Danielle Kurtzleben

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Two Charts That Show How Boehner Had An Impossible Job

Sunday, September 27, 2015

There's a great irony to John Boehner's resignation — once upon a time, he was involved in an attempt to oust a speaker himself. The official bio on the speaker's website puts it this way: he was, back in the day, "a reformer who took on the establishment."



How Pope Francis Clashes With Both Democrats And Republicans, In 1 Graphic

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Pope Francis addresses Congress on Thursday, watch in the background on the C-SPAN feed for some uncomfortable fidgeting. That's because he has plenty of material to make both Democrats and Republicans squirm.

Since becoming pope in 2013, Francis has made one controversial statement after another on all kinds of, ...


Despite Constant Debate, Americans' Abortion Opinions Rarely Change

Monday, September 21, 2015

It's been a big week for abortion news.

Carly Fiorina's passionate (if inaccurate) depiction of a Planned Parenthood sting video was one of the most memorable moments of last week's GOP debate. And the House of Representatives on Friday passed two abortion-related bills — one aimed at cutting federal funds ...


CHART: How CNN's New Criteria Let Carly Fiorina Into The Debate

Friday, September 11, 2015

Carly Fiorina will make it into CNN's main debate next week, thanks to poll numbers that improved after her strong performance in Fox News' Aug. 6 "happy hour" debate.

Of course, in a field of 17, improving in the polls means moving from 1 or 2 percent to the 5 ...


Everything You Wanted To Know About Jeb Bush's Tax Plan

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

This story was updated on Wednesday, September 9, at 5:30 PM with an estimate of the plan's revenue effects and a table of its tax brackets.

Jeb Bush's tax plan tries to do a lot. The plan aims to lower the highest tax rate, offer some relief to low earners, ...


CNN Just Found A Way To Get Carly Fiorina Onto The Debate Stage

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Carly Fiorina was relegated to the JV squad in the Fox News GOP presidential debate in August, but her strong performance that night helped her race past several of her peers in recent polls.

That surge in polling wasn't enough to get her into the next big debate — but ...


CHARTS: The (Literal) Shapes of Presidential Candidates' Donations

Friday, August 28, 2015

This is going to be an unthinkably expensive election. Case in point: estimates of spending on the presidential race stretch as high as $10 billion.

This new big money free-for-all comes from the loosening of campaign finance laws through court decisions like Citizens United v. FEC. It means campaigns are ...


How The 2016 Candidates Are Getting Their Money, In 1 Infographic

Friday, August 28, 2015

Jeb Bush is getting all the millionaires, and Bernie Sanders is getting the small donors — those have been two prominent storylines in the 2016 money race for the presidency.

But what about everyone in between? The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Finance Institute released data on campaign fundraising, and it paints ...


The Biggest Divide Between Joe Biden And Elizabeth Warren

Monday, August 24, 2015

In the crowded GOP presidential field, it can pay to be loud — just ask Donald Trump. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, even the quietest conversation by an undeclared candidate can grab headlines. Just ask Joe Biden, whose private meeting with Elizabeth Warren this weekend has Washington buzzing.

As Cokie ...


On Babies And Birthright, Rhetoric Outpaces Reality

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Several GOP presidential candidates have been questioning birthright citizenship for the children of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. But there are few policy options to limit the practice.


7 Started, Then Abandoned, Articles On Deez Nuts

Friday, August 21, 2015

You can't say we didn't try.

Joke "candidate" Deez Nuts has captivated Washington's attention this week, and we wanted to make sure we had some hot content on the freshest face in the 2016 field. But thoughtful takes don't write themselves. For what it's worth, here's a complete listing of ...


Despite Political Rhetoric, 'Anchor Babies' Are Not Exactly Easy To Stop

Friday, August 21, 2015

GOP presidential candidates are falling over themselves to get on record with tough immigration plans. A string of them — Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum — have spoken out in some form against birthright citizenship. That's the idea that being born on ...


2016 Campaigns Will Spend $4.4 Billion On TV Ads, But Why?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The 2016 election is already providing a lot of eye-popping statistics about the ballooning spending candidates will do in the 2016 election. Among them:

  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's superPAC has already raised more — in the first half of a non-election year — than Obama's main superPAC did ...


Fact Check: Is It Obama's Fault That Poverty Has Grown?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Jeb Bush is fond of pointing out that the number of people in poverty has gone up by 6 million since President Obama took office. He brought up the figure in the GOP debate, and he repeats it often on the campaign trail. It's not a new criticism — Mitt ...


Why Lowering Student Loan Interest Rates Isn't A Game Changer

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Everyone knows student debt is growing. College costs are growing. Student debt delinquencies are rising. And now Hillary Clinton has her own plan for how to stem that tide of financial problems for college graduates.

On Monday, Clinton released a package of ideas aimed at helping Americans handle their college ...


Fact Check: Candidates Don't Tell The Whole Stories In First Debate

Friday, August 07, 2015

In the prime-time Republican presidential debate Thursday, the candidates bragged about their records as governors and in the private sector, but the facts didn't always add up.


What You Need To Know About Early Polls And How To Read Them

Thursday, August 06, 2015

The early 2016 presidential polls are flying, which means the complaining about polls is in full swing, too.

"You guys should know by now that the Monmouth University poll was created just to aggravate me," Chris Christie told The Washington Post recently about a New Jersey-based poll that showed ...


Fact Check: How Does Planned Parenthood Spend That Government Money?

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Jeb Bush is again in damage-control mode, this time over an offhand remark he made about Planned Parenthood. He said at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention that Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and he highlighted that he did so as governor of Florida.

He then added as ...


Just How Arbitrary Is Fox's 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff?

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Update: This post was updated at 6:55 p.m. ET to reflect Fox's announcement of debate participants.

The Republican presidential field has just had the most exciting fight for 10th place America has ever seen.

It also just might have been a meaningless fight.

With the major contenders for the ...


SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

Saturday, August 01, 2015

SuperPACs released their latest funding numbers Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.