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House Votes To Authorize Utterly Pointless Lawsuit Against President Obama

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Obama To Take New Executive Action On Immigration?

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According to some reports, President Obama may be about to make an end run around Congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Republicans Dismiss Impeachment As A Democratic Ploy, But May Still Face A Dilemma

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Republicans are dismissing talk of impeachment as a Democratic fundraising ploy, but it may be they are protesting just a bit too much.

Hobby Lobby Could Be Creating New Gender Gap Problems For Republicans

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The Hobby Lobby decision could end up motivating women voters to turn out to vote against Republicans in the fall.

Chamber Of Commerce To Endorse Mary Landrieu In Louisiana Senate Race?

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been at the center of many of the “Establishment v. Tea Party” battles that we’ve seen during the 2014 primary season, generally backing incumbents and candidates closer to the traditional idea of Republican conservatism over candidates supported by Tea Party groups and national organizations such as FreedomWorks. The Chamber […]

Top House Republican Dodges Question On Impeachment

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In an interview yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise refused to rule out the idea of impeaching President Obama: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Sunday repeatedly declined to give a straight answer on whether he would support impeaching President Obama. Even in the relatively friendly confines of Fox News […]

Montana Senator John Walsh Caught In Plagiarism Scandal

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Montana Senator John Walsh, who was appointed by the state’s Governor after Max Baucus resigned to become Ambassador to China and is now running for re-election in a race in which the Republican candidate is heavily favored, is finding himself in the middle of a campaign controversy related to one of the biggest parts of […]

Scott Walker In Dead Heat For Re-Election

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A new poll shows that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is looking to have a tough re-election bid on his hands after a spring and summer in which he was in the headlines over an investigation involving campaign finance improprieties: Dead heat. That’s what Wisconsin is staring at in the race for governor, with Gov. Scott Walker and […]

Oregon Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization On November Ballot

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This November, Oregonians will have a chance to vote on an initiative that would legalize marijuana for recreational use: (CNN) - A citizen-led petition to place legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot in Oregon obtained enough signatures, making the Beaver State the next place pot could be legally sold, bought and consumed. More than […]

Anti-Muslim Pastor Wins Georgia GOP Congressional Primary

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While Georgia Republican Senate nominee David Perdue is a fairly mainstream conservative Republican, the same cannot be said of Pastor Jody Hice, who won the Republican Primary Runoff Election in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District: Jody Hice, a conservative pastor who believes First Amendment protections do not apply to Muslims and warned of a homosexual plot […]

Primary Turnout And The 2014 Midterms

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Turnout to date for the 2014 primaries is at record lows, but its unclear what that tells us about November.

David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Primary Runoff In Georgia

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A somewhat surprising win in Georgia.

Rep. David Jolly Becomes Latest Republican To Support Same-Sex Marriage

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David Jolly, who won a Special Election in March to replace long time Congressman Bill Young in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, has become the latest Republican to come out in support of same-sex marriage: Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is “fully appropriate” for a state to recognize […]

Endorsements From Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren Don’t Matter To Most Voters

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While they are both getting a lot of attention inside their own parties, it appears that endorsements from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Texas Senator Ted Cruz don’t have very much influence on the general public: The survey asked likely voters in states and districts with the most competitive House and Senate contests this fall to […]

Majority Of Republicans Support Obama’s Impeachment

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A lot of Republicans dislike the President enough to think that he should be removed from office, but will that make impeachment more likely to happen?

Thank God For Negative Campaigning

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Rather than being a bad thing, negative campaigning is an essential part of our political system.

Todd Akin Has No Regrets About His Comments About ‘Legitimate Rape’

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Just in time for the midterms, Todd Akin is back to remind voters of the GOP’s problems with female voters.

Scott Brown Not Looking Very Competitive In New Hampshire

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At least for now, it looks as though Scott Brown’s bid to be the first Senator to be elected to the Senate from two different states isn’t going to work out so well: U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen holds a comfortable lead against all of her Republican challengers, a new WMUR Granite State Poll released tonight shows. Her 12-point […]

Cochran Certified Winner Of Mississippi Runoff, But McDaniel Continues His Quixotic Campaign

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Thad Cochran has been officially certified as the winner of the Mississippi GOP Primary Runoff Election, but it’s not over yet.

Could Republicans Taking Control Of The Senate Be Good For Obama?

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Republican overreach could end up helping the President and his party.

Chris McDaniel Still Refuses To Accept Reality

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Appearing yesterday on CNN, Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel repeated his vow to continue fighting the results of the runoff election that ended with a victory for Senator Thad Cochran: (CNN) – The tea party-backed challenger who narrowly lost a Republican primary runoff in Mississippi to longtime Sen. Thad Cochran says he plans to file a legal challenge contesting those results “any […]

It Just Keeps Getting Weirder In Mississippi

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The votes have been counted, the result is clear, but the battle between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel continues to get stranger by the day.

Louisiana’s Kissing Congressman Is Running For Re-Election

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Vance McCallister, the Louisiana Congressman who had been caught on video kissing a married staff member at his district office, has decided that he’s running for re-election after all: Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), the congressman who was caught in April on tape kissing a female staffer who was not his wife, said Monday that he will […]

Mitch McConnell: GOP Will Act To Limit Abortion If We Win The Senate

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Mitch McConnell is making promises to pro-life groups that the GOP probably won’t keep, but it’s still a politically risky move.

