Politics Brings Romney Back to New Hampshire

He insists he’s not running for president a third time, but Mitt Romney is campaigning again in New Hampshire. The former Republican presidential nominee is set to endorse Senate candidate Scott Brown on Wednesday, campaigning publicly in New Hampshire for the first time since the early hours of Election Day 2012 as he continues a larger effort to re-emerge as […]

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White House Point Man Mends Obamacare Politics

Just days after his return to the White House last month, Phil Schiliro sat down in the Capitol with a group of vulnerable Senate Democrats seething over the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare. Weeks before they’d been riding high following the disastrous GOP-led government shutdown. Now they were fighting for their political lives and had openly considered breaking with the president […]

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Women in Politics Less Likely to be Corrupt, Study Says

Here’s another reason to address gender disparities in Congress: Female politicians are less likely than their male counterparts to engage in corruption, and more likely to disapprove of it when they see it, a new study says. The study, written by political science researchers at Rice University and titled “’Fairer Sex’ or Purity Myth? Corruption, Gender, and Institutional Context,” amassed data […]

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Cruz Control

Ted Cruz is sure I am out to get him. He has been enduring this interview for an hour in a New Orleans hotel suite with sweeping views of the barges churning up the Mississippi River 29 stories below. Not until the end does he hint the whole thing is just theater, its outcome as certain as a show vote […]

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Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me’

In unscheduled and unusually personal remarks, President Barack Obama tried Friday to explain why African- Americans were upset about last week’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin while lowering expectations for federal charges in the case. “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama told White House reporters in a surprise appearance at […]

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Management 102

The President gave a speech about his management of the federal bureaucracy today. I’ve been critical of this aspect of his presidency in the past, so it’s only right that I respond to his effort, even though I know this is a topic that only a few of us, really weird wonkomoids, find scintillating. It was an O.K. speech. The best […]

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France Struggles with Scandal Even as It Tries To Clean Up Politics

Over the past three decades, Bernard Tapie has periodically hit the headlines in France in roles ranging from working class hero to capitalist villain. A self-made businessman with a square jaw and sharp tongue, Tapie was already a national figure in 1992 when President François Mitterrand made him a government minister. Three years later he was in disgrace, stripped of […]

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