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D.C.’s lawmakers have plans for the next battle on immigration-citizenship. D.C. councilmembers introduced the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act, a bill to grant non-American citizens residing in the D.C.-area the ability to vote in municipal elections.

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the audience after speaking during a visit to Boise State University in Idaho January 21, 2015. Obama is on a two-day trip to Idaho and Kansas to expand upon his themes he laid out in his State of the Union address he delivered on Tuesday. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The last quarter of Obama’s presidency resembles the first quarter. He shut off discussion with House Republicans by saying, “I won.” But “Because I won” is a look back to the past, not a formula for the future.

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Now that Republicans are in control of both chambers of Congress, what should they do? Devise and promote an attractive conservative agenda to place before the voters.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gestures as he speaks at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in San Diego, California January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

We’ll understand Mitt Romney’s coming race much better if we slice through the fables about him as a candidate.

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The 2016 Republican presidential field could be bigger than any in recent memory – thanks to a growing second tier of potential contenders. But is it good news for GOP and how it can affect Republicans’ chances of winning?

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is joined at a campaign rally with (L-R) U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Representative Connie Mack (R-FL) in Coral Gables, Florida October 31, 2012. Reuters

The problem is that ‘Romney for president’ is now an art house film thinking it’s a blockbuster franchise and that there’s a huge market for another sequel. There’s not.

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In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, many commonly held beliefs have emerged to explain its cause. The conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of facing a slew of unintended—and potentially dangerous—consequences.

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa August 9, 2014. Reuters

Some evangelical Christian conservatives are trying to get their brethren to unite behind one Republican primary candidate in the 2016 presidential race. They’re likely to fail — and they’ll probably be better off if they do.

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President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question during his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, December 19, 2014. Reuters

Making the case that an improving economy would be improving even faster with smarter GOP policies isn’t as politically compelling as simply pointing to an economy in flames and blaming the guy in the Oval Office. Also, a lot harder.

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012.  Reuters

While Bush talks a lot about the need to run for president “joyfully,” he shows precious little joy. Huckabee, meanwhile, is always having fun, even when he says, as he once did, that we need to “take back this nation for Christ.”

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