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The Clinton Doomsday scenario

The Clinton Doomsday scenario
theweek.com — On first glance, everything seemed to go swimmingly for Hillary Clinton in New York last week, and foreshadowed a big Empire State victory for her in the general election. In the primary, she earned more than 1 million votes - nearly double the 525,000 of Donald Trump. Plus, she's a Democrat.

Why Bernie Sanders should never give up

Why Bernie Sanders should never give up
theweek.com — Bernie Sanders' path to the Democratic presidential nomination is now as blocked as an artery filled with hardened butter, and the Vermont senator is having a hard time convincing the cognoscenti that he should stay in the race. The democratic socialist's point, the pundits say, has been made.

Why Republicans won't even try to nominate the next president at their convention

Why Republicans won't even try to nominate the next president at their convention
theweek.com — Let me be the first to say this: The 2016 Republican National Convention is not, and will not be, about whether the Republicans nominate a candidate who can win the presidency. I'll say it again: The GOP convention is not about selecting the next would-be, could-be president. In normal years, of course.

Bernie Sanders made his best case against Hillary Clinton in the Brooklyn debate. It wasn't good enough.

Bernie Sanders made his best case against Hillary Clinton in the Brooklyn debate. It wasn't good enough.
theweek.com — They weren't playacting. In Brooklyn on Thursday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders went all in, with a high-risk, high-reward strategy, with the rewards accruing to him, and the risk consisting of the type of attack against Hillary Clinton that might stick to her in a general election.

Obama Manager Accuses Clintons of Widespread Dirty Politics

Obama Manager Accuses Clintons of Widespread Dirty Politics
theatlantic.com — Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > David Plouffe, in a succinct statement appended to a released quotation from his boss, Barack Obama, said the Obama campaign was investigating more than 200 reporters of irregularities in Nevada.

Donald Trump has a delegate problem. And it's not the one you think.

Donald Trump has a delegate problem. And it's not the one you think.
theweek.com — With just 44 percent of the vote in Ohio on Tuesday night, genial John Kasich may have roadblocked Donald Trump's path to an uncontested Republican nomination. Now, the Republican frontrunner might not get the 1,237 delegates he needs before July's GOP convention in Cleveland. Those numbers are tough.

7 Reasons Why Clinton Should Quit, Now

7 Reasons Why Clinton Should Quit, Now
theatlantic.com — Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > 1. It's over. Forget the sideshows and the hypotheticals. Once the party has its nominee, and only then, can the process of healing begin.

How likely/easily can people switch who they want for President?

How likely/easily can people switch who they want for President?
quora.com — Psychologically, not easy. You go into the voting booth with predispositions -- partisan, cultural, even biological. Many of them are difficult to put into words; they are barely conscious expressions of the way your subconscious has been shaped by your life.

Marc Ambinder's answer to Marc Ambinder: How has social media affected voter sentiment? What is 'negative partisanship'?

Marc Ambinder's answer to Marc Ambinder: How has social media affected voter sentiment? What is 'negative partisanship'?
quora.com — Negative Partisanship is a paradigmatic political science Idea (tm) of our age. Alan Abramowitz and Stephen Webster wrote to explain a paradox. Why, if "it appears that a large proportion of American voters today are reluctant to openlyacknowledge any affiliation with a political party," are partisan preferences so rigorously sorted, and seemingly so hard?

Marc Ambinder: Do you think John Kasich has any chance of winning the nomination?

Marc Ambinder: Do you think John Kasich has any chance of winning the nomination?
quora.com — A tiny chance, yes. He could be the consensus candidate at a brokered or contested convention. If the "adults" of the GOP somehow manage to take over, which is unlikely, he would be their second choice -- Rubio is still their first, assuming he makes it through till next week.
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Listening to Brian Williams anchor @MSNBC's coverage reminds me how great he is at breaking news narration and flow.


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