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Boehner Is Trying to Buy Time

First Read notes House Republican leaders have finally come up with a temporary solution to fund the Department of Homeland Security and end their immigration showdown. “The reason this is the politically smart way for the House GOP leadership to [...] The post Boehner Is Trying to Buy Time appeared first on Political Wire.

House GOP Moves to Avoid Partial Shutdown

House Republicans “presented a plan for a stopgap bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks, raising hopes of averting a looming shutdown of the agency,” the Washington Post reports. “Facing a Friday-night-into-Saturday-morning shutdown deadline, the [...] The post House GOP Moves to Avoid Partial Shutdown appeared first on Political Wire.

Bush Enters the Lion’s Den

Jeb Bush “made certain that he has no plan to pander to his party’s conservative base in pursuit of the Republican nomination when he declared, ‘I’m not backing down from something that is a core belief. Are we all supposed [...] The post Bush Enters the Lion’s Den appeared first on Political Wire.

Republicans Only Trust Fox News

Public Policy Polling: “The extreme polarization in what media outlets people trust continues this year. Fewer than 25% of Republicans trust ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, MSNBC, CNN, and NBC. They’re closely divided on PBS with 37% trusting it and 39% [...] The post Republicans Only Trust Fox News appeared first on Political Wire.

Clinton Leads All Possible GOP Rivals

A new Public Policy Polling national poll finds Hillary Clinton leading all of her potential Republican candidates by between 7 and 10 points. “What’s really striking about Clinton’s numbers against the Republicans is how steady they are no matter who [...] The post Clinton Leads All Possible GOP Rivals appeared first on Political Wire.

Bill Would Make It Criminal to Enforce Obamacare

“In another salvo against the federal Affordable Care Act, some Republicans in West Virginia’s House of Delegates want to make it a crime for state and federal officials to enforce the health-care law,” the Charleston Gazette reports. The post Bill Would Make It Criminal to Enforce Obamacare appeared first on Political Wire.

Very Few Republicans Think Obama Is Christian

Alex Theodoridis reports on a poll that found 54% of Republicans said that “Muslim” best described what President Obama “believes deep down.” Thirty percent of Republicans answered the way Gov. Scott Walker did, by selecting “I don’t know.” Only 9% [...] The post Very Few Republicans Think Obama Is Christian appeared first on Political Wire.

Fiorina Makes Impression in New Hampshire

RealClearPolitics says a “less familiar potential 2016 presidential candidate is quietly garnering interest attention from the tightknit community of GOP power brokers.” “Recent conversations with plugged-in Republicans across the state reveal a consensus that Carly Fiorina — the former Hewlett-Packard [...]Show More Summary

GOP Needs Record Minority Support to Win in 2016

GOP pollster Whit Ayres told the Huffington Post that Republicans “will have to attract a record percentage of minorities to win the presidency in 2016.” Said Ayres: “That’s the stunning part for me in running these numbers — to realize [...] The post GOP Needs Record Minority Support to Win in 2016 appeared first on Political Wire.

Walker Moves Into Early Iowa Lead

A new Quinnipiac poll in Iowa finds Gov. Scott Walker leads the 2016 Republican presidential pack with 25%, twice as high as his nearest rival. There is a horse race for second place, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at 13%, [...] The post Walker Moves Into Early Iowa Lead appeared first on Political Wire.

McConnell Backs Paul’s Efforts to Run for Two Offices

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed Sen. Rand Paul’s “push for a Republican presidential caucus in Kentucky, lending heavy weight Tuesday to a proposal that had raised concerns among some members of the state GOP’s executive committee,” the Lexington Herald [...] The post McConnