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Author, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Director, UChicago Institute of Politics. Views expressed here are my own.

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@jmartNYT @nickconfessore it's a big deal. GOP and oligarchs have completely outplayed Dems at granular level-state rep & down ballot races..Whatever else @realDonaldTrump means 4 GOP, he knows how to build a TV audience. I can't remember more hype for an early primary debate.
8/4
2015
The next phase in the battle JoakimNoah and his @NoahsArcFdn are waging against gun violence in Chicago. http://t.co/FN2atqLwrP #rockthedrop.@realDonaldTrump will be just where want to be Thursday. Center stage. For the others, Q is do you ignore, challenge or try to out-outrage?.@JeffreyGoldberg Wouldn't rejection mean Iran gets its money because sanctions break down + they'd be closer to bomb, with no inspections?“Rejection of the deal would not lead to something credible," Rep. Adam Schiff says of the Iran agreement: http://t.co/F2a1CWDOA3
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8/3
2015
@hughhewitt Do I feel a friendly wager coming on?@hughhewitt @Cubs @Indians Wait, are those the guys the Sox just swept? #notthisyear.And kudos to Reinsdorf and @whitesox for standing pat instead of selling. Recent play warranted giving team a chance..Smart deadline deals for @Cubs. Shored up pitching for the stretch without mortgaging the future..@nytimes on pathbreaking reforms at Cook County Jail. http://t.co/MyyVPsInGo. Look 4 their author, Sheriff Tom Dart, @UChiPolitics in fall.
7/31
2015
Saw the play @HamiltonMusical last night. Extraordinary. Highly, highly recommend it!
7/29
2015
GOP study after '12 said party needed greater outreach to Hispanics and less destructive primary debates. Seems like plan's been Trumped.
7/27
2015
Ohio St. beach AM after massive boat party, where drunken, self-indulgent jerks used Lake Michigan as garbage can. http://t.co/4k2cGqXOUn
7/26
2015
And that's it, Hamels no hits @Cubs. http://t.co/6XM8lb77MJ.4 young women sitting behind me @cubs game, talked and drank their way through 8, and then left, oblivious to no-hitter by Hamels. Jeesh.@danconley Only if you're rooting for a no-hitter!.At Wrigley, Hamels is doing hell of a job convincing scouts he's worth $23.5 mil-a-year. Pitching a no-hitter through 5 v. @Cubs. Yikes!3 mass murderers in past 6 wks, all w/histories of arrests, mental illness or drug abuse, yet armed w/guns. How do we stop it? #enough
7/25
2015
An honor to welcome the 39th POTUS, Jimmy Carter, to @UChiPolitics toda. Ninety years young, he lit up the room! http://t.co/8TU3ZIhAJ5I know, I know, it's so yesterday to say it, but how many massacres will it take before we confront the scourge of gun violence? #enough
7/24
2015
JOIN US 8.5 in Madison! @davidmaraniss + @davidaxelrod talk politics at @MadOrpheum http://t.co/f1rSBlHnME https://t.co/mQMwZ95a5K
Retweeted by David Axelrod@thetournament @BarackObama Maybe you can sign him up for the 2017 tourney. He would have awesome recruiting power.
Retweeted by David AxelrodFLASHBACK: In '12, the GOP defined & doomed itself w/red meat primary attacks on immigration and Planned Parenthood. #Whathavetheylearned?
7/23
2015
Thing is you can't predict on paper how candidates will react to daily trials, tests, provocations-the sheer madness-of running for POTUS.On paper, Kasich's state, resume, TV skills should make him top tier candidate. Could be biggest threat to Bush in center right, NH lane.
7/21
2015
.@DavidLauter @RyanLizza If it's in perspective, yes. He's exploiting base rage, just as he did with Birthers in '11, when he also led poll.@mikiebarb @RyanLizza And this may just be the process. But all the "front runner" nonsense is, well, nonsense, at this stage of the game..@RyanLizza No one seriously believes Trump is going to be POTUS. No one. Yet he is the dominant story. Remarkable. Media, heal thyself!.@mattbai is there symbolic significance, after the bizarre antics of the weekend, that @JohnKasich chose to meet you at Big Boy?If you told me in 08 that I'd be defending McCain from Trump on Twitter, I'd call you crazy. I'd also ask what Twitter was. But here we are.
