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Will The GOP Pay A Political Price For The DHS Shutdown Showdown?

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Polling indicates that the American public opposes the GOP position on DHS funding, but that’s unlikely to change many minds on Capitol Hill.

Will Clinton Foundation Be A Liability For Hillary Clinton?

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Do the nonprofit’s foreign donors create a conflict of interest?

Republican Support For Same-Sex Marriage On The Rise

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A new poll of 2016 primary voters shows that even Republicans are coming to accept that gays and lesbians should have the right to get married.

Democrats Pick Philadelphia For 2016 Convention

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After narrowing the list down to three cities, the Democratic Party has chosen Philadelphia as the site of their nominating convention in 2016: The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, according to a committee statement. The convention will take place on July 25. Republicans will host their convention in Cleveland the week […]

On Existential Threats

Mike Huckabee

I don’t Think that Means What you Think it Means (Huckabee Edition)

Another Sign That Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running For President

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Matthew Yglesias points to a major new hire by Hillary Clinton’s growing Presidential campaign team that is a seemingly clear sign that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is not running for President: An awful lot of people in progressive politics would like to see Elizabeth Warren run for president, but the latest sign that it’s not […]

George Pataki For President?

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George Pataki, who served three terms as New York’s Governor from 1995  to 2006, is apparently thinking of running for President for some reason: Former New York Gov. George Pataki told Fox News on Monday he’s “seriously” exploring a 2016 Republican bid for president. The former governor said he plans to travel to New Hampshire […]

Scott Walker Surges In Iowa, But How Much Does Iowa Really Matter?

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Scott Walker surged to the top of a new poll of Iowa Republicans, but Iowa is not a very good predictor of success in the race for the GOP nomination.

Jeb Bush Was a Naughty Boy

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So what?

We Won’t Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore

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After weeks of giving every indication that he’s running for president yet again, Mitt Romney has announced that he’s not a candidate for 2016.

Mitt Romney to Announce 2016 Plans Today

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Mitt Romney is set to make an announcement at 11 Eastern today. [UPDATE: He's out!]

Romney Leads GOP Pack In Yet Another Poll

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A new Fox News Poll continues the trend showing Mitt Romney leading the field of prospective 2016  candidates: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain the front-runners for their respective party’s presidential nominations. In addition, Romney performs best against Clinton among the Republicans tested in hypothetical head-to-head matchups, coming […]

Hillary Clinton May Wait Until Summer To Enter Presidential Race

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With no real opponents in the race for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton has no reason to rush getting into the race.

Senate Republicans May Eliminate Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees

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For some reason, Republicans want to change filibuster rules even though it’s unclear that they’ll still hold the Senate after 2016.

I will Believe it When I see it

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Via WaPo:  Jeb Bush previews 2016 run, promising ‘adult conversations’ on big issues. I would adore such a conversation.  Alas, my experience with US campaigns makes we skeptical.  (And that observation is not aimed at Bush, but is a general observation).

Hillary Clinton Leads Potential Republican Rivals By Double Digits

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Advantage: Hillary.

Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush Top List Of Preferred Candidates Among Republicans

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The Tea Party may be the most vocal wing of the GOP but most Republicans seems to favor candidates that aren’t quite so right wing.

Mitt Romney Touts Anti-Poverty Platform

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Mitt Romney certainly seems to be running for president again. And he’s now on at least his third reinvention.

RNC Tries To Limit The Number Of Presidential Debates

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The Republican National Committee is trying to bring some sanity to the Presidential debate process, but there’s no guarantee it can succeed.

Once Again, Elizabeth Warren Says She’s Not Running For President And, Once Again, Nobody Will Listen

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Elizabeth Warren said once again that she’s not running for President, now or in the future. That’s not going to stop the efforts to draft her, though.

Paul Ryan Not Running For President

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Although his name has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for President in 2016, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is making clear he has no intention of running: Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who was his party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, announced Monday that he will not run for president in 2016. Ryan, the new […]

Joe Manchin Mulls Leaving Senate To Run For Governor Again

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West Virginia’s Joe Manchin is reportedly mulling leaving the Senate to run once again for a job where he’d have the ability to actually accomplish something.

Mitt Romney Tells Donors He Is “Seriously Considering” Running For President In 2016

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He’s tan. He’s rested. And, apparently, he’s ready. Mitt Romney seems very interested in 2016 all of a sudden.

Barbara Boxer Retiring At End of Term

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Senator Barbara Boxer has announced she will not run again in 2016. AP (“California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to Retire“): California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, a tenacious liberal whose election to the Senate in 1992 heralded a new era for women at the upper reaches of political power, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election […]

Jeb Bush Takes Another Big Step Toward Running For President

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Jeb Bush’s putative “exploration” of a Presidential run is looking more and more like an actual Presidential campaign: Jeb Bush’s fundraising operation is about to get serious. Allies of the former Florida governor are planning to roll out both a leadership PAC and a super PAC in the coming days in an effort to lock […]

Mike Huckabee Takes Another Step Toward Running For President

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Over the weekend, Mike Huckabee took another step that suggests that he is indeed planning on running for President in 2016.

