Robert Schlesinger

March 2011


Karl Rove's Half Right on Donald Trump and the Birther 'Trap'

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I suggested Tuesday that Donald Trump’s increasingly flamboyant embrace of birtherism might be a sign that his candidacy was hatched in a dark corner of the Democratic National Committee in an effort to force Republican presidential candidates to take clear positions on the “issue” and either ...

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Trump, Donald
Rove, Karl
Democratic Party
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2012 presidential election
Pawlenty, Tim
Obama, Barack
Hannity, Sean
O'Reilly, Bill
polls

Tea Party Should Declare Budget Victory and Go Home

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The Tea Partyers are coming to Washington today, rallying in front of the Capitol just as a deal to avert a government shutdown seems to be inching into view. I wonder how they’ll greet this widely reported news. What they should do is declare victory, congratulate themselves, and laud House ...

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tea party
Boehner, John
Congress
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Sarah Palin, Donald Trump Winning the GOP 2012 Blog Primary

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Sarah Palin has taken a commanding lead in blog coverage of the GOP 2012 primary, according to a new New York Times report, with Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann following distantly behind her. Traditional media, by contrast, tend to cover a slightly more staid and ...

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Bachmann, Michele
Gingrich, Newt
Romney, Mitt
Paul, Ron
Trump, Donald
Palin, Sarah
Barbour, Haley
Pawlenty, Tim
2012 presidential election
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politics
blogs
New York Times

Is Birther Donald Trump a Democratic Sleeper Agent?

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I’m becoming concerned that a certain political figure in the 2012 presidential field has a sinister, hidden agenda. We all like to laugh and be dismissive--but it’s increasingly hard to ignore the questions about his birth certificate. One has to ask: Is Donald Trump, seemingly a “birther”

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debates
DNC
Obama, Barack
Trump, Donald
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Republican Party
2012 presidential election
politics
Boehner, John
Bachmann, Michele

Eyeing 2012, Michele Bachmann Hires an Iowa Birther

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I’d love to give Michele Bachmann and her advisers truth serum and out find who among them--if any--see a plausible path to the presidency for a someone who has never run for (let alone won) statewide office and inhabits a portion of her party’s political spectrum distantly removed from the main ...

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Bachmann, Michele
Iowa
Trump, Donald
Republican Party
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Iowa caucus
2012 presidential election

Is Obama's War on Libya Constitutional?

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The most pointed and damning criticism of President Barack Obama’s military excursion into Libya comes not from the peacenik left or the truculent right (who grumble about the Obama being less aggressively hawkish than France, as if a cultural punch-line-- the French are militarily inept!--should ...

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Bush, George W.
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War in Afghanistan (2001-)
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Kucinich, Dennis
Larson, John
tea party
Constitution
Obama, Barack

Poll: Charlie Sheen 'Winning' Over Sarah Palin Among Independents

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Among independent voters, “tiger blood” trumps “Mama Grizzly” genes, at least according to a poll released today by Public Policy Polling. For laughs, the survey tested out of control actor Charlie Sheen in hypothetical 2012 matchups against President Obama and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. And ...

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Palin, Sarah
politics
2012 presidential election
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How Spending Cuts Would Harm Tsunami Detection and Warning

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In the immediate wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on Friday, I and others noted the effects that the temporary funding bill which the House passed last month would have on the government’s ability to detect and war about tsunamis. This prompted questions about both what that ...

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Schumer, Chuck
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
NOAA
politics
Japan
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Pacific Ocean
Congress
federal budget

Michele Bachmann Butchers American History in New Hampshire

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Michele Bachmann continued her 2012 presidential flirtation today with what is quickly being called the “gaffe her ’round the Internet.” Speaking at a Manchester, New Hampshire event sponsored by the Republican Liberty Caucus, the Tea Party favorite tried to establish a rapport with her audience ...

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Bachmann, Michele
New Hampshire
2012 presidential election
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tea party

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and His Allies Drop All Pretenses

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There’s a sports saying that comes up whenever a player signs a huge, multimillion dollar megadeal: When they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money. A similar principle holds true in politics. When a politician says that something is just about the budget and not about grinding ...

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politics
Rove, Karl
labor
unions
Wisconsin
Democratic Party
Republican Party
deficit and national debt
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
polls

Sarah Palin Obliviously Weighs In On Wisconsin Labor Standoff

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Memo to Sarah Palin: You’re really not in a position to criticize anyone for ‘retreating.’

Palin appeared on Fox News Channel’s Justice with Judge Jeanine over the weekend and was asked about the Wisconsin stand-off wherein 14 Democratic state senators have skipped over state lines to foil GOP Gov.

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Democratic Party
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Palin, Sarah

Another Poll Brings Bad News for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

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The bad news keeps on coming for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The results of poll after poll show that his union-busting overreach has backfired in Wisconsin (and that it’s not popular nationally either).

[See photos of the Wisconsin protests.]

The Wisconsin Public Research Institute ...

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