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John Avlon GOP’s Surprising Edge on diversity – CNN.com

GOP’s Surprising Edge on diversity – CNN.com

Everybody knows the Republican Party is basically an all-white bastion, right? After all, even Colin Powell condemned the “dark vein of intolerance” that has flowed through his party since the post-civil rights era political realignment. Now with President Barack Obama … Continue reading

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John Avlon Christie’s Reelection Triumph Is a Revenge of the RINOs – The Daily Beast

Christie’s Reelection Triumph Is a Revenge of the RINOs – The Daily Beast

Chris Christie’s landslide reelection in a state President Obama won by 17 points offers the GOP a memo on how to win in 2016, if it wants one. Don’t just fixate on the top-line numbers. They obscure the real story. … Continue reading

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What GOP Can Learn from Cuccinelli’s Tanking Bid in Virginia – CNN

Virginia is a cautionary tale for conservatives this year. And those Republicans who always argue that their party wins when it moves further to the right are going to have a lot of explaining to do after Election Day. Polls … Continue reading

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John Avlon Pope Francis’s Lessons for the GOP – The Daily Beast

Pope Francis’s Lessons for the GOP – The Daily Beast

On the heels of Pope Francis’s triumphant visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, the humble pontiff is reinvigorating the Catholic Church after a time of scandal by reaching out, advancing reforms that threaten powerful special interests and leading by … Continue reading

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Lindsey Graham Wasn’t Afraid to Fight for Immigration Reform – The Daily Beast

Profiles in courage are rare in our politics these days, but the Senate’s passage of comprehensive immigration reform is bright example of how Washington does not need to be a place where good ideas go to die. Credit goes to … Continue reading

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Memo to the GOP: It’s Time to Listen to Your Elders – The Daily Beast

Sometimes retirees are out of touch. But sometimes they’re freer to tell the truth. And that’s what happened when GOP mandarins Bob Dole and John Warner fired off warning flares about the rightward drift of the Republican Party. Former presidential … Continue reading

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Hispanic Outreach Director Explains Why He Said ‘Adios’ to the GOP – The Daily Beast

Conservatives should consider this a warning sign. The Republican National Committee’s former Hispanic outreach director for Florida has left the GOP and registered as a Democrat, citing a “culture of intolerance.” Pablo Pantoja is a decorated Iraq war vet who … Continue reading

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John Avlon CNN Podcast: Big Three – Margaret Hoover, Dean Obeidallah, John Avlon

CNN Podcast: Big Three – Margaret Hoover, Dean Obeidallah, John Avlon

Welcome to The Big Three — a CNN Radio podcast on the big three stories of the week, featuring three contributors who write for CNN Opinion — myself, my bride, Margaret Hoover, and political comedian Dean Obeidallah, who is of … Continue reading

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More Sarah Palin Than Ronald Reagan: CPAC’s Paranoid Style – The Daily Beast

There’s no place where the paranoid style in American politics mixes with presidential aspirants quite like CPAC. At this year’s conservative conclave, held at the Gaylord Hotel in Maryland, there is a mood of grim resignation after their rejection in … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room: Chris Christie’s CPAC Dig – The Daiy Beast

With the “Star Wars bar” of the Conservative Political Action Conference (in other words, a bunch of aliens) kicking off Thursday morning, it was no coincidence that among the first speakers were Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Texas Congressman … Continue reading

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Is Jeb Bush Right About Campaign ‘Crack Addicts’? – CNN.com

“You guys are crack addicts.” That was Jeb Bush on “Meet the Press,” addressing journalists about their obsession with the 2016 presidential campaign, more than three years away. The former Florida governor was joking and it’s a fool’s errand for … Continue reading

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Can Jeb Bush Save the GOP and End Its Emerging Civil War? – The Daily Beast

Moon Reagan and Don Nixon never got this kind of reception. But Jeb Bush, the brother and son of presidents, is already getting the full-court press to run for the White House in 2016. The Drudge Report went breathless with … Continue reading

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Hostage to His Caucus, John Boehner Can’t Keep His Message Straight – The Daily Beast

It’s official. Washington has no idea how to get out of the mess it created with the sequester. That’s the message Speaker John Boehner sent with his Meet the Press interview that aired Sunday. “I don’t think anyone quite understands … Continue reading

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The Pro Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay-Marriage Brief – The Daily Beast

One hundred thirty-one Republicans signed an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday arguing that marriage is a fundamental right that should not be denied to gay and lesbian Americans. That is nearly double the number of Republicans … Continue reading

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Hagel’s Confirmation Hearings Contentious and Partisan – The Daily Beast

The contentious Senate hearing for secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel divided starkly along partisan lines, with Republicans attacking their former colleague with the pitchfork zeal of heretic hunters. Hagel’s calm recitation of consensus catechism on issues ranging from Iran … Continue reading

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GOP Needs More Northeast Republicans to Save the Party – The Daily Beast

Bobby Jindal’s calling it “the Stupid Party.” Glenn Beck is showing images of elephants dying while cutting up cake. And David Brooks is calling for a second Republican Party. There’s grumbling agreement even among the party faithful that the GOP … Continue reading

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Chris Christie Drops Bomb on GOP Leaders – CNN.com

It’s why the American people hate Congress. Unlike the people in Congress, we have actual responsibilities.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dropped a bomb on Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Congress for refusing to allow a vote on Hurricane … Continue reading

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One Tough Nerd—Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Pragmatic Labor Stance – The Daily Beast

So this is what he meant by “One Tough Nerd.” Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, has become public enemy No. 1 among liberals for his controversial decision this week to sign right-to-work legislation in Michigan—the birthplace of the American organized … Continue reading

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Why Tim Scott Should Replace Jim DeMint – The Daily Beast

Apart from Stephen Colbert, the best pick South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley could make for Jim DeMint’s Senate seat is Congressman Tim Scott. Happily, Scott is also reportedly DeMint’s first choice, though the current senator has nothing more than advisory … Continue reading

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George W. Bush to Republicans: Embrace Immigration – The Daily Beast

President George W. Bush’s first postelection speech was a call for immigration reform—and an implicit rebuke of the failed GOP nominee Mitt Romney. On Tuesday morning, the Bush Center held a conference on immigration and economic growth at the Federal … Continue reading

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