Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker: Three years ago, after the re-election of Barack Obama, a rueful Republican National Committee launched an inquiry into where the Party had gone wrong. Researchers for the Growth and Opportunity Project contacted more than 2,600 people -- voters, officeholders, Party operatives -- conducted focus groups, and took polls around the country. The resulting report is a bracingly forthright piece of self-criticism that took the GOP to task for turning off young voters, minorities and women. A key finding was that candidates needed to curb the harsh talk about immigration. Mitt Romney's call for "self-deportation" was loser rhetoric. Making people feel that "a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States" was poor politics. The report offered one specific policy recommendation: "We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party's appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies." None of the current Republican Presidential hopefuls seem to have taken that counsel to heart. read more
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: On university campuses across the country, from Mizzou to Yale, we have two noble forces colliding with explosive force. One is a concern for minority or marginalized students and faculty members, who are often left feeling as outsiders in ways that damage everyone's education. At the University of Missouri, a black professor, Cynthia Frisby, wrote, "I have been called the N-word too many times to count." The problem is not just racists who use epithets but also administrators who seem to acquiesce. That's why Mizzou students -- especially football players -- used their clout to oust the university system's president. They showed leadership in trying to rectify a failure of leadership. But moral voices can also become sanctimonious bullies. read more
1. Her support of the Iraq War when GWB was prez
2. Her support for military intervention in Syria
3. Her support for military intervention in Libya as SoS
4. Her support for the NSA domestic surveillance record (- her current recantations notwithstanding)
5. Her support for Wall Street bail-outs and policies that benefit big investors (i.e. the 1%)
6. Her reluctance to support the legalization of marijuana
7. Her support for the Keystone Pipeline ( - her current 180 on the issue notwithstanding)
8. Her role in negotiating and trying to implement the TPP ( - her last minute renunciation of the deal notwithstanding) which would send ever more American jobs overseas.
9. Her long history of saying one thing to liberal middle class supporters and then actually coming down in favor of the corporate or big institution position.
10. Her strong support of Israel, even when it comes to the persecution and murder of Palestinians.
Actually, this list could go on and on... read more
She remains Democrats' best hope -- for now -- to retain the White House, but Hillary Clinton has failed to shake an unremitting email scandal that has dragged down her perceived trustworthiness and upended her campaign.
Clinton's poll numbers are trending downward. Rival candidate Bernie Sanders, 73, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, is gaining on her.
Even Vice President Joe Biden, who has twice sought the presidency unsuccessfully, is considering jumping into the race against the most scrutinized Democratic nominee in decades, a woman who aimed to plant the flag of gender equality at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Might one of the most resilient politicians in US history, who has faced criticism of her failed health care reform while she was first lady, her role in responding to the Benghazi attacks and her husband's ignominy, ultimately be derailed by her email snafus? read more