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Blunder-mania is coming for the GOP. Can the 2016 candidates avoid the smackdown? — Republican presidential candidates have a major media problem on their hands, and it has nothing to do with partisan bias. Between the day they announce their candidacy and the night their debates begin, they will draw little to no media attention unless they blunder.

The ghosts behind Seymour Hersh's phantom conspiracy — In 1983, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published a book about Henry Kissinger that included a sensational story about Richard Nixon, nuclear brinksmanship, and Vietnam. Based on sources both anonymous and named, Hersh contended that in 1969, Nixon decided to convince the North Vietnamese that he was a lunatic.

Why Democrats deserve a chunk of the blame for Baltimore's anguish — "There is something profoundly wrong when African American men are still far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than are meted out to their white counterparts," Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay — Ken Mehlman, President Bush's campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay. Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he stated in an interview.

The rush to judgment in Baltimore — Unlike Stephanie Rawlins-Blake, I am not a life-long resident of Baltimore. I know the city barely at all: from friends, from The Wire, from occasional visits up the parkway to Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor, from glimpses through the curtained windows of an Acela train as it chugs north to Philadelphia.

What Hillary Clinton might say about fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership — It's the first big question Hillary Clinton has to answer: Does she oppose the fast-track approval process for the Trans-Pacific Partnership that the Senate agreed to on Thursday? The procedural deal would give President Obama broad authority to pursue the controversial trade agreement by constricting Congress to a simple up-or-down vote on the final version.

The futuristic air defense system of Washington, D.C. was defeated by a postman — A postman-turned-protester delivering letters flew a single-person gyroscope undetected through the nation's most secure and highly monitored airspace Tuesday, landing his aircraft yards from the U.S. Capitol before he was arrested. His public declaration of intent to protest notwithstanding, how did he get through the expensive and lethal military assets that protect Washington, D.C.?

Why white women will play kingmaker in 2016 — Hillary Clinton is in it to ... assure you that she'll work hard to deserve your vote, especially if you're an everyday American. "Everyday American" is a short phrase that encapsulates the grand strategy of her campaign, a subtle way of throwing shade on the non-everyday Americans - the people that Elizabeth Warren decries, the 1 percent, the Wall Street bankers, and, generally, opponents of progress.

Rand Paul's incoherence is his best asset — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who Tuesday made formal his always-but-not-officially-certain campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, is a hard politician to pigeonhole. More a meerkat than a chameleon, he pops up in odd places on the binary left-to-right political spectrum that still organizes how the media covers campaigns.

The astonishing rationality of the Iran nuclear deal — The deal reached between Iran and the West over nuclear proliferation is, in the words of one widely-cited article, " astonishingly good." At first, I assumed that Max Fisher was writing for the headline ( Vox's inflationary adverb policy is a useful way to drawn in readers). But now I think he's right.
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May 21, 2015

Six Benghazi investigations, and the worst thing the GOP has been able to attribute to @HillaryClinton is "Pls print."

May 15, 2015

Audio from the Situation Room the day Reagan was shot, and an argument about nuclear authorities.… (via @dallasnews)

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