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Clinton, Cruz, Paul Videos Sum Up the 2016 Race

April 18, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz have all released videos accompanying announcements of their presidential bids in 2016. TCF fellow Michael Cohen explains why these videos go a long way toward explaining the fundamental divide between Republicans and Democrats today and shed light on the contours of the election campaign to come.

We already saw these battle lines in 2012, but if the first few weeks of campaign 2016 are any indication, this election is going to be all about antigovernment populism versus old-fashioned economic populism.

Read Cohen's discussion of the three candidates' videos at the Boston Globe.

Tags: ted cruz, rand paul, presidential race, hillary clinton, boston globe

Hillary Clinton Must Be Careful Not to Alienate the Left: Expert

April 12, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

Hillary Clinton enters the 2016 presidential race in a strong position for a nonincumbent. TCF fellow Michael Cohen reflects on Clinton's current standing and why she should avoid political stances that could distance her from constituencies on the left.

With strong turnout from key Democratic constituencies representing Hillary’s best hope for winning the White House, she should avoid taking stances that risk alienating liberals. The good thing for her is that it won’t be that hard to do.

Cohen's commentary can be found in the New York Daily News.

Tags: presidential race, hillary clinton, democrats

Out Loud: Northern Ireland’s Tenuous Peace

Earlier this month, TCF fellow Patrick Radden Keefe published a long-form feature story in the New Yorker on the I.R.A. and the period of turmoil in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. Radden Keefe discussed his recent piece and his time spent in Belfast while researching the story.

There’s a common misconception in the United States, Keefe says, that the Irish conflict was largely resolved by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. “I was really shocked,” he says, “when I spent time in Belfast for this story, to find a society that’s still really profoundly divided, and in which some of the terrible things that have happened in the past stubbornly refuse to stay in the past.”

Listen to Radden Keefe on the New Yorker's podcast, Out Loud.

Tags: patrick radden keefe, new yorker, ireland, ira

A Ted Cruz Loss Would Help GOP Recover

This week, Senator Ted Cruz announced his intentions to run for president in 2016. TCF fellow Michael Cohen weighed in on Cruz's campaign launch, explaining why as a Democrat and progressive, he hopes to see Cruz become the Republican Party's presidential nominee next year.

The only hope — and it’s a faint one — of returning the GOP to normalcy is by nominating the most extreme, yet still representative, member of the party and having him suffer a monumental electoral loss.

Cohen's full commentary can be found in the Boston Globe.

Tags: ted cruz, tea party, republican party, presidential race, michael cohen, gop, boston globe

Gerry Adams and Hillary Clinton in New York

March 17, 2015 BY: Patrick Radden Keefe TOPICS: Additional Focus

The day before St. Patrick's Day, Hillary Clinton and Gerry Adams, president of the Irish Republican political party Sinn Fein, met at the Essex House in New York. TCF fellow Patrick Radden Keefe wrote on the meeting, discussing the decades-long history between Clinton and Adams.

There is no way of knowing whether Clinton, dressed in Kelly green, felt any distaste at the prospect of sharing a table with Adams. There are some thirty-five million Irish Americans, a great many of whom regard Adams as a kind of Nelson Mandela, and no prospective Presidential candidate can decline a St. Patrick’s Day invitation. And, to be sure, the I.R.A. is not alone in standing accused of atrocities during the Troubles: loyalist paramilitary groups and British government forces also perpetrated war crimes for which they have not been brought to account. But Clinton did indicate, obliquely, that the transition in Northern Ireland is not entirely complete. “There is still work to be done,” Clinton acknowledged. “You cannot bring peace and security to people just by signing an agreement.” 

Radden Keefe's piece can be found in The New Yorker.

Tags: patrick radden keefe, new yorker, ireland, ira, hillary clinton, gerry adams

Stephen Colbert and George Lucas in Conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival

March 16, 2015 BY: Barton Gellman TOPICS: Additional Focus

With the Tribeca Film Festival just over a month away, festival organizers have begun to announce the details of various discussion panels that will take place during the nine-day celebration of film. TCF fellow Bart Gellman will participate in one such panel discussion, entitled "Secrecy & Power," with the former C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame Wilson and filmmaker Alex Gibney.

Find out more about the festival in the New York Times.

Tags: new york times, film industry, cia, barton gellman


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