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Obama’s JFK Problem

Obama’s JFK Problem | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
President Obama and his Joint Chiefs chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, seem to be engaged in a policy tug of war over troops on the ground in Iraq. After telling Congress last week that he was considering, once again, the deployment of ground combat forces to assist in the battle against the Islamic State, Dempsey made a surprise visit to Iraq over the...
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The year of living stupidly

The year of living stupidly | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
‘Democracy is a device that insures that we shall be governed no better than we deserve. Whose fault is it? … It is the fault of you the people. Your public servants serve you right; indeed, often they serve you better than your apathy and indifference deserve.” Tough talk. No pol would say such a thing today. But Adlai Stevenson...
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Greens grow into electoral powerhouse

Greens grow into electoral powerhouse | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The green movement has grown into a formidable political force, launching a broad and sophisticated operation this election cycle that rivals many of the most established groups. Leading environmental organizations like the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action Committee have hired well-known national...
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Here's the poll Politico got confused: UMW Survey Shows Warner Leading in Senate Race

Here's the poll Politico got confused: UMW Survey Shows Warner Leading in Senate Race | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner has the support of 47 percent of likely voters in this year’s race for the U.S. Senate, compared to 37 percent for Republican contender Ed Gillespie, according...
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Politico: Why a travel ban wouldn’t work

Politico: Why a travel ban wouldn’t work | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The political momentum for a travel ban on West African nations continued to swell Thursday, but health and transportation experts were uniform in saying it wouldn’t stem the spread of Ebola — and could do more harm than good. That hasn’t stopped politicians and pundits — ranging from House Speaker John Boehner to former Obama...
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House homestretch: 5 key dynamics

House homestretch: 5 key dynamics | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Republicans head into the final weeks of the campaign almost exclusively on offense.
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How the Obama Administration Ignored Iraq

How the Obama Administration Ignored Iraq | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
It was late April of 2009, and Hillary Clinton was coming to Iraq for her first official trip as secretary of state. Normally, visits by a secretary of state are a logistical nightmare for an embassy. As François Truffaut once said of making films: They start as an effort to create a masterpiece, and end as something you just want to get over...
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Karl Rove grills Obama's golf 'mistake'

Former White House adviser Karl Rove criticized President Barack Obama on Thursday for golfing directly after delivering remarks on the death of James Foley, relating this “mistake” to criticisms that former President George W. Bush once faced. “Somebody made a mistake, they should have thought this thing through,” Rove said...
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Electronic health records ripe for theft

Electronic health records ripe for theft | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
On the black market, a full identity profile in a single record can bring as much as $500.
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Do you know where your records are?

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The Obama Paradox: Politico takes a crack at explaining why things seem to keep going wrong for Obama.

The ritual started in earnest last fall in the midst of the biggest humiliation of Barack Obama’s presidency, the failure of the health care website. Anytime he heard a sliver of good news, the president reacted the same way: He knocked on the polished cherry wood table in the Roosevelt Room. It’s a small thing, almost a nervous tic, but...
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How Republicans lose by winning

How Republicans lose by winning | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
It’s the predominant paradox of contemporary American politics: If Republicans prevail in this year’s midterm congressional elections, it will be because of their party’s sharp-edged stances on topics like abortion and Benghazi, Obamacare and immigration, gay marriage and the minimum wage — issues that energize the GOP’s...
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As Will Rogers so succinctly put it, "The only thing that man learns from history is that man does not learn from history."  Will the GOP repeat 2010 and 2012 all over again in 2014 and 2016?

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2013's biggest media stories (and screw-ups)

It was a sea-change year for the media — one filled with industry-shaking events and some memorable press blunders. 2013 was indeed exceptional: Edward Snowden released the biggest leak in U.S.

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The 10 states that could decide the next Senate. (GOP may not look so bad after all.)

The 10 states that could decide the next Senate. (GOP may not look so bad after all.) | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The Republican map may not look so bad after all.
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The Polling Center: All the latest polls in one place

The Polling Center: All the latest polls in one place | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
POLITICO's polling center includes the latest political poll results and approval ratings.Polls on 2014 and 2016 elections, House, Senate and Governor races by state and key issues.
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The GOP’s 2016 tech deficit and why presidential hopefuls should worry about it

The GOP’s 2016 tech deficit and why presidential hopefuls should worry about it | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Here’s an early reality check for Republican White House hopefuls: The party doesn’t have enough tech experts to staff up a wide-open primary campaign. What the aspiring GOP candidates will need to mount a modern-day tech race are campaign veterans with a wide range of seasoned digital skill sets — for fighting TV admen over budgets,...
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Politico has "results" in Virginia Senate poll "conducted October 25-29." Uh huh.

Politico has "results" in Virginia Senate poll "conducted October 25-29." Uh huh. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
POLITICO's polling center includes the latest political poll results and approval ratings.Polls on 2014 and 2016 elections, House, Senate and Governor races by state and key issues.
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They mean October 1-6.

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11 questions that will decide the Senate

11 questions that will decide the Senate | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Three weeks out from Election Day, control of the Senate remains as uncertain and unsettled as it’s been all year — with Republicans gaining in states like Alaska and Colorado but suddenly scrambling to hang on in conservative strongholds Kansas and South Dakota. The GOP needs to pick up six seats, and the party is on defense in Kansas,...
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Now even Jimmy Carter piles on: Obama blew it on ISIS

Now even Jimmy Carter piles on: Obama blew it on ISIS | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Former President Jimmy Carter is criticizing President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In an interviewed published Tuesday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 39th president said the Obama administration, by not acting sooner,...
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Politico: Political tech’s ‘arms dealers:’ Must they be partisan?

Politico: Political tech’s ‘arms dealers:’ Must they be partisan? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
It might be hard to fathom in today’s partisan times, but some political technology firms don’t care if their clients are Democrats or Republicans. Preaching bipartisanship, civic responsibility and just good old free-market American capitalism, a small but influential set of consultants is thriving off the growing demand for tech-savvy...
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I have recommended Aristotle for years with no problems.

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POLITICO Podcast: Border crisis delays recess & who wins from impeachment talk?

POLITICO Podcast: Border crisis delays recess & who wins from impeachment talk? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
POLITICO's Hadas Gold hosts senior policy reporter David Nather, campaigns editor Steven Shepard and reporter Byron Tau for a conversation on border legislation on the Hill, why both parties may be fanning the flames on impeachment talk, George W. Bush's secret book on his father and President Obama 10 years later....
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Muslim leaders explain Barack Obama's high approval rating among Muslims

Muslim leaders explain Barack Obama's high approval rating among Muslims | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Muslim-American leaders said Friday that a new poll showing the community’s sky-high approval rating of President Barack Obama stems partly from its disdain for the Republican party. “I think [Muslim-Americans] see the president sympathetically, but they also see his opponents to be, for lack of a better term, just damn awful,” said...
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Big Money, the Koch Brothers and Me

Big Money, the Koch Brothers and Me | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
It was a dreary Pacific Northwest evening in February 2012, and President Barack Obama’s mood matched the weather. Despite being among supporters who had gathered in a stunning modernist mansion in Seattle’s eastern suburbs, he seemed irritated. Pacing in front of towering 25-foot-high windows that offered a sweeping view of a rain-spattered...
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Money is here to stay, in commerce, in the entertainment industry, in sports and in politics, among other places.

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Politico’s Mike Allen goes native

Politico’s Mike Allen goes native | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Erik Wemple’s devastating takedown of Politico’s Mike Allen is the big read in Washington.

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I don't know any journalist or news source in Washington who has not read this or the original Washington Post article in the month since it was published.

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