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Digital Strategies Fuel 2016 Campaign Launch Decisions

March 23, 2015
Alexis Simendinger, Caitlin Huey-Burns | Real Clear Politics
Rand Paul sends Snapchats, Jeb Bush makes his own Instagram videos, and Hillary Clinton comments on current events and policy through Twitter. Soon, they may all be broadcasting major speeches and private events through Meerkat—if they haven't already. In the social-media-driven world of modern politics, "digital first" is the mantra of presidential campaigns.
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Candidate Fatigue Syndrome

March 23, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
On Thursday, Jeb Bush used the video broadcast app Meerkat to live stream his visit to Atlanta to his Twitter followers. Every candidate wants to find a way around the press to speak to voters, and this was immediately heralded as a new way to do just that. It’s not just the mainstream media that Bush is avoiding—it’s also the conservative fire his campaign will draw. The former Florida governor needs a way to mainline information to his supporters to keep them from getting jittery.

Netanyahu Re-Elected in Israel, Nuclear Talks with Iran, GOP Budget Battles and Big Money in 2016

March 20, 2015
Bibi's Strong Victory, Countdown for Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Republican Budget Plan and Candidates Angle for Billionaire Support
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Hillary Clinton starts running — against the Republican Congress

March 19, 2015
Robert Costa, Anne Gearan | The Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton is already running her presidential campaign — against the Republican Congress. And the GOP is only happy to oblige.
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Sweating the Small Stuff

March 19, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Will frivolity or timidity destroy politics faster? We all know about the frivolity problem. Candidates and the media are distracted by one shiny non-news event after another until Election Day. No one running for office has to give a serious answer, and voters never get a chance to see how candidates fare under a barrage of serious questions.
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Billionaires Alter 2016 Playing Field

March 18, 2015
Jeanne Cummings | Bloomberg
Jeb Bush is trying to lock in a top spot in the Republican presidential field by banking $100 million by the end of this month, a financial "shock-and-awe" strategy that helped his brother clear candidates from the field in the 2000 Republican presidential primary. In recent elections, however, dominating the early money hasn’t been a sure route to the nomination.
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Senate standoff over human trafficking bill stalls Loretta Lynch confirmation

March 16, 2015
Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about why a human trafficking bill is standing in the way of a Senate confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, what happened when Jeb Bush and Scott Walker recently tested the waters in New Hampshire and whether voters care about scrutiny over Hillary Clinton’s email.
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As governor, Jeb Bush used e-mail to discuss security, troop deployments

March 16, 2015
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Jeb Bush used his private e-mail account as Florida governor to discuss security and military issues such as troop deployments to the Middle East and the protection of nuclear plants, according to a review of publicly released records.
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2016 candidates build new financing system. Are they mocking the rules?

March 16, 2015
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
By this time eight years ago, a slew of Democrats and Republicans had formally announced their candidacies for president or formed official committees. That is not the case this year. One reason is money, and if that sounds counterintuitive, welcome to the new world of presidential politics.
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