was vice president of the United States of America, he didn’t own a stock or a bond, and as a senator, was the poorest member of the club. This bit is a longstanding part of Biden’s shtick, but was interpreted—most loudly by the Republican National Committee—as a dig at possible presidential rival Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state has been having trouble talking about her considerable wealth, ever since she described herself as “dead broke” upon leaving the White House.
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Jeb Bush Charts Tricky Course With Embrace of Common Core

June 17, 2014
Beth Reinhard | Wall Street Journal
Most potential Republican presidential contenders are renouncing the national educational standards known as Common Core. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has championed measuring academic achievement for two decades, is doubling down. Resistance to Common Core is growing among the party's activists, who see it as a federal incursion into local schools. Republican governors of South Carolina and Oklahoma last month joined Indiana in opting out. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who two years ago said the initiative "will...
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
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Heal Thyself

June 17, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
Listening to Republican presidential candidates talk to GOP activists in Iowa, it’s hard to tell which party is in more trouble. The president and his party are so bankrupt and swaddled in serial stupidities that a string of electoral routs is surely coming, they say. Common-sense voters will drive Democrats from Congress and the presidency before they undermine the American Dream further. Still, each GOP hopeful seems compelled to pitch himself as a Republican savior: the only solution to a broken party that won’t win the presidency without his unique brand of political repair. “You guys have a strong force here,” said Sen. Rand Paul to the attendees at the Iowa Republican Party’s state convention on Saturday, “but frankly the president won Iowa twice. So we can’t do the same ole same old.”
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2016 Chances May Be Hurt by GOP's Midterm Strength

June 16, 2014
Charles Babington, Nicholas Riccardi | Associated Press
Republican strength in this year's House and Senate races could, strangely enough, hurt the party's presidential chances by stalling the changes in style and policy advocated after Mitt Romney's defeat in the 2012 presidential campaign. GOP officials and strategists say it's hard to persuade party leaders to adjust the political recipe when they feel increasingly upbeat about adding Senate control to their solid House majority this fall. This optimism, numerous GOP strategists say, makes looking past the party's loss of the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections easy.
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What Do You Look For in a President?

May 28, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
What qualities do voters want in a president? A white male Protestant lawyer of European descent from a big state has been the historical answer, but the Pew Research Center recently asked this question to get a more current view. The results were bad news for the Senate’s class of presidential hopefuls, such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio. Republican Party voters like governors—and just about nothing about the Washington political system in which today’s senators serve.
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