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The Branding Battle of 2016

Mark Silva | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Mark Silva

Trump, Bush and Clinton all came of age in the early or late '60s, which really was all about branding. Politically, it was all about equality -- for African-Americans, women, farmworkers and more. In 2016, the narrator might say, may the best brand win.

Pro-Bush PAC Leader: Trump Is A 'False Zombie Front-Runner'

Washington Examiner | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.20.2015 | Entertainment

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be "low energy," but Donald Trump is "dead" politically, according to one longtime Bush ally.  ...

The Sanders Paradox: Could Hillary Really Be In Trouble?

William Bradley | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Could Hillary Clinton really be in trouble in the Democratic presidential primaries against a self-described socialist senator from tiny Vermont? She could. But not yet.

Jason Linkins

The 'Firewall' Between Campaigns And Super PACs Is Not A Thing | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

It's early days yet in the post-Citizens United era, and most of the nation is still in a very naive place. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who once warne...

Lauren Weber

Trail To The Chief: The 2016 Handlers Behind The Curtain Edition | Lauren Weber | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

The 2016 Handlers Behind the Curtain Edition Longtime Republican operative Karl Rove ("The Architect" of former President George W. Bus...

Jason Linkins

Hot Trend For 2016: Even More Extravagant Super PAC Lies And Corruption! | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

According to the Associated Press, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is poised to "give [the] traditional campaign a makeover." Which sounds exciting! ...

Federal Judge Hears Challenge Of Texas' Gay Marriage Ban

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawyer representing Texas asked a federal judge Wednesday to reject pleas from two gay couples to suspend the state constitut...

Jason Linkins

That Terrible Edition Of 'Meet The Press' Was Even Worse Than I Thought | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

But [Mike] Murphy himself has a stake in this debate that arguably ought to have been disclosed. Though Murphy was introduced only as a “Republican ...

Jason Linkins

The Most Terrible Edition Of 'Meet The Press' To Ever Air | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

Those of you who already join me in my semi-self-imposed Sunday morning entrapment where I watch the terrible Sunday shows so you don't have to, will ...

WATCH: Scarborough Tears Into Republicans

Posted 05.28.2013 | Media

Joe Scarborough tore into the GOP on Tuesday's "Morning Joe," asking Republicans if they "ever want to be in the White House again." The MSNBC hos...

Richardson-Connected Judge Facing Consequences

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Court documents indicate a deal has been reached to reduce the charges against a retired Las Cruces judge accused of funneli...

Jon Ward

Jeb Bush Didn't Show His Book To Political Advisers Before Its Release | Jon Ward | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A long-time adviser to Jeb Bush said Saturday that the former Florida governor did not show his recently released book on immigration to...

The Blink in the California Governor's Race

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Until this week, it appeared that the GOP had successfully rolled out their new product -- a conservative, ambitious businesswoman with a big check book.

Expendable Arnold: What's Ahead for Schwarzenegger?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

It seems clear that movies are in Schwarzenegger's future. But there's plenty of politics to come before he's done being governor next January, and plenty after as well.

Bill Clinton Hearts Jerry Brown! (And Other Tales of Intrigue)

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley


Whitman's Investment In Top Adviser Draws Scrutiny | MICHAEL LUO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

At first blush, the 19 pages of financial disclosures that Meg Whitman filed earlier this year for her run for governor of California are a humdrum bl...

The Machinations of Meg Whitman: Murphy's Million (Plus) and More

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Whitman is a candidate who, let's be frank, can't get her story straight. Worse than that, she insists that her story is straight, against all evidence, clearly believing that she can buy her way through paid advertising.

California Story: Brown, Boxer, and (Un)convention(al) Politics

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Big developments in the past few days make it clear why California has the biggest races in the country this year, with Obama helping Barbara Boxer defend her Senate seat and Jerry Brown trying for a record third term as governor.

10 Key Things To Know About The High-Stakes California Governor's Race

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

The hand-picked candidate of Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, billionaire Meg Whitman, is already shattering all spending records in her bid to win the governorship.

Meg Whitman's Whoppers

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

As someone with no experience in public affairs prior to being talked into running for governor by her business mentor, Mitt Romney, Meg Whitman is totally dependent on a coterie of lobbyists and consultants.

The Mitt & Meg Show: "Taking Care of Business"

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Billionaire Meg Whitman, the seeming political cipher who would be governor of California, is purchasing endless amounts of unanswered advertising.

Meg Whitman's Wild Week That Was

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Is billionaire Meg Whitman having fun yet? She's certainly had a careening week in her once seeing juggernaut of a bid to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California.

Meg Whitman's New! Improved! Post-Journalism! Politics

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Something new and more than a little bizarre is busy being born in California, where billionaire Meg Whitman has been spending feverishly for months on an advertising blitz.

The California as First "Failed State" Debate: Schwarzenegger, Davis, Whitman, and Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Is California America's first "failed state?" I asked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; the governor he replaced, Gray Davis; and a famous former governor favored to be the next governor, Jerry Brown.

The Biggest Spending Race In America Is Underway! (Well, Sort Of)

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

With billionaire Meg Whitman spending like a Russian oligarch, it's inevitable that the race for California governor will be the most expensive in the country.