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Emily's husband, Charlotte, Tommy, Molly's dad, author,FDR,Obama books. MSNBC analyst, DailyBeast columnist, EP: Alpha House. Chicago native.

How Obama Can Heal the Democrats’ Split on Trade

thedailybeast.com — President Obama won a major bipartisan victory in the Senate Tuesday on trade promotion authority, clearing the way for approval in 2016 of the largest trade agreement in world history. But Obama has a problem: He won with the help of only 13 of the Senate's 44 Democrats.

Obama Bets It All on the Mullahs

thedailybeast.com — The moment of truth for U.S.-Iranian relations-and for President Obama's foreign policy legacy- is nearly upon us. With a June 30 deadline looming for the nuclear talks, we'll learn soon enough whether Obama's poker skills are good enough to keep the two countries off the path to war.

While David Weinberger may be right about this particular juxtaposition of questions, that hardly…

medium.com — While David Weinberger may be right about this particular juxtaposition of questions, that hardly justifies his sweeping conclusion, which is a slur on every other person who happens to work for CNN (I work part time for the competition, MSNBC). Many are fine journalists who ask good questions.

Knowing then what we know now, would Hillary still support Obama pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq?

hotair.com — That's Ron Christie's counter to two weeks of Republican candidates being forced to answer Iraq war counterfactuals. In the liberal narrative of Iraq, advanced most recently last night on Twitter by Jonathan Alter, every horror that's occurred to the present day was foreordained by decisions made before January 20, 2009.

How Obama Will Spend the Rest of His Life

thedailybeast.com — What is in Barack Obama's heart? Underneath that cool exterior, it can be hard to tell. When he leaves office in 2017, he will be a fit 55-year-old with decades of productive life likely ahead of him. How will he use them?

Eight Must-Read Stories About Dead Toddlers, High-Flying Preachers and Inside NYC’s Most ‘Elite’ Sex Party

thedailybeast.com — His wife vanished after a fight with him. His friend was slain after defending him. A neighbor was hacked up. He was recorded saying he did it. But please, stop jumping to conclusions! They Ran My Little Girl to Death Heather Walker's daughter, Savannah, died after her grandmother and stepmother allegedly forced her to run laps until she collapsed.

Bibi’s Ugly Win Will Harm Israel

thedailybeast.com — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu won a big election Tuesday, but he won ugly by staking out a new position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is likely to harm his nation in the months ahead. A reckoning is coming-faster than expected-for Netanyahu, his Likud Party and maybe even for the State of Israel itself.

The Promise: President Obama, Year One

books.google.com — Barack Obama's inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of "Change We Can Believe In" was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening war in Afghanistan, and an entrenched and deeply partisan system of business as usual in Washington.

Bibi Faces Political Oblivion As Israel’s Election is Too Close To Call

thedailybeast.com — With the final polls before Tuesday's pivotal Israeli election showing him narrowly behind, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to choose a message to close on. Some candidates close on trust; others on change. Netanyahu is closing on chutzpah.

“Bloody Sunday” Unites the Right and the Left

thedailybeast.com — What if you took a bunch of squabbling politicians and asked them to go sit together in a history class taught by a man they think of as a living saint? As conjured by President Obama, this weekend in Selma felt like attending an anniversary commemoration at Independence Hall, Gettysburg, Appomattox or Kitty Hawk with the people who made history there.
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Jul 02, 2015

Not sure why, but @StephenAtHome follows me and only about a dozen others. Could it be....nepotism?

Jul 02, 2015

Monroe, MI looks from the Downtown Business Authority PSA on the cable access channel like a nice place to raise a family. Right, Marshall?

Jun 29, 2015

@Joelmentum @ron_fournier Just wait. Tax exempt status isn't at risk because the politics of this won't allow it to be.

Jun 29, 2015

@felixsalmon @scottew Yup. Whole think being politicized by conservatives as we speak. It's their best response to SCOTUS.

Jun 29, 2015

@hughhewitt Yes. The issue will be quickly politicized, conservative will win debate and so gov won't pursue churches making own decisions.

Jun 29, 2015

fusion.net/story/158096/d… GOP will use straw man argument for church tax exemption all season long in '16.

Jun 29, 2015

Deal might not work but next time a Bush neocon attack BO on Iran, recall that Iranian centrifuges went from 64 to 19,000 on their watch.

Jun 27, 2015

This was Obama's "Ask not" or "I have a dream" iconic moment. In 2050, will still be watched. nytimes.com/video/us/polit…

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