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How do you beat a sitting vice president in a presidential nomination contest? There's no established game plan, because no one's ever done it.

The presidential election is sixteen months away, but candidates are already fanning out across the land, garnering dollars and media exposure.

Completely confident, they know that--fair
And square, on issues--they'll defeat George Bush.
But still, where is that famous picture where

On April 30, 1992, Bill Bradley strode to the podium of the US Senate. The previous night, riots had erupted in Los Angeles following a not-guilty verdict in the first Rodney King trial.

How will we know when women have achieved equality? Male politicians will all be bachelors.

Republicans seem rather sour
About the run of Gary Bauer.
But Democrats are glad to greet
The one opponent Gore might beat.

One man is the symbol of Wall Street power. The other rose to prominence as a grassroots hellraiser. One believes in top-down control of the economy and celebrates global capitalism.

In '96 poor Forbes was thought
To be less zealous than he ought
To be on things like baby-killing.
So now he's showing that he's willing

It was yet another Washington confab where Democrats
gathered in a hotel to ponder their prospects.

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Now a presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders is arguing that the government should wind down several large financial institutions.

May 6, 2015

Huckabee’s formula—very conservative on social issues but defending Social Security and opposing free trade—could upset a lot of calculations.

May 6, 2015

Democratic National Committee accepts that 2016 race will be competitive. Here's how to make the debates better.

May 5, 2015

The very different candidates for the Democratic nomination have a lot to debate.

April 30, 2015

“America does not belong to the billionaire class,” he says, “it belongs to all of us.”

April 28, 2015

Obama's barb worked because it had the ring of truth.

April 27, 2015

The Kochs adore Walker, but there’s a problem. He polls poorly against Clinton—even in his home state.

April 21, 2015

Feed me photo ops...banal insights...obsessive coverage of insignificant details...

April 21, 2015

This is the time to break with Obama, and her own past, by siding with labor, environmentalists, human rights activists.

April 17, 2015

During the 2008 primary, some of Clinton’s rhetoric left black voters cold. She’ll need to overcome those lingering concerns to win in 2016.

April 16, 2015