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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.

Debating the Future of American Power Abroad

blogs.wsj.com — The early 2016 presidential debate already is full of conversation about when and how to use American power abroad, as noted in today's Capital Journal column. An equally important but often overlooked question is this: Why use American power? That is to say, what is a proper purpose for an American military or even diplomatic intervention abroad?

Count on Wide-Open 2016 Debate Over U.S.’s Role in the World

wsj.com — The political world was obsessed last week with Jeb Bush's problems in saying whether he would or wouldn't have ordered the invasion of Iraq. But a more provocative statement about projection of American power actually came from a fellow presidential contender, Marco Rubio, in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Populist Sentiment Against Free Trade Found in Both Parties - WSJ/NBC News Poll

blogs.wsj.com — There is a strong strain of populist economics in both parties right now, one that brings a 2016 candidate of the right, such as Mike Huckabee, together with a candidate of the left, such as Bernie Sanders. Free trade happens to be the subject that most pulls this strain of bipartisan sentiment to the surface.

The Assets and Liabilities of Jeb Bush

wsj.com — Five months ago this week, Jeb Bush got a beat on the world by announcing he was forming a committee to explore running for president. That means enough time has passed to frame the Bush paradox: He is the establishment favorite in a party that almost always picks that candidate, but has walked into an election cycle in which that isn't necessarily the case.

Republicans and Democrats Approach 2016 With Different Priorities-WSJ/NBC Poll

blogs.wsj.com — In case anyone needed a reminder of why the U.S. has two major but quite different political parties, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll provides this one: Not only do Democrats and Republicans see issues differently, their views of which issues are most important are dramatically different as well.

Immigration Debate Caught in a Time Warp

wsj.com — Politicians like to say they are debating what should happen tomorrow, but way too often they are instead locked in argument about something that happened yesterday. A classic case: the current immigration debate. In three years of trying, Congress has failed in high-profile efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.

Obama Expects Climate Change To Be on Agenda When Pope Visits

wsj.com — When Pope Francis visits Washington later this year, the man who will host him at the White House expects a meeting of the minds on at least one topic: climate change. President Barack Obama, in a Wall Street Journal interview on Monday, called the pope "an extraordinary individual, a transformative leader, not just within the Catholic Church,...

Obama Plans to Discuss Climate Change With Pope Francis

blogs.wsj.com — When Pope Francis makes a widely anticipated visit to Washington later this year, the man who will host him at the White House expects a meeting of the minds on at least one topic: climate change. President Barack Obama, in a Wall Street Journal interview, called the pope "an extraordinary individual, a transformative leader, not just within the Catholic Church, but globally."

Wizards or Bulls? Barack Obama Picks His NBA Playoffs Team

blogs.wsj.com — President Barack Obama may live in Washington, at least for another year-and-a-half, but has never left Chicago when it comes to one important matter: the NBA playoffs. In this year's professional basketball post-season, both the Washington Wizards and the Chicago Bulls are moving forward.
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May 29, 2015

Jeb Bush, not pleased with removing Cuba from terror list: "Capitulating to our adversaries." righttorisepac.org/jeb-bushs-stat…

May 29, 2015

RT @JacksonDiehl: So it turns out Iran's "evidence" against Jason Rezaian is a 2008 online job application to the White House. Absurd. wpo.st/CJPJ0

May 28, 2015

RT @seibj10: Bryce Harper is doing amazing things for the #Nats but how does his homerun rate measure up to some of the best? navyyardnotes.blogspot.com/2015/05/harper…

May 28, 2015

Don't forget: An American journalist is on trial in Iran, "on preposterous charges of espionage." brook.gs/1J4G5s1

May 28, 2015

When Lindsey Graham rolled his eyes at Rand Paul, he spoke volumes about the GOP debate: on.wsj.com/1JWzcZb via @WSJPolitics

May 27, 2015

The attempted legal takedown of FIFA officials on charges of corruption spanning years is amazing story: on.wsj.com/1GCHpAs via @WSJ

May 27, 2015

You need a scorecard to keep track of the legal challenges to Obama policies. We have one for you: on.wsj.com/1LIEciV via @WSJPolitics

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