Retweeted by David AxelrodMost folks would feel besieged. But in @realDonaldTrump's world, being center of attention is never a bad thing. He must be loving this.
7/20
2015
@neeratanden @LitLat @jonfavs Good taste, perhaps?@jonfavs @neeratanden It will give new meaning to Washington pundits.@jonfavs Yes. Do you find that irrigating?@jonfavs @RedSox @Angels @emhblack @AndyFavs @mollymcqueen1 A more public-spirited Angeleno would be celebrating the much needed rain!I'd appreciate a moment of your time to read this: "Trump Awakens Kerry’s Vietnam Anger With Slam On McCain" http://t.co/pCrLV4tmjX
Retweeted by David AxelrodWas it not predictable that @realDonaldTrump would be hoisted by his own petard; that he would be lifted & doomed by his unfiltered bombast?
7/19
2015
Since @realDonaldTrump seems fixed on thrilling Palin wing of GOP, interesting to see what @SarahPalinUSA has to say about his McCain slam.One of the best debates you will read about the #IranDeal with @JeffreyGoldberg, @PeterBeinart & @davidfrum http://t.co/NKoZtIzihl
Retweeted by David AxelrodThe Door to Iran Opens, via @nytimes. Strong, insightful analysis of Iran nuclear agreement. http://t.co/ECpv9LKffc
7/18
2015
@gretacarnes Thanks for committing yourself the way you have. You're a Believer, too!@swirsk054 thanks, brother, for that and your good insights before the event!.@HillaryClinton hits live pitching at NH Town Hall, spars w/hecklers and looks like she did well. Should do more! http://t.co/nAD8SCS9li
7/17
2015
@RahmEmanuel making great pick 4 Chicago schools in Forrest Claypool. Impeccable integrity, he's made career of rescuing troubled agencies.
7/16
2015
.On @CNN, Israeli Ambassador Dermer repeats the false claim that increased international sanctions on Iran was a viable option. #IranDealListening to opponents of Iran deal continue fiction that global sanctions could be imposed and strengthened in perpetuity. #noalternative.@POTUS on Bill Cosby: "Any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape" http://t.co/KOcrNbhdPz http://t.co/HqkGDCBgI3
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7/15
2015
I have watched hours of commentary on the Iran deal and have yet to hear opponents lay out a plausible, realistic alternative.I saw POTUS in '09 & '10 hammer case w/foreign leaders for stiff Iran sanctions. Without them, today's deal wouldn't have been possible.Saddened to learn of the death of former IL Rep. Woods Bowman, who died in a car crash. Brilliant, honorable...he was one the good guys. RIP
7/14
2015
In airport watching @ScottWalker rally with no sound. Did he offer tnx to authors of ill-conceived '12 recall that set him up as GOP hero?
7/13
2015
@realDonaIdTrump led early polls in 2011, buoyed by loud embrace of Birther canard. He is NOT the frontrunner. He IS primal scream 4 GOP.
7/10
2015
Missed shout out from one of the great basketball players of all time, and Hall of Fame human being. Tnx, brother! https://t.co/Vn09uZ8WChWhile the Social Cons fight it out in Iowa, the Center Right lane in the NH primary is getting crowded. http://t.co/r3wopUq2dE
7/8
2015
Once @realDonaldTrump slandered immigrants, these stories were inevitable. Who works on his buildings, hotels, etc? http://t.co/G731h6ePh8If GOP plan was to disable IRS & clear way 4 campaign front groups fueled by secret donations, mission accomplished. http://t.co/kCPBgt4LIy
7/7
2015
On my way to the show http://t.co/jaHMTZYM3H
Retweeted by David Axelrod.@GratefulDead, thanks for the memories-and even great times we can't quite remember! #FareTheeWell http://t.co/mGxO0sKUtW
7/5
2015
Obama’s Eulogy, Which Found Its Place in History, via @nytimes http://t.co/xe9xsn2AUN@petersagal These are local secrets. Must we share them?(Personally, though. I got out of town to make more room for the out of towners!)Welcome to Chicago, Deadheads. Sun is shining. Lake is glistening. What a wonderful place to end a Long, Strange Trip!Happy birthday, America, from the appreciative son of an immigrant who fled tyranny to find freedom and opportunity in the USA!
