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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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Wonder what Rs trying to get comfortable with @realDonaldTrump felt about his shot at a Latina @GOP star governor? report will churn waters, but for @HillaryClinton, probably better now than in the fall.
Wonderful event tonight with Ret. @SenatorHarkin on his long career in the Senate & his thoughts on 2016 election.
Retweeted by David AxelrodThank YOU! how race will end 5 mos out is nuts. Many plot twists ahead. What you CAN rely on, based on early returns: Ain't gunna be pretty!You ruined a good Tweet w/correction! Main point is: it's going to be challenging process for WHOMEVER to navigate. appts assure feisty DNC platform debate. Managing it may make @BarneyFrank think of fin reform as good old days! #messy
If khalid sheikh mohammed had been tried in Article III court he'd be on death row today. Eric Holder @UChiPolitics. @samteinhp & @jasoncherkis for making my miserable defeat sound like a progressive win.
Retweeted by David AxelrodMoving talk w/katiecouric about her losses & battle to save others from cancer. #cancerawareness in pledged dels & pop vote, @SenSanders making @JohnKasich case: stronger in general. However misleading, new polls will fire that.Katie Couric tells @davidaxelrod on the #AxeFiles that the media enabled Donald Trump
Retweeted by David Axelrod.@realDonaldTrump: "I'm always right." So I guess climate change IS a real threat! the Infallible!@realDonaldTrump to @WSJ: "I’m turning out to be right. I’m always right…you’ll see, you’ll see. I’m always right.”.@katiecouric, on media's role in "enabling" @realDonaldTrump, and lots more! New Axe Files.
.@alexburnsNYT & I reached out to the top 50+ GOP donors We found a wall of opposition to Trump&revealing silence
Retweeted by David AxelrodFun to chat w/@smerconish & @JohnKingCNN about the honor and challenge of giving commencement speeches, this AM on the Smerconish @CNN show.Rising @POTUS #s will be factor in fall campaign and position him to play role as major @HillaryClinton surrogate. @realDonaldTrump fired a gun the way he casually sprays a room with errant "facts," no one would be safe!
I agree w/@Eugene_Robinson. By delegitimating process, @SenSanders is burning bridges that will be hard to repair.
Hot rumor: New chair for Dems? on Libya, Syria and her own amazing journey. New Axe Files.
With serial flip-flops and big $$ fundraising agreement, @realDonaldTrump runs risk of becoming the politicians he condemned.Unaddressed, the toxic relationship between DNC @ @SenSanders campaign, so evident last night, could cast dark cloud over Philly convention.
Voice in large, raucous CA crowd shouts "Bernie or bust!" And @SenSanders says "to beat @realDonaldTrump we have to beat @HillaryClinton."As practical matter, it's not true that @SenSanders has realistic chance to win majority of pledged delegates. How will he land this plane?.@BernieSanders should speak out more forcefully against the threats & histrionics in NV, which were unworthy of inspiring race he's run.Strong as @billclinton's record was, @HillaryClinton was ill-advised to pitch him as Econ czar. Folks will be looking to HER for that!
Fmr Philly Mayor Michael Nutter talks HRC, Trump, urban violence & policing. New Axe Files.
Not if that they already had demonstrated proclivities in front of 25 m viewers & after already extensive reporting. did it warrant the length and play? That's all I'm raising. I saw it and expected blockbuster new revelations. Given what I'd already seen and read. Given the @megynkelly exchange. Not all that surprising. hear you, my friend, but news is called news for a reason. Little new ground broken here. Q of play, that's all. on @realDonaldTrump's boorish behavior 2 women is troubling,but did not-so-surprising findings live up 2 big, over-the-fold play?Alt candidate vision of Never @realDonaldTrump folks is fantastic--but "fantastic" in that ain't gunna happen way.
Thanks 2 @EurekaCollege, where I spoke at commencement today. Founded by abolitionists, it has long, proud history. Ronald Reagan was alum.Capacity 4 growth? Once @realDonaldTrump posed as PR man to boast about himself. Now he does it under his own name!
Story that @realDonaldTrump once posed as his own PR guy speaks to the kind of efficiencies he could bring to government!.@JenniferReeder I remember your brilliant tattoos!The Day After: Seems as if @GOP establishment is measuring @realDonaldTrump as a moldable vessel. And he's eying them as pliable marks.
How Travon Martin's parents must wish George Zimmmerman had auctioned off his gun BEFORE he used it to kill their son!!! #disgustingThanks, Ben. We'll do our best! @Snowden in conversation with Prof. Geoffrey Stone earlier today at the IOP: #IOPSnowden
Retweeted by David AxelrodQ arose today during session w/@Snowden as to whether he was paid for convo w/Prof Geoff Stone. @UChiPolitics does not pay its speakers.Trump & Ryan saying they're "totally committed to working together" is like me saying I'm totally committed to losing 10 lbs. We'll see. @DanComand Exception, though we're exploring options.Two very different people; two great conversations w/Jon Stewart and @andersoncooper. This week's Axe Files. problem for #PaulRyan & other Republicans: How do they support #Trump & still claim to be principled? My column:
Retweeted by David AxelrodIn honor of 2d amendment, @realDonaldTrump & @GOP leaders in Congress will stage a shotgun wedding today. #awkward you! to reassure those who suspected that they weren't human after a 24-6 start, the @cubs strategically lost a double-header yesterday.
