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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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Q for RIght and Left: If U.S. doesn't make up Ed gap with competing nations, what does it say about our future? http://t.co/pD6qTR7jwX
4/20
2014
Excited to join @UKLabour team to make @Ed_Miliband PM. Big fight but progressive values, grassroots army will win. http://t.co/trgIYYYCVA
4/18
2014
Proud to work with @ed_miliband. UK has same fight we fought in 2012; for an economy that works for working people. http://t.co/dQWhTX9WsX“@UChiPolitics: Congratulations to @UChicago student @heyerinsimpson on being named a Truman Scholar! http://t.co/NY39rdxxnO" VERY PROUD!!!Good news for Americans is bitter medicine for ACA doomsayers. http://t.co/yxobt7UH85
4/17
2014
Almost 30 yrs ago, Herb Kohl saved @Bucks for Milwaukee. Now he has negotiated deal to keep civic asset there. http://t.co/2uTcjBqfvHNRA-ally says issue is "deeply personal" to gun owners. I'm sure parents of young victims of gun violence feel same. http://t.co/5qK4IsdG01
4/16
2014
It's telling that this lunatic in Kansas CIty apparently killed three Christians to vent his rage against Jews. We're all victims of hate.
4/15
2014
Evidence system f'd up. Of $2.6 million spent on TV in Ark so far, Pryor = 7% of the total ads. Cotton = just j5%. Outside groups = 88%
Retweeted by David AxelrodLooking forward to welcoming @SenRandPaul to @UChiPolitics 4/22 on heels of his interesting Freedom Summit speech this past weekend.@MarkHalperin @KarlRove No, but did your ever destroy a Blackberry with a glazed donut?Corrected; Tell the truth, @SamSmithHoops: Were you behind @chicagobulls signing of Greg Smith? #nepotismProud of my protege @EricLesser, @Brad AndersonIA & all Obama alumni in the arena, working to make a difference. http://t.co/0vanrPO62W
4/14
2014
W/GOP in charge, would McConnell save 370k Kentuckians who've signed up under ACA from "nightmare" of health coverage?http://t.co/mQrn5zOwC1
4/11
2014
When all is said and done, Sebelius has lots to be proud of, including the surprisingly strong finish on exchange signups after rocky start.Democrats on offense on ACA with powerful ad. http://t.co/x3ikiHtWvu
4/10
2014
.@R_T_Rybak @JoakimNoah @chicagobulls @MNTimberwolves Sorry, my friend. We had to take care of business! Playoff positioning.“@mdycoach: @chrislhayes @davidaxelrod He's tied for the lead with Lance Stephenson. Both have 4”. But he's almost 7 feet talk! Amazing.Another triple double for @JoakimNoah on @chicagobulls win over @MNTimberwolves tonight! Best center in the @NBA!Is it ungentlemanly to note irony of Rep. Jenkins quote? "Many LADIES I know feel like they are being used as pawns" in equal pay debate.
4/9
2014
A consummate professional, the WH Counsel moves on. She will be missed! http://t.co/eM2kmznUsOThe @Politico team heading over to @UChiPolitics for an inside Washington panel today! @sbg1 @POLITICOMag @mikeallen @davidaxelrod
Retweeted by David Axelrod: In an era of spoiled, preening athletes, @JoakimNoah of the @chicagobulls is a refreshing and admirable exception. http://t.co/PzXGlWkFCBGreat analysis. GOP establishment is winning, not by defeating Tea Party, but by largely accommodating them. http://t.co/LjNdKxIxQG
4/8
2014
@davidaxelrod Did you know that Jon Stewart & Sarah Palin #AgreeOnThis? http://t.co/tkk67WH7Pn #veterans Please RT
Retweeted by David AxelrodAwkward. http://t.co/xPR6z4BqX1
4/7
2014
Afghans defied threat of death to vote. Here's hoping Americans cast ballots in large #s this fall, defying schemes to make voting harder.
4/6
2014
Every bit of evidence points to stronger GOP turnout in a low turnout elections this fall. Major hurdle for Ds. http://t.co/FTLk7eG3Sb.@jmartNYT Yep. It's all in there. Just underscoring the price these GOP incumbents are having to pay to survive. Ever see Damn Yankees?@jmartNYT Hasn't Tea Party won w/out firing shot? Incumbents are surviving by accommodating Right, not defeating it. http://t.co/vj6zvGRezV
4/5
2014
I should have kept my pie hole shut! Twins beat @whitesox 10-8. There goes the undefeated season! (@Cubs won, though.)The Kochs are deeply offended by suggestions they're out to "rig" the system w/massive campaign spending. Well... http://t.co/8h18ic7wQ6@whitesox, down 4 to Minny in 5th, lead by 3 in the 6th, thanks to bases loaded triple by slugger, Jose Abreu. Too early to get excited?@anamariecox Just sayin'Unlimited campaign money, the rise of American oligarchs, a flood of new laws to discourage voting. All bad signs for our democracy.