Mississippi GOP Senate Primary Gets Even More Bizarre

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Mississippi goes from bizarre to, well, even more bizarre.

Special Prosecutor: Scott Walker Not A Target Of Investigation

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It turns out there was much less to that Scott Walker document dump than the press coverage claimed.

Democrats Have A 2014 Voter Enthusiasm Problem

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If current trends holds, Democratic candidates are going to have a problem turning out voters in November.

Oklahoma Republican Claims His Opponent Is Dead, Was Replaced By Body Double

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Timothy Ray Murray lost the Republican primary for Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District by a huge margin on Tuesday, but he’s not giving up because, well, he believes his opponent has been dead for the past three years: WASHINGTON — Political opponents accuse each other of lying all the time, but one Oklahoma congressional candidate took his […]

GOP Senator Susan Collins Endorses Marriage Equality

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Susan Collins, Maine’s Republican Senator, has become the fourth Republican Senator to endorse same-sex marriage: PORTLAND, Maine — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday announced her support for gay marriage for the first time after getting an endorsement from the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization in her bid for re-election. “A number of states, including my […]

A Quick Note on Voters (MS Primary Edition)

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Parties do not own voters, and the job of campaigns is to attract voters.

The Tea Party Needs To Stop Whining About Losing In Mississippi

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Chris McDaniel and his Tea Party supporters are being very sore losers.

On Many Issues, The Tea Party Is Out Of Step With The American Public

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The people with the biggest voices in the GOP seem to be leading it to positions that most Americans disagree with.

Oklahoma Congressman James Lankford Easily Defeats Tea Party Backed Challenger

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With Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn retiring at the end of this year, this year’s battle for the GOP nomination to fill the remainder of his term served as yet another proxy battle in the war between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party that has taken shape inside the GOP over the past year. On […]

Thad Cochran and Charlie Rangel Survive Primary Challenges

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Incumbency is a powerful advantage.

Thad Cochran Wins In Mississippi

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After appearing to be at the end of his political career, Thad Cochran has pulled off a surprising victory over his Tea Party backed challenger.

Rand Paul, Dick Cheney, And The Foreign Policy Battle Inside The GOP

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The Kentucky Senator and former Vice-President are at the front of a battle that will unfold inside the GOP as we head toward 2016.

American Public Skeptical About The Way Forward In Iraq

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A new CNN/ORC poll shows the American public almost evenly divided on how the United States should respond to the ongoing crisis in Iraq: Half of the American public doesn’t think that the U.S. has a responsibility to act in the deteriorating situation in Iraq, a new poll says. According to a CBS News/New York […]

South Dakota Republican Party Endorses Impeachment Of President Obama

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The South Dakota Republican Party has officially endorsed the impeachment of President Obama.

GOP Congressman Cory Gardner: Make Birth Control Available Over The Counter

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A Republican Congressman from Colorado who is running for the Senate has a very good idea.

New Scott Walker Allegations Have Little Legal Merit, But Could Affect Re-Election Bid

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As a legal matter, the new allegations against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker don’t amount to much. But, will they impact his bid for re-election.

Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise Win Leadership Elections, But The Battle Resumes In November

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The House leadership elections turned out about as expected, but we may be doing this all over again in five months.

All Politics Is National?

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Congressional elections have become “nationalized” to a far greater extent than they have ever been.

Obama Hits New Job Approval Lows

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Some bad news for the President.

Eric Cantor’s Loss Means A Lot Less Than You Think It Does

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There aren’t nearly as many “meta” lessons in Eric Cantor’s loss as pundits have been claiming.

Scott Walker Equivocates On Previous Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage

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Wisconsin’s Republican Governor isn’t very eager to talk about same-sex marriage these days.

Rick Perry: Being Gay Is Like Being An Alcoholic

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Texas Governor Rick Perry sure seems to be getting back into the swing of things when it comes to pandering to the GOP’s social conservatives:   The Texas Republican Party this month adopted a platform supporting access to “reparative therapy” for gays and lesbians, a widely discredited process intended to change sexual orientation. In response to an […]

“None Of The Above” Wins Democratic Primary For Governor In Nevada

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Apparently, Nevada Democrats weren’t too happy with their choices for Governor this year: Elections have historically been defined by their winners and losers – but on Tuesday a primary in Nevada returned a disheartening result for all the candidates: nobody won. Voters in the state’s Democratic primary for governor were so unimpressed by the eight […]

Lindsey Graham Coasts To Easy Victory

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While everyone was trying to process the political earthquake in Central Virginia, another long time Washington politician who had an even bigger Tea Party target on his back was winning easily: No, thanks, S.C. Republicans said Tuesday, deciding they will stick with Lindsey Graham despite loud criticisms from a vocal minority. That message echoed in […]

Florida Governor’s Race A Dead Heat

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Since he entered the race last year, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, now a Democrat, had been maintaining a strong lead in the polls over Rick Scott, his Republican successor. Crist’s lead was so substantial that many had begin to write Scott off along with other vulnerable Republican Governors such as Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett. Over […]

Hillary Clinton Wants You To Know She Was Down With The Stuggle

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Apparently, things were tougher in Chappaqua, New York and on D.C.’s Embassy Row than we ever imagined.

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