May 18th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
2 months ago

The "Inside Politics" Forecast: For Democrats, optimism is spelled M-A-R-K

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

1. FOR DEMOCRATS, OPTIMISM IS SPELLED M-A-R-K

Still a tough year for Democrats, but Julie Pace of The Associated Press shared word that the party feels a bit better about the prospect of retaining its Senate majority because of two incumbents who share a first name.

Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska are both looking stronger in recent polling, lifting Democratic spirits. Neither of these incumbents is out of the woods. Hardly. But Democrats like the current trend line in both races.
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May 11th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
3 months ago

The ‘Inside Politics’ Forecast: The White House settles on a 2014 villain – 'Republicans Inc.'

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

1. WILL THE “REPUBLICANS INC.” MESSAGE WORK AS WELL AS PAST CAMPAIGN CYCLE VILLAINS?

Democrats, or the Obama White House to be specific, are in search of a Campaign 2014 bogeyman and apparently are a tad frustrated.

Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg News shared reporting on ‘Inside Politics’ tracking how the White House would like a “corporate villain” to use as the centerpiece of its campaign year arguments about economic policy and economic fairness.

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Filed under: 2016 • Inside Politics
May 9th, 2014
09:57 AM ET
3 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Red state Democrats rethinking Obama?

Red state Democrats rethinking Obama? – For months, the political conventional wisdom has been that endangered Senate Democrats seeking re-election in red states would steer clear of President Obama and distance themselves from Obamacare.

Fueling this narrative were three instances of Democratic senators declining (or citing scheduling conflicts) to appear with President Obama when he visited their states. And in the case of Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, she recently touted her ability to stand up to the president on oil and gas issues.

But there are three pieces of evidence this week that confound that strategy.

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May 6th, 2014
10:58 AM ET
3 months ago

Inside Politics speed read: Can Obama do anything on climate change?

WH: Climate change is happening now, and it is alarming: The White House has released a years-in-the-making climate change assessment that predicts the alarming effects of rapidly changing global weather patterns. Rising sea levels, more droughts in the West, more hurricanes and more tornadoes will affect every American, the report says.

So what to do about it? Congress has shown no willingness to act. Democrats passed a sweeping climate change bill in 2010 and promptly lost their control of the House of Representatives.

President Obama is expected to enact new regulations unilaterally in June that would place new restrictions on power plants. The White House climate change fixer, new special adviser John Podesta, said efforts by Republicans to rein in Obama’s climate change authority have “zero chance” of working.

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Filed under: climate change • Inside Politics • Keystone XL • North Carolina
May 4th, 2014
10:58 AM ET
3 months ago

The 'Inside Politics' Forecast: Will the Tea Party be 'humiliated' in the primaries?

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

While much of political Washington was recovering from “prom night” – the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner – our ‘Inside Politics’ family was up early to get you ahead of the big political stories to come.

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April 27th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
3 months ago

The “Inside Politics” Forecast: Conservative Democrats run to the left on Social Security

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

1. Conservative Democrats running to Obama’s left on Social Security:  Many Democrats see the need to get distance from President Barack Obama this midterm election year and in many states that means demanding changes to the Affordable Care Act. We’ve also seen energy state Democrats, like vulnerable Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska, lambaste the administration for delaying a big decision about the Keystone pipeline.
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April 25th, 2014
10:48 AM ET
3 months ago

Inside Politics: The age question

Washington (CNN) – Forget, for now, the traditional debates over taxes and spending or national security.

The flashpoint in presidential politics, at the moment anyway, seems to be more about age.

Or experience. Or maturity. Or something like that.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Inside Politics • Marco Rubio • Ted Cruz
April 25th, 2014
07:55 AM ET
3 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Pop quiz on Obama's rough foreign trip

Pop quiz on Obama’s foreign trip: There was a point during his news conference in South Korea on Friday morning when President Obama referenced how the U.S. was standing up to a rogue world player.

“We don’t reward bad behavior,” he said, before outlining what the U.S. would do to deter it.

Was he referring to:

a) Syria

b) Russia

c) North Korea

d) China

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April 22nd, 2014
10:08 AM ET
3 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Is Obama turning the corner?

Obama’s poll numbers inch up: President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday for a weeklong trip to Asia. After a quick stop in Washington state to view the aftermath of the Oso landslide, he’ll continue on to Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia.

One focus of the trip will be to build support for a large Asia-Pacific trade group - the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

As he departs, Obama is seeing an ever-so-slight uptick - from 41.2% at the end of January to 42.4% - in domestic approval, according to Gallup, which conducts a daily tracking poll and noted a slight improvement for the President in the first quarter of 2014 after a year of decline.

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Filed under: Inside Politics • Keystone XL • Mitt Romney • President Obama
April 21st, 2014
09:48 AM ET
3 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Should Justice Ginsburg retire?

Here's our morning roundup of the big stories Inside Politics on CNN:

The justice and her plans: She’s 81, has had two bouts with cancer and has been on the Supreme Court for 21 years, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made it clear she won’t be rushed off the bench.

It’s no secret that a lot of Democrats would like to see her step down.

There’s certainly no guarantee a Democrat will win the White House in 2016. And more immediately, there’s no guarantee that Democrats will keep their majority in the Senate in 2014. Both elections could complicate Democrats’ hope to replace Ginsburg with an equally liberal justice. FULL POST


Filed under: Elizabeth Warren • Inside Politics • Joe Biden • Michelle Obama
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