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


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


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?’


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

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


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?


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


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


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.”

Ohio Republicans Continue Their Party’s Obsession With Birth Control


Strange goings on in Ohio.

California GOP Turns Against The Tea Party

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Another victory for the GOP establishment in its battle against the Tea Party.

Is Same-Sex Marriage Now A Wedge Issue For Democrats?


Is support for marriage equality now an issue that can benefit Democrats at the polls?

RNC Convention City List Down To Final Four

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The list of cities on the short list for the 2016 Republican National Convention is getting smaller: The Republican Party on Thursday announced four finalists to host its 2016 national convention — Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City, Mo. — after Las Vegas withdrew its bid in the face of strong opposition from some conservatives […]

Mitch McConnell Soundly Defeats Tea Party Challenger In Kentucky GOP Primary

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A big loss for the Tea Party, and a big win for Mitch McConnell,

The Right’s Position On Immigration Is Inconsistent With Their Own Principles


If conservatives actually believed what they said they do, they would be much more open to immigrants, and immigration reform.

Like Every Other Senator, Marco Rubio Thinks He’s Ready To Be President

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The junior Senator from Florida drops some hints.

Tea Party Support Hits All-Time Low


More bad news for the Tea Party.

Anti-War Republican Beats Back Bush Era Challenger

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Congressman Walter Jones beat back a primary challenge from a former Bush aide who attacked him over his foreign policy views.

A Democratic Lock On The Electoral College

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The Democrats have a big advantage in the Electoral College, at least for now.

The Republican Civil War Over Same-Sex Marriage Has Begun

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Sooner than one might have expected, Republicans are starting to battle over the issue of marriage equality.

61% Of Young Republicans Favor Marriage Equality


Some additional interesting results from Pew Research’s survey of millenial voters: Young people continue to be the strongest proponents of same-sex marriage. And as public support for same-sex marriage continues to grow, the gap between young and old is nowhere more striking than within the Republican coalition. Today, 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under […]

New San Diego Mayor Is A Republican, But Not Exactly A Ted Cruz Republican


Kevin Faulconer proves that Republicans can win in California, but not if they follow the path laid out by the party’s far right wing.

GOP Looking To Overhaul Primary, Convention Process Ahead Of 2016

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Republicans have some good ideas about overhauling how they pick a nominee. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see how most of them can be enforced.

Republicans Teaching Candidates How To Talk To Women


Much like the guy who’s afraid to talk to girls in High School, Republicans don’t seem to know how to talk to women. But their problems are actually bigger than that.

Republican Congressman: No Money For Gay Candidates


One Republican Congressman is reportedly pushing the National Republican Congressional Committee to refrain from funding the campaigns of openly gay Republican candidates for Congress: Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, a senior House Republican eyeing a powerful committee chairmanship, is causing friction with some of his colleagues by pushing the House GOP campaign arm to deny support […]

Chris Christie Leads Republican Field In 2016 Poll

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Chris Christie has had a very good month, and it’s ending with him with a strong lead among potential Republican candidates for 2016.

GOP Out Of Step With Nation On ‘Pathway To Citizenship’ For Illegal Immigrants


Republican hardliners are pushing a position on immigration that is completely out of sync with the nation as a whole.

GOP On ObamaCare: Goodbye Repeal/Defund/Delay, Hello ‘Let It Burn’?


The GOP seems to be shifting strategy on the Affordable Care Act.

GOP Must Nominate A Governor For POTUS, Says Governor Who Might Run For POTUS

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Governor Scott Walker, whose name has come up as one of the Governors who may throw his hat in the ring in 2016, thinks the GOP should pick a Governor as its next Presidential nominee: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the 2016 GOP presidential ticket should be made […]

McConnell Fires A Shot Across The Bow Of The Tea Party

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When it comes to the unfolding conflict inside the GOP, Mitch McConnell seems to have fired an opening shot.

Chris Christie’s Gay Marriage Decision And The Politics Of 2016


Chris Christie’s decision to take a tactical retreat on the issue of same-sex marriage raises some interesting questions for 2016.

What Lessons Will The GOP Learn From The Shutdown?


Will the GOP learn the right lessons from the just-concluded showdown? That remains to be seen.

The Coming GOP Civil War

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The shutdown debacle seems destined to lead to a battle between the Tea Party and the more business oriented elements of the GOP

No, Boehner Isn’t Going To Lose His Job As Speaker


John Boehner’s position as Speaker of the House seems quite secure.

The GOP’s Seinfeld Shutdown

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The GOP’s shutdown was about as pointless as a show about waiting for a table in a Chinese restaurant.

Time For A GOP/Tea Party Divorce? No, Time To Re-Open The ‘Big Tent’


Much like the Tea Party, David Frum wants to make the GOP tent smaller.

Poll Numbers On Shutdown Just Getting Worse For The GOP

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A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that the GOP is continuing to be punished badly, and to a far greater degree than other Washington players, in connection with the ongoing shutdown/debt ceiling standoff: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds nearly three quarters of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over […]

Another Poll Brings Bad News For The GOP, But Will It Matter Come Election Day?


The GOP’s approval numbers have fallen like a stone, but it’s unclear whether this will matter in 2014.

GOP Getting Most Of The Blame For Government Shutdown


The first poll taken after the shutdown began has little good news for the Republican Party.

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