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Months away from Election Day, the Democrats are already cutting and running away from Obamacare. Clinton is the man to help them embrace it, attack obsessed Republicans—and win.

Let Bill do it.With Democrats facing a daunting midterm season, it’s time to bring in the Big Dawg, not just as a campaigner but as a strategic driving force with the resources to deploy and dominate the message wars from coast to coast. Put him in charge of one of the existing super PACs—which would instantly multiply its fundraising—or form a new one that can operate on a genuinely super scale, with a pervasive reach. Let the Republicans have Karl Rove and Sheldon Adelson, the gambling mogul who in 2012 seemed to have all the electoral magic of a muggle.

Quiet Success

Obama’s Closing His Wage Gap

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Do women really make 77 cents for every man’s dollar? Republicans have pounced on Obama’s fondness for the statistic—but they miss his success at narrowing the White House wage gap.

The first skirmish in the renewed battle for gender wage equality seemed to be won by Republicans. The White House was forced to defend itself against its use of questionable data while a gaggle of conservatives—armed with equally misleading statistics and fingers pointed—pounced on the president. But a closer look at the data proves President Obama is closing his inherited White House wage gap, and experts say his policies might be able to influence a national disparity that hasn’t budged in a decade.

No Choice

America’s Abortion-Free Zone Grows

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Montana was the only hope for women living 600 miles in any direction to obtain an abortion. Now there’s two clinics left thanks to vandalism. How long can they stay open?

MINNEAPOLIS—There is a nearly 1,200-mile-wide desert of abortion providers stretching from the western border of Idaho to the eastern borders of North and South Dakota. Across this five-state expanse, the total number of cities that offer any form of abortion access can be counted on just two hands. Montana used to be an oasis in that abortion desert, with four clinics in four different cities offering both surgical and medication abortion options, but not anymore.

PunditFact

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

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Obamacare was Topic A on this week's Sunday talk shows, and not everyone had their facts straight. PunditFact rates their claims.

By Aaron SharockmanAnother Sunday, another set of misrepresentations about the Affordable Care Act.On ABC’s This Week, a gaggle of pundits discussed the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That evolved into a debate about the law’s effectiveness and the implications for the midterm elections.Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham argued that the health care law is resulting in higher health care costs and fewer health care choices, claims that got a rise out of liberal pundit James Carville.

Say What?

This Pol Hates Neanderthals

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One House candidate’s reason for running is personal. Steve King thinks DREAMers who want to join the military should be deported. And a Missouri Rep.says getting an abortion is a huge decision—like buying a car, or getting new carpeting.

House Candidate Running So His Daughter Won’t Have to Learn Evolution Aaron Miller is running to represent Minnesota in Congress to make a difference in someone’s life. One life, in particular, actually. The Iraq War vet explained at a district convention this weekend—as he has on several occasions since he started his campaign—that he his running for office to keep his daughter from learning evolution at her public school. The Mankato Free Press reported that Miller “repeated his story about his daughter returning home from school in tears because evolution was being taught in her class,” an anecdote that he apparently manages to fit into most of his stump speeches.

Empty Hole

Can We Divorce Our Elites?

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The nasty public divorce of the D.C. power couple Tony and Heather Podesta reveals a power vacuum we can fill, if only we get our personal lives together.

They say Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people. And the biggest story splashed across the political tabloids is the now very ugly divorce of Tony and Heather Podesta, lobbyists extraordinaire.It’s not ugly in the way we’re used to. This is a decoupling carried out with a conscious air of respect and admiration, tarnished only by the soulless machinations of lawyers that we have come to expect wherever nontrivial sums are involved.No, it’s ugly because of the lifestyle being revealed around these rich and famous power-brokers.

Presidential Rewind

Why You Should Want Hillary vs. Jeb

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They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016?

When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens.First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don't need more dynastic politics in this country."But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country.Let's review.QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM.Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little that he was inexperienced.

In Theory

UN Conspiracy That Just Won’t Die

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In a new report, the Southern Poverty Law Center deconstructs the mythology that has surrounded the sustainability planning program since it was adopted at the U.N. Earth Summit more than 20 years ago.

It’s been called “the most dangerous threat to American sovereignty”; “An anti-human document, which takes aim at Western culture, and the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions,” that will bring “new Dark Ages of pain and misery yet unknown to mankind,” and “abolish golf courses, grazing pastures and paved roads,” in the name of creating a “one-world order.”It’s been the subject of several forewarning books and DVDs; there are organizations dedicated to stopping it and politicians have been unseated for supporting it.

