Eleanor Clift

Stories by Eleanor Clift

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    The Magazine That Was

    My final issue after 50 years at Newsweek.
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    An Uncensored Candidate

    Steve Lonegan is a very conservative politician in a pretty liberal state, but at least you can’t accuse him of pandering.
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    Moderate or Loyalist?

    Shelley Moore Capito is likely to be the next senator from West Virginia—if her own party doesn’t get in the way.
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    Senator Oddball

    The unpredictable Tom Coburn surprises Washington yet again.
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    Family Ties

    Michelle Nunn wants to end the Democrats’ losing streak in Georgia and win back her father’s Senate seat.
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    Huma Channels Hillary

    But it’s unlikely to save her husband’s ridiculous campaign.
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    Has Mitch Met his Match?

    Alison Grimes will try to evict one of Washington’s most powerful Republicans from the Senate.
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    A Monumental Debate

    A new chapter in the Eisenhower family’s battle with Frank Gehry.
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    In the Company of Men

    The Senate has changed. Why can’t the U.S. military?
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    Mad Men’s Inglorious Past

    Did they really smoke that much? A Newsweek secretary-turned-Washington correspondent says the on-screen sexism, drinking, and smoking capture the office culture of the early ’60s.
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    Persons of Interest

    The deficit continues to climb. Obama ignored the two men who tried to stop it.
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    The Obama of Old Returns

    In Tucson the president dropped his sober-professor mien, going back to his "One America" theme to deliver a speech that was among the best he’s ever given.
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    The Gabrielle Giffords I Know

    As the Arizona congresswoman fights for survival after being shot in the head, Eleanor Clift recalls her comments a week ago—on nasty rhetoric and what it takes to be in Congress today.
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    David Axelrod on the 2012 Campaign

    Obama’s top strategist is moving back to Chicago to prepare for 2012. He talks about mistakes made, the GOP presidential field, and why "hope" and "change" are still good themes.
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    The 'Former Member' Club

    This is the time of year when Congress is in transition and defeated politicians get together to reflect on what went wrong and to share their pain across party lines. "There's a new definition of bipartisanship in Washington. It's called former member," said Texas Rep. Chet Edwards.
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    How Obama Can Fill in the Blanks

    President Obama’s compromise with the GOP on tax cuts reflects his ability to adapt to new situations. Now he just needs to inspire the American public.
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    Why Obama Needs to Reclaim His Convictions

    This is one of those campaignlike moments when Obama can rescue his presidency by being resolute and delivering a clear economic message that puts the opposition on notice that he’s not a pushover.
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    The Problem With the Cult of Obama

    Unlike Bill Clinton, Obama hasn’t yet experienced a political loss that taught him how to reinvent himself. He needs to surround himself with advisers who will challenge his world view.
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    The Next Nancy Pelosi?

    As the Democratic caucus convened this week in D.C., California freshman Representative-elect Karen Bass was preparing to leave behind one budget mess and take on an even bigger one.
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    Whitman, Fiorina, and McMahon’s Self-Financed Flops?

    People who have been successful in business don’t think they should have to pay their dues in politics, but knowing how to talk to voters and make them feel important is a learned skill. Women are supposed to be better at building consensus, so the expectations are higher for them to connect on the campaign trail.
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    The Number of Women in Congress Will Decline

    For all the attention women are getting this election, when it's all over, there will be fewer in Congress, with the total declining for the first time since 1978. Progressive groups that have long relied on support from their sisters in power are bracing for trouble.
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    How the Democrats Can Prevail

    Nov. 2 will doubtless bring its share of surprises, and one of them could be that Democrats suddenly awaken to the threat posed by a Republican takeover of Congress. The same enthusiasts who got Obama elected may decide that the chance to deliver another big blow to the GOP is just too enticing to pass up.