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New Hampshire is not Iowa

April 17, 2015
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
It’s often said by detractors of the presidential nomination process that it ought not to begin in two small, predominantly white states like Iowa and New Hampshire. But as Republicans will be reminded this weekend, Iowa and New Hampshire can be strikingly different in the political challenges and tests they offer candidates.
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Where nearly every GOP presidential contender is headed this weekend

April 17, 2015
Robert Costa | The Washington Post
Just days after Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the race — and days before she heads to New Hampshire herself — more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls are descending on the first-in-the-nation primary state to jockey for a coveted breakout moment in the battle to take her on.
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What to Watch at New Hampshire GOP Candidate ‘Cattle Call’

April 17, 2015
Beth Reinhard | The Wall Street Journal
It would be rude, frankly, to speak at the local Republican Party’s “Politics and Pie” gathering and not partake in a slice. “To hell with the diet!” said Jeb Bush as he dug into a piece of blueberry pie.
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Lawmakers reach deal on 'fast track' trade authority

April 17, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
Top lawmakers reached a deal Thursday on legislation to grant President Obama "fast track" trade authority to advance one of the largest trade pacts in history, a step that could set off one of the sharpest legislative battles of the year and put Democratic unity to the test.
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House Votes to Repeal Estate Tax

April 17, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama and the Republicans in Congress clashed over taxes and wealth on Thursday, a day after many Americans sent checks to the Internal Revenue Service, as the House voted to repeal the federal tax levied on multimillion-dollar estates.
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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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Congress’s Role in Iran Nuclear Deal Shows Limits of Obama’s Power

April 16, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
In his assertions of executive power to advance his agenda in an era of gridlock, President Obama has been largely on offense. But his latest battle with Congress not only left him on defense, it actually broke the gridlock. Against him.
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100 days of Congress: Stumbles but signs of progress

April 16, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
Now that the first 100 days of the first GOP-controlled Congress in nearly a decade are in the rearview mirror, Republicans say the party is knocking the dust off its governing playbook for what could be one of the more productive legislative periods in recent years.
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ISIS’ Attack on Ramadi Just Upended U.S. War Plans

April 16, 2015
Nancy Youssef | The Daily Beast
ISIS is reportedly marching on the key Iraqi city of Ramadi—upending the momentum the U.S.-led military coalition seemed to have just days ago, and threatening to shatter an already delicate recent power shift that both the U.S. and Iraq hoped to exploit.
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