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Covering a political story today? Here’s the latest from AEI’s political corner experts.

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Both political parties are in the position of the legendary old-time politician who said, “Some of my friends are for the bill and some of my friends are against the bill, and I’m always with my friends.”

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Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu reacts while delivering a concession speech after the results of the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana during a runoff in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 6, 2014. Landrieu conceded defeat to Republican challenger Bill Cassidy in a runoff election on Saturday, a result expanding the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate at the expense of one of the chamber's last remaining southern Democrats. Reuters

The defeat of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in last weekend’s Louisiana runoff ends an election year that has been very successful for Republicans — and has implications for 2016.

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Republican donors want to anoint a front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination early. They may not. But the track record says they will — and that whoever they settle on will end up carrying the party’s mantle in the presidential election.

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With Mary Landrieu’s gigantic loss on Saturday, following Hagan’s surprise loss and Pryor’s thumping, the Southern Democratic senator is officially extinct. In the House, there are no White Democrats from the South.

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Based on the 2014 electoral cycle, I believe you are not likely to hear much about cultural issues — or social issues, as many commentators call them — in the 2016 campaign cycle that is about to begin.

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) addresses the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington December 1, 2014. Reuters

Jeb Bush’s strategy for courting Republican primary voters may prove more difficult for him than for other candidates because he may not have enough trust from conservatives to address the party’s central problem.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on "Smart Power: Security Through Inclusive Leadership" at Georgetown University in Washington December 3, 2014. Reuters

Most Americans may have been content with a foreign policy of “leading from behind.” But as the world spins out of control, they don’t like the results.

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Even as Republicans are about to regain a majority in the Senate after eight years in the minority, the conventional wisdom around Washington is that Democrats are likely to win back that majority again in 2016.

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With the 2016 presidential election approaching, the debate over which Democratic and Republican candidates have more chances of winning the election is heating up. The President’s latest actions on foreign and domestic levels might affect the Democrats’ chances and increase the odds of Republicans winning the election.

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