4/3
2014
Corrected: Interested to see how many Republicans actually run on the Republican budget. http://t.co/c6a5bhDBY2
4/2
2014
Given all the obstacles, self-inflicted wounds & sniping, it's amazing how many more people are covered today w/ACA. http://t.co/Cmr1EkVMGa
3/31
2014
@davidaxelrod: This may be intended as an assault on Democrats, BUT it really is an assault on democracy. http://t.co/WqsBwMXCCW
3/30
2014
@NoahWehrman I thought it WAS adequate before I had a child with a serious condition that barred us from getting better coverage.I hope all those who need coverage join the millions who already have signed up on http://t.co/jeZTMxLUMT by Monday's deadline. 2/2As a young father with inadequate insurance, I almost went broke trying to afford the care my baby needed for intractable epilepsy. 1/2
3/29
2014
Interesting battle over IL governor's race between two longtime pals and venerable icons of Democratic politics. http://t.co/evKVaSWg89@ron_fournier Was James BORN? II thought he landed here from another planet! (Also kidding. He's an American original!)@ron_fournier Obscure. Point is, DC tends to dismiss folks who are not on their radar screen. Eg. Rove was not Rove until Bush won.Pilgrimage of '16 GOP prospects to Adelson underscores power shift from party orgs to deep-pocketed oligarchs who can spend without limits.Wonder if POTUS talked w/Pope about Cardinal Bernadin, who was an archbishop very much in Francis mold when Obama came to Chicago in '80s.
3/27
2014
@JohnJHarwood @Finkenbinder Or is it Stephenson? I don't want to make him mad!@JohnJHarwood @Finkenbinder Stevenson was pretty volatile against @chicagobulls, too. Kind of a hot head.
3/26
2014
Question: Even if the Tea Party candidates challenging GOP incumbents lose, don't they win simply by forcing them to swing way to the Right?Welcome home, Roger Simon, spring Fellow @UChiPolitics! http://t.co/kdyF3g9VpY
3/25
2014
Classic game tonight between two great defensive teams, @chicagobulls and @Pacers. Could be some playoff matchup!
3/24
2014
@pfeiffer44 Now that you've been banned from Russia, why not come out & catch a @chicagobulls game? @RahmEmanuel guarantees you entry!With correction: Really moving ad for @MarkBegich in Alaska senate race by @PutnamTVAds. Classic bio spot. http://t.co/9sKSzu9sGG
3/20
2014
Tho most Americans probably don't know what "dystopian" means, hard to deny that Rand Paul is an interesting story. http://t.co/3CVKCX9pKA
3/19
2014
Rauner wins by 2 in IL. His message resonated "at least with 40 percent of the voters," said popular former GOP governor Jim Edgar.Changing times: Daughter of Cook County Democratic chair, crushed in bid for reelection to legislature. What would Richard J. Daley think?IL GOP governor's race surprisingly close. Though vastly outspending field, Rauner in tight race with veteran State Sen. Dillard.
3/18
2014
Those who claim to take pride in our democracy should not debase it w/laws aimed at discouraging folks from voting. http://t.co/jmFnZRz9MTCrimea and Punishment. Putin riding high at home now, but hard to see how his county benefits in the long run if ruble is in rubble..@JohnJHarwood Yes, with the primary tomorrow, I'm sure there are a lot if Chicago precinct captains taking note!Coach Thibodeau, speaking of @chicagobulls need to improve rebounding: "Asked what they can do to get better, Thibodeau said, 'Jump.’"Extraordinary vote the Russians got in Crimea. 97%. Wonder if they used analytics?
3/17
2014
As @danbalz flags here, when it comes to communications, what cut it in 2012 will seem quaint by '16. http://t.co/HEMVOcVzF6Catching up on week, I came this piece on ferns and Lincoln by @NeilSteinberg of the @Suntimes. Fun read. http://t.co/ES6mh2JRzn
3/15
2014
@JoakimNoah flashing 1st All-NBA team stuff, as @chicagobulls CRUSH @HoustonRockets tonight. Rest of team looked great, too!
3/13
2014
For all the "swing district" talk, R registration edge was +13 among those who turned out in FL-13. R edge was just +5 in '12.Good policy and good politics. http://t.co/rJzt0dSgmf@JohnKingCNN will lead a timely panel on the mid-term elections 6 p.m tonight @UChiPolitics.