7/4
2015
@rospars Yes. Hey, brother, I didn't invent Twitter. Trying to working within 140 characters!Bernie's huge crowds recall Howard Dean's in '04 when he rallied "Democratic wing of Democratic Party." Dean was impactful, but Kerry won.U.S. Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs; Unemployment at 5.3%, via @nytimes. Continued progress! But we need more wage growth. http://t.co/3aQpCRZCAD.How many of the people Mexico "sent" have helped build @realDonaldTrump's buildings or work in his hotels & restaurants or sell his ties?
7/2
2015
Don't know if Christie can revive himself in NH. But his focus there, and Kasich's pending entry, could clutter Bush path in must-win state.Sorry the AP didn't ask. As I have said before, I knew HRC had private email. I did not know she used it exclusively or had her own server.
7/1
2015
Straight shooter is a tough bridge for Christie to cross after GW debacle. And NJ economy is tough cross to bear.
6/30
2015
Words Walker probably shouldn't speak when he announces for POTUS: "I'll do for America what I did for Wisconsin." http://t.co/8eYQjV688f
6/29
2015
.Fun to read current conventional wisdom that @POTUS is "reborn." Same conventional wisdom declared admin dead just 8 mos ago. Lesson here?.Has @POTUS been treated differently than other presidents? Interesting observations from @smerconish http://t.co/YrSe1L8hiP
6/28
2015
No one else could have done what Pres. Obama did in Charleston today, lifting an entire nation in grace. A moment etched in history.
Retweeted by David AxelrodWe so often get mired in petty calculus of politics. Then there are transcendent moments like this. Remarkable eulogy. Extraordinary day!By shifting right on immigration reform and same sex marriage, Walker is running hard to win the Iowa caucuses and lose the election.Telling rift among GOPers over marriage ruling--Bush, Graham on one side, while others pander to social cons; brooking broad public opinion.Dr. King said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." It is awesome to watch that arc bend!This was the 1st article I read this AM and now I'm done reading for the day. http://t.co/RmNRp0mFcr
Retweeted by David Axelrod"The Roberts Court’s Reality Check." Linda Greenhouse on Supreme Court's health care decision. From @nytimes http://t.co/baRscp5EVG
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6/26
2015
We will hear grousing from GOP candidates for the next 9 mos. But once primaries are settled, expect nominee to say it's time to move on.To his everlasting credit, and the credit of the critical institution he leads, the Chief Justice played it straight in today's ruling.GOPers rail against ruling, but privately are relieved. If court had struck subsidies down, Rs would have been the dogs that caught the car.Indeed! Tearing up again, Messina. https://t.co/2qT1vcV7s5Legacy issues are for another day. SCOTUS ruling is a huge victory for millions of Americans whose health care was at risk.
6/25
2015
.The great Paul Simon at soundcheck before tonight's @cureepilepsy benefit @navypier. We are thrilled to have him!!! http://t.co/492nfFI4PPSC gunman wanted to launch historic movement, and he has. But not the one he planned. After 150 yrs, the Confederate flag is coming down.Strong rebuttal to Fmr. Israeli Amb. Michael Oren's rewriting of history and slander of U.S. Jewish community. http://t.co/hVuDCIcOFq.
6/24
2015
Like a bunch of passive star watchers, the GOP field found themselves chasing Haley's Comment.
6/23
2015
.Look out, @MLB! Here they come! http://t.co/V3teWC9Im9If @POTUS hadn't used a provocative word to make his point about the stubborn challenge of race, would we be talking abt his message tiday?
6/22
2015
That noise you hear right now is the NRA communications machine, whirring into the customary fire drill to beat back any gun safety laws.A kid is arrested on drugs charges and barred from a mall for suspicious behavior. Yet he is allowed to buy a gun. And he kills. #madnessIronic that the demented shooter in Charleston aimed to create a "civil war," but instead unified that city & our entire country in grief.
6/19
2015
As Americans go about their business, the media & political world feverishly pours over polls that are, at this poont, next to meaningless.Grieving with the people of Charleston.
6/18
2015
If I'm a GOP candidate, I'm thinking through how to handle @realDonaldTrump in upcoming debates: Confront him, or treat him as a sideshow?.Ran into Rocky Wirtz, owner of @NHLBlackhawks @NBC Tower, making the rounds with Lord Stanley's Cup. #chicagopride http://t.co/T5GMPtnn84.Happy for @warriors and @stevekerr, a champion as player & coach. But hats off to @KingJames, who was absolutely heroic in defeat.
6/17
2015
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