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Marco Rubio, The Next GOP Rising Star?

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06:  Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) participates in the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Quietly, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has been moving close to the front f the race for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Joe Biden’s Behind The Scenes Political Chess

Biden Sunglasses

With time running out for him to make a decision, a new report shows how deeply Vice President Biden has been in stirring up the speculation that is now surrounding him.

Hillary Clinton Apparently Having A Hard Time Deciding Why She’s Running For President

Hillary Clinton Holds Campaign Roundtable In Las Vegas

A woman who has been running for President for at least eight years is apparently having trouble explaining why she wants to be President.

Gun Rights and Political Identity


Linking view on guns to political self-identity.

California’s Governor Signs Right To Die Bill

Right To Die

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide, making California the fifth state to legalize the practice and possibly giving real political momentum to the Right To Die movement.

New Hampshire Governor Hassan To Run For Senate Against Kelly Ayotte


New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has announced that she will challenge Senator Kelly Ayotte, setting up what is likely to be one of the most closely fought Senate re-election bids of the upcoming cycle: New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will challenge GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte next year, Hassan announced Monday — a decision that boosts […]

Obama Considering Plan To Keep U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Past 2016

US Afghanistan

President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would keep up to 5,000 American troops in Afghanistan past the withdrawal date he had already set.

The Supreme Court Begins A New Term With Several Politically Charged Cases

Supreme Court Justices 2

The marriage equality issue is resolved, but that doesn’t mean the Supreme Court won’t have a lot of high profile cases on its docket over the next eight months.

Jason Chaffetz Enters Race For Speaker

Capitol Dome

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz has entered the race to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Sunday announced his intention to run to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Today, here, I am announcing my intention to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives,” Chaffetz said on “Fox […]

Public Opinion About The Supreme Court Nears New Lows

Supreme Court Justices

Thanks mostly to Republicans unhappy with the Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, public disapproval of the Supreme Court is nearing a new high.

American Airstrikes Hit Afghan Hospital, Killing At Least Nineteen


Your tax dollars at work.

President Obama’s Empty Rhetoric On Guns

Obama Podium

In the wake of yesterday’s shootings in Oregon, President Obama took the airwaves to offer the same empty rhetoric he has on this issue in the past, and to make the false claim that there are simple solutions to what is a very complex problem.

A Lackluster September Jobs Report


September’s Jobs Report was disappointing to say the least, and calls into question the Federal Reserve’s apparent plan to raise interest rates in the near future.

If you Can’t Make Money Selling Alcohol… (Alabama Budget Edition)


Via WSFA:  At least 15 state-run ABC liquor stores set to close due to budget cuts Citing a $5.5 million cut to its fiscal year 2016 budget, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced late Thursday that is will have to close or consolidate at least 15 state-run ABC liquor stores. The closures will take […]

Ten Dead, Multiple People Injured, In Shooting On Oregon College Campus

Roseburg Oregon Shooting

Up to 13 people are dead and as many 20 injured after another mass shooting on a college campus.

Rand Paul’s Disappointing Fundraising Brings The Reality About His Campaign To The Forefront

Rand Paul Campaign Rally

Rand Paul’s fundraising in the just completed quarter is disappointing enough that it’s clearly time for him to consider calling it a day.

Sanders Raises Nearly As Much As Clinton In Third Quarter

Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton had a healthy fundraising quarter, but so did her primary opponent: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign barely outpaced Bernie Sanders’ in the third quarter of 2015, a surprising development that shows the insurgent candidate’s strength while the former secretary of state struggles. Clinton’s operation raised more than $28 million in the third quarter […]

Neither The United States Nor Russia Have A Coherent Policy In Syria

Obama and Putin

With Russia now launching its own airstrikes in Syria, it’s become obvious that U.S. policy in the Syrian Civil War is irrational and contradictory. And Russia’s policy isn’t any better.

Biden Will Reportedly Skip October 13th Democratic Debate, Still Not Entering Race

Joe Biden Speaking

Vice-President Biden will apparently not be at the first Democratic debate, which may be yet another sign that he’s not running for President.

Ben Carson Raises $20 Million In Third Quarter

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

In a sign that he’s likely to stick around for some time going forward, Ben Carson’s campaign announced last night that they had raised an impressive $20 million in the fundraising quarter than concluded yesterday: Ben Carson’s presidential campaign has raised $20 million in the last three months, according to a new report published Wednesday. […]

Voter ID and Alabama’s Budget Mess


Budget cuts mean it is now harder to get an ID in much of Alabama.

CNBC Debate Criteria Likely To Be Bad News For Several Republican Candidates

Republican Debate September 16 Two

The criteria for next month’s third Republican Presidential debate have been announced, and they’re likely to end up being bad news for several Republican candidates.

Kevin McCarthy Inadvertently Tells The Truth About The House Benghazi Committee


The man who will likely be the next Speaker of the House accidentally acknowledged the real motivation behind the Select Committee investigating, yet again, the Benghazi attack.

