Election Must Reads

TNR: Trade Secrets

Author: John B. Judis

Many analysts say NAFTA has not had as devastating an impact on the U.S. job market as the Democratic candidates claim, the New Republic reports. Still, John Judis writes, the trade agreement has stressed the U.S. work force by driving up illegal immigration to the United States.

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FT: Out of the Woods?

Author: Daniel Dombey

The Financial Times says the foreign policy of the Bush administration will likely "form the basis for the approach of its successor."

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Economist: After Bush

The Economist looks back on the foreign policy agenda of the Bush administration, and says the 2008 presidential election could give the United States "the best chance it has had to resolve its internal disagreements about American foreign policy."

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NYT: What Foreign Policy Agenda?

Author: Andrew Kohut

Pew's Andrew Kohut looks at public opinion on foreign policy issues, including Iraq, the use of torture, and free trade. Each candidate will attempt to show "that the opposition’s way of thinking about foreign policy is out of touch with a moderate point of view," Kohut writes.

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Brookings: Race, Immigration and America's Changing Electorate

Author: William H. Frey

This report examines the influence the new minority population growth in the United States will have on the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. Brookings Senior Fellow William Frey says the candidates must "cope with a racially balkanized electorate, with regionally distinct voting blocks that face sometimes conflicting interests, especially in the highly prized purple states."

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NYRB: On the Democrats

Author: Frank Rich

Frank Rich says the Democrats' best hopes for victory in the 2008 election "have less to do with their own ideas than with the sorry state of their opponents." He says compared to the fractious Republican coalition, the Democrats seem like "a model of coherence and unity."

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Economist: But Could He Deliver?

The Economist says America must "evaluate Obama the potential president, not Obama the phenomenon." An Obama presidency could "transform America's image," but, the piece asks, would he actually be able to govern successfully?

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NYT: When Reality Bites

Author: David Brooks

David Brooks writes that the Democratic presidential candidates' promises to withdraw troops from Iraq and allocate funds for domestic programs, including clean energy subsidies and universal health care, are unrealistic. Brooks predicts a major rift in the Democratic party if the next president attempts to end the war.

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NYT: A Fine Mess

Author: Marc Ambinder

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder says the Democratic primary system, though not flawless, has served the party well.

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WSJ: The Candidates and Trade

Author: David Ranson

David Ranson analyzes the presidential candidates' positions on free trade, and says the United States needs "a president who is wise enough to recognize that protectionism impedes our exports as well as our imports."

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New Yorker: The Choice

Author: George Packer

George Packer writes that perhaps the most important difference between Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama lies in their rival conceptions of the presidency—Clinton as executive, Obama as visionary.

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Salon: TV News is Too Cool

Author: Katharine Mieszkowski

Out of 3,000 questions television interviewers have asked presidential candidates during the 2008 campaign so far, only six have been about global warming.

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