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Doyle McManus
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In most elections, voters trust the GOP on terrorism. But Trump is scaring voters into the arms of Clinton http://lat.ms/2d4AoBR


Terrorism has emerged once again as the central issue in the presidential campaign — but not in a way anyone expected. In the wake of attacks last week in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have accused each other of being the candidate Islamic terrorists prefer.
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Why John Kerry's ceasefire in Syria is doomed: It relies on Syrian statesmanship and Russian goodwill http://lat.ms/2cxlMWH
John F. Kerry ’s new cease-fire in Syria, launched this week after negotiations with Russia, is an admirable effort to bring a measure of peace to a shattered land. But it’s almost certainly doomed to fail — despite the diligence and even passion the secretary of State has devoted to it.
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9/11 didn't change everything. But it did make Americans fearful -- too fearful, in fact http://lat.ms/2c3sW9a


Fifteen years ago, in the first fearful days after Sept. 11, 2001, the verdict was almost universal: “This changes everything.”
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Dems have long struggled to increase Latino turnout. Trump may have just solved their problem for a generation. http://lat.ms/2c4gy6M
Donald Trump’s passionate revival last week of his hard-line stance on immigration looks more and more like a political disaster for the Republican nominee and his party.
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Hillary Clinton has fixed some of the Clinton Foundation problems, but not all. Foreign donors will still view the Clinton charities as an easy way to buy favor with the next president of the United States. But lucky for her, Trump's record on transparency is even worse. http://lat.ms/2bQYBZd


The first thing you need to know about the Clinton Foundation is that it’s not, contrary to what Donald Trump said last week, “the most corrupt enterprise in political history.” It’s not even close. Nor is it, as Trump also claimed, “Watergate all over again.” The Republican candidate has a gift for hyperbole; he doesn’t know much about history.
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At least Donald Trump finally got the focus off the Khans -- by attacking fire marshals, and babies, and Paul Ryan. http://lat.ms/2azXTNt
Donald Trump has found a new target for his anger: fire marshals. Over the months, the Republican nominee has attacked undocumented immigrants, Muslims, Mexicans, the media, the polls, big business — even Gold Star parents who dared to criticize him. Now it’s the firefighters’ turn.
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The panic among Democrats: Is the Hillary of 2016 as error-prone as the Hillary of 2008? http://lat.ms/2d64XYx
In 2008, when Hillary Clinton first ran for the Democratic presidential nomination against Barack Obama , I asked one of her oldest allies how she could be losing a race that appeared to be hers to win.
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Would terrorism in October guarantee a Trump win? No; the Orlando attack in June didn't move the polls much at all -- and in some, Clinton gained. http://lat.ms/2c3sW9a
Fifteen years ago, in the first fearful days after Sept. 11, 2001, the verdict was almost universal: “This changes everything.”
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Depends on the scale and the expertise needed to avert. Scale alone would favor Trump; sophisticated knowledge of Internet systems goes to Hillary Hillary
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A conversation with swing voters confirms what the polls say: Trump can still win, and Clinton can still lose. http://lat.ms/2csFnYC
As the presidential campaign moves into its final stretch, about 7% of voters (depending on which poll you read) say they’re still undecided between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — more than enough to swing the election either way.
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Donald Trump has succeeded in making the campaign a referendum on Trump -- which suits Hillary Clinton just fine http://lat.ms/2bVPczZ
David Plouffe, the political wizard who helped President Obama win two elections, summed up this year’s presidential contest concisely last week.
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Our last two presidents failed when it came to big management tests: Iraq, Katrina, Obamacare. A question Trump and Clinton should be asked in debates: How would they do better? http://lat.ms/2bPkBn8
Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much, but most agree on this: The federal government isn’t working the way it should. Instead of fixing problems and boosting the economy, recent presidents have seemed to lurch from crisis to crisis – from Iraq and Hurricane Katrina under George W. Bush to Islamic State and the Obamacare rollout under Barack Obama.
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Trump wants the election to be a referendum on change; Clinton wants a referendum on Trump. That's why it's close http://lat.ms/2aTKXmC
The first task of any political campaign is to frame the question it wants voters to answer. Donald Trump wants this election to be a referendum on change: Are you happy with the way things are going in America? Hillary Clinton wants the election to be a referendum on Trump: Are you ready to hand the nuclear codes to an authoritarian with a hair-trigger temper?
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Will Clinton run?
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The GOP's 2016 handicap -- immigration
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Is Obamacare too big to fail?
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Millennials rising
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Even compared with previous generations of young voters, 'millennials' are decidedly liberal, especially on social issues.

The dawn of Cold War II
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Patience again is a virtue as we enter a second Cold War.

Leading from behind in Syria
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Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind.

Red vs. blue: The battle lines of 2014
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Henry Waxman, the 'tougher than a boiled owl' congressman
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State of the Union: Obama's era of limits
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The rap against President Obama 's State of the Union address on Tuesday was that his agenda, once ambitious and transformational, has sudde

Harry Reid earns an assist on Iran
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The most important person in the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations right now may be Harry Reid , the Senate Democratic leader from Searchlight,

The GOP discovers inequality
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A new day at the NSA
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Individually, the concrete steps President Obama announced Friday toward reforming the National Security Agency 's surveillance programs wer

John Kerry's bicycle diplomacy in the Middle East
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Peace negotiations , a wise U.S. diplomat once said, are like riding a bicycle: No matter how slow you're moving, it's best to keep going —

Syria and the perils of proxy war
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