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Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

Zach Carter

Why Hillary Clinton Left Obama To Fend For Himself On Trade | Zach Carter | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda took a beating on Friday, as House Democrats threw cold water on his bid to fast-track the biggest...

Is the Marijuana Vote Up for Grabs?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

On one issue, though, there is a sizeable (and growing) bloc of voters who are not only cross-partisan but also so committed they could be called "single-issue voters." I'm speaking of the marijuana vote. And it could be up for grabs next year.

Gabriel Arana

This GIF Perfectly Illustrates Dumb Election Coverage | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.15.2015 | Media

The video of reporters chasing Hillary's Clinton's van -- dubbed the "Scooby van" -- is a perfect representation of election coverage: gobs of reporte...

Jeb Bush To Fundraise In Puerto Rico

The Huffington Post | Adriana Usero & Ashley Alman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is slated to visit Puerto Rico for a fundraising trip on April 28, local GOP leadership confirmed to El Nuevo Día. ...

Will Hillary Show up to Netroots Nation?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

And so it begins. Hillary Clinton is now officially in the race for the White House. Her announcement, like pretty much everything else about her upcoming campaign, will be microscopically analyzed within an inch of its life.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Poll: Most Democrats Are Ready For Hillary | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are largely happy to have Hillary Clinton as their all-but-anointed frontrunner, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll condu...

Gabriel Arana

Right-Wing Media Watch Hillary Clinton Video, Respond With Sexism, Bad Jokes | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.13.2015 | Media

What Sarah Palin is to the left, Hillary Clinton is to the right, which is to say fodder for endless jokes and derision. And the former First Lady’s...

Hillary Clinton Is Already Uniting The Prospective GOP Presidential Field

AP | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton made no mention of her potential Republican rivals when kicking off her second campaign for president. T...

Republicans Launch Opening Salvos Against Hillary Clinton

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) - Many Republicans, including two presidential candidates, other possible contenders and party activists, quickly mou...

A Hard Look at the Big Blue Wall

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The true magnitude of the problem for the Republican Party only becomes apparent when you compare the big blue wall to what might be called the "small red picket fence" of the consistent Republican-voting states.

Rand Paul Says His Temper Doesn't Discriminate Based On Gender

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is an equal-opportunity hater of journalists, regardless of whether they're men or women. "I think I've been u...

Giving the Facts a Fighting Chance

Tom Steyer | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Tom Steyer

Last year, I challenged the Koch brothers to meet me for a debate so that we could have an open, transparent exchange of ideas. Unfortunately, they refused, so I'm about to give them another chance. I am formally inviting the Kochs -- again -- to participate in a public debate.

Only One Potential 2016 Candidate Will Protect True Religious Freedom

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Rather than passing redundant religious freedom laws, we ought to be passing anti-discrimination laws because the most beautiful example of Christian witness is to show kindness, love and acceptance to each individual in our midst -- to our friends and neighbors, to strangers, and even to our enemies.

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: The 2016 State Of The Race Edition | Lauren Weber | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

The 2016 State of the Race Edition It’s spring, and it's time for the quadrennial launching of presidential campaigns. “Launchin...

Igor Bobic

Ted Cruz Runs First Ad Of 2016 Presidential Cycle On Easter Weekend | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is airing the first television ad of the 2016 campaign cycle on Easter weekend, a spot that emphasizes his relig...

Mark Ruffalo Begs Elizabeth Warren To Run For President

The HuffPost Show | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.05.2015 | HPSN

Mark Ruffalo made a personal plea to Elizabeth Warren to consider running for president in 2016 during the premiere episode of "The HuffPost Show" on ...

Hillary Clinton Campaign Signs Lease For Brooklyn Headquarters: Report

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - The campaign of the likely U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has signed a lease to house its headquarters ...

Jeb Bush: Indiana Needed 'More Consensus-Oriented' Approach To Religious Freedom Law

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) expanded on his thoughts on Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" law Wednesday night, telling a small group of...

Igor Bobic

Ted Cruz Brushes Off Poor Senate Armed Services Attendance Record | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday brushed off concerns about his spotty attendance at hearings held by the Senate Armed Services Commit...

GOP Racial Woes and 2016

Ryan Campbell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Within the GOP, there's been some ugly rhetoric on issues of race and authority, but that's quite frankly nothing new; what is new, however, is the magnitude of the problem they have been creating for themselves. What is this laundry list, and how will it be affected by the run to 2016?

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: 2016 Perks Of Being A Wallflower Edition | Lauren Weber | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

2016 Perks Of Being A Wallflower Edition Here at Trail to the Chief, we are not cynics. Far from it. We actually think that politics an...

Carly Fiorina Says There's A 'Higher Than 90 Percent' Chance She'll Seek The Presidency

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said on Sunday that she will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. During an interv...

Jason Linkins

So That Happened: A Look At How Evangelical Voters Could Legitimize Ted Cruz (Or Not) | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

So, that happened. This week, the 2016 race welcomed Ted Cruz to the GOP scrum after the U.S. senator from Texas made his presidential ambitions clear...

The Provocateur: Cruz Goes Hard Right on the Influence Spectrum

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

In contests of most any kind, it's often best to go second. Particularly if you think you're the better player. But if you're the weaker, then surely you should go first.