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White House May Hold Off On Immigration Action Until After Election

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Cowardice, or politically prudent?

McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Investigation Into 2012 Iowa Bribery Scandal

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Mitch McConnell’s campaign was forced to do a shakeup thanks to a scandal that could envelop Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential campaign.

A Contrarian Analysis Of The 2014 Midterms

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One analyst thinks that the predictions of a Republican Senate in 2014 are wildly optimistic.

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

What Republican Wave?

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So far at least, there is no evidence that 2014 will be a “wave election.”

Mitch McConnell Promising More Showdowns And Shutdowns If The GOP Wins The Senate

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If Republicans win the Senate, what we’ve seen for the past three years could end up seeming tame by comparison.

Establishment Backed Candidate Wins Alaska GOP Senate Primary

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The last of the real battles of the 2014 primary Senate ended last night in Alaska with former State Attorney General Dan Sullivan beating Tea Party backed candidate, and 2010 Senate nominee, Joe Miller and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell in what had been a tight three way race for much of the summer: FAIRBANKS, Alaska […]

Hillary Clinton Hurting 2014 Democratic Candidates?

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Some on the left are saying that Hillary Clinton isn’t doing enough to help Democrats in 2014.

Could The House Lawsuit Against Obama Cost The GOP The Senate?

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In what would be a classic bit of political irony, polling indicates that the House lawsuit against the President could make Democrats more likely to vote in November.

McConnell Has A Small Lead In Kentucky

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A new Public Policy Polling poll has Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with a small lead over his Democratic challenger in what looks to be one of the few 2014 races where the GOP has to worry about defending a seat: PPP’s newest Kentucky poll finds Mitch McConnell taking a small lead, with 44% to […]

GOP Likely To Take The Senate, Retain The House, Maintain The Status Quo In The States

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The GOP has a good chance of taking the Senate in 2014, but it will be by a narrow margin.

Hawaii’s Governor Loses Democratic Primary, Senate Primary Too Close To Call

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As I noted yesterday, both of the Democratic incumbents that faced primaries yesterday in Hawaii were at risk of losing. As things stand this morning, Governor Neil Abercrombie has lost his primary for a second term, and Senator Brian Schatz is locked in a tight battle with Congresswoman Colleen Hinabusa that could end up in […]

Democratic Incumbents In Trouble In Hawaii Primary

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Trouble in paradise for two of Hawaii’s top Democrats?

Lamar Alexander Easily Defeats Tea Party Backed Primary Challenger

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To nobody’s surprise, Lamar Alexander easily defeated his Tea Party backed challenger in yesterday’s Tennessee Republican Primary: NASHVILLE — Tennessee voters backed Senator Lamar Alexander against a Tea Party challenge and turned down an aggressive bid by conservatives and business interests to oust three members of the State Supreme Court in primaries on Thursday. Mr. […]

Senator John Walsh Drops Out Of Montana Senate Race Amid Plagiarism Allegations

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Just about a week after we learned that he had plagiarized a significant portion of an academic paper he wrote while at the Army War College, Senator John Walsh has dropped out of the race for Montana’s open Senate seat: HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race […]

Mississippi Republican Party Refuses To Hear Chris McDaniel’s Election Challenge

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A big setback for Mississippi’s erstwhile Tea Party candidate for Senate.

The GOP Establishment Won The Primary Battles, But They Let The Tea Party Win The War

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Tea Party backed candidates may have lost most of the GOP primary battles, but they’ve won the war for control of the Republican agenda.

Debbie Dingell, Political Dynasties, And The Problem With Long-Term Incumbency

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Debbie Dingell is set to continue an 80 year legacy of Dingells occupying the same seat in the House of Representatives. That’s not a good thing.

Mississippi’s GOP Senate Soap Opera Just Keeps Getting Stranger

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No, it’s not over yet.

Michigan’s Justin Amash Defeats Establishment Backed Challenger

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Despite a high profile effort to oust him, the most prominent libertarian Republican in Congress survived his primary challenge yesterday.

