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Award-winning journalist Jill Lawrence is a national columnist for Creators Syndicate and a writer for Al Jazeera America Opinion. She was the lead reporter and author for a 2014 Brookings Institution report on the primary process, "Phoning It In and Failing to Show: The Story of the 2014 House Primaries."

Lawrence has covered every presidential campaign since 1988 for news organizations that include USA Today, National Journal, The Daily Beast and The Associated Press. She has also reported extensively on historic events such as the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, the Clinton impeachment, the Florida recount, and the 1993 and 2009 battles over health reform. More about Jill Lawrence

Selected articles:

In Praise of Politics (Talking to You, Ferguson and Washington)

Imagine a World Without 'Obamacare'

The Democratic Comeback Plan

Obama's Immigration Conundrum

The Midterms Road Map To 2016

Mitch McConnell's Plan to End Gridlock

A Wasted Opportunity For Democrats

Can Women Save Democrats in a Republican Year?

The Coming Republican Retreat On Obamacare

Voter ID Laws Make the Poll Tax Look Good

Republicans' Complete Dereliction on Climate Change

Does Professor Obama Need a Dash Of Cowboy Bush?

How I Learned to Love the Chamber Of Commerce

The Democratic Presidential Race Might Be Fun After All

The Politics Gap Between the Rich and the Rest

The Importance of Ignoring Dick Cheney

Sending the Right Messages On Terrorist Acts

Rand Paul's Fair-Weather Compassion

A Black President's Burden

Imagining President Hillary: a Possible History of the Future

Obama's Campaign Rivals Resurface on Iraq

When the Best Man for the Job Might Be a Man

The GOP's Mixed Message to Minorities

Democrats Vie to Win Akin Award for Self-Inflicted Damage

Pining for a Swaggering, Bare-Chested President? Get Over It

The President's Three Pinocchios

Don't Let the Border Crisis Go to Waste

Sarah Palin's Immigration-Impeachment Bonfire

Cleveland Wins the 2016 Republican Convention. Who Will That Help?

The Hobby Lobby Effect

The Patriotism Gap and Other Disconnects

How to Run for President as a Capitalist, Hillary Clinton Edition

A GOP Divided Against Itself and Costing the Country Big Time

Hillary Clinton's Elitism Problem

How to Get Sicker, Die Sooner, and Pay More for It

The Republican Party's Goldwater Moment

The Hillary Clinton We Know

Will Cantor's Loss Be a Turning Point for the Tea Party?

The Hillary Clinton Age Trap

Obama Risks Could Lead to Rewards

Surrender on Guns Is Not an Option

Elizabeth Warren Will Be the X-Factor in 2016 — Even if She Doesn't Run for President

What Do Voters Owe a Contender of a Certain Age?

Republican Science-Rejection Syndrome Is Hurting All of Us

Time to Reconsider the Six-Year Presidential Term

Why Won't Obama Protect Gay Workers?

Elizabeth Warren's Biggest Mistake

Why Should Colleges Be Blind to Color and Nothing Else?

The Democrats Have a Mega-Donor Problem

Martin O'Malley's Biggest 2016 Problem (Besides Hillary Clinton)

Republicans Learned All the Wrong Lessons from Bush's 'Read My Lips' Snafu

Is the Minimum Wage Drive a Passing Fancy for Obama and his Party?

Will Democrats Let Obamacare Sink Them Again?

Rand Paul's Mainstream Dreams

Technology is a Whole New Way for Politicians to Fail

Obamacare Subsidies Create GOP Identity Crisis

Stopping Keystone is the Wrong Fight for Obama

The 'Woman Problem' Cathy McMorris Rodgers Can't Solve

The Republican Trust Gap on Poverty

Bully Blowback

How Poverty Stupefies

Is Obama Powerless to Fight Inequality?

How Steve Beshear Became Kentucky’s Democrat Whisperer

The Truthiness of Rand Paul

Virginia Isn't the Place Ken Cuccinelli Thinks It Is

Obama Says He's Not Worried About Style Points. He Should Be.

Business Tries to Tame Tea-Party Conservatives It Helped Elect

Do Women Make Better Senators than Men?

Is It Time to Take Martin O'Malley Seriously?

Terry McAuliffe's Woman Problem

The Most Bogus Argument Against New Gun Laws

Has Washington Given Up on the Economy?

Dennis Miller and Bill O'Reilly Counterprogram the White House Correspondents Dinner

Hispanics Actually Don't Share Republican 'Faith and Family' Values

Why John McCain Is Barack Obama's New Best Friend

How to Shrink the Dangerous Republican Empathy Gap

Obama Just Wasted a Big Chance to Sell His Economic Vision

Paul Ryan's Obamacare Repeal Fantasy

Argo is Great, But 52 Former American Hostages Are Still Looking for Justice

Chris Christie is a Republican Without a Party

Spielberg's Lincoln: A Lesson in Realpolitik for a Squeamish Age

Obama Voters Shake GOP Vision of Electorate

Five Most Surprising Things About the Democratic Convention

Five Most Surprising Things About the GOP Convention (Besides Clint Eastwood)

The Battle of the Bailout

Rick Perry's Jobs Strategy: Raiding Other States

Health Care Law Could Give Rise to Entrepreneurs

Pawlenty's Huge Iowa Gamble

Seven Things Republicans Were For, Before They Were Against Them

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