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Mitch Perry Report for 12.13.16 – It’s Rex Tillerson at State. Now what?

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Now that Donald Trump has selected Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, as his Secretary of State, perhaps we can take a moment in recent history to look at how influential – or not-  these men and women have been in presidential administrations. When I think of Madeleine Albright’s tenure with Bill Clinton, I think of her impassioned advocacy for the U.S. intervention into Kosovo. Remember Time Magazine’s cover story, calling it “Madeleine’s War”?  How about Colin Powell? Sadly, one of the first few paragraphs of…

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Donald Trump drama rolls on: Disputes, falsehoods hit transition

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The drama, disputes and falsehoods that permeated Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign are now roiling his transition to the White House, forcing aides to defend his baseless assertions of illegal voting and sending internal fights spilling into public. On Monday, a recount effort, led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and joined by Hillary Clinton‘s campaign also marched on in three states, based partly on the Stein campaign’s unsubstantiated assertion that cyberhacking could have interfered with electronic voting machines. Wisconsin officials…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.16.16 – Who will be our next Secretary of State?

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Now that the shock is starting to wear off over Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the presidential election a week ago, the biggest story in national politics is what he intends to do with his enormous power and who will help him do it. That means the selection of cabinet officers, with the most high-profile position being that of secretary of state. George W. Bush picked Colin Powell immediately after winning the recount election in late 2000; Barack Obama picked…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.14.16 – Patrick Murphy on defense, again

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Political maxim #459 is “if you’re explaining, you’re losing.” Let’s go to Patrick Murphy and his campaign for senate, shall we? The Murphy camp is furiously shooting down a report by Alex Leary in the Tampa Bay Times published last night that said that his congressional office sought to delay news about relief for businesses affected by the toxic algae crisis so he could announce it at a news conference today. Leary reported that an exchange of emails between Murphy’s office and the…

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John Bolton: Hillary Clinton as “radical” now as back at Yale

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If you want to feel afraid about terrorism in the world, spend a few minutes with John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush. Bolton is hardcore, as anyone who has ever watched him on Fox News or any other media outlet will understand. He said that while Barack Obama‘s foreign policy has been a disaster, it wasn’t just the president’s philosophy or background that was the problem: It was the Democratic Party’s. “There is no…

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George Pataki still is not running for president

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There are a number of Republicans who are “testing the waters” regarding a potential run for the presidency in 2016, and some of them are in New Hampshire this weekend. That would include South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, and George Pataki, the former three-term governor of New York (1994-2006), who was making his eighth trip to New Hampshire since September. Speaking at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in…

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Monmouth University poll shows wide-open 2016 GOP field, with Jeb Bush on top

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The big news in presidential politics today is Rand Paul’s official entry into the presidential campaign, making him only the second Republican to formally enter the contest, joining Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio is scheduled to join them next week by announcing his candidacy in Miami. At the same time a new poll published by Monmouth University in New Jersey shows that there is hardly a consensus favorite this early out for the 2016 race. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads at 13 percent. He’s followed…

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