KASICH FOR PREZ?

The GOP’s Mystery Candidate

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If Ohio’s Republican governor John Kasich wins reelection in November, expect the chatter about a possible White House run to increase. But could his support of Medicaid expansion sink him?

Unless you live in Ohio, or are a political junkie, chances are you have never heard of its Republican governor, John Kasich. But that will likely change after November’s mid-term election if Governor Kasich wins his reelection bid by a respectable margin—setting the chattering class off yapping about his increased 2016 presidential prospects.Last month, Kasich received a national profile boost when he was invited to the widely reported, “Sheldon Primary,” the goal of which was to impress Las Vegas billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson.

Up to a Point

Put the Bill of Rights to a Vote

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If the first 10 amendments to the Constitution went before today’s voters, how would they fare?

Change of Heart About the Bill of Rights?…Is it possible that some of our constitutional rights aren’t the dreamboats we think they are? Maybe they’re even cheating on us.For example, the Supreme Court has ruled that rich knuckleheads have the constitutional right to make unlimited political contributions.We’re Having a Steamy Affair With Rights…President Obama, sworn defender of our constitutional rights, has said, “In the United States, health care is not a privilege for the fortunate few; it is a right.

Not Enough

The 'Anti-Gay' Ratings Racket

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GM, yes. Washington Post, no? The Human Rights Campaign’s standards for corporate America’s gay-friendliness have modernized—but it’s evaluation methods haven’t.

On April 1, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation honored more than 300 major employers at the 12th Annual LGBT Workplace Awards Reception.  Some of the biggest names in corporate America were celebrated at the gala event, including AT&T, Viacom, Nike, and Boeing. Even companies that have recently faced criticism for ethically questionable business practices were honored, including Bank of America, Pfizer, Monsanto, and General Motors.All of these companies earned their spots at the dinner at the Time Warner Center in New York City by receiving a perfect score of 100 percent on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

Health Crisis

Meet the House GOP Shrink

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Rep. Tim Murphy sometimes get teased by colleagues about his profession. But in the wake of the Fort Hood and Pittsburgh attacks, he could see Families in Mental Health Crisis Act become law.

From the Fort Hood soldier who last week opened fire and killed three of his comrades to the Pennsylvania teenager who was charged this week with knifing 19 of his fellow students and a security guard, lawmakers want to know what sets off such violent attacks and how to prevent the next one. In the case of the Fort Hood soldier, it’s been reported that he had an altercation with a superior who denied his request for leave. The teenager is said to have had a confrontational phone call the night before he allegedly went on his rampage.

Criminal Justice

Prison Reform is Bigger in Texas

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The Lone Star State has led a surprisingly progressive overhaul of its incarceration system. The story behind the bipartisan push that GOP contenders may be extolling come 2016.

It appears Rick Perry is going to run for president again in 2016. Perry, 65, will leave the governor’s office next January after serving for 14 years, beginning in 2000, when George W. Bush resigned to prepare for the presidency. In recent months, Perry has appeared in both Iowa and South Carolina. At South by South West in Austin last month, Perry told Jimmy Kimmel “America is a great place for second chances.” As he creeps back onto the national stage, Perry—who has overseen the executions of 268 people—more executions than any other governor in United States history—has brought with him an unlikely Lone Star State success story: prison reform.

The Hill

Could Shutdown Haunt Burwell?

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Obama’s nominee to succeed Kathleen Sebelius played a key role in closing Washington’s monuments—a still-bitter issue for Republicans and their base.

The nomination of Sylvia Burwell to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services could lead to the reopening of a fiercely divisive issue that dominated the news in the fall of 2013. Not healthcare.gov, but the government shutdown. As director of the Office of Management and Budget, Burwell was the individual who sent out the memo on the eve of the October 1 deadline for Congress to fund the government, saying officials should “now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations.

GOP Rules

Surviving a GOP Sex Scandal

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Why is Rep. Vance McAllister being urged to resign after an affair, while Sen. David Vitter is still going strong after his prostitution scandal? It all comes down to political pull.

What’s the difference between a French kiss in a hallway and paying a French Quarter prostitute for sex? One is a grievous political sin worthy of resigning from Congress and the other is paying a French Quarter prostitute for sex.Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) is now facing resignation calls from within his party, including from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, after being caught on camera smooching a staffer.

'Clinton Vs. Bush? Count Me In'

A Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush presidential faceoff would be great for America. So says Daily Beast contributor Mark McKinnon, who joined 'Morning Joe' to explain why the U.S. needs this.

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