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Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. Director, UChicago Institute of Politics. Analyst, NBC News. Views expressed here are my own.

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Reality check: No one who promises to reverse this executive order will be elected president in 2016.
11/20
2014
Big money & the role it played in '14 races. John Dickerson of Slate & CBS leads all-star panel of top journalists 6 p.m. Wed @UChiPolitics
11/18
2014
One additional note on Gruber: His contributions to the ACA, like Gov. Romney's MA plan, were valuable. His throwaway quips were offensive.
11/17
2014
Congrats to my old WH pal Alyssa Mastromonaco on becoming COO of Vice Media. And congrats to Vice on hiring a star! http://t.co/m3fYuZIQpqAs one who worked hard to make ACA and its benefits clear, let me say: if you looked up "stupid" in dictionary, you'd find Gruber's picture.
11/16
2014
.@MarkLeibovich Just like hue to react that way!Remember the hue and cry about Solyndra? Well, that clean energy program is now turning a profit for taxpayers. http://t.co/PcsGBCGtAj
11/15
2014
Explain to me again: Why are midterm elections meaningful expressions of the will of the people, but presidential elections are not?As a young City Hall reporter, I often parried with Mayor Jane Byrne. But she was never dull; an indelible part of Chicago history. RIP.
11/14
2014
".Ed_Miliband: The future of our country is in our hands: https://t.co/sbCl42MOK3." Powerful speech!
11/13
2014
What if we used Big Data to attack old problems w/21st century approaches? Moneyball for Government. Interesting. http://t.co/XweR8PMPX6.Folks should lay off @drose. He made Herculean effort to get back to the @chicagobulls. And we need him healthy & strong in May and June!
11/12
2014
RT @ACPUSA: What do @KarlRove and @DavidAxelrod have in common? They support ACP AdvisorNet #AgreeOnThis http://t.co/IRVjWWVRVk
Retweeted by David AxelrodCan Moneyball tactics make government work better? Former NEC director Gene Sperling headlines a great panel @UChiPolitics 11/12Three weeks ago, it was a media and political frenzy. Today, not one person in U.S. is being treated for Ebola. #panicpeddlingYou want to know what's driving American politics, and has been for years? Read this smart piece by @DLeonhardt. http://t.co/nivV0UCAyL
11/11
2014
Ankles must be feeling better. @drose blowing by everyone at UC tonight! Go @bulls!And NRA candidates who won recalls for state sen in CO gun fight last year lost their seats Tuesday. http://t.co/7Ra7NEx5Ib 2/2Lost in hubbub, victories for sane gun laws last week. In CO&CT, Govs targeted by gun lobby reelected. WA passes background checks.1/2.Continuing the Colorado theme: @markzbarabak on gun control candidates winning back seats lost in the recalls: http://t.co/KJPwf1tL3E
Retweeted by David AxelrodWhere does organized labor stand after midterms? AFL-CIO chief Rich Trumka and key labor leaders will discuss @UChiPolitics 11/13.
11/10
2014
.I don't agree w/@EdWGillespie on many issues, but I appreciate him as a person and patriot. Classy concession today. http://t.co/XwyzPTj7AS.@PatrickMurphyPA @Sixers @UChiPolitics @Bulls But they won anyway, brother!!!!Remember the Ebola "crisis" in America that led the news for weeks? Dallas now declared Ebola-free. Where in broadcasts will THAT play?@AFL-CIO Chief @RichardTrumka heads a panel of top national union leaders on the future of the American labor movement. 11/13 @UChiPolitics.
11/7
2014
.Hosting 2 of the world's foremost experts on Iran nukes--Gary Samore and @SangerNYT--as 11/24 deadline approaches. Tonight @UChiPolitics."Obama’s agenda was indeed on the ballot and it did very well — when it showed up directly on the ballot..." http://t.co/yJsSHCPXT2Fmr Rep. Lane Evans was one of the most decent people I've met in public life. Saddened by his passing after long struggle with Parkinson's.
11/6
2014
Immigration bill won a huge bipartisan majority in the Senate. POTUS should agree to shelve exec order for up or down vote in House.Striking how different midterm electorate is from presidential years. D efforts to change that Tuesday fell short. Big dropoff among young.But there is a bright spot: My old WH right hand man, @EricLesser is on his way to the Massachusetts Senate!Said on @NBCNews earlier that this was not a wave. But the returns since then say otherwise.
