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Running for president is not a job for those with weak metabolism.
Hamburgers. Cheese steaks. Mom 'n pop ice cream. Sodas to wash it all down. Local dessert delicacies you'd be rude to resist.
Here's a 24-hour sample of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's diet on the campaign trail this week:
Black voters hold an unusual position in American politics. They vote heavily Democratic, as you know, and have for decades. The black population isn't as large as the white population, so that Democratic dominance doesn't tip the scales as much as it might otherwise; in general, the two parties are pretty evenly balanced when it comes to the national vote.
The conventional wisdom in the years since the Supreme Court gave its imprimatur to more money from more sources in politics is this:
A kind of arms race to amass the biggest campaign chest and more support from outside and officially unconnected super PACs is now the norm. Candidates have to engage to scare off less-fundraising-talented competition and gear up for the election to come. And they have to do this all while developing and going public with an actual policy platform. That platform has to appeal to potential big-money donors. But it also can't repel other voters. The former may help to buy ads, scare off and tarnish the competition. But the latter deliver the votes essential to a win, and their smaller donations can make a candidate appear principled, rather than bought.
The growing number of voters who support Donald Trump aren't put off by the fact that he's rich, brash or narcissistic. They don't even seem to mind that they don't know where he stands on almost any issue of substance.
Nonetheless, Donald Trump is the GOP's frontrunner today. He's leading the field in several recent national polls and is guaranteed a podium, probably center stage, in the party's crucial first debate Thursday in Cleveland.
On Thursday night, the Clinton campaign posted on its website a 1,906-word letter to the New York Times. The letter is a response to an article that originally alleged a criminal investigation into the candidate's e-mail use as secretary of state. After publication, the story was corrected multiple times to remove references to criminality, once the government officials who had supposedly requested the investigation publicly denied doing so. The Times' public editor criticized the paper's handling of the incident.
The obvious problem when sitting down (or standing up) and trying to rank the 10 people most likely to wind up as the Republican presidential nominee next year can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump.
On one hand, Trump is way ahead in most national polls on the primary race and even leads (or comes close to leading) in surveys conducted in early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
On Friday morning, the International Olympic Committee selected Beijing to host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, assuming that winter sports are still possible at that point. Beijing beat out the much smaller city of Almaty, located in southeastern Kazakhstan in the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains.
On Wednesday, Pew Research published a soberly titled report: "More Millennials Living With Family Despite Improved Job Market." It documented the extent to which young people, defined here as aged 18 to 34, continue to live with their parents, despite the improved economy and decreased unemployment rate of the demographic.
The warnings were dire.
The American Medical Association was so opposed that it hired then-actor and future-president Ronald Reagan to voice its concerns. And in a series of ads, paid speeches and a 1961 record distributed by the AMA, Reagan made a case.
If Medicare became a reality, the argument went, this moment would later be understood as the beginning of socialism in the United States. And, Reagan said in no uncertain terms, Medicare would also someday be understood as the end of things Americans hold dear, including, well, freedom. (You can listen for yourself if you click on the video below. The heart of Reagan's argument begins at 5:24.)
The nuclear agreement with Iran probably won't be mentioned in the first paragraph of President Obama Wikipedia entry or his obituary. But if all goes well, it might earn a spot in the second.
More than most of his other foreign-policy initiatives, a successful deal to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon has the ability to vindicate Obama's worldview and salvage his foreign-policy record while helping Americans feel a little better about the dangers faced on the world stage when he leaves office.