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is one of the few Republicans who seems to be evaluating the new policy toward Cuba through something other than an outdated Cold War perspective.

In The Wake Of Midterm Losses, Some On The Left Say Democrats Should Write Off The South

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Some on the left are suggesting Democrats should write off the South for the foreseeable future, but that would be as foolish as Republicans assuming that their dominance in the region will last as long as Democratic dominance did in the century after the Civil War.

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.

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.

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.

Republican Congress May Not Act To Block Marijuana Legalization In Washington, D.C.

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Somewhat missed in Election Day’s Republican landslide was the fact that a referendum to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes had passed overwhelmingly in Washington, D.C. In the wake of that victory, though, was the question of whether or not the newly Republican Congress would try to block implementation of the measure under their power to […]

Rand Paul Is Right. The GOP’s Brand Sucks, But That’s Only Part Of The Problem

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Rebranding alone isn’t going to fix what’s causing the GOP to lose ground among a whole host of demographic groups.

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.

Democrats Starting To Worry About Turnout In The Midterms

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Democrats are starting to worry that low turnout could turn a good year for the GOP into a very good year.

Mike Huckabee Threatens To Leave The GOP Over Gay Marriage; Don’t Believe Him

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Mike Huckabee is threatening to leave the GOP if the party backs down on same-sex marriage. He’s bluffing.

SCOTUS Gives The GOP A Way Out Of The Same-Sex Marriage Battle

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The Supreme Court has given the GOP a way out of a battle that they are going to lose anyway.

The Tea Party Lost Badly In 2014, But It’s Not Going Anywhere

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The death of the Tea Party is greatly exaggerated.

Ben Carson: ‘Strong Likelihood’ I’ll Run For President

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Ben Carson, the now apparently neurosurgeon who has become something of a celebrity on the right thanks to his outspoken, and often outrageous, comments about President Obama, says that he’s likely to run for President in 2016: Former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and conservative activist Ben Carson said there is a “strong” likelihood that you will […]

Republicans Still Have A Problem With Female Voters

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Two prominent Republican groups point out the blindingly obvious.

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.

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.

Social Issues Now Benefiting Democrats

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Once something that generally benefited Republicans, social issues are now becoming a wedge issue for Democrats.

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

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.

So, Which Party Actually Brought Up Impeachment First Anyway?

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It wasn’t the Democrats.

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 […]

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.

On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

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Relying on the policies of a man who was President in a very different time is not a substitute for a rational foreign policy.

Bachmann And Santorum 2016? Dusting Off The GOP Nomination Clown Car

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It’s beginning to look like the 2016 race for the Republican nomination will have its own collection of oddballs.

Could The GOP Nominate A Candidate Who Supports Same-Sex Marriage In 2016?

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It seems improbable, but the national landscape on same-sex marriage is changing so quickly that even the Republican Party may find itself changing faster than some might think.

Rand Paul, Rick Perry Spar Over Foreign Policy

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Rick Perry and Rand Paul are highlighting what looks to be a coming battle inside the GOP over foreign policy.

Republicans Still Don’t Know How To Communicate With Female Voters

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It appears that the GOP still has a problem communicating with women.

GOP Establishment Pushes Back Against Calls For Impeachment

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Led by Speaker John Boehner, Republican leaders are trying to placate calls for impeachment.

Republicans Pick Cleveland To Host 2016 Convention

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After a process that had ended up narrowing the decision down to two cities, the Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland as the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention: WASHINGTON — Seeking to capture the quintessential swing state of Ohio in the next presidential election, Republicans will hold their 2016 national convention in Cleveland, […]

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.

Do Conservatives Think The Poor ‘Have It Easy?’

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Coming across as uncaring doesn’t help advance your political arguments.

Could The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Make It Through Congress Today?

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The sad truth is that the bipartisanship that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 no longer exists today.

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 […]

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.

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.

Eric Cantor For RNC Chairman?

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A new job for the Congressman recently filed by his own constituents?

Republicans Seek Way Forward By Talking To Guy Who Lost The Last Election

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Some Republicans apparently think the key to their future lies in the past.

Chris Christie Criticizes Rick Perry’s Comments On Gays

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie doesn’t exactly agree with Rick Perry’s belief that being gay is like being an alcoholic:   (CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie said Friday he disagrees with Gov. Rick Perry’s recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. “I disagree with them. I don’t believe that’s an apt analogy and not one that should […]

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.

Idaho’s Raul Labrador Launches Seemingly Quixotic Bid For House Majority Leader

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With Jeb Hensarling and Pete Sessions both bowing out of a race against House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to succeed Eric Cantor as House Majority leader, the outcome of the race seems to be quite predictable. Nonetheless, McCarthy will face opposition next Thursday in the form of second term Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador: Idaho Rep. […]

Texas GOP Endorses Discredited ‘Reparative Therapy’ For Gays And Lesbians

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The Texas GOP wants to “pray away the gay.”

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