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“CNN and NBC have both announced programming promoting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of her likely presidential campaign in 2016. These are clearly major networks’ thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election. This is wrong, and the Republican National Committee will not stand for it,” states the online missive from the committee, directed to red-blooded Republicans who agree.

“If both networks continue to move forward with these projects, Chairman Priebus is prepared to seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor.”

CNN and NBC have both responded to Mr. Priebus. And now, analysts are having a turn.

“Reforming the primary debate process has been a central component of the RNC’s 2012 ‘autopsy’, with party officials trying to restrict the number of debates and screen out unfriendly debate moderators,” says Time magazine political columnist Zeke Miller. “But the effort to cut back on the number of debates has run into headwinds from Republican state parties in early states, who in many instances see revenue from co-hosting the debates and associated events To date that provision has not caught on. But Priebus’ letter is designed to make that easier when the Republican National Committee meets in Boston next week to discuss the debate schedule, according to one member of the Republican National Committee.”


Pro-choice activist and exuberant Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas got a showcase at the National Press Club on Monday, prompting observers to conclude that she has her eye on the national limelight and a gubernatorial run in the Lone Star State. Some speculated she even pined to be groomed as a vice presidential hopeful, paired with the aforementioned Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democrat’s best hope for 2016, should that equation.

All of the fuss does not much register with Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that supports pro-life political candidates.

She wonders how Ms. Davis can claim that her views on abortion are shared by a majority of American women when five major polls conducted in recent weeks show that women nationwide support limiting abortion. The majority of women disagree with the state senator, Mrs. Dannenfelser says.

Significant surveys from Quinnipiac University, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News all found that a plurality or majority of Americans support limiting abortion after 20 weeks gestation, and that women support the measure in higher numbers than men, Mrs. Dannenfelser points out.


91 percent of Americans give a negative review of the job the U.S. Congress is doing; 95 percent of Republicans, 93 percent of conservatives, 86 percent of Democrats and 92 percent of liberals agree.

61 percent of Americans overall give President Obama a negative job review; 93 percent of Republicans, 88 percent of conservatives, 28 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of liberals agree.

56 percent overall give Republicans in Congress a negative job review.

53 percent give House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a negative review.

51 percent give Democrats in Congress a negative review.

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