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George W. Bush’s chief strategist thinks Jeb Bush has ‘incredibly low’ odds of being the Republican nominee
Matthew Dowd served as George W. Bush's chief strategist for the Texas governor's successful 2000 presidential bid and his 2004 reelection race. While Dowd keeps to the sidelines of presidential politics these days — he's the chief political analyst for ABC News — he remains a thoughtful observer of his former party (he describes himself as "vehement independent") largely via his Twitter feed. I reached out to Dowd to get his take on Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and the broader fight for the heart and soul of the GOP in 2016. Our conversation — conducted via e-mail and edited only for flow — is below.
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Conventional wisdom among some politicians has it that taking in refugees is a financial burden to the United States.
Once they're here, the federal government has an entire office dedicated to resettling them, making sure they get medical assistance and some spending money ($1,000 per refugee), along with English language and job training. It's called the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and it's housed under the Department of Health and Human Services.
Chris Christie had been waiting more than a year for last Saturday night.
The endorsement of his presidential bid by the New Hampshire Union Leader, which came down in the heart of the Thanksgiving weekend, might not seem like a big deal for Christie (or the rest of the field) at first glance. But it at least has the potential to genuinely matter in the race.
A group of black pastors — with at least one notable exception — say the meeting was never going to end in some kind of mass endorsement of Donald Trump. It was just an invitation-only sit-down with Trump to talk politics.
Trump's campaign team seemed to have started off talking about the gathering as an endorsement event and then, in a rare turn of events, scaled back and started describing the get-together as a "private meeting." It was all just a "misunderstanding," according to the campaign.
He offered to do something he shouldn’t do, but he didn’t actually do it. Not that he ever would have, because his better judgment would have kicked in (at some point) and stopped him.
That’s the short version of a mea culpa that Politico’s Mike Allen included Monday in the first edition of Playbook after the holiday weekend. Allen, Politico’s chief White House correspondent and Playbook author, conceded that last week Gawker “rightly took me to task for something clumsy I wrote in an e-mail to Philippe Reines in 2013, seeking an interview with Chelsea Clinton at a Politico brunch. In the e-mail, I said I’d agree to the questions in advance. I have never done that and would never do that.”
Ted Cruz cites reports that Planned Parenthood shooter could be ‘transgendered leftist activist.’ What?
Officially, the motive of alleged Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear remains unclear.
Unofficial motive/details on #CentennialBlshooting may impact investigation/prosecution @CSPDPIO @EPCSheriff ONLY official info source.
The shootings at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., over the holiday have put the debate over the women's health services and abortion provider back in the news. And already, left and right are arguing in very heated terms over the shooter reportedly saying "no more baby parts" while discussing his motives.
Politics — and political journalism — these days is full of charts, stats, facts and maps. It's easy amid that avalanche of data to lose the thread, to forget what really matters when it comes to the present state of the electorate and, more important, where the country's political future lies.
These two charts, which ran over the weekend with a Washington Post article headlined "The Republican field has a diversity quandary," matter — a lot. They explain the fundamental problem that sits at the heart of Republicans' uphill quest to win back the White House in 2016 and beyond.
Hillary Clinton will no longer be called ‘Rodham.’ Here’s her complicated history with her maiden name.
Update: The Associated Press has just announced its style guide will also now refer to Hillary Clinton without using "Rodham." Below is our recent look at Clinton's long, mixed history with the use of her maiden name, which was posted Nov. 19.
Hillary Rodham Clinton might have been a fixture of American public life for the last 23 years.
One of the key arguments put forth by those in favor of accepting Syrian refugees is that the United States has an ignominious history with this kind of thing — particularly as it relates to turning away Jewish refugees on the eve of World War II.
A few weeks back, The Post's Ishaan Tharoor summarized the reluctance to allow these Jewish refugees into the country. The pro-refugee crowd argues that a similar brand of xenophobia and bigotry could lead the United States to again turn away people in need of safe haven — and that the U.S. could again be made to regret not allowing them in.