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Obama Launches Attack on Scott Walker

President Obama launched a frontal assault on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in a visit to his state, the New York Times reports. Obama likened Walker and the “bus full” of Republican candidates to an “Uncle Harry” at Thanksgiving dinner [...]

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“I’ve lost count how many Republicans are running for this job. They’ll have enough for an actual Hunger Games.” — President Obama, quoted by ABC News.

Republicans Losing Ground with Big Business

First Read: “Donald Trump vs. Macy’s. The battle over the Ex-Im bank. Conservatives decrying the same-sex marriage ruling, immigration reform and normalization of relations with Cuba. A lot of stories in the past week have demonstrated how the Republican Party [...]

Has Scott Walker Run Too Far Right?

New York Times: “To protect his lead in Iowa, a state with a heavily conservative Republican electorate, Mr. Walker has taken a harder line on a number of issues than his allies had anticipated. Now a growing number of party [...]

Democrats Cheer as Trump Surges in Polls

“For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty feud over [...]

Two Republican Brackets

First Read sees the GOP presidential field betting on different early states: “About half of Republicans are betting on success in the Hawkeye State, and the other half are focused on the Granite State, with a little overlap between the [...]

GOP Won’t End Filibuster to Scrap Obamacare

“Senate Republicans appear to be closing the door on gutting the filibuster, brushing aside calls from presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Scott Walker to consider lowering the 60-vote threshold for repealing Obamacare,” The Hill reports. “Sources close to Senate Majority [...]

The Latest on Wonk Wire

Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: Republicans Need to Accept That Obamacare is Here to Stay What Would the Nation Without Gerrymandering Look Like? Which Professions Are the Whitest? Does the SCOTUS Redistricting Verdict Really Help Democrats? Republicans’ Refocus [...]

Christie Moves to Loosen Gun Laws

“At 9:30 p.m. on the eve of his Republican presidential campaign kickoff, Gov. Chris Christie announced a change to state firearm policy on an issue that has been riling gun rights activists,” the Newark Star Ledger reports. “The governor also [...]

The GOP Needs to Change

Charlie Cook: “The momentous events of the last week can be interpreted in numerous ways. But one thing has become increasingly clear: The Republican Party needs to change.” “Simply put, Republicans are loaded up in a car, racing toward a [...]

The Latest on Wonk Wire

Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: Which States Afford the Least Protection for Homosexuals? Renewable Potential is Undersold by Federal Policymakers Supreme Court Strikes Down EPA Pollution Rules Republicans Have Lost the Obamacare Policy War The Obamacare Fight Continues [...]

Gay Marriage Threatens to Divide Republicans Further

Rick Klein: “If you’re going to start over, it helps to agree on a new place to begin. There’s a hope among some Republicans that the end of the nation’s gay-marriage debate wipes the slate clean on social issues, after [...]

Virginia Republicans Choose Primary Over Convention

“The Republican Party of Virginia will choose a presidential candidate in a statewide primary open to all voters on March 1, 2016, also known as Super Tuesday,” the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.

Kasich Sets Date to Launch White House Bid

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) “plans to launch his presidential bid on July 21 in Columbus, hoping his strength in the quintessential swing state will help him win over Republican voters who aim to take back the White House in [...]

Christie Enters Presidential Race as Underdog

When Gov. Chris Christie enters the race for president this week, he’ll do so as an underdog, the AP reports. “The launch of the Republican governor’s White House campaign is the culmination of years of groundwork that began even before [...]

Quote of the Day

“Most Republicans look at what’s happening and think we’re watching a new stage of left-wing nuttiness. It’s just surreal.” — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R), quoted by the Washington Post.

GOP Hopefuls Denounce Gay Marriage Ruling

“Across the country, among people of all ages and religions, the acceptance of same-sex marriage has grown with stunning speed. But not in the leadership of the Republican Party,” the New York Times reports. “There is a striking unanimity among [...]

Bizarre Drama Continues for Colorado Republicans

“The bizarre story of how Colorado Republicans turned on the state party chairman they helped get elected took another strange twist,” the Denver Post reports. “The state Republican Party says its attorney approached the state’s top prosecutors — some believe [...]

Baker Taps GOP Losers for Top Spots

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R) administration “has hired at least seven failed Republican political candidates, largely concentrated in a business development agency charged with implementing one of Baker’s top campaign promises,” the Boston Globe reports. “In addition, he named an [...]

Republicans Boxed In on Health Care

First Read: “On the one hand, 84% of Republicans want the law to either be totally eliminated or majorly overhauled, according to our most recent NBC/WSJ poll. On the other hand, after the second Supreme Court decision upholding the law, [...]

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