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

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@chrislhayes @davidplouffe @Cubs Addison will launch many more to Waveland! #shortstop4decade.@davidplouffe @Cubs had things well in hand today, my friend! Didn't need my support. #bestisyettocomeShe was right to admit mistake and take responsibility, but also wise to refuse the invitation to "apologize to American people." 2/2Though she can't say it, HRC clearly went private because she didn't want folks fishing around in personal email, and it boomeranged. 1/2
9/4
2015
Right back at 'ya, my friend! https://t.co/UYK2gR3OZTThrilled to join excellent CNN team as senior political commentator.'16 race already fascinating. No better forum to talk about big stories!
9/3
2015
So impressive and moving to see the dad of slain VA newswoman take up the cause of keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
9/2
2015
Not only has POTUS trip drawn attention to climate change; it's helped folks all across OH reconnect with latent love 4 President McKinley!How quickly will KY clerk's defiance of SCOTUS on same sex marriage become a contentious issue in GOP presidential race?POTUS spends part of day apprenticing w/survivalist in the wilds of AK. After 7 yrs in WH, he could probably share a few lessons of his own!.@LukeRussert @MLBNetwork Can't you watch it in on your phone or computer? Come on, brother. It's the 21st Century!
9/1
2015
There Are No Perfect Nuclear Deals via @POLITICO for iPad Two highly respected fmr senators back Iran agreement. http://t.co/Z9vQk0fDkY.@JArrieta34 proved again tonight with no-no against @dodgers why @cubs have a good shot in a one game playoff. No one is pitching better!.@fsm1234 @Cubs Absolutely! @GeorgeWill has impeccable taste in baseball teams! #GoCubsGoDo terminally ill have right to die w/dignity on their own terms? I don't often agree w/George Will. I do on this. http://t.co/C5GUraoPsY
8/30
2015
Interesting that @tedcruz is sticking so closely to @realDonaldTrump. Playing for the later rounds?.Two powerful, inspiring women of the Senate, @amyklobuchar & @clairecmc, have written fun, interesting memoirs. Good end of summer reads!
8/27
2015
.@JLester34 pitches a gem. @KrisBryant_23 hits a walk off homer. @cubs beat @indians 2-1 on a beautiful day at Wrigley. Can it get better?
8/24
2015
President Carter just taught us all a lesson in facing up to our own mortality..@JebBush Pac launches campaign defining him as a real conservative, as he brands @realDonaldTrump a closet D. Play is clear. Will it work?
8/20
2015
.@JLester34 already has given up seven in third against @tigers. I feel as deflated as a @Patriots football!.These new @Cubs never quit. @kschwarb12 throws out @tigers runner on fly from left in top of 5th; hits 3 run homer in bottom. #starisborn
8/19
2015
An analysis of the Walker and the Rubio alternatives to Obamacare. By @SangerKatz . http://t.co/sEAHv2usrZ
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8/18
2015
Iran and American Jews, via @nytimes http://t.co/kBjaBrOO9R
8/17
2015
Shockingly, Trump did not put his name on this campaign hat. http://t.co/QwdALSKRM6 http://t.co/SeMhQWrf51
Retweeted by David AxelrodPoll: 89% Of Americans Believe Obama Has Failed To Bring America Closer To Celestial Utopia Of Endless Pleasure http://t.co/blug1rpchs
Retweeted by David AxelrodFinally, the best explanation of #DonaldTrump! http://t.co/8VdInWfeJJ
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8/15
2015
“@cathleendecker: There's all sorts of summer madness going on in all sorts of places...”No kidding! But Cubs chances are not Trumped up!.When team's are on fateful runs, someone different does something great every day. @CoghlanUpdate hits 2 HRs 4 @cubs today, Win 14 of 15!
8/14
2015
.@kschwarb12 does it again!! Kid's on fire! Two homers. Go @Cubs! http://t.co/x6EBaBInva@campbellclaret It's very good, my friend. Will explain when you visit in October!@chrislhayes Yes, sir! Wish you were here!.@DexterFowler, @kschwarb12 and @ARizzo44 all go deep in 5th for @cubs. @JLester34, w/10ks. It's a beautiful thing! http://t.co/ARGbBh5wLH
8/13
2015
Weeks ago, President Carter provoked and inspired a group of students @UChiPolitics. He is in our thoughts. http://t.co/8EYey4SADa
8/12
2015
@ron_fournier @gabrielsherman But wouldn't "fairly," include promise of a major speaking slot at convention? Yikes! Shades of Pat Buchanan!.@gabrielsherman @ron_fournier Just saying: mounting an Indy campaign is an organizational bear, particularly for an improvisational guy..@ron_fournier @gabrielsherman Has anyone asked what "fairly" means? And a reality check: indy campaigns are easier to talk about than do.
8/11
2015
.Watching @HillaryClinton presser today, it struck me that she's so much better when she's not reading. She was really good..@rolandsmartin @jacobmathews @ realDonaldTrump @THEHermanCain The real story is not whether he'll be POTUS. It's how he impacts GOP.What's shocking about Trump saga is how shocked the media seems that wheels are falling off. Did anyone really believe he'd be nominee?
8/10
2015
Facts are facts, and politics is politics. Schumer made a decision based on politics, not fact. https://t.co/IfcDldRoFh
8/9
2015
Even Celebrity Apprentice didn't do these numbers! http://t.co/xHTZ3BEERQOne under reported story last night was @marcorubio's stated opposition to abortion, w/no exceptions. No GOP nominee has ever gone that far.But competition to please base on issues like immigration and abortion threaten to once again position GOP out of mainstream for general.And I agree with @FrankBruni. The @FoxNews team played it absolutely straight on this one. Questions were blunt and tough.My impression of varsity debate was almost everyone got out of it what they wanted. No one broke down or broke character. Little changes.
8/7
2015
At a play. Recording debate and checking Twitter at intermission. The only name that has come up is @realDonaldTrump.At a play and recording debate. But checking Twitter coverage, the only name that has shown up so far is @realDonaldTrump.Impressive that @SenatorDurbin is backing Iran agreement, despite lobbying pressure. We'll see if other Senate leaders show same courage.Four years ago right now Michele Bachmann was at the center of the debate stage. This is a marathon not a sprint. #GOPDebate
Retweeted by David AxelrodCongrats to @PatrickMurphyPA, Iraq vet, ex-Rep. and splendid former @UChiPolitics Fellow, on his appointment as under secretary of Army.Incoming for Walker? http://t.co/qVuJJfhhcb
8/6
2015
@JonahNRO Awkward as it may be, it is the most extreme elements in Iran who oppose the agreement. Facts are facts.@JonahNRO And retweeted with grammatical correction one minute later.Solid, persuasive POTUS speech on Iran seemed aimed at providing cover 4 D's & maybe even some Rs who want to vote yes, but fear reprisals.All eyes with be on @realDonaldTrump. But watch guys on either end of the stage. @ChrisChristie and @JohnKasich are tough, savvy debaters.
8/5
2015
@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
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