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Trump Supporters Anticipate A Convention Fight, Literally

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 3:59 PM

MIAMI -- It was a slow night Tuesday at the Trump National golf club in Doral, Florida, 30 minutes west of downtown Miami. Even as the world eagerly awaited Donald Trump's election night address in his nearby Mar-a-Lago resort, things were whisper-quiet in the real estate magnate's eponymous...

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Donald Trump Is The Florida Man Candidate

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 10:57 AM


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- There are a lot of reasons why Donald Trump is expected to triumph in Tuesday's Florida primary, where the GOP presidential front-runner enjoys a commanding lead of more than 20 points in the polls.


But there's...

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Meet The Third Party

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 2:55 PM


Does Donald Trump even lift, bro?


That was the implied question behind Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's address to the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, as the former two-term New Mexico governor rattled off his various athletic accomplishments -- a lousy...

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Conservative Millennials Are Terrified Of Donald Trump

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 12:50 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- "Is #CPAC2016 coachella for conservatives?" @jujufresh12 tweeted the night before the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off just outside of Washington, D.C.  

It's not an...

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Denial And Despondency At Carson Campaign Headquarters

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 9:46 PM

BALTIMORE -- Things got bleak fast at Ben Carson's Super Tuesday headquarters in Baltimore's historic Grand Hotel, and it was mostly Ben Carson's fault.  

Speaking to an upbeat crowd, the Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon...

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Marco Rubio Tries To Salvage His Campaign With Laughter

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 6:50 PM

PURCELLVILLE, Va. - Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) strategy for winning the GOP presidential nomination is simple: please everyone.

Shouldn't be that hard, right?  

Rubio was certainly giving it his all...

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After Nevada, Bernie Sanders Supporters Haven't Lost Faith

(20) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 5:51 PM

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- One day after losing the Nevada caucuses to Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sounded like a candidate who, well, hadn't.

"We are gaining momentum," Sanders boasted during a...

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Ted Cruz Supporters Are Angry, Confused And Unsure What To Do

(10) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 9:16 PM


COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gulp.


That was the collective feeling at Ted Cruz's election night headquarters here in Columbia, South Carolina, after the Texas senator's disappointing finish behind real estate mogul Donald Trump and effective tie with Florida Senator Marco Rubio. It was one thing that...

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Ted Cruz Tries A New Look, Ruthless Warrior Who Makes Friends

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 2:35 PM


EASLEY, S.C. -- Ted Cruz isn't exactly America's most unifying figure. In the classroom of the Senate, he isn't merely the kid who sits in front and raises his hand at every opportunity; he's the kid who glues classmates' textbook pages together when they're not looking.

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Hillary Clinton Picks Up Major Endorsement Of Top South Carolina Democrat

(18) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 9:14 AM


COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Hillary Clinton's campaign scored a major endorsement Friday when Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives and the unofficial dean of South Carolina's Democratic Party, endorsed Clinton's presidential campaign.


At a press conference at Allen University on Friday, Clyburn spoke...

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Jeb! Is! In! Trouble!

(5) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 12:00 PM


AIKEN, S.C. -- Woe unto Jeb!  


By the time the former Florida governor took the stage Tuesday night at the “Last Word in the South” presidential forum here, it appeared that the once-favored establishment candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination was...

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White Supremacists Worried Charleston Shooting Makes Them Look Bad

(751) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 1:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- White supremacists on Thursday quickly tried to distance themselves from the suspect in the mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, worried that a white man killing nine people in a black church in South Carolina looked bad for their movement.

"This is going to...

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These Are The 10 Worst Possible Presidential Campaign Songs

(34) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:53 PM

Barack Obama used "Signed, Sealed Delivered," by Stevie Wonder. Mitt Romney used "Born Free," by Kid Rock. George W. Bush used "I Won't Back Down," by Tom Petty.

The campaign song creates a particular mood at a stump speech -- ideally one of confidence, hope and patriotism. But a slight...

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Barbara Mikulski Pantsed The Senate

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 10:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) always portrayed herself as a classic Baltimore woman, a hon who put her pants on one leg at a time. On Tuesday, her female colleagues in the Senate honored that ethos by putting on pants, one leg at a time.

Mikulski announced...

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Gary Johnson At CPAC: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(82) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 5:48 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND -- Typically, when a politician meets a reporter for an interview, decorum dictates that said politician offer up a bland pleasantry to break the ice. "Thanks for spending time with us!" or "Try to keep up!" are standard.

When I meet former New Mexico governor and...

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Ben Carson Supporters Gear Up For A Presidential Campaign

(124) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 5:49 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Even though Dr. Ben Carson has yet to announce that he's running for president, his supporters are acting a lot like he has.

On the heels of a Public Policy Polling survey that found the pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative pundit in second place nationally...

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Scott Walker's Hanukkah Message: 'Molotov'!

(448) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 12:25 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hanukkah is a holiday that commemorates the burning of oil. Republicans naturally love it. But in his haste to celebrate the festival of lights, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) got a little farmisht.

In an undated letter posted by the Capital Times Wednesday, Walker...

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In Bed At A Reasonable Hour: Mitch McConnell's Election Night Extravaganza

(6) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 12:24 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- When the crowd at Mitch McConnell's election party first learned their candidate had won a sixth term in the Senate, the reaction was somewhat less than euphoric. A few yelps of excitement erupted here and there, but it seemed as if no one wanted to stand out...

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One Of America's Most Politically Toxic Congressmen Is Going To Be Re-Elected -- Here's Why

(95) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:01 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. -- All politics is local, except when it isn't.

That's the lesson being learned in Kansas' 1st Congressional District, where tea party-aligned Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) is poised to win re-election despite his quixotic mission to alienate practically every significant person or entity in his political orbit. In...

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Kansans Are Moderate As Hell And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore

(498) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:01 AM

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- A boring thing happened in Kansas last week.

In a nondescript conference room in a nondescript community center, a group with a nondescript name vented about that most nondescript of policy matters: budgets.

Members of Republicans for Kansas Values, a stodgy group of lawmakers past...

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