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William Taft

  • New Yorkers Run for President: History and Insights for 2016

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt (whitehouse.gov)


    The 2016 presidential contest may very well pit two New Yorkers, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, against each other. In the 29 presidential elections from 1900 to 2012, New Yorkers headed major tickets nine times. Two (Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Dewey) ran twice; one (Franklin D. Roosevelt), 4 times. New Yorkers faced each other twice (1904 and 1944), presaging the seemingly likely 2016 matchup.

    New York's prominence in national politics is no surprise. Arguably the nation's most historically important state for many

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  • As Teddy Roosevelt Did, 2016 Candidates Drag the Supreme Court Into Presidential Politics

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    The Supreme Court (Carol Highsmith, via Library of Congress


    The Supreme Court is being drawn against its will into the chaotic 2016 presidential campaign.

    Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz dislike the court's decisions affirming Obamacare and gay marriage. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernard Sanders object to its Citizens United campaign finance decision. Senate Republicans are threatening to block President Obama's nomination to replace recently deceased justice Antonin Scalia,

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