Robert Schlesinger

August 2013


Obama Makes the Right Call on Syria – Going to Congress

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President Obama wants to bomb Syria; that may or may not be right course of action – neither the prospect of bombing yet another country nor the idea of unchallenged use of chemical weapons appeals – but the part that he definitely got right was his decision to ask Congress to authorize military ...

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Obama, Barack
Congress
politics
Syria
national security terrorism and the military

The Onion on CNN’s Miley Cyrus-VMA Obsession

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Being firmly entrenched in middle age and something of a crank, I didn't watch MTV's Video Music Awards. In fact to demonstrate my cranky old man cred, I will add the obligatory comment: The last time I watched the VMAs, MTV actually played music videos. And yet I know all about Miley Cyrus' lewd ...

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Why Republicans Want a Debt Ceiling Fight, Not a Government Shutdown

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Washington Monthly's Ed Kilgore notes with appropriate alarm the won't-go-away talk among House Republicans about substituting a threat of government shutdown if Obamacare isn't defunded with a refusal to raise the debt ceiling. This is a terrifically stupid idea, he notes, because, as Ezra Klein ...

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
Congress
Obama, Barack
politics
federal budget

A Novel Approach to Dealing With Citizens United and 501(c)4 Disclosure: Follow the Law

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., has hit on a novel way to get at the issue of secret money flowing into political campaigns: following the law. It seems that the Internal Revenue Service's rules regarding how much political activity a 501(c)4 group can engage in and still retain tax exempt status ...

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IRS
super PACs
politics
Van Hollen, Chris
campaigns
campaign finance

Will the GOP Replace CNN, NBC at Debates With Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin?

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So the Republican National Committee has made good on its threat and sworn a collective blood oath not to let CNN or NBC (or their Spanish-language subsidiaries, CNN Espanol or Telemundo) cosponsor a Republican presidential primary debate in 2016. This follows the report yesterday by my old ...

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debates
Republican Party
Republican National Convention
RNC
2016 presidential election
Clinton, Hillary
Limbaugh, Rush
Hannity, Sean

Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Joe Biden in 2016? But It’s Only 2013!

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Hillary Clinton is doing a political event! Ted Cruz is in Iowa! Joe Biden is going to Iowa! The RNC is whining that Hillary is getting too much coverage! Rand Paul is blissfully unaware of the country's fiscal situation! The news vacuum that is late summer – which in past years has given us 2001's ...

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Republican Party
2016 presidential election
politics
Clinton, Hillary
Democratic Party

Fox Joining NBC's Hillary Clinton Miniseries? Your Move RNC

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NBC’s miniseries on Hillary Clinton’s life may not have a script yet but its plot twists keep on coming. The New York Times reports today that NBC has entered preliminary talks with Fox Television Studios to produce the controversial project (which has been denounced not only by Republican National ...

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Clinton, Hillary
Fox News
NBC
media
politics
2016 presidential election
Priebus, Reince

Hillary Clinton and the RNC’s Silly Threat to Boycott CNN and NBC

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I'm not sure whether to file this under "pointless" or just "dumb," but the Republican National Committee is threatening to boycott NBC and CNN if they go forward with, respectively, a mini-series and a documentary about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I guess you could file it under ...

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Clinton, Hillary
media
Priebus, Reince
RNC
politics
2016 presidential election

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