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October 9th, 2015

Chaos is the GOP's new normal

    At this point, I worry we're going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning "make it stop, make it stop, make it stop."

     Pity their suffering, but remember that they brought it on themselves.

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Gallup steps back from horse race polling

    The top editor of the Gallup polling organization declared the other day that the nation's primary door-knocking operation was going to stop surveying who's ahead and who's behind in the course of the 2016 primary elections. That seems akin to a baseball umpire giving up calling balls and strikes.

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October 8th

Carly Fiorina’s Shameless Promotion

    Carly Fiorina gives one heck of a speech.

    That was my first impression, a positive one, when I caught up with her in Sacramento in 2010 to chronicle her bid for the Senate.

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Stuff Happens

    With both China and India having just announced major plans to curb their carbon emissions, the sound you hear is a tipping point tipping. Heading into the United Nations climate summit meeting in Paris in December, all the world’s largest industrial economies are now taking climate change more seriously. This includes the United States — except for some of the knuckleheads running to be our next president, which is not a small problem.

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3 Peerless Republicans for President: Trump, Carson and Fiorina

    The leading contenders for the Republican nomination for president tell us three interesting things about America.

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Clinton signals willingness to regulate guns by executive action

    After a gunman killed nine people at an Oregon community college last week, Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed a new attitude on gun control. She sounds a lot like President Barack Obama's new attitude on immigration: If Congress doesn't act, she says, she will.

    "This epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries," the Democratic presidential candidate said, "knows no limits of any kind."

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Clinton's hard choice on the TPP

    Hillary Clinton is facing one of the most fateful decisions of the presidential primary season: what to say about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and when to say it.

    Politically, Clinton's choice is a true Sophie's Choice. Whatever she does is guaranteed to generate criticism and anger key constituencies. The best case scenario for Clinton would have been to have negotiations blow up and therefore avoid having to take a position.

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Free trade is no longer a no-brainer for economists

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Should Joe Biden run?

    When presidential nominees are asked about selecting a running mate, the answer almost always is: The choice should be the person most qualified to become president if fate or circumstance were to so dictate.

    The first two vice presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, fit that description. But each got the job by the vote of the electoral college, with the higher vote-getter becoming president and the runner-up his standby.

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Too Many Bushes Spoil the Broth

    Happiness is being on the Jeb Bush campaign mailing list. Recent highlights:

    Sept. 27 — Columba Bush emailed to say she wants me to get to know the Jeb she knows, who is a person of principle. Also very tall. “But Friend, no one is going to see that side of him if he misses his critical End of Quarter fundraising goal of $200,000.”

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