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Yes, Mike Huckabee Is (Probably) Running For President

Mike Huckabee

After declining to run in 2012, Mike Huckabee’s entry into the 2016 race seems fairly certain.

Kasich Contemplating a Run?

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So it would seem. Via CNN:  Ohio’s John Kasich moves closer to 2016 bid Mr. Kasich’s supporters filed paperwork Tuesday with the Ohio Secretary of State for a non-profit called “New Day for America.” The next steps will be a formal announcement of his 527 tax-exempt organization, along with filing the necessary paperwork with the […]

Have Republicans Given Up In The Fight Against Obamacare?

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Five years after it became law, the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appears to be over.

Is 2016 a 50-50 Proposition?

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Pundits and political scientists agree that, if the 2016 presidential election were today, we’d have a much better idea who would win.

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Tip at Chipotle! Stop the Presses!

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The scandal that will make everyone forget about Benghazi.

161 Days Later, The Senate Still Hasn’t Voted On Loretta Lynch’s Nomination

President Obama Announces Loretta Lynch As His Nominee For Attorney General

The confirmation of a new Attorney General has been held up nearly six months for what amounts to no legitimate reason.

Chris Christie’s Reefer Madness

Christie Jan 9 Presser

When it comes to marijuana policy, Chris Christie is stuck in the past.

On Foreign Policy, Jeb Bush Would Be Another George W. Bush

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Like nearly all of his fellow Republicans, Jeb Bush has adopted the disastrous foreign policy views that typified his brother’s Presidency.

Russ Feingold Leading Ron Johnson In New Wisconsin Senate Poll

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A new Marquette University poll suggests that former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold would be in a very good position to win his seat back if he chose to run against Republican Senator Ron Johnson: A new poll finds former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) beating Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) by double digits in the 2016 race […]

Mike Pence Takes A Hit In The Polls In The Wake Of RFRA Controversy

Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has taken a fairly significant political hit in the wake of last month’s controversy over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: The “religious freedom” law signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has taken a toll on the potential presidential candidate’s image in his home state, according to a new poll released Thursday […]

Lincoln Chaffee Is Kind Of Running For President

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Former Rhode Island Senator and Governor, and former Republican, Lincoln Chafee has announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for President, then his campaign announced that he wasn’t running, at least not yet: Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday on CNN that he’s running for the Democratic nomination for president, just […]

Cuba To Be Removed From List Of Terrorist States

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Another step forward for U.S.-Cuban relations.

White House And Congress Reach Compromise On Review Of Iran Nuclear Deal

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial

After months of resistance, the White House will allow Congressional review of any deal with Iran, but it may not hamper negotiations much in the end.

Rubio’s Israel Litmus Test For An Iran Nuclear Deal Is Foolish And Unrealistic

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Conditioning an Iranian nuclear deal on recognition of Israel is foolish, unrealistic, and very bad diplomacy.

Rubio’s Appeal to Latinos

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(Or lack thereof). A really good piece by Stephen A. Nuño that is worth  read:  Marco Rubio Is The Lipstick, The GOP Is The Pig.

US-Latin American Relations

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Some thoughts on a column by Roger Noriega on the Obama administration and Latin America,

Sound Bite Reaction (Rubio Announcement Edition)

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“Yesterday is over”-Senator Marco Rubio, in announcing his bid for the presidency. So, does that mean that we are going to stop a Cuba policy firmly grounded in the Cold War (which was over roughly 8800 yesterdays ago?). Just wonderin’.

Ben Carson To Launch Quixotic, Doomed Campaign For President On May 4th

Dr. Ben Carson Speaks At Launch Of New Media Online Network In Scottsdale, Arizona

Ben Carson will be entering the race for President next month, but don’t pretend for a minute that he’s a serious candidate.

Uninsured Americans Drop Below 12% Of The Population

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A new survey suggests that fewer Americans lack health insurance than at any time since that number was first measured.

Marco Rubio Enters The Race For President

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Marco Rubio is the first Republican in the race who actually has a plausible chance to win the nomination, but it’s not going to be easy.

Chart of the Day: An Example of American Exceptionalism

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The following charge underscores how exceptional the United States is in this policy area is when compared to other democracies (note the countries the US finds itself neighbors with, so to speak).  Source:  The Economist.

Hillary Clinton Surprises Nobody, Announces She’s Running For President

Hillary Clinton Speaking

So, she’s in.

Tennessee Sacrifices Property Rights On The Altar Of ‘Gun Rights’

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Legislators in Tennessee have taken the “gun rights” argument further than it was ever intended to go.

Chris Christie Still Seems To Think He Can Run For President

Chris Christie

His poll numbers are down, the GOP base is not hospitable, but Chris Christie still seems to be thinking about running for President.