11/5
2014
Another @MikeBarnicle gem, riding along with NH State Senator Lou D'Allesandro for a lesson in retail campaigning. http://t.co/aSEWHiqEF8
Retweeted by David AxelrodBlack vote way up for midterms in early balloting in GA. Could be meaningful in close Senate and Gov races. http://t.co/tr0gaEWkmx
11/2
2014
So you think you're smart about politics? Here's your chance to prove it! A Beat the Pollsters pool: http://t.co/qLfbfEznDa
11/1
2014
.@ davidaxelrod: @cubs doing right thing by making room for Maddon. But Renteria did fine job. Hope he lands a good gig. #lifeaintfairThe wild card in a 2014 election deck stacked in favor of GOP: http://t.co/cGsomSxa26
10/31
2014
Anyone who loves cities and city politics had to love Tom Menino. Old school, he lived for his city. And Boston is better for it. RIP.From Reset to Relapse, a look at the state of U.S.-Russia relations with Fmr Ambassador @McFaul and @peterbakernyt on Friday @UChiPolitics..@BilldeBlasio It was a great pleasure to meet your inspiring crew! Thanks for inviting me.
10/30
2014
.With @drose back at the controls, chicagobulls blast @nyknicks in opener. @Cubs about to lock up Joe Maddon. Great day for Chicago sports!
10/29
2014
Looking forward to welcoming Elizabeth Wilner of @CookPolitical, brilliant analyst of campaign ad trends. @UChiPolitics today.Striking juxtaposition: Ebola fear rampant, despite negligible threat to Americans. But thousands fall victim to gun violence each year.
10/27
2014
Casualty of IL gov race? One of state's leading political reporters. http://t.co/3gHL5Hs1gE.@billburton Thanks, Bill! Grampahood is beyond great!!!.@seanspicer Key is getting folks who ordinarily don't vote in midterms to vote early. Ds have big edge there. But, hey, we'll know soon!
10/23
2014
Ben Bradlee will live forever, immortalized for the courage he showed at one of America's darkest hours. RIP.
10/21
2014
.What could be more timely than a visit from fmr Sec. of State Madeleine Albright? Looking forward to welcoming her @UChiPolitics on 10/24.
10/20
2014
Caustic mix: Public health issue, falling news ratings and pols in the final weeks of election = unconscionable hype and demagoguery.
10/19
2014
New wrinkle in tight IL gov race. Did Rauner use his clout to try and muzzle a senior statehouse reporter? http://t.co/hOVUA4giG0How czar we've come! Old czar foes now demand, and get, one. http://t.co/Ss8Kk3rHC5.@gretawire No doubt there is role for media to play. But fanning unwarranted fear is more about attracting viewers than informing public.Modern times: Having feverishly beaten the Ebola drum, the media is now turning to stories about unwarranted panic over the disease.
10/18
2014
I remember the days when Obama was being criticized for naming too many "czars." Now the same folks are demanding one!!
10/17
2014
Some say Scott Walker is viable '16 contender for GOP. But it looks like folks in Wisconsin could spoil the story. http://t.co/Tkgqwm54wg
10/15
2014
Big News: Incoming chief of national retailers embracing higher min wage. http://t.co/hlcfJ71PirYou want to know who paid for that nasty campaign ad you just saw on TV? Don't ask! http://t.co/gNvjtNB7fV
10/11
2014
.Strong message from @HillaryClinton in Philly. If this is a preview, the coming attraction will be formidable. http://t.co/9RmsczH5dl
10/10
2014
@AaronBlakeWP @LarrySabato @jennifereduffy Great panel to discuss 2014 midterms with me and Steve Schmidt, tonight @UChiPolitics.
10/8
2014
.@Drose looks as good as ever, scoring nine points in nine minutes for @chicagobulls against @WashWizards. Great to have him back!Proud to welcome U.S Agriculture Tom Vilsack @UChiPolitics 2nite to discuss food and energy policy.
10/6
2014
.Looking forward to welcoming former Gov, DNC chair and presidential candidate Howard Dean to @UChiPolitics W/@politicoroger tonight at 6.Yes, Mr. President you heard us right. Corporate debt has fallen to the lowest level since at least 1990: http://t.co/rGdoXAT12U
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10/2
2014
I knew Joe Clancy when he led the presidential detail. You could not find a better person to repair the Secret Service.
