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Democrats Face Insurgent Candidates Too

“Anger at the political establishment has overtaken the Republican presidential race, embodied in the candidacy of Donald J. Trump. But it is also coursing through the Democratic electorate, fueling the popularity of Bernie Sanders, inspiring liberal challenges to party-backed congressional [...]

Who Will Be the GOP Establishment Candidate?

Dan Balz: “The Republican presidential contest is not, regardless of what is seems some days, all about Donald Trump. There’s another dynamic unfolding that has almost nothing to do with the businessman-politician currently atop the polls but that will have [...]

Obama Blasts Bush for ‘Stuff Happens’ Comment

President Bush rebuked Jeb Bush after the Republican presidential candidate shrugged off any need for government action in the wake of the massacre at a community college in Oregon, the New York Times reports. Said Obama: “The American people should [...]

The GOP Nominating Process May Last Many Months

With the deadline for state parties to submit their delegate selection plans, the Republican Party gave Time an inside look at what the next nine months of campaigning will look like. “The 2016 Republican presidential race may turn into the [...]

The Latest on Wonk Wire

Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: Are Democrats Angrier than Republicans? How Wealthy Donors Get What They Want Skin Color, Not Economics, Determines School Funding Mass Shootings Since Sandy Hook Experts Defend Obamacare ‘Cadillac’ Tax Do Republicans Hate Muslims?

Trump Quote of the Day

“There’s a lot of animosity on both sides.  It’s an amazing thing.  The level of animosity is incredible actually and it would be nice if the Republican Party, as an example, because that’s what we’re thinking about right now, if [....

Operatives from Failed Campaigns Move to Bush

“It’s been almost two months since Jeb Bush was atop a Republican presidential poll in New Hampshire or South Carolina. He’s never quite been the top choice in Iowa. He’s fifth in a pair of national polls this week,” Bloomberg [...]

McCarthy Hands Clinton Gift By Undermining Hearings

Hillary Clinton’s “upcoming appearance before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi was supposed to be a crucible: a chance for Republicans to prosecute the former secretary of state for her handling of the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four [...]

Romney Says Trump Will Not Be the Nominee

Mitt Romney said he sees the Republican contest breaking into two brackets: “the more insurgent, outspoken, tea party perhaps bracket” and “the more mainstream conservative bracket,” according to the Washington Post. In the former, he placed Donald Trump and Sen. [...]

Bar Raised for Next GOP Debate

CNBC announced that candidates for the next Republican presidential debate on October 28 must have an average of at least 3% among recognized national polls in order to participate, CNN reports. “It’s not clear how many candidates would clear the [...]

Quote of the Day

“I want to continue to be a Republican because it annoys them.” — Colin Powell, quoted by the Daily Mail, noting that the “the party has shifted much further right than where the country is.”

Boehner Pressed Gowdy In Secret Meeting

Speaker John Boehner secretly met with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) “to encourage him to jump into the race for House majority leader, a dramatic attempt by the chamber’s top Republican to try to influence the intraparty election,” Politico reports. “The [...]

Is Matt Bevin Trying to Lose the Governor’s Race?

Sam Youngman: “The Republican candidate’s sometimes bizarre behavior, oscillations on major policy issues and lack of advertising have all combined to make Bevin one of Democrat Jack Conway’s top allies with a month to go until Election Day.” “That might [...]

GOP Field No Longer Worries About Deficit

“Republicans came into this presidential campaign with painful memories of how, in the last one, Democrats blasted Mitt Romney’s tax plan as a giveaway to the rich. They’ve heard a new wing of conservative intellectuals urge them to focus on [...]

GOP Candidates Face Big Fundraising Deadline

Republican candidates, many of whom are gasping for air in a historically crowded field, are charging toward Wednesday’s midnight fundraising deadline that will offer hard evidence about whether they can mount a serious bid for the White House,” CNN reports. [...]

Paul Says Cruz Is Finished in the Senate

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “had a blunt message for his presidential rival and fellow Republican senator Ted Cruz (R-TX): You’re a hack,” Politico reports. Said Paul: “Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest [...]

Cruz Denied Attempt at Protest Vote

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) colleagues “ignored his attempt to disrupt Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to fund the government without attacking Planned Parenthood. In an unusual rebuke, even fellow Republicans denied him a ‘sufficient second’ that would have allowed [...]

McConnell Faces New Challenge Without Boehner

“The departure of John Boehner as House speaker leaves Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on uncertain ground, without a battle-tested House partner from the Republican establishment and facing newly emboldened conservatives,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Mr. McConnell has publicly [...]

House GOP Remains Very Divided

New York Times: “The right flank of John A. Boehner’s party may have pushed him out of the House speaker’s chair, but it will take members of every faction of the House Republicans to choose his successor. As the scramble [...]

The Trump Dilemma

New York Times: “The Trump campaign may be a win-win for Trump, but it is a monstrous dilemma for a lot of other people. It is a dilemma for the Republican Party and a dilemma for the people Trump is [...]

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