Today’s Counterfactual: Tea Party Incumbent Loses to Establishment Republican in House Primary

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David Trott’s victory in Michigan’s District 11 Republican House primary marks the first time this year a Republican Establishment candidate has upset a Tea Party Incumbent.

Pat Roberts Beats Back Tea Party Challenge In Kansas

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As expected, Senator Pat Roberts beat back a challenge from Tea Party backed Milton Wolf in yesterday’s Republican Senate Primary in Kansas: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, aided by national Republican forces, beat back a tea party challenger Tuesday — effectively thwarting conservatives’ last, best hope to topple an incumbent GOP senator this year. With 95 percent of […]

The House GOP Can’t Even Agree On A Resolution Honoring Pope Francis

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House Republicans can’t even muster the votes to pass a banal resolution honoring Pope Francis: How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s wrap-up before a five-week summer recess, as House Republicans failed to pass their own scaled-back bill on the border children crisis on Thursday. Realizing […]

Republican Congressmen Keep Talking About Impeachment

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For a party that says its not interested in impeachment, the GOP sure keeps bringing it up.

House Republicans Are Dooming Their 2016 Nominee With Latino Voters

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Republicans in the House seem determined to make life difficult for whomever wins the GOP nomination in 2016

GOP Congressman: DREAMers Cannot Be Trusted To Serve In The Military

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Once again, Republicans demonstrate why they have problems with Latino voters.

Americans Still Hate Congress, But Incumbents Don’t Have Anything To Worry About

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There’s an old adage in American politics that Americans hate Congress, but love their Congressman. Historically, this has always seemed to be an accurate assessment of politics given the fact that re-election rates for both the House and the Senate are consistently high notwithstanding the fact that public approval of Congress as an institution continues […]

Tea Party Set To Lose Its Final Two Battles In Kansas And Tennessee

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The Tea Party v. “establishment” battle in the GOP has been pretty one-sided this year.

Chris McDaniel Files Incredibly Weak Challenge To Mississippi GOP Primary Results

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Six weeks have passed since the primary, and Chris McDaniel has revealed he really doesn’t have much to complain about other than the fact that he lost.

Immigration Legislation: Veto Players in Action

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The current immigration debate is yet another great example of how our system works (so to speak).

Republicans Block Additional Funds To Israel For Iron Dome Over Deficit Concerns

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In a move you don’t see everyday, Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would have increased aid to Israel, specifically directed to the Iron Dome anti-missile shield, because of concerns about the deficit: In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies. A last-ditch effort to […]

Senate Fails To Pass Its Own Border Crisis Bill

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While the House GOP Leadership found itself embarrassed yet again by Tea Party opposition to its own version of a border crisis bill, the Senate didn’t have any more luck getting a bill passed, thus ensuring that nothing will done by Congress until the recess ends after Labor Day: The Senate on Thursday blocked an emergency funding measure […]

C.I.A. Admits Spying On Senate, Senate Finally Outraged About Surveillance

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The C.I.A. has admitted spying on Senate investigators.

House Drops Border Bill, Tells President They Are Suing For Acting Alone To Act Alone

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Once again, the Tea Party has gotten the best of House GOP Leadership.

House Votes To Authorize Utterly Pointless Lawsuit Against President Obama

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Your tax dollars, not at work.

House Border Bill In Doubt In Face of Tea Party Opposition

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The usual suspects are blocking any action at all on the border crisis.

So, Which Party Actually Brought Up Impeachment First Anyway?

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It wasn’t the Democrats.

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 […]

The New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization

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The Grey Lady sees the light on a major part of the War On Drugs.

Wikipedia Blocking Congress From Editing Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is blocking Congressional IP Addresses from editing Wikipedia articles: Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following “persistent disruptive editing”. The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination. The […]

Majority Of Americans Oppose Both Impeachment And The House’s Lawsuit Against Obama

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Once again the GOP finds itself on the wrong side of public opinion.

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 […]

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 […]

David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Primary Runoff In Georgia

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A somewhat surprising win in Georgia.

Two Federal Appeals Courts Rule Two Different Ways On Obamacare Subsidies

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Contradictory rulings from two Federal Courts of Appeal show that statutory construction isn’t a simple thing.

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 […]

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