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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

Senate Homeland Security Holds Hearing On Federal Programs Equipping Police Departments

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is one of the few Republicans who seems to be evaluating the new policy toward Cuba through something other than an outdated Cold War perspective.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

Elizabeth Warren

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

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

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.

Jim Webb Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee

Sen. Jim Webb talks to CNN's John King about the political conflict in Libya.

Former Senator Jim Webb is the first Democrat to kinda, sorta, throw his hat into the ring for 2016.

Can Hillary Expand The Electoral College Map In 2016? In An Important Sense, It Doesn’t Matter

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An adviser close to Hillary Clinton is talking about expanding the Electoral College map in 2016, but even without such an expansion the GOP faces an uphill battle.

Election Losses Lead To Debate Inside Democratic Party

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Another round of election losses is leading Democrats to contemplate the direction they should take going forward.

Rob Portman For President?

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With the midterm elections over and 2015 around the corner, the time for people who are thinking about running for President in 2016 has begun, and one name that seems to be entering the conversation is Ohio Senator Rob Portman: Rob Portman is mapping out a possible presidential run, creating a narrative, talking to fundraisers […]

Senator Mark Kirk Says He’s Not Retiring In 2016

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Republicans received some potentially good news today when Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois brushed aside rumors that he might retire at the end of his current term: Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., has a message for anyone who doubts his will or appetite for a second term. “No frickin’ way am I retiring,” he told […]

John McCain Hinting He Will Run For Re-Election In 2016

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Setting aside long standing speculation of a retirement after more than 30 years in office between the House and the Senate, John McCain is hinting strongly that he will run for re-election in 2016: John McCain sure sounds like he’s running for reelection. The five-term Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee launched a new […]

Will Congressional Republicans Listen To Their Base, Or To The American Public?

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Post-election polling shows that the majority of Americans want the new GOP majority in Congress to work together with the President. Republican voters have a very different view.

Time To Start Thinking About Huckabee 2016

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Mike Huckabee seems to be making the moves necessary to run for President again, For reasons only he can understand.

Republicans Should Be Careful In Bringing Up Hillary Clinton’s Age

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A Presidential candidate’s health and fitness for office are legitimate issues. When it comes to bringing up Hillary Clinton’s age in the context of 2016,, though, Republicans need to proceed with caution.

With The Midterms Done, Will Republican State Legislators Revisit Electoral College “Reforms?”

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After the 2010 elections, several newly Republican state legislatures flirted with the idea of changing the way their state allocates Electoral Votes. The outcome of last weeks elections raises the possibility that this could happen again.

With GOP Wins, The Tea Party v. Establishment Battle Moves Into The Halls Of Congress

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The GOP’s big wins last week seem to be just guaranteeing that this year’s battle between the Tea Party and the “establishment” will continue.

A (Mostly) Solid Republican South, At Least For Now

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The GOP is dominant in the Southern United States, but it’s unlikely to last as long as Democratic dominance of the region did.

Governor Thinks Governors Make The Best Presidential Candidates

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Scott Walker argues that Governors tend to make the best Presidents. He’s largely correct, but he’s not the only Republican who fits that bill.

Ben Carson Apparently Running For President. Because Why The Hell Not?

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Ben Carson, a Johns Hopkins University pediatric neurosurgeon who has become something of a hero among the conservative base of the Republican Party for tough, quite often bizarre, comments about President Obama over the past several years, has become the first person to begin what is quite obviously the process of entering the 2016 Presidential race: Yes, […]

Republican Party Wins Senate, Poised To Add To New Majority

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2014 was not supposed to be a wave election, but it clearly qualifies as one.

Acela Corridor Pundits Don’t Like Chris Christie’s Style, Will The Rest Of America Agree?

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Once again, reporters and pundits are arguing that Chris Christie’s “New Jersey style” won’t play well on the stump. I’m not so sure they’re right.

House Lawsuit Against Obama Hits Another Snag

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At this rate, it’s unlikely the House will file any kind of lawsuit against President Obama until 2015, assuming it ever files anything.

Sarah Palin Pretending She Might Run For Office Again

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With the midterms over, it’s time for Sarah Palin to start grifting again.

Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Ideas Present An Opportunity For the GOP

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continues to challenge Republican orthodoxy on foreign policy, and that’s a good thing.

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

People Walking Out on Obama Campaign Speeches?

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Yahoo has given a click-bait headline to a Reuters report, “Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early.”

Ann Romney Says No To A Third Romney Run

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Mitt Romney 2016? Not as far as his wife is concerned.

That Des Moines Register 2016 Poll? Yea, It’s Largely Meaningless

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It’s way too early, folks.

The Supreme Court Has Made Nationwide Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriage Inevitable

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The die is cast.

If Republicans Win The Senate, They May Not Hold It For Very Long

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If the GOP wins the Senate in November, their majority could prove to be fleeting.

Ebola In The Age Of 24/7 News And A Broken Political Culture

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Combining politics, an incessantly sensationalist news cycle, and a virus that scares a lot of people can’t end well.

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