3/12
2014
@SenatorBegich turns tables; makes Kochs an issue. http://t.co/bpz4Yfy1fK May not work everywhere, but their dealings in AK could stick.
3/10
2014
One other thjng: The MVP race may be between @KingJames and @KDTrey5, but no one's playing better all around right now than @JoakimNoah.Incredible defense by Jimmy Butler on LeBron for @chicagobulls. Playing the King as well as he can be played. Completely unintimidated.IL GOP race tightens. Labor ads hitting Rauner on nursing home violations taking toll. But clock is in his favor. http://t.co/SNxCuyx4wT
3/9
2014
ATL, CHI, NYC, LA mayoral selfies with @UChiPolitics students #iopmayors event http://t.co/XUwJjokHaC
Retweeted by David Axelrod
3/7
2014
Mourning the loss of founding @UChiPolitics board member Bernard Winograd, whose passionate commitment to the IOP will never be forgotten.@EJDionne on GOP's ritual rush to Blame Obama First. "Must we pretend to disagree even when we agree?" http://t.co/ZM8GWV97Xf
3/6
2014
Got any questions for me? Fire away using the hashtag #AskAxe and I’ll answer them Thursday at 4p ET, 3p CT via the @UChiPolitics account
3/5
2014
IL GOP gubernatorial forum about to begin at @UChiPolitics on @nbcchicago. Nice to experience it as an observer, and not an anxious aide!Come hear Mayor Kasim Reed on his battles to confront Atlanta's fiscal challenges and restore public trust. Today, 4:30, @UChiPolitics.Going to be hot spring @UChiPolitics (if spring ever comes!) w/Fellows Cox, Wolfson, Steele, Englis, Simon and Muir. http://t.co/nPINaJZAmX
3/4
2014
@UChiPolitics hosts IL GOP gov forum at 6 p.m. Tues on @nbcchicago. Here students check set w/moderator Carol Marin. http://t.co/uSHK95GRY0
3/3
2014
As the proud parent of a Special Olympian, I thank @jimmyfallon for taking the plunge in Chicago today, and supporting a great program..@jonathanmprince @chicagobulls @nyknicks Sadly, some of the Knicks I rooted for ARE dead. Most of the others are in their 70s! Painful.Early here at the UC, but @chicagobulls look sharp, and the @nyknicks look...well, dead.
3/2
2014
Good piece. http://t.co/I1lNay9GooIf you appreciate hard work and smart basketball, you have to love these @chicagobulls! Down 15 in Dallas, they come back and win, 100-91.
3/1
2014
Thrilled to welcome mayors of NYC, L.A., Chicago & Atlanta to discuss challenges & opportunities facing urban America. @UChiPolitics, 3/6.@chicagobulls Cool idea for serious hoopers. Put a team together. Compete for 500k. What about you, @ReggieLove33? http://t.co/k0bB0ps7GN
2/28
2014
@ananavarro @bethmyers201 No, my friend, we're counting on you to heat things up!!!
2/27
2014
With obesity and tax reform in the news today, it strikes me that tax reform is a lot like losing weight: easy to talk about, hard to do.Here's the skinny on some good news: http://t.co/yX9H0g4C21 (And, yes, @FLOTUS deserves a big shout out for shining a light on this issue.)
2/26
2014
Harold Ramis will be remembered for his ingenious films. I'll also always appreciate him as a very early supporter of @BarackObama. R.I.P.Correction: Beth Myers and @UChiPolitics will host Gov. Nikki Haley at 9:30 a.m on 2/27!Kudos to Buffy Wicks and Priorities USA for strong memo focusing supporters on critical 2014 races. http://t.co/d3ntGFaT29I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062
Retweeted by David Axelrod
2/24
2014
In the last Q of '08, econ shrunk at rate of 8.9%. By 3d Q of '09, it was growing again. Yes, Recovery Act worked! http://t.co/33ldjlAHa4What an interesting split screen it's been: Putin's lavish Olympics in Sochi side-by-side with sacking of his ally in Ukraine.
2/23
2014
So GOP is shocked and disappointed that POTUS didn't include SS proposal in budget that they spurned LAST year? Not on the level, folks.
2/21
2014
However difficult the prospects, Kerry's tireless pursuit of Middle East peace has been truly admirable. http://t.co/WQAL3cEyx3
2/20
2014
Interesting analysis of hubbub and hypocrisy over CBO report, jobs and minimum wage. http://t.co/Ak76cQm8UUDo folks who hold up soft CBO #s on jobs and min wage as gospel also accept CBO finding that immigration reform would be boon to economy?
2/19
2014
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