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Book review: ‘The Cynic: Political Education of Mitch McConnell,’ by Alec MacGillis

washingtonpost.com — Mitch McConnell is still an enigma. He's the most powerful Republican in Washington and in his home state of Kentucky, now on the cusp of realizing his lifelong dream of becoming Senate majority leader. But those wishing to learn more about the man are left with precious few options, other than a friendly authorized biography and a handful of durable magazine profiles.

Hambycast: The people who could choose the president

cnn.com — Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) -- Soon after I arrived in New Hampshire, I hit Mitt Romney in the face. Romney was running for president -- the first time -- in 2008, and he showed up at Bedford High School on primary day for a photo-op and a spurt of last minute hand-shaking in the frigid early January cold.

Inside the GOP's secret school

cnn.com — Washington (CNN) -- Night after night, Republicans are going back to school in an effort to build a new army of communications operatives for the Twitter age. The courses at "Comms College" -- the GOP's secret training ground for social media-savvy communications staffers -- are taught in a sterile conference room on Capitol Hill.

'White boy' Biden calls tea party 'crazy'

cnn.com — Washington (CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden, in a closed-door meeting with black clergy in South Carolina Tuesday, referred to himself as "the only white boy on the east side of Wilmington" as he railed against income inequality and called on faith leaders to help elect Democrats this year.

Hambycast: New front in war on women

cnn.com — Derry, New Hampshire (CNN) -- The war over women arrived in New Hampshire this week -- in the form of a press release. "New Shaheen Campaign Ad Highlights Scott Brown's Anti-Choice Record and Extreme Bill He Introduced," reporters were informed Tuesday morning by email, just hours before Sen.

The hardest working man in Democratic politics

cnn.com — Washington (CNN) -- A Democrat with White House ambitions is furiously criss-crossing the country to help the party's candidates -- and it's not Hillary Clinton. Martin O'Malley, the two-term governor of Maryland, has headlined more than 80 Democratic fundraisers since last year.

Hambycast: Rand Paul's campus challenge

cnn.com — Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) -- Campus politics aren't always a clear winner for Rand Paul, as he discovered here this week during an appearance at the College of Charleston.

Rand Paul: 'I am not opposed to birth control'

Rubio courts Jim DeMint loyalists ahead of 2016

cnn.com — Washington (CNN) -- Jim DeMint may be long gone from the Senate and now running the conservative Heritage Foundation, but his blessing is still in demand for Republican presidential candidates marching through his home state of South Carolina.

Hambycast: Branstad's mustachioed superstition exposed

cnn.com — Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) -- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, favored to win re-election and a historic sixth term in November, credits his famous facial hair for his political success. "I've never lost, and I've always done it with a mustache, so I'm going to keep it," he told me.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @mikedebonis: Why are some black voters having trouble getting behind Muriel Bowser? @paulschwartzman explores washingtonpost.com/local/dc-polit…

Oct 21, 2014

@AaronBlakeWP how is Fox not "MSM"? you can't claim to be number one in ratings and simultaneously outside the mainstream.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @mlcalderone: While conservatives flock to Fox in droves, variety of primary news sources among liberals: pewrsr.ch/1s14IYz pic.twitter.com/yEWdnWJRmv

Oct 21, 2014

RT @conradhackett: Trust in news source CNN 54% ABC, NBC 50% CBS 46% Fox 44% Daily Show 16% Rush 12% Buzzfeed 2% journalism.org/interactives/m… pic.twitter.com/FkVOSRzrwk

Oct 20, 2014

RT @HotlineJosh: Grimes camp mgr Hurst, on #KYSEN: "the disconnect between Beltway punditry and the reality on the ground is vast."

Oct 20, 2014

RT @joesonka: Grimes' support cratered among black voters. Was up 65% 2 weeks ago, now only up 38%. Maybe she should have just said "yes." #kysen

Oct 20, 2014

RT @kevinliptakcnn: Obama to Sharpton on not campaigning in tough Senate races: "This isn't about my feelings being hurt...these folks are strong allies"

Oct 20, 2014

"These are all folks that vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress." - Obama on Sharpton's radio show re: Dems in tough races

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