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DNC CHAIR SAYS "NO CONTESTED CONVENTION."

To listen to the media, Democrats are poised to face as chaotic a convention in 2016 as the GOP. Bernie Sanders has pledged to take his fight all the way to the party's June gathering even if the California primary clinches the nomination for Hillary Clinton.  Are both parties headed for a showdown?

The answer is no.

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IS AMERICA SAFER THAN EUROPE?

May 19, 2016

"This is not over," cautioned French President François Hollande following the November terrorist attack in Paris that killed 130 civilians.  It was a prescient warning to his countrymen and European neighbors: ISIL had infiltrated their borders and was  living among them. Then four months later came the Brussels attack, and the sobering admission by Belgium authorities they could no longer keep up with the number of potential threats. 




WHO RULES THE WORLD?

Women do.  According to Emmy Award-winning political analyst, Juan Williams, not just any women: independent, suburban, middle-aged woman do.  That's because the next leader of the free world will be determined by who they cast their vote for in November.  A fact not gone unnoticed by presumptive GOP Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, who recently began accusing Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, of playing the "woman card."

Wisely, Clinton didn't deny it.  She countered with "deal me in."

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GOVERNOR JAN BREWER AT TOP OF TRUMP VP LIST?

Choosing a Vice Presidential running mate is a job best left to number crunchers and strategists. Take 1960 for example - one of the closest elections in American history. Kennedy needed Texas and the Democratic South to beat Nixon, so Lyndon B. Johnson was the logical choice. In '81 George Bush's reputation as a moderate, and roots in Connecticut and Texas helped carry Reagan to victory. And in 2008, McCain chose former Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin, eager to attract conservative and women voters.

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CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE A PART-TIME JOB

April 6, 2016

What if the next President of the United States decided not to move to the nation's capital?  After the election, they announced plans to fly into Washington on Monday – keep office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – and return home on Friday.  What if they were comfortable sleeping on the sofa in the Oval Office, showering at the gym, and eating in the staff cafeteria when they were in town?

Sensors, sensors, everywhere sensors.  In our clothes, our shoes, air conditioners, cars, diapers and beds. And what are all these sensors doing? They're collecting and analyzing data of course - billions of discrete pieces of information every picosecond of every day so we can, a) make informed decisions and, b) automate all of the things connected by the IoT (Internet of Things).  Soon sensors embedded in my pajamas will determine I'm dehydrated from having a little too much fun the night before, then send a message to the 3-D food printer in my kitchen to make a drink designed to replenish my electrolytes.  Sensors will also heat my house the minute my car heads for home and tell me when my 16-year old is driving over the speed limit.




WILL THE PARTIES LINE UP BEHIND TRUMP AND CLINTON?

As we near the end of the primary season and the reality of a national contest sets in, the question on everyone's mind is whether voters will come together to support their party's nominee. Romney and other GOP leaders have publicly stated they will not support frontrunner Donald Trump. On the other hand, polls show that many Bernie Sanders supporters would rather sit the election out than cast their vote for Clinton.  In short, both leading contenders face serious obstacles when it comes to unifying their parties, let alone the country.



JOB NUMBER ONE FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

As of today, there have been 12 Republican and 9 Democratic primary debates, with more to come.  In each exchange the candidates have been asked to explain their priorities. Donald Trump listed border security at the top of his list.  Sanders said an equal economic playing field for all Americans was key.  Kasich claimed the $12 trillion deficit was a national emergency. And Cruz promised he would devote his first 100 days in office to repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Iran nuclear agreement, Common Core, and every other measure Obama put forth. From job creation, terrorism and immigration, to tax and education reform, the candidates have offered an impressive list of "top priorities."

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LEADERSHIP AND LIKEABILITY IN 2016

March 7, 2016

The 2016 race for the White House has raised many more questions about leadership than it has answered. What attributes do Americans want in their next President? Experience? Decisiveness? Honesty? And how much does likeability matter?

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ARE PLUMMETING OIL PRICES KILLING CLEAN ENERGY?

February 29, 2016

We've watched it for months now: the price of oil is plummeting. CNN Money reports that six states are currently charging a little over $2 a gallon for gas. And according to Tom Kloza, Chief Analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, "About one station in four nationwide is at $1.50 a gallon or less."

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Death of the campaign blueprint

February 21, 2016

When it comes to political campaigns, the past used to be the best predictor of the future. But no more. Speaking on The Costa Report, political history buff and host of MSNBC's Meet the Press Daily, Steve Kornacki, summed up the 2016 Presidential race, "New rules for politics are being written in real time right now. And finding out what those rules are is invigorating!"

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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: NO LONGER A MORAL ARGUMENT

February 14, 2016

For the past forty years, the moral grounds for legally sanctioned executions have been passionately argued by proponents and opponents, with opponents making slow gains. Beginning in 2011, approximately one state per year has abolished capital punishment - Illinois in 2011, Connecticut in 2012, Maryland in 2013 and Nebraska in 2015. Yet, in spite of the slow drift, thirty-one states presently enforce the death penalty, and nearly 3,000 inmates are waiting for their sentences to be carried out...

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THE PRICE OF CHINA-PHOBIA MAY BE AMERICA'S LEADERSHIP IN SPACE

February 8, 2016

Space is a great stage for diplomacy. Yet, when it comes to cooperating with China's space program, the United States may have forgotten that lesson. This week, former NASA Commander of the International Space Station, Leroy Chiao, urged leaders in Washington DC to strongly consider the consequences of rebuking China's offer to collaborate in space. "We Americans have taken for granted that we've been the leader in human space flight. But it's been almost five years since we gave up the ability to launch astronauts into space ... It's much more constructive to engage (with China) than to isolate. If we don't we risk being left behind"...

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HOW TO WIN A RELIGIOUS WAR: IGNORE IDEOLOGY

February 1, 2016

When it comes to waging war, does ideology matter?  Richard Perle, former foreign policy and defense advisor to Presidents Reagan and Bush, says no.  According to Perle, combating ideology is a losing game.  He urges leaders to view ISIS the same way it views any hostile state.  "We have to fight the means they are using, almost independently of what is motivating them," said Perle...

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WHEN IT COMES TO VOTING, IS IT EVER RIGHT TO ABSTAIN? FIVE-TIME PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RALPH NADER HAS A BETTER IDEA.

January 25, 2016

No one would argue whether the right to vote is a cornerstone of democracy.  Or whether the U. S. is dominated by a two-party system - parties which will soon choose their 2016 Presidential nominees.  Assuming recent polls hold, in November Americans may be asked to choose between billionaire businessman, Donald Trump, and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton...

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SOME OR ALL: TRUMP V. COULTER ON IMMIGRATION

January 17, 2016

Love her or hate her, conservative Ann Coulter may have the fairest, safest approach when it comes to America's immigration policy. According to Coulter, there's no need to single out Muslims, Mexicans, and other demographics while Washington gets busy building an immigration policy for the 21st Century. "I recommend a complete, across-the-board pause (in immigration)," said Coulter this week on The Costa Report. Citing President Coolidge's immigration moratorium in 1924 - when the number of immigrants pouring into America hit an all time high - Coulter urges leaders to consider hitting the pause button on all immigration. Coolidge claimed "America must be kept America!" and Coulter is in lock step with his rallying cry...

Read More Here: http://www.rebeccacosta.com/blog/some-or-all-trump-v-coulter-on-immigration-295.htm