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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 31, 2012 3:55 AM
"Axelrod is endeavoring not to panic." So reads a sentence in John Heilemann's exhaustive article on Barack Obama's campaign in this week's New York magazine.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 21, 2012 3:55 AM
In the run-up to this weekend's G-8 summit at Camp David, journalists have unfavorably compared European "austerity" with Barack Obama's economic policies.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 14, 2012 3:55 AM
Last week, I wrote about the standings in the presidential race and said it looked like a long, hard slog through about a dozen clearly identified target states, much like the contests in 2000 and 2004. Call it the 2000/2004 long, hard slog scenario.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 10, 2012 3:55 AM
Just as the political air is filled with talk of the inevitability of Barack Obama's re-election -- we are told that the kids at his Chicago headquarters are brimming with confidence -- in come some poll numbers showing him behind.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 7, 2012 3:55 AM
Washington Post editorial writer and liberal blogger Jonathan Capehart is puzzled. Why does the "non-issue" of Harvard Law professor and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry "require so much attention?" he asked last week.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 3, 2012 3:55 AM
It has been reported that the Obama campaign this year, as in 2008, has disabled or chosen not to use AVS in screening contributions made by credit card.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 30, 2012 3:55 AM
Last week, Barack Obama delivered speeches at universities in Chapel Hill, N.C., Iowa City, Iowa, and Boulder, Colo.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 26, 2012 3:55 AM
The illegal immigration problem is going away.

That's the conclusion I draw from the latest report of the Pew Hispanic Center on Mexican immigration to the United States.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 23, 2012 3:55 AM
I don't know how many times I've seen liberal commentators look back with nostalgia to the days when a young man fresh out of high school or military service could get a well-paying job on an assembly line at a unionized auto factory that could carry him through to a comfortable retirement.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 16, 2012 3:55 AM
How much will Obamacare -- call it the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if you like -- cost over the next 10 years?
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 9, 2012 3:55 AM
Time for a postmortem on the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 2, 2012 3:55 AM
"I don't worry about the Constitution," said Rep. Phil Hare, Democrat of Illinois, at a town hall meeting where voters questioned his support of the legislation that became Obamacare. You can find the clip on youtube.com, where it has 462,084 hits.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 29, 2012 3:55 AM
"I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 26, 2012 3:55 AM
President Barack Obama's 17-minute video, "The Road We've Traveled," gives us an idea of how he wants to frame the issues in the fall election.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 22, 2012 3:55 AM
As I listened to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan describe his latest budget plan in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute this week, I couldn't help thinking how different things will be in Britain when Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne steps out of No. 11 Downing St. with a battered red briefcase holding his budget for the forthcoming year.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 19, 2012 3:55 AM
The 2012 congressional redistricting cycle following the 2010 Census is just about over and done with. And it seems likely to make much less difference than many of us expected.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 12, 2012 3:55 AM

In the cold, gray numbers of election returns and exit poll percentages, a reader with some imagination can find clues to people's deep feelings, their hopes and fears, their self-images and moral values.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 5, 2012 3:55 AM
Few social scientists, and even fewer political scientists, have done as much to improve American life as James Q. Wilson, who died last week at age 80.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 1, 2012 3:55 AM
I have long been puzzled by the enthusiasm with which many young liberal bloggers cheer on proposals to raise tax rates on high earners. I can understand why they might favor them, but not why they seem to invest so much psychic energy in the issue.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 27, 2012 3:55 AM
If you were listening reasonably carefully to last Wednesday's Republican presidential candidate debate, you heard Rick Santorum say, "Charles Murray just wrote a book about this."
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 20, 2012 3:55 AM
Many Republican House members, and the bloggers and tea partiers who cheered their victory in gaining a majority in November 2010, seem to be seething with discontent and eager for confrontation.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 13, 2012 3:55 AM
Rick Santorum won big victories in three small contests in the Republican presidential race last Tuesday. In doing so, he reshaped the oft-reshaped nomination battle once again.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 9, 2012 3:55 AM
The Republican presidential candidates, except for Ron Paul, haven't been paying much attention to young voters in the primaries and caucuses so far. But any Republican nominee -- which is to say probably Mitt Romney, or maybe Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum -- had better be paying attention to them in the summer and fall.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 6, 2012 3:55 AM
It's unusual when a reporter sympathetic to a politician writes a story that makes his subject look bad. But Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker has now done this twice.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 2, 2012 3:55 AM
Mitt Romney's impressive victory Tuesday makes it very likely that we will look back on the Florida primary as the contest that determined the 2012 Republican nomination.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 30, 2012 3:55 AM
We got mixed signals from a turbulent political week.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 26, 2012 3:55 AM
You know politicians are serious when they move from campaigning to governing. Something like that may be happening on the Republican campaign trail -- but, unfortunately, not at the Obama White House.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 23, 2012 3:55 AM
Those who take a certain pleasure in denouncing the evils of negative political advertising should have spent the last week in South Carolina.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 19, 2012 3:55 AM
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The crowd at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach was feisty, with whoops and cheers for Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, though not so much for Ron Paul.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 16, 2012 3:55 AM
Of course President Obama is not concentrating on campaigning, White House press spokesmen assured us -- as the president headed off to Chicago for three fundraisers and a drop-in at his campaign headquarters, two days after a high-roller fundraising choked off traffic five blocks from the White House, with the assistance of a score of D.C. police cars.
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