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Beaten-Down Wisconsin Liberals Suddenly See Hope Of Defeating Scott Walker

(143) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 12:02 AM

MADISON, Wis. -- Like clockwork at noon, a trio of activists stepped into the center of the state Capitol rotunda, on the ground floor, and began to sing upward, toward the balcony just above them, and into the nooks, crannies and corners of the exalted structure.

They started with...

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Scott Walker Suggests Wisconsin GOP Should Stop Attacking His Democratic Foe's Wealth

(22) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 2:58 PM

MILWAUKEE -- With a notable lack of public unity, fellow Republicans are now criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's attacks on his Democratic challenger -- in particular, those aimed at her wealth and the business practices of her family's company. But late Tuesday Walker blamed it all on the media's distorting...

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What Makes The Difference Between A Chris Christie Visit And A 'Lost Cause'

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Not all long shot gubernatorial candidates are created equal.

Last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie dismissed Rob Astorino, the GOP's gubernatorial candidate in New York, with brutal candor. "We don't invest in lost causes," Christie said, speaking on behalf of the Republican Governors Association,...

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The Right's Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom

(65) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 7:38 AM

Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is known to most of the nation as a pioneering advocate for marriage equality, having supported same-sex unions back in 2004. But now his ideas are attracting attention from conservatives who think his critique of big government bureaucracy could...
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Despite Insurgent Attacks, Republican Senatorial Committee On Record Fundraising Pace

(11) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 1:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- The soft-spoken, mild-mannered Republican operative opened his mouth, and out came knives.

Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, sat at a long table with the heads of the other four Republican Party committees during a Wednesday...

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Conservatives Clash: Battle The Wicked Or Fight For The Needy?

(490) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 6:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- The placement of a Barack Obama figurine in a urinal at a conference for Christian conservatives Friday captured why these gatherings have become so damaging for the Republican Party.

The Faith & Freedom Coalition's conference, like the Conservative Political Action Conference and the Values Voter...

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This Is What's At Stake For Rick Perry If He Runs In 2016

(57) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry held his hand out straight, tilted his hand fingers downward at a 45 degree angle, and then raised them level again. "This, versus this," he said, explaining why he no longer wears cowboy boots.

“This is better,” he said, his hand parallel with...

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Eric Cantor Was The Next Speaker But Now It's A Free-For-All

(148) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- In any house of power, there is an order of succession. In Congress, the humming beehive of 435 representatives has operated for some time on the assumption that one particular man would ascend to power when House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) retired.

Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican...

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Eric Cantor Loss Spurs Heated GOP Leadership Race

(65) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- One week after Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his Republican primary election, setting off a mad dash for his job as House Majority Leader, one thing has become clear: The real challenge for GOP lawmakers won't be replacing Cantor, but agreeing on who gets another top job opening...

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Raul Labrador To Run for House Majority Leader

(208) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:37 AM

A two-term Republican congressman from Idaho with a track record of challenging the House Republican leadership said Friday he would run for the No. 2 job in the chamber.

Raul Labrador, a 46-year-old Mormon father of five, tea party congressman and Puerto Rican-born only child of a single mother, will...

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'Richmond Hubris' Drove Eric Cantor's War With Grassroots, Led To His Demise

(42) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:07 AM

WASHINGTON -- In his brief remarks to a room full of shell-shocked supporters Tuesday night, deposed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor expressed disappointment, thanked his family and staff, and began talking about research.

"I’m really proud of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. Because what it says...

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What's Wrong With Washington? We Ask Those Who Left It Behind

(27) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 8:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- Americans view Congress more negatively now than at any point in our nation’s history.

Which raises the oft-asked question: what’s the matter with Washington?

We decided to ask those who were once in power and have left, figuring they might have some perspective. What have...

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Mississippi Senator Faces Uphill Battle To Turn Out Voters In Runoff

(7) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 6:16 PM

WASHINGTON -- As election returns came in Tuesday night in Mississippi and it became clear that the Republican Senate primary was headed for a runoff, the state's former governor Haley Barbour was on the phone plotting how to raise enough money to help incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in the coming...

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Mississippi Runoff Tests Veteran Senator's Value To His State

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:06 AM

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The man wearing an orange polo shirt frowned just slightly when I asked if he had a few moments to talk.

Arnold Jackson, a 67-year old supporter of state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s candidacy for U.S. Senate, retired from the oil exploration business years ago. When I...

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Incumbent GOP Senator On The Ropes In Mississippi Primary As Runoff Looms

(16) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:58 AM

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The nastiest campaign in the country likely will go on for three more weeks.

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran trailed tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in Tuesday’s Republican primary. But McDaniel could not quite get more than 50 percent of the votes because of a...

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Veteran GOP Senator Makes Final Push To Avoid Embarrassing Primary Defeat In Mississippi

(17) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 9:11 PM

MERIDIAN, Miss. -– Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and his supporters argued Monday that his Republican primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, would embarrass the Magnolia State on the national stage, is being supported by outsiders who don’t represent the state’s interests, and could endanger Republican chances of winning the U.S....

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Republican Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's Long Political Past Holds Clues His Time May Be Up

(200) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- A casual observer may be forgiven for wondering how Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), a man known for cordiality and manners almost more than anything else, has held onto his Senate seat for 35 years, and why he is subjecting himself to a brutal reelection campaign for yet another...

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A Day With The New Populists

(18) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 8:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Populism is fashionable in Washington these days.

That's for good reason. Strong currents of dissatisfaction with the nation's capital, with government, and with big business are sweeping through the country.

Populists of different political stripes gathered at two forums Thursday, separated by a few miles. One...

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Evangelical Leader Not Waving White Flag On Gay Marriage

(581) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Since becoming the political point man a year ago for the Southern Baptist Convention, Russell Moore has more than once been interpreted as sounding a political and cultural retreat.

The Wall Street Journal last fall put Moore on its front page, under the headline, "Evangelical...

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Bill Clinton Insults Rove, But Acknowledges Hillary's Health Is 'Serious Issue'

(129) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 7:36 PM

WASHINGTON –- Bill Clinton's insult of Karl Rove got most of the attention Wednesday when the former president was asked about Rove's suggestion that Hillary Clinton has a lingering brain injury from a fall that gave her a concussion in 2012.

But the 42nd president...

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