It’s Time To End Iowa And New Hampshire’s First In The Nation Status

Campaign 2016

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus suggested that Iowa and New Hampshire shouldn’t get used to their place at the top of the primary calendar. He’s right, but fixing the crazy system that put them there isn’t going to be easy.

Congress Avoids A Shutdown, But It’s Likely To Come Back In December


Congress will get a temporary funding bill passed in time to avoid a shutdown on Thursday, but it may just be delaying the inevitable.

Have we Seen Peak Trump?

Trump Escalator

Trump remains in the lead, but he has been steadily falling over the month of September. (And this triggers, as these things do, musings about institutions and our party system).

Several Republicans Likely To Be Excluded From Third Debate

Republican Debate September 16

The next Republican debate is likely to be a lot smaller than the previous two, and that could prove fatal for several candidates.

John Boehner’s Parting Words For His Critics Are Spot-On


John Boehner let loose on the “false prophets” on the right yesterday, and he’s absolutely right.

A Study in Being “Presidential”


Via TPM Livewire:  WATCH: CNN Grills Carson On Muslim Comments Until Manager Ends Interview: Tapper and Carson spent several minutes of back and forth. “You’re assuming that Muslim Americans put their religion ahead of the country,” Tapper said to Carson. “I’m assuming that if you accept all the tenets of Islam that you would have […]

WaPo Fact Checker Gets Three Pinocchios


A bizarre hatchet job on Carly Fiorina’s autobiography.

Boehner Resignation Tied to Papal Visit?


WaPo’s Robert Costa reveals an emotional reaction by the Speaker to the papal visit to Congress.

Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Now A Republican

Kim Davis Mike Huckabee

She’s where she’ belongs.

House Speaker John Boehner To Resign


Big news out of Washington, D.C.

Boehner to Resign


Via the NYT: Boehner Will Resign From Congress. My initial response at seeing the headline was to double-check and see if it was from a satire site.  So, on the one hand I am truly surprised.  On the other, however, I do find the degree to which this is emblematic of the divisions in the […]

Donald Trump Continues To Lead GOP Field In Post-Debate Polling

Republican Debate September 16 Two

One week after the second Republican debate, Donald Trump is still at the top of the GOP field, and that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon.

Of Course the Pope is Political

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

When did “politics” become a dirty word?

Scott Walker’s Campaign Was The Shortest In At Least 20 Years

2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

Philip Bump notes that Scott Walker’s Presidential Campaign was the shortest major party campaign in two decades: The complete and utter collapse of Scott Walker’s presidential bid appears to bring to an end the shortest presidential campaign since at least 2000. Walker’s bid began with his announcement July 13 before a fancy backdrop and in […]

2016 Presidential Debate Schedule Set

Vote 2016

Neither major political party has selected their nominee, or even begun the process of voting, but the Commission on Presidential Debates has already set the schedule for next year’s General Election Debates: Next year’s general-election presidential debates will be in Ohio, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday. The first general-election […]

Joe Biden Inches Closer To Clinton In New Poll

Joe Biden Campaigns With Hillary And Bill Clinton In Scranton

Vice-President Biden continues to rise in the polls even though he has yet to actually enter the race for President.

Donald Trump Tries To Bully Yet Another Critic


The Club For Growth has released two ads criticizing Donald Trump, so of course Trump is threatening to sue them.

With Eight Days To Go, Can Congress Avoid Another Government Shutdown?

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

Congress has just over a week to pass a funding bill, and it’s not looking very good.

Winnowing of the Minnows


Two gone: 14 to go.

Scott Walker Dropping Out Of Presidential Race

Scott Walker Speaking

Once a candidate that many believed could become the Republican nominee, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is dropping out of the race for President.

Democrats Coming Under Increasing Pressure Over Debate Schedule

2016 Democratic Field

The pressure on Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to expand the 2016 debate schedule is increasing.

Clinton Recovers In Latest National Poll, But Biden Is Rising

Clinton Biden Sanders

Hillary Clinton seems to be bouncing back from recent troubles in the latest national poll, but Vice-President Biden is starting to rise in the polls before even getting in the race.

U.S. To Increase Number Of Syrian Refugees Accepted Into The Country

Syrian Refugees

The U.S. is set to ramp up its contribution to dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, but there’s a lot more we can do.

Donald Trump Still Leads The GOP Race In First Post-Debate Polls

Republican Debate September 16

The first significant national polls taken in the wake of last week’s debate show that Donald Trump has slipped somewhat, but still remains the clear leader of the Republican race for President.

A Quick Constitution Lesson for Carson


More bigotry in the campaign.

Trying To Read The Biden Tea Leaves


Time is running out for Joe Biden to make a decision about running for President, and it’s still not clear what he’ll do.

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis May Be Interfering With Issuance Of Marriage Licenses Again

Kimberly Davis

A lawyer for one of the Deputy Clerks working for Kim Davis raises the concern that she is once again interfering with the issuance of marriage licenses in violation of a Federal Court Order.

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