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Trump Meets His Match in Jorge Ramos

politico.com — Donald Trump, a politician, and Jorge Ramos, a journalist, butted heads Tuesday night at a news conference in Iowa. Although politicians and journalists clash every day-exchanging insults and trading slights-this tussle has spilled into the quick-moving media stream because neither Trump nor Ramos is a normcore performer. Trump loves playing...
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Three Cheers for Citizens United!

politico.com — It probably pleases Bernie Sanders each morning to wake up and realize the trajectory of his campaign shows that Chief Justice John Roberts and Antonin Scalia didn’t ruin the country in quite the way that progressive groups had feared in 2010.
Aug 26, 2015

Area journalist betrays his industry by supporting freedom of speech for organizations that lack a printing press politico.com/magazine/story…

Aug 26, 2015

Despite Citizens United, the best financed presidential candidates aren't the ones in the lead. ow.ly/Rn6vK

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POLITICO Magazine

politico.com — Vice President Joseph Biden has bestowed upon the press corps an early Christmas gift-his presidential campaign dither. Scheming with top aides and allies about running, plotting with Hillary Clinton frenemy Sen. Elizabeth Warren and sounding out the White House staff, Biden’s energetic decision not to decide today or tomorrow or next week...
Aug 24, 2015

The Biden dither: Some candidates are never more popular than when they’re not in the race. via @TomMcIlroy politico.com/magazine/story…

Aug 24, 2015

RT @Henry_Belot: The Biden dither: Some candidates are never more popular than when they’re not in the race. via @TomMcIlroy politico.com/magazine/story…

Hillary’s Drip-Drip-Drip Email Scandal

politico.com — ldquo;Nobody talks to me about it other than you guys,” Hillary Clinton told reporters yesterday in North Las Vegas as part of ongoing efforts to portray any discussion of her email controversy as a pointless press obsession. Nobody? Obviously, inside the Clintondome the topic enjoys velocity as her team attempts to defuse it.
Aug 19, 2015

New @Politico: Hillary’s Drip-Drip-Drip Email Scandal politi.co/1KwDmDB

Aug 19, 2015

RT @jackshafer: New @Politico: Hillary’s Drip-Drip-Drip Email Scandal politi.co/1KwDmDB

Aug 19, 2015

Lots and lots for @jackshafer to write on this week: here, on Hillary & her email tormentors politico.com/magazine/story…

Aug 19, 2015

RT @sbg1: Lots and lots for @jackshafer to write on this week: here, on Hillary & her email tormentors politico.com/magazine/story…

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You Can’t Shame Donald Trump

politico.com — Ever since Donald Trump hit double-digits in the Republican primary polls, the press has labored to cover him less like a chicken-neck-biting carnival geek and more like a legitimate candidate. (Except, of course, for Huffington Post, which continues to pretend he doesn’t matter in the GOP race.)
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The Truth Behind the Biden and Gore Bubbles

politico.com — Over the last week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Joe Biden and Al Gore were two of the leading candidates in the 2016 presidential race-charismatic, principled leaders that voters wanted, nah, demanded, lead our nation for the next eight years. After all, political reporters swooned last week at the news that Al Gore might make another...
Aug 17, 2015

RT @brianstelter: Joe Biden "conforms perfectly to the press corps' ideal of a coverable candidate." @jackshafer's latest: politi.co/1DZ4caw

Aug 17, 2015

New @Politico: The Press Corps' Idea of a Great Presidential Candidate politi.co/1DZ4caw

Aug 17, 2015

RT @jackshafer: New @Politico: The Press Corps' Idea of a Great Presidential Candidate politi.co/1DZ4caw

Aug 17, 2015

@jackshafer Do you really think the press would like to snub Trump? Doesn't he produce reams of material? politico.com/magazine/story…

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Donald Trump Talks Like a Third-Grader

Aug 14, 2015

"If you were to market Donald Trump’s vocabulary as a toy, it would resemble a small box of Lincoln Logs." politico.com/magazine/story…

Aug 14, 2015

RT @KilloughCNN: "If you were to market Donald Trump’s vocabulary as a toy, it would resemble a small box of Lincoln Logs." politico.com/magazine/story…

Aug 14, 2015

Best thing written so far about @realDonaldTrump: Secret of his appeal? Uses the vocabulary of an 8-year-old. Really politico.com/magazine/story…

Aug 14, 2015

Donald Trump shows how you can be successful talking like a third grader. ow.ly/QUacd

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Don’t Write Trump’s Obit Yet

politico.com — Demagogues like Donald Trump exhaust the patience of the political press corps because reporters fundamentally misunderstand the candidate’s appeal. Reporters like to think that logic and reason hold sway, so they believe a demagogue can be easily disarmed by exposing his crimes against logic, his pandering to the uninformed and his manipulative...
Aug 11, 2015

The only reaction to any Donald Trump controversry is to assume his poll numbers go up. politico.com/magazine/story…

Aug 10, 2015

We're all tired of thinking & reading about Trump. But @jackshafer's take deserves a look: Don't Write Trump’s Obit, politico.com/magazine/story…

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The Presidency’s for Closers Only

politico.com — Like the frantic real-estate salesmen who animate David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, political candidates will forsake no stratagem that presents the chance of making a sale to a buyer. Although both salesmen and candidates have slick media at their command-print, radio, TV, the Web, et al.-they primarily depend on words to fleece...

The GOP Pre-Season Begins

politico.com — Try thinking of Thursday's presidential debates on Fox as tryouts for the next round of GOP presidential debates, which CNN will stage in September, and CNN’s presidential debates as tryouts for CNBC’s debates in October, and CNBC’s debates as tryouts for the Fox Business Channel’s debates in November, and so on and so on,...
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Aug 28, 2015

RT @RyanLizza: Campaigns are getting increasingly creepy. Here's Clinton harvesting email, DOB, & ZIP code w/promise of b-day card. http://…

Aug 28, 2015

“The 1st one was an accident but I wanted to see if I could do it again when I got back to Phil.” --Chocolate Thunder nyti.ms/1PD7j8F

Aug 28, 2015

"Peggy Noonan's Dominican Friend, Cesar, Works at the Deli Counter" gawker.com/peggy-noonans-…

Aug 28, 2015

Switching CMSes on a live site is like changing clothes while pissing. Happy to report that @politico made the transition w/o getting damp.


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