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Talk Me Down Episode 5: Does The Comey Statement Matter?

Could the James Comey statement flip the race to Donald Trump? Do “October Surprises” ever matter? Bill Scher tries to talk Traci Olsen down.

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Talk Me Down Episode 4: Will Dems Get Complacent?

Will Democrats fail to turn out, thinking that they have the election in the bag? Bill Scher tries to talk Traci Olsen down.

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Talk Me Down Episode 3: Why Is It Close?

Even if Donald Trump is destined to lose, why is it so close? Is nearly half the country as bigoted as Donald Trump? Bill Scher tries to talk Traci Olsen down.

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Politico Magazine: Think You’ve Got It Locked, Hillary? Meet Jill Stein.

The longtime Massachusetts environmental activist and presumptive Green Party nominee (the Green convention is not until August 4) is hungrily eyeing disgruntled Sanders voters—many of whom have been saying that even now, with the nomination all but locked up, they still won’t vote for Hillary. Read more:

Politico Magazine: Can Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Save The Establishment?

While Clinton still has work to do to woo Bernie voters, she has a huge opportunity created by the disruptive Trump, who has left many national security hawks, free marketers and pro-immigrant, pro-diversity conservatives feeling politically homeless. In turn, she and Obama have begun crafting arguments more associated with establishment politics than populism. Read more:

Politico Magazine: What If Bernie Wins California?

Such an end may not just be a consolation prize for the runner-up, but it could turn the convention into a full-blown battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Read more:

Politico Magazine: Why Does The Left Hate Hillary?

The best explanation may be deeply personal and goes back to one of the worst moments of her life: the searing experience of being entrusted with the biggest piece of Bill Clinton’s domestic policy agenda in the first two years of his administration—universal health coverage—and failing totally, arguably contributing to her party’s loss of both chambers of Congress and with it, the end of hope for an ambitious legislative legacy for herself and her husband. Read more:

Politico Magazine: Bernie Loses His Halo

It’s no longer taboo in liberal circles to attack Sanders as he drags out the nomination process at a time when many are itching to turn their fire on Donald Trump. Read more.

Politico Magazine: Is Sanders 2016 Becoming Nader 2000?

Even if Sanders isn’t deliberately trying to replicate the electoral trauma inflicted by Nader in 2000—when he probably cost Al Gore the presidency—Bernie’s lingering presence in the Democratic primary threatens to produce a similar result in November. Read more.

Politico Magazine: Why Trump Won’t Get Sanders’ Supporters

The problem for Trump is that the few areas of ideological overlap don’t come close to outweighing the long list of issues where Sanders and Trump are practically opposites. Read more.

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