10/1
2014
Retooling America's community colleges for critical job training. A little story with big implications. http://t.co/JA4PJk9r1p
9/30
2014
.With all the hitters @Cubs have called up lately, too little's been made of lockdown young bullpen they've developed. #waittilnextyear
9/28
2014
@KarlRove says "good riddance" to Eric Holder, calling him a "partisan hack." Probably nostalgic for the days when HE ran Justice Dept.Two-to-one early voting edge in Iowa and some signs elsewhere suggest superior targeting and organizing could help Ds tip senate odds.
9/27
2014
For all the partisan shots, it is Holder's bipartisan efforts at badly-needed sentencing reforms for which he will be long remembered..Looking forward to @CEAChair Jason Furman and a superb panel, led by @AnnieLowrey of @NYMag, on state of middle class. @UChiPolitics 9/29.
9/26
2014
What Ray Rice did was egregious. If the @NFL covered it up to keep him on the field, it's even worse. @espn http://t.co/lYHQ8gnEtx
9/22
2014
“@RSargentShriver: The Program for Leadership in Public Service we developed w @UChiPolitics. http://t.co/GgudIUf2Ii” Needed in pub service
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9/20
2014
It seems impossible, but based on the endless flood of fundraising emails I'm getting, it appears that every race in the country is tied!.Looking forward to welcoming @RepPaulRyan to @UChiPolitics on Monday, a wonderful way to launch our fall schedule!
9/19
2014
@ChicagoBears Just huge!!!!!
9/14
2014
.@ebbitt Wasn't intended as a joke. I think it's a profoundly serious matter. Someone swept it under the rug. And that is appalling.Who at the NFL will get the flag for intentional grounding of the Rice video? And who called the play?
9/11
2014
.Proud of Obama alums @stevekerrigan @MrMikeBlake and my old right hand man @EricLesser on big primary wins tonight!!! #yeswecan
9/9
2014
Coach Ditka, an Alan Keyes Republican, straps on the shoulder pads for Rauner in Illinois. http://t.co/RaTbvlpkRE
9/7
2014
Belonging to 100k wine club and calling for end to min wage? Bad week for Rauner in IL. http://t.co/9yD9RaKjcV. http://t.co/hTvq91vKr4
9/5
2014
Should the gov have to shut down just so Marco Rubio can expiate the sin of once having been for immigration reform? http://t.co/VpEX8WNI6U"Circumstances can change…" With GOP field unsettled, could it be Romney redux? http://t.co/VCbmJSLplo
8/27
2014
Jackie Robinson West, fighters to the end. We love you guys! Thanks for the memories!! #PrideofChicago
8/24
2014
Chicago's champions!!!! #LLWS http://t.co/qSi60H02alGo Jackie Robinson West, the Pride of Chicago! LLWS2014
8/23
2014
Jackie Robinson is smiling down on his namesakes from Chicago tonight! Now let's beat Vegas! #LLWSGo Jackie Robinson West! Win or lose tonight, Chicago is proud of you! (But win would be great.). #heartsofchampions
8/21
2014
My first impressions notwithstanding, worth reading @WayneSlater of Dallas Morning News on Perry indictment. http://t.co/vDIvBbOlEi.Thanks to @MikeBloomberg, for standing up to gun lobby bullying and devoting himself and his resources to the cause of safer communities.
8/20
2014
That's implied by those who objected to my Tweet and would be a lot more serious. But then why haven't the prosecutors said it? 4/4Is the charge that Perry plotted to push her out so he could put his own person in and stifle ongoing corruption probes of his allies? 3/4I understand that if the DA had quit, as Perry demanded, the Governor would have had the authority to replace her. Correct? 2/4I've gotten lots of unhappy emails after my Tweet that Perry indictment looked "sketchy." So here are my questions: 1/4.Great luck to my old friend and partner @davidplouffe. A real visionary, Plouffe will make @uber go!
8/19
2014
Help us & @JFKLibrary find leaders under 40 who are making exceptional contributions to our world. Nominate your choice at #NewFrontier
8/18
2014
@debdlund yesUnless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy.
8/16
2014
Just to clarify: "Don't do stupid stuff" means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.
8/12
2014
Such sad news about Robin Williams. Let us recognize depression as a life-threatening illness, not a deficiency of character. RIP
8/11
2014
Cleveland in Love! Can't wait for @chicagobulls and @cavs. Should be a hell of a row! http://t.co/kIXOQYoywb
8/7
2014
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