Majority Of Americans Oppose ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

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A new poll suggests that the American public does not support laws that give religious exemptions to businesses that want to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Hillary Clinton To Enter Presidential Race This Weekend

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame

To the surprise of few, Hillary Clinton is running for President

Lincoln Chafee Apparently Thinking Of Running For President For Some Reason

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Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is apparently considering running for President: Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has announced that he is considering a campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. The 62-year old former U.S. Senator and governor said in an interview that he wants to give Democratic voters a choice for […]

Sen. Tom Cotton Thinks War Against Iran Would Be Easy And Painless

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One freshman Senator seems to think that war with Iran would be easy, just like Republicans used to think that war against Iraq would be easy.

Rand Paul Dodges Questions About Changes In His Foreign Policy Positions

Rand Paul

Rand Paul has changed position on several foreign policy issues, but he doesn’t seem to want to talk about it.

South Carolina Police Officer Charged With Murder In Death of African-American Man

Walter Scott Shooting

Thanks to one civilian with a camera, a police officer is facing charges in what appears to clearly be an improper shooting.

Facing An Uphill Battle, Rand Paul Enters The Race For President

Rand Paul Campaign Rally

Rand Paul is the latest Republican to enter the race, but his path to even becoming a contender is a difficult one at best.

Will Democrats Help Scuttle Obama’s Iran Deal?

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Democrats like New York Senator Chuck Schumer could end up being the ones that scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal.

John McCain To Run For Sixth Term

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Arizona Senator John McCain announced last night that he will run for a sixth term in the Senate: Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) announced late Monday night that he will seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate, acknowledging that he may face a primary challenge from the right but insisting he’s up to the […]

Missouri Republican Wants To Ban Food Stamp Recipients From Buying “Luxury” Food

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One Missouri legislator is going on a crusade against a “problem” that may not actually exist.

Scott Walker Says He’d Nuke The Iran Deal Even If Our Allies Objected

2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

Scott Walker’s response to the Iranian nuclear deal is perhaps the most irresponsible so far.

Louisiana Set To Become The Next ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Battleground

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A bill pending in Louisiana seems likely to become the next national focus in the debate between marriage equality and claims of ‘religious freedom.’

Most Voters Not Even Paying Attention To 2016 Race At This Point

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The political media is breathlessly reporting on every event in a campaign that is just beginning, and voters aren’t really paying attention to it at this point.

Rolling Stone, Campus Rape, And A Collapse Of Journalistic Ethics

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A review of Rolling Stone’s now discredited report of a sexual assault at the University of Virginia reveals a shocking failure of journalistic ethics.

A History of Failed Rapprochement

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Worth a read from Foreign Policy:  From Washington to Tehran: A Legacy of Failure. If this deal holds it is a very, very big deal.

Reactions To Iran Nuclear Deal About What You’d Expect

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The Iranian nuclear accords are barely 24 hours old and some people have already made up their mind about them.

Jeb Bush Tops Latest Poll Of Republican 2016 Candidates

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Jeb Bush is leading the latest poll of the 2016 Republican race and Ted Cruz has surged since he entered the race, but the race is just beginning.

Indiana Legislature To Vote On Revised RFRA Addressing Discrimination Concerns

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Indiana’s RFRA will be amended to address most of the concerns of its opponents. That counts as a victory.

Will The GOP Drop Its Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage?

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Some Republicans are trying to move their party in the right direction on marriage equality, but it’s unclear if they will succeed in the short term.

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

Bob Menendez

As expected, New Jersey’s senior Senator has been indicted.

Citing Fifth Amendment, Justice Department Declines To Prosecute Lois Lerner For Contempt

Lois Lerner At Hearing

The Justice Department will not pursue contempt charges against Lois Lerner because it has determined that she did not waive her rights under the Fifth Amendment.

Most Cuban-Americans Support Obama’s Opening To Cuba

Diana Nyad

New polling on President Obama’s opening to Cuba is likely to surprise some, and disappoint others.

Rand Paul’s Pandering To Social Conservatives Likely To Turn Off Other Supporters

Rand Paul

Rand Paul has been cozying up to social conservatives lately, but he risks alienating the people most likely to support his campaign for the White House.

RFRA Battle Moves Beyond Indiana

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Arkansas, North Carolina, and Virginia may soon see the same battle over RFRA laws that is playing itself out in Indiana

Harry Reid Doesn’t Regret Spreading False Charges About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

Harry Reid

Harry Reid made outlandish claims about Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. He probably knew they were lies when he made them. And he doesn’t care.

Indiana Governor Calls For Changes To State’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

Mike Pence

The devil is in the details of what the legislature passes, but Indiana’s Governor has essentially conceded defeat in the battle over his state’s controversial new “religious freedom” law.

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