.@realDonaldTrump is making a bet that withholding his returns is less damaging than whatever's in them. So what do you think that is?On his way to the finish line of his presidency, @POTUS shares some reflections worth pondering.
Largest ovation from raucous @SenSanders crowd in Salem, OR was when he declares that "we must defeat Donald Trump." #WVPrimary.@realDonaldTrump narrows his VP list to five. Will @THEGaryBusey vet?Jon Stewart returns! (For an hour, at least, on The Axe Files.) Our conversation here: like @realDonaldTrump's London bridge is falling down. worked for years with @rhodes44--one of the best, smartest and most committed people I know. @POTUS and country are lucky to have him!.@realDonaldTrump is now necessarily in fundraising biz. But how much does an earned media machine actually need?
This is what both conservative and Democratic strategists fear: That Trump may etch-a-sketch his way to the middle. you miss Jon Stewart this campaign season, fret not. He's coming soon to The Axe Files!'t this how Dick Cheney would up as VP? so much! thought you KNEW @andersoncooper? Take a listen to this candid new episode of Axe Files! nod assured, @realDonaldTrump is eagerly shedding burdensome primary positions like a space capsule separating from a booster rocket.
@Cubs win! Walk off in the 14th. Four game sweep of @Nationals. 24-6 to start the season; best in more than four decades. And @sox? 22-10!Watching a @realDonaldTrump interview this AM, striking that he can be colloquial, seemingly candid and utterly political all at once.Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, without whom-let's face it-none of this would be possible!
Guess there won't be any Sister CIty visits under President Trump!
Cubs are on pace to win 126 games.
Retweeted by David AxelrodThe power of positive thinking. smokes. having you. Thanks for the great conversation! meal last night at Chicago's @NicoOsteria. I highly recommend grilled asparagus, lobster spaghetti, fried rabbit. Killer desserts.
Retweeted by David AxelrodMy friend Barbara Leavitt Brown died today. Loving wife & mom; devoted teacher & public servant. Mentor to women in politics across IL. RIPWill @realDonaldTrump's words catch up with him? @FrankBruni of @nytimes on The AxeFiles. is what makes @realDonaldTrump an elusive target. He believes in himself. Everything else is fungible.
Biggest political development of last 24 hours was @elizabethforma Twitter blitzkrieg on @realDonaldTrump. Big signal to progressives.Thoughtful piece by @Nate_Cohn, #s guy for @nytimes, on what he (like many of us) got wrong about @realDonaldTrump. is quoting @SenSanders on @HillaryClinton. Wonder if The Donald has heard what Bernie has had to say about HIM??How will @realDonaldTrump, who's made being a "self-funder," make the transition to fundraiser in the general, as he almost surely will?Wasn't the year for it. Not the @GOP he envisioned. But @johnkasich ran a positive, aspirational campaign of which he can proud.Don't know what it means, but workmen arrived in early AM to affix giant, gold-plated letters on @RNC building: T-R-U-M-P #hostiletakeoverWell, that whole "presidential" thing didn't last too long., @StephenCurry30 is incomparable. But @Money23Green is indispensable 4 @warriors. Amazingly versatile, motivated & motivating player.
per @reince: @realDonaldJTrump will be presumptive @gop nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @hillaryclinton #NeverClinton
Retweeted by David AxelrodWithdrawal of @tedcruz gives @johnkasich a splendid chance to bypass @marcorubio for third place in the closing primaries. #IndianaPrimaryWhy does @tedcruz whisper "America" when he says, "Only in America"?Bill Grimshaw was a wry, smart, genial presence on progressive scene for as long as I've lived in Chicago. RIP. calls @realDonaldTrump a "pathological liar," which may come up if and when he makes a post-convention endorsement.On the day he's poised to deal a mortal blow to @Tedcruz, @realDonaldTrump surfaces this??? when things are going badly, everything becomes a metaphor. Look out below, @CarlyFiorina!
Maybe Indiana will revive @tedcruz, but the clips make this final stretch feel like more of a death march.This conversation with @PJK4brainhealth about his family and personal battles really moved me. #mentalhealthparity in Jan: "We're not going to fix America with senators & congressmen." Rubio today: I want to "focus on my work in the senate."Ex-Rep. Patrick Kennedy on battle w/drugs, depression & FOR mental health parity. Axe Files reminder that reality doesn't exactly match downbeat campaign. NYTimes: Ignoring the Politics of Bad NewsThis remains study in how a powerful industry, acting through a tough, canny political arm, can thwart majority.
Watching @HillaryClinton on @CNNSotu, laughing about attending @realDonaldTrump's wedding made me wonder: Can she get her wedding gift back?