Robert Schlesinger

April 2011


Paul Hits Donald Trump's 2012 Republican Credentials

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That actual Republicans are starting to flame Donald Trump is probably a pretty good indication that he is making the transition from being viewed as a farcical 2012 candidate to be pointed and laughed at to a semi-serious candidate to be pointed at and targeted. The latest example came Thursday ...

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Paul, Rand
Paul, Ron
Trump, Donald
Congress
New Hampshire
politics
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Reid, Harry

Obama Birth Certificate Release a Win for Trump and for Obama 2012

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Turning to the pure politics of President Obama's releasing his birth certificate, two winners emerge: Obama and the unendingly ludicrous Donald Trump.

Politico’s Ben Smith gets it exactly right: Both men used the release of the birth certificate to make crucial pivots. Obama used the issue to ...

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Trump, Donald
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
White House
Obama, Barack
Palin, Sarah
politics

The Inventor of the TelePrompTer Dies

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Political history lost one of its minor but critical role players last week. Hubert “Hub” Schlafly died on April 20 of undisclosed causes. Few will recognize the name, but his contribution to political communications is enduring. Schlafly, you see, invented the TelePrompTer.

From the Washington ...

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politics
Presidential speech transcripts
speeches
Reagan, Ronald
Truman, Harry S
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Obama, Barack

As Trump Hits New Hampshire, Poll Shows Overwhelming Opposition

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Donald Trump makes his maiden (if stealthy) voyage to New Hampshire today but he arrives amid yet more evidence suggesting that he’s the Democrats’ dream candidate for GOP nominee.

[ Check out political cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]

According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 63 ...

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Trump, Donald
Obama, Barack
politics
2012 presidential election
Palin, Sarah
Romney, Mitt
Huckabee, Mike
New Hampshire
polls
Gallup

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour Skips 2012 GOP Presidential Race

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Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour announced today that he will not be running for president next year, citing insufficient “fire in the belly” for a run.

Barbour’s surprise departure--he had done campaign-y things like hiring staff and making trips to early primary states--gives a bit ...

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New York Times
politics
Daniels, Mitch
Huckabee, Mike
2012 presidential election
Barbour, Haley

On Debt Ceiling, GOP Causing Economic Uncertainty It Once Decried

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Do you remember economic uncertainty? The GOP spent most of the 2010 campaign season issuing dark warnings about the terrible consequences of economic uncertainty. Uncertainty was the great peril stalking the U.S. economy, and the Republicans would not stand for it.

That was then. Or more ...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce
debt
Wall Street
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
politics
Obama, Barack
Cantor, Eric
Boehner, John
unemployment
deficit and national debt
federal budget

Why Republicans Are Playing Politics With the Debt Ceiling

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The Washington Post's Ezra Klein wonders how politicians like Michele Bachmann and Pat Toomey can actually advocate for political inaction in the face of the United States hitting its national debt ceiling. Noting that all mainstream economists and political leaders agree that hitting the debt ...

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Republican Party
GAO
polls
Washington Post
unemployment
politics
Toomey, Pat
Congress
Bachmann, Michele
deficit and national debt

Donald Trump Rides Birtherism to GOP 2012 Frontrunner Status

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Polls giveth and polls taketh away. On the same day that Gallup released polling numbers showing that President Obama’s job approval has sunk to the lowest point of his tenure, Public Policy Polling unveiled a poll showing that the clear frontrunner to carry the GOP mantel challenging Obama is …

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Palin, Sarah
Trump, Donald
Obama, Barack
gas prices
deficit and national debt
2012 presidential election
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
politics
Medicare
Nevada
Delaware
Angle, Sharron
O'Donnell, Christine
Gallup
polls
Huckabee, Mike

Where Did the National Debt Come From?

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Gallup reported yesterday that a greater percentage of Americans (17 percent) are identifying the issue of the federal budget deficit and the debt as the most pressing favoring the country than at any time in the last 15 years. This is not surprising given the fact that it has been the dominant ...

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Gallup
unemployment
New York Times
Bush, George W.
Congress
debt
deficit and national debt
Obama, Barack
Ryan, Paul
politics

The Numbers Behind the $38.5 Billion (or $352 Million) Budget Deal

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Remember last week’s $38.5 billion budget deal? The one that averted a government shutdown? If you’ve paying attention to the news, you might have noticed that that $38.5 billion is a suddenly slippery figure. Depending upon who you listen to, deal actually only cut $352 million (with an ‘m’) in ...

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national security terrorism and the military
defense spending
Republican Party
tea party
Congressional Budget Office
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
politics
deficit and national debt
federal budget

Bad News, GOP: Birther Donald Trump Now Leads 2012 Field

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Donald Trump … frontrunner? That was the news out of yesterday’s CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey. Fully 19 percent of Republicans identified The Donald as their number one choice as party standard-bearer in the quest to evict Barack Obama from the White House. An equal number supported ...

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Trump, Donald
Obama, Barack
politics
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Barbour, Haley
Gingrich, Newt
Palin, Sarah
Huckabee, Mike
Romney, Mitt
health care reform

Sarah Palin Says 'More Power To' Donald Trump's Birther Crusade

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Asked Saturday about real estate developer-cum- GOP presidential aspirant Donald Trump’s embrace of birtherism, former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said that while she thinks President Obama was indeed born in Hawaii, “more power to” the Donald, because golly, the president must be hiding

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Obama, Barack
Hawaii
politics
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Trump, Donald
Palin, Sarah

Why Democrats Are Winning the Government Shutdown Messaging War

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Republicans and Democrats have been working mightily to put their frame on a prospective government shutdown in the hopes of directing voter wrath at the other party if worse comes to worst. I think Democrats have the stronger position.

[See editorial cartoons about the budget and the deficit.]

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Democratic Party
federal budget
Boehner, John
tea party
Republican Party
politics
deficit and national debt
Congress
women's health

Donald Trump's Birther Talk Drives His GOP 2012 Support Up

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I noted yesterday that a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll found that self-promoter and real estate developer Donald Trump has risen to second place among GOP 2012 primary voters. I suggested that while part of this is no doubt a function of name recognition, his rise is also more evidence ...

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polls
2012 presidential election
politics
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Trump, Donald

How to Solve the Budget Deficit Crisis Without Really Trying

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Most of the fiscal debate sparked by Rep. Paul Ryan’s unveiling his budget proposal Tuesday--with his grave warning that dealing with the deficit is a “moral imperative”--has omitted a couple of key facts about the budget imbalance. To wit that Congress could solve the crisis by doing nothing ...

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Republican Party
economic stimulus
Congress
Ryan, Paul
Bush, George W.
politics
deficit and national debt
taxes
federal taxes
federal budget

Poll: Birther Donald Trump Vaults to Second in GOP 2012 Field

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Donald Trumps TV ratings might be slumping, but his GOP ratings are shooting up, presumably fueled by his recent, vocal embrace of birtherism. According to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, the Donald has vaulted into second place nationally among likely GOP 2012 presidential ...

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Wall Street Journal
NBC
politics
Gingrich, Newt
Huckabee, Mike
Romney, Mitt
Palin, Sarah
Trump, Donald
Republican Party
2012 presidential election

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