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Changing The Way We Vote Isn't Getting More People To Vote

February 6, 2015
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
California is the closest thing we have to a political lab for engineering a solution for the country's voter apathy problem. From permanent absentee voting to term limits and redistricting reform and now a top-two primary system, California has tried just about every remedy imagined to help boost voter participation in the state. The result: turn-out in the Golden State last year for both the primary and general election was the lowest it has been in recorded history. Did reform fail? Was it a failure of candidates themselves? Or is there something more that California's lack of voter interest can tell us about why/how reforms to voting systems impact actual voting behavior?
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Poor Effort

February 5, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
How candidates would campaign about poverty if they really cared about poverty.
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Jeb Bush sounds general election themes. Will they work in the primaries?

February 5, 2015
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
Jeb Bush went before the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday sounding very much like a politician ready and eager to run a general election campaign for president. Whether he is as ready to run for and win the Republican nomination is another question.
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GOPers Race to Build Foreign-Policy Credentials

February 4, 2015
Janet Hook | The Wall Street Journal
If Chris Christie had hoped his trip to London would help build his profile in foreign affairs before he launches a presidential campaign, it didn’t work out so well. News coverage of the New Jersey governor’s three-day trip was dominated by a statement he made about childhood vaccinations and the ensuing firestorm.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
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The Moment of Truth

February 3, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Chris Christie and Scott Walker have had some minor stumbles in recent days. When New Jersey’s governor was asked about President Obama’s statement that parents should have their children vaccinated for measles, Christie’s first reaction was to call for “balance,” seeming to weigh parental preference as much as public health. Soon after, his office issued a clarification that more forcefully advocated in favor of vaccinations. Walker, on ABC's This Week called for an “aggressive response to ISIS,” but when the Wisconsin governor was pressed on what that meant in Syria, his response was vague.
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Is 2016 Ready for Hillary?, The Fight Against ISIS and Souring U.S. Relationship with Netanyahu

January 30, 2015
Hillary Clinton preps for 2016, and the U.S. fights ISIS as the group expands its reach.

Mitt Romney Bows Out of 2016, The Republican Congress Fights Old Fights, ISIS Hostage Situation Continues, and Obama Meets with U.S. Strategic Allies

January 30, 2015
As Mitt Romney drops out, who benefits? And the GOP Congress takes on Obamacare and Eric Holder.
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The Fighting Hawkeyes

January 30, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Covering the frantic Republican caucus in Iowa while simultaneously covering the drowsy Democratic contest is like stepping off of a moving walkway. You swing your arms and legs at the same quick pace, but you’re not moving fast anymore. The Republican candidates are scrambling for organizers, planning visits, and zooming around the country collecting money, while Hillary Clinton is the most dominant nonincumbent ever. Democrats like Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders are making moves, but few local activists even pretend that they are serious challengers to Clinton. Ready for Hillary is in the state and organizing all 99 counties, but all of that activity without any real competition is the difference between running in place and running for your life.
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