Danielle Kurtzleben

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Canada Reminds Us That American Elections Are Much Longer

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This post was updated at 12:28 p.m. ET.

If Vice President Biden had announced his presidential candidacy today, he would have entered the race with 384 days until Election Day. But he said it was too late for him to be competitive.

Here's the thing: 384 days is an absurdly ...

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Why Paid Family Leave Has Become A Major Campaign Issue

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lance Mercier knows his job gets harder when a co-worker goes out on leave. But he recently also learned that raising a newborn involves, as he puts it, an "insurmountable" amount of work.

The 39-year-old bank manager from Silver Spring, Md., is currently on leave from work taking care of ...

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Is Bigger Really Better? Small Donors Boost Insurgent Candidates

Friday, October 16, 2015

The campaign fundraising race got a lot tighter last quarter. More specifically, Hillary Clinton's massive campaign fundraising lead over the rest of the field shrank. The fuel that helped other candidates catch her: small donors.

She's still in the lead — in the quarter ending Sept. 30, Clinton raised nearly ...

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Jeb Bush Has A Plan To Replace Obamacare; Here's What's In It

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail call for an Obamacare repeal all the time. Plans to replace it are rarer, though. Obamacare is a fantastically complicated policy, and overhauling the health care system would likewise be a complicated business, affecting not only government spending and the economy, but ...

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Jeb Bush's Health Care Plan Would Repeal Obamacare

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jeb Bush unveiled his health care plan Tuesday. What's in it, is it realistic and what does it say about his priorities?

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What Just Happened To The Speaker's Race, In 2 Charts

Thursday, October 08, 2015

No one knows who will lead House Republicans next, but for now, chaos reigns among the House GOP. Rep. Kevin McCarthy shocked Washington on Thursday when he dropped out of the race for speaker of the House.

If you aren't watching Capitol Hill closely, you might not know ...

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FACT CHECK: Are Gun-Makers 'Totally Free Of Liability For Their Behavior'?

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

We want to cut through the spin with a new feature we're calling "Break It Down."

Break It Down is going to be a regular part of our campaign coverage. We're going to try some new things. It might read a little differently from time to time. But our goal ...

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What Many Politicians Get Wrong In Their Tax Plans

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Politicians often want to simplify the tax code by shrinking the number of tax brackets. The idea is popular — both with Donald Trump and many of his rivals — but it may not be the best solution.

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Donald Trump's Tax Plan Could Be Huge(ly Expensive)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Amazing, simple, easy, fair.

Those are just four of the words Donald Trump used on Monday to describe his new tax plan. It sounds like a standard GOP tax plan, with cuts and limits on deductions. But when you look closer, it takes those ideas much further than his ...

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Lots Of Candidates Want To Simplify Tax Code; Here's What They Get Wrong

Monday, September 28, 2015

There's something almost Name That Tune-ish about the way the GOP candidates are talking about tax brackets these days. Currently, there are seven. Donald Trump wants four. Jeb Bush says he can get them down to three. Chris Christie and Marco Rubio want two. Ben Carson does them one better ...

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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."

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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