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‘Decline in Moral Values’ Likely to be Big Topic in 2016 Debate

blogs.wsj.com — Last week's Supreme Court decision all but ended the debate about the legality of gay marriage in America. Yet there is ample reason to think it has arrived at the beginning of another trend: a rise in the importance some voters attach to cultural issues in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Will a Deal Change Iran’s Revolutionary Mindset-Or Extend It?

wsj.com — Only after nuclear pact expires will world be certain of answer to crucial question If you were a 21-year-old Iranian college student who helped storm the American Embassy and hold diplomats hostage in 1979, you would be 57 years old now. And in 10 years, when a nuclear deal now being negotiated with the U.S.

Families in Charleston Are Trumping Politicians

wsj.com — Amid the swirl of commentary after the shootings in a black church in Charleston, S.C., consider this stark reality: The most powerful and effective response has come not from a politician or government leader but from the families of the victims and their local community.

Families Trump Politicians in Responding to Charleston

wsj.com — Amid the swirl of commentary after the shootings in a black church in Charleston, S.C., consider this stark reality: The most powerful and effective response has come not from a politician or government leader but from the families of the victims and their local community.

The Governors: Rounding Out the GOP 2016 Field

blogs.wsj.com — Next up for the Republicans: the governors. Specifically, four sitting Republican governors- Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and, perhaps, John Kasich of Ohio-are likely to announce their presidential candidacies soon, rounding out the biggest Republican presidential field in memory.

Jeb Bush’s Chance for Takeoff

wsj.com — Presidential hopeful encountered his obstacles early, now he gets a fresh official start Many are the presidential candidates who hit their high water mark on the carefree day they announce their candidacy, then begin a slide downward as reality sets in. Jeb Bush may be the other kind of candidate.

Why the GOP House Majority Is Safe in 2016

blogs.wsj.com — You might think Republicans would have at least a little something to worry about in their quest to keep control of the House of Representatives in next year's election. After all, Republicans have to defend 27 seats they hold in congressional districts that were won by President Barack Obama in the last presidential election year, 2012.

George Bush and Bob Dole: ‘When Freedom Prevailed Over Tyranny’

wsj.com — They were born a year apart, separated by half a continent and a socio-economic chasm. One grew up the son of a cream-and-egg man on the plains of western Kansas, the other the son of a Wall Street executive in the leafy confines of Greenwich, Conn.

Populist Election Themes Show Strains in Both Parties

wsj.com — Presidential candidates are sounding anti-Wall Street, antiestablishment themes Is a third political party straining to break out in America? Listen to the early sounds of the 2016 presidential campaign, in which candidates of the left and the right sound almost identical populist, anti-Wall Street, antiestablishment themes, and the idea doesn't seem so crazy.

Who Will Be the Swing Voters in 2016?

wsj.com — Poll data suggests single white woman and Hispanic voters could play key roles in presidential election We are at that stage in the political cycle when presidential candidates (and those of us who follow them) are obsessed with their ability to win over the "base" of their parties as they seek the nomination.
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Jul 02, 2015

By and large, Americans seem to view John Roberts as a fair umpire at teh Supreme Court. on.wsj.com/1FVG7ew via @WSJPolitics

Jul 02, 2015

Chief Justice Roberts, (not) the center of attention: "Name identification has declined 20 points from July 2012." on.wsj.com/1FVG7ew

Jul 02, 2015

To avoid becoming Greece, "what Ukraine needs is more populism." So says @ssestanovich: on.wsj.com/1Ud217Y via @WSJPolitics

Jul 02, 2015

Employers now have added on average 208,000 jobs a month this year, down from last year's 260,000 average. on.wsj.com/1CcWaKg via @WSJ

Jul 01, 2015

What's happened, what's happening in Washington? Our Capital Journal Daybreak newsletter tells you every morning: on.wsj.com/CapitalJournal…

Jul 01, 2015

"Politically inconvenient truth...most serious threat Iran poses now is in its behavior in the region–not the bomb. on.wsj.com/1IL8LBf

Jun 30, 2015

Think you've been busy? Luke Ridnour's been traded four times this week. es.pn/1C5X1wy

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