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VOTE VOTE VOTE 2015

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Briefings: Will Bernie Sanders Make Himself at the City of Homes?…

UPDATED 9/28/15 1:52PM: To reflect the addition of Clinton’s event on substance abuse on Oct. 1. Although another solid four months remain before anybody casts a ballot for the 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic primary race is already starting to shift past the early states

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Manic Monday Markup 8/31/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Austria, where border checks have backed up traffic for hours following last week’s ghastly discovery of dozens of dead migrants in a truck on the side of the road. Europe is struggling to deal with this influx of people,

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Manic Monday Markup 8/10/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Turkey, where a series of attacks have occurred. Among the places targeted is the US Consulate in Istanbul. Shortly before the shooting at the consulate a bomb went off at a police station on the other side of the

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Manic Monday Markup 8/3/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Canada, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who leads the Conservative party, formally ordered the dissolution of parliament, which the country’s governor-general (the Queen’s formal representative) did, touching off what might be one of the nastiest and longest election campaigns ever for

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Manic Monday Markup 7/27/15…

The State of Things: We begin today in Boston, which will not host the 2024 Olympic Games after the local bid and the United State Olympic Committee pulled the plug on the effort to have Boston host the first US games since 2002. The move

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Manic Monday Markup 7/20/15…

…And the World: We begin today at the United Nations, where the Security Council has unanimously voted to accept the deal brokered between Iran and the P5+1 nations (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK & US). While Congress grumbles about the UN getting to vote

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Manic Monday Markup 7/13/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Brussels, where a deal to keep Greece in the Eurozone has been struck, although both Europe and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras seem worse for the wear in the process. After promising to strike a better deal for

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Manic Monday Markup 7/6/15…

…And the World: We begin today in Greece, where voters overwhelmingly rejected the latest bailout terms presented by creditors in a referendum held yesterday. However, the result does little to illuminate what happens next in Europe, whose reaction has varied considerably. Great peril could remain