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The GOP’s Warning Signal?

Jill Lawrence: “?If there’s one takeaway from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s ‘religious freedom restoration’ debacle, it’s that Republicans ignore today’s cultural environment at their peril. Conservatives can continue to live in a bubble if they want to, but they should [...]

Battle Lines Drawn in Indiana

First Read: “The political battle lines have now been drawn in the first cultural fight of this very early presidential contest, with all the major Republicans backing Indiana’s controversial religious-liberty law, and with Hillary Clinton opposing it. But there are [...]

Will Democrats Regret Clinton Like GOP Regrets Nixon?

John Fund: “There is another historical example that should prompt Democrats to want to test Hillary and consider the alternatives. The Republican party and many conservatives made a fatal mistake in 1968 when they nominated Richard Nixon despite ample evidence [...]

Email Controversy Hasn’t Really Moved Polls

Domenico Montanaro: “To be sure, the email controversy has not been good for Clinton. Instead of sitting back, watching Republicans duke it out, working on her presidential launch and trying to tailor her message, she has had to defend her [...]

Cruz Accuses GOP Leaders of Blocking PAC Donations

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that the House Republican leadership “had made it next to impossible for him to get money from Super PACs after he filibustered the Affordable Care Act in 2013 — an action that helped trigger a [...]

Paul Bets on Young Republicans

As Sen. Rand Paul “prepares to formally enter the 2016 arena, younger conservatives are emerging as a backbone of his campaign strategy,” National Journal reports. “In the best-case scenario, Paul accomplishes a primary feat that some on his team see [...]

Republicans See Obama as Bigger Threat Than Putin

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that 34% of Republicans called President Obama an imminent threat to the United States, versus 25% who ranked Russian President Vladimir Putin and 23% who viewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assed as that dangerous.

Ted Cruz Is No Barry Goldwater

“Before and after Sen. Ted Cruz announced his presidential candidacy on Monday, many pundits compared him to U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, the Arizona Republican whose White House bid crashed and burned in 1964. But though Cruz and Goldwater both emerged [...]

Bush and Walker Offer Very Different Messages

New York Times: “Mr. Bush, a privileged scion who married a Mexican woman and boasts of being bicultural, reflects his polyglot adopted hometown, Miami, and state. He is telling Republicans, in effect, that they must accept a changing country: that [...]

Senate GOP Stuck on Lynch Nomination

The nomination of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General “has laid bare the difficult politics confronting the new Republican majority. Lawmakers have found nothing in Ms. Lynch’s background to latch on to in opposition, and many are loath to reject the [...]

Bush Has Most Support Among Republicans

A new CBS News poll finds Jeb Bush remains the potential candidate with the most support from Republicans, and he is also the best-known of the candidates tested. Former Governor Mike Huckabee shows the second-highest level of consideration, followed by [...]

Ex-GOP Official Says Cough Medicine Made Him Do It

Former South Carolina Republican Party chief Todd Kincannon was accused of threatening his wife but he blames the medicine he was taking for a respiratory condition, the Charleston City Paper reports. Said Kincannon: “I’m the kind of guy who never [...]

Graham Sees Pathway Forward in Iowa

“After his third venture into Iowa testing the waters for a presidential bid, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham is convinced he sees an opening for himself in the 2016 race,” the Des Moines Register reports. Said Graham: “At the end [...]

Ted Cruz Leads the Talk Radio Primary

Politico: “Tens of millions of listeners — and potential GOP primary voters — tune in each week to the biggest right-wing radio hosts, who hold forth on the merits and demerits of the various 2016 Republican hopefuls as keenly as [....

Reid’s Retirement Shakes Up Senate Battle

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) retirement “is triggering a free-for-all for his seat — with big implications for control of the Senate in 2016,” The Hill reports. “Senate Republicans see Nevada as their best chance at a pickup this [...]

The GOP’s Big Obamacare Problem

NBC News: “With the Obama administration announcing this month that some 16 million people have obtained health insurance since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans’ intense focus on completely repealing the law is increasingly looking unrealistic.” “Republicans [...]

Conservatives Seek a Candidate to Counter Bush

“Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are [...]

GOP Presidential Race Shaping Up as a Marathon

“The race for the Republican presidential nomination is shaping up to be one of the most drawn-out in a generation,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The candidate field looks unusually crowded, with more than a dozen contenders appealing to different [...]

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Fix Medicare

“The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system on Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011,” the New York Times reports. “The measure, which [...]

House Approves GOP Budget

“House Republicans adopted a 2016 budget in a 228-199 vote on Wednesday that represents a major victory for GOP leaders after a rocky start to their year,” The Hill reports. “The budget would increase defense spending next year by boosting [...]

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