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Director, UChicago Institute of Politics. Senior Political Commentator @CNN. Host, The Axe Files, Views expressed here are my own.

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Arlington National Cemetery was " many people." My god, it's a cemetery!!! Filled with fallen heroes!Grace note from @TobyKeithMusic, offering thanks to BOTH the 44th and 45th POTUSs. Very nice. #inaug2017PEOTUS in little danger of being upstaged by musical acts, though I bet it matters little to the crowd. #inaug2017Jon Voight apparently missed the memo on moments of grace and national unity. #inaug2017.@tomfriedman of @nytimes: The prospect of two-state solution to Middle East conflict is "over." #AxeFiles
MORE: Trump EPA nominee questions human impact on climate change; says his personal opinion is "immaterial."…
Retweeted by David AxelrodRemember when 2014 was the hottest year on record? Then 2015? Well, now it’s 2016:
Retweeted by David AxelrodFor every poor student the Ivy League launches into the middle class and beyond, City U. of New York launches six.
Retweeted by David AxelrodMcConnell, who refused for nearly a year to give a SCOTUS nominee a hearing, allows senators 7 minutes to question Trump Cabinet appointees..@PattyMurray rightly protests that senators are limited to seven minutes of questions for @realDonaldTrump point man on health care.Watching McConnell's speedy confirmathon is like early rounds of NCAA tournament, with a 4-way split screen picturing simultaneous hearings.Will Rep. Price share details of @realDonaldTrump promised plan to insure "health care for everybody" at hearing today? THAT would be news!You're right. Not "kind of." Just plain appalling. the parent of a child with disabilities, I found the Ed Secy-designate's answers kind of appalling. new CNN/ORC poll finds Obama's approval rating now stands at 60% - the third-highest of any outgoing president
Retweeted by David AxelrodRemarkable that @realDonaldTrump trademarked iconic MAGA slogan in '12! (AND that he has time to brag about it NOW!)".@BarackObama ranks w/Reagan as an impactful president; Republicans won’t be able to reverse the changes easily."
Non-partisan CBO projects the disaster of "repeal" w/out "replace." 18 million will lose coverage; costs will soar. will Theo Epstein do after scaling the heights with @cubs & @RedSox? He drops a hint on #AxeFiles.…
Great piece by @michikokakutani on books, language & @BarackObama. yrs ago today, @BarackObama began the journey that will end Friday. this Price right?'ve spoken out against delegitimization. But many Ds will ask what @Reince did when @realDonaldTrump was attacking… a great day! #FlyTheW World Series trophy astride the presidential podium. @Cubs White House ceremony coming up shortly!! Yowza! am I receiving pop up ads, five days before the Inauguration, offering me "free tickets?" Building a crowd? timing of this surprising pledge meant to deflect news from PEOTUS's tasteless outburst at @repjohnlewis that d… day the @Cubs visit White House to mark their 1st title in 108 yrs, my convo with their architect, Theo Epstein.…
And just to be sure, he watches every week! after his nominee for Defense Secy told Senate NATO is vital, PEOTUS says its "obsolete." Do these guys speak? THIS is interesting. Can't wait to see this plan! (I suspect @SpeakerRyan feels the same.) you! Glad you enjoyed the convo as much as I did!"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.One thing that surely will result from the change in administrations is many more people will learn the meaning of the word "emoluments."
I disagree with what @repjohnlewis said, but I honor the man he is. Honesty; integrity; courage-these are qualities…
This one bears real investigation. Timing is extraordinarily troubling. Was Trump team actively undermining U.S. re… furious at Comey for interventions in '16 race may be strangely aligned with @realDonaldTrump, who would love to choose new @FBI chief.% of uninsured Americans cut in half; health care inflation, lowest in 50 yrs. This is "disaster" from which Congress is rushing to save us?Hearing from many anxious folks who've been helped by ACA and fear @GOP is about to march them off a cliff without thoughtful replacement.
Congratulations to @VP Biden on well-deserved Presidential Medal of Honor, marking his lifetime of service. It was… is a fascinating @tomfriedman presentation at @UChiPolitics, with an #AxeFiles coming soon!!… to welcome @tomfriedman of the @nytimes to @UChiPolitics this afternoon to discuss his new book and the state of our world.Can't wait for what promises to be a great and timely conversation @UChiPolitics tonight. Cable hopscotch around from hearing to hearing, trying to keep up, it's quite a contrast to McConnell's year-long SCOTUS blockade.In his solid, reassuring performance thus far, you can see why Mattis is generating bipartisan support other… a great convo w/Chris Wallace on life, journalism, politics and, of course, @realDonaldTrump! #AxeFiles.…
Overwhelming evidence in this poll Americans feel @realDonaldTrump must do more to prevent conflicts-of-interest. to see if @realDonaldTrump can @GOP to accept what is a very Democratic idea. version of blind trust: the public will be BLIND to details and asked to TRUST that there are no conflicts.Why is @realDonaldTrump harder on the @DNC than Russia on hacking?PEOTUS accuses the Intel community of Nazi tactics? Wow. Where does this lead?"Nobody has ever had crowds like Trump has had," says @realDonaldTrump.Pretty clear we will NEVER see @realDonaldTrump tax returns, which will break a practice that presidents have followed for four decades..@realDonaldTrump claiming credit for not running his business WHILE he is president. Even though he says he "doesn't have to" step down..@realDonaldTrump cites Putin's word to knock down Intel story, and then goes right back to citing Wikileaks material.When you strip all the words down, @realDonaldTrump just confirmed that Intel chiefs did add a two-page annex to their briefing on claims.A lot of Dems would support the idea of allowing Medicare to negotiate on prescription drug costs, if @realDonaldTrump follows up.And now @Mike_Pence follows..@seanspicer doing heavy lifting for @realDonaldTrump before he takes mic, morphing legit reporting w/irresponsible leak of raw memos.Thank you, #AxeFile listeners for 10 million downloads since we launched! I appreciate your support and many kind words! @UChiPolitics @CNNTime for @realDonaldTrump 2 say this? "To end his suggestion that I have debts to & dealings w/the Russians, I WILL release my tax returns."
I have saved hundreds of credentials from my journey with @BarackObama. This one is bittersweet. Hugely proud of m…
The Republican plan to repeal Obamacare might have just died tonight. They don't have the votes.…
Retweeted by David AxelrodBrennan says Trump ignores intel community at nation's 'peril' @CNNPolitics #AxeFilesCIA DirectorJohn Brennan on Russia Intel, @realDonaldTrump & the world. #AxeFiles . refused to take up @POTUS Supreme Court nomination for nearly a year, McConnell's not in strong position 2 lecture Ds on process now.
No vet? No sweat! #swampfever in one term, @tomperiello was impressive force in Congress. His surprise entry shakes up VA gubernatorial race. if the American people can be assured that their president is making those judgements free of any debts, polit… you!
Very dark turn. Why is @realDonaldTrump going down this path?, the consensus is yes! this whole thing get any more surreal?
It is pathetic. The GOP will pay politically now for practicing political nihilism for 5 years on one of the nation…
Retweeted by David AxelrodBrennan: "Intensity and scope" of a Russian interference in U.S. election is different than we have seen in the pas… "I'm looking forward to interacting with the president-elect. I am hoping that he is going to be respectfu… the eve of a momentous meeting with PEOTUS @realDonaldTrump, @CIA director John Brennan speaking tonight at… new entry in the @DNC race. Mayor @PeteButtigieg is one of the nation's most dynamic young leaders.