Rand Paul, Marco Rubio Exchange Barbs Over Cuba Policy Changes

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Two potential candidates for the Republican nomination in 2016 traded barbs this week over the President’s new policy toward Cuba.

Rand Paul Breaks With Other 2016 GOP Contenders In Backing Obama’s Opening To Cuba

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Rand Paul is one of the few Republicans who seems to be evaluating the new policy toward Cuba through something other than an outdated Cold War perspective.

Jeb Bush Running for President

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The former Florida Governor announced that he’s taking the first step towards running for president in 2016.

Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running For President, But Don’t Expect The Speculation To End Soon

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is not running for President, and she is unlikely to change her mind on that. Nonetheless, the speculation that she is will continue for some time to come because it suits her interests and the interests of others.

Senate Passes Spending Bill As Ted Cruz Maneuver Helps Democrats Pass Nominations

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As expected, the Senate passed the so-called “Cromnibus,” but not before a self-aggrandizing maneuver by Ted Cruz ended up being exploited by Democrats to pass outstanding nominations.

Get Ready For More Rick Santorum In 2016

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Rick Santorum looks to be getting ready to hit the campaign trail again, but it’s doubtful he can find appeal beyond the religious conservatives who supported him in 2012.

Rick Perry Looking For The Elusive Second Act In American Politics

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Rick Perry is sounding for all the world like a candidate for President, and says he’s a different candidate this time, but initial perceptions are hard to overcome.

Republican Reaction To Obama’s Executive Action Makes Immigration Reform Much Less Likely

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Judging by recent polling, the President’s executive action has hardened GOP opposition to immigration reform, making progress on the issue going forward much less likely.

Rand Paul The GOP Front Runner? Not Likely

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Even leaving aside the fact that it is far too early to be making such assessments, the idea that Rand Paul is the front runner for the Republican nomination in 2016 fails the logic test.

GOP’s Big Donors Seek To Narrow The 2016 Field, But They Have Less Control Than They Think

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The GOP donor class would like the 2016 race to be short and sweet, but that’s unlikely to happen.

Will We Have Michele Bachmann To Kick Around Again?

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Michele Bachmann leaves office at the end of the current Congress, but we may not have heard the last from her.

Cong. Bill Cassidy Defeats Mary Landrieu In La. Runoff, Extending GOP Senate Majority

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A crushing but expected defeat for a veteran Democrat.

Ben Carson, Not A Serious Candidate, Still Equates America To Nazi Germany

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Ben Carson is not a serious candidate for President, but he’s likely to get a lot of support from the GOP’s Tea Party wing.

Will The Supreme Court Be The Most Important Issue Of The 2016 Elections? Probably Not

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The next President will have a profound ability to shape the future of the Supreme Court, but that is unlikely to be the most important issue on voters minds in 2016.

Portman Says No To Presidential Run

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Senator Rob Portman says he’s not running for President: Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he is not running for president in 2016, ending speculation around the centrist Ohio senator. “I don’t think I can run for president and be an effective senator at the same time,” he said in a statement late Monday night, announcing […]

Can Rick Perry Overcome The Disaster Of 2012 With A 2016 Reboot?

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After a disastrous campaign in 2012, Texas Governor Rick Perry appears to be gearing up for a new run for the White House in 2016, but questions remain.

Romney Continues To Lead In Polls Of 2016 GOP Candidates, Leading Hillary In Head-To-Head Match

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The numbers don’t lie, Mitt Romney remains popular among Republican voters.

Carly Fiorina For President?

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For some reason, Carly Fiorina claims to see an opening for her to run for President: On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO. Sensing an opportunity in a […]

Democrats Narrow List Of Convention Finalists To Three Cities

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Columbus, Philadelphia, or New York City (well, Brooklyn really)?

Republicans Would Be More Credible On Immigration If They Had A Plan Of Their Own

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The fact that Republicans lack anything approaching a coherent immigration plan makes it hard to take their criticism of the President seriously.

Is “Meh, Romney 2016″ For Real?

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When push comes to shove, top Republicans may still try to make Mitt Romney happen.

In Responding To Obama’s Executive Action, Top GOPers Worry About Further Alienating Latino Voters

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Top Republicans worry that their party’s response to the President’s executive action will alienate Latinos. However, there’s little they can do about that.

Scott Walker Looks To Be Preparing To Run For President

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Fresh off his third statewide win in four years, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appears to be getting ready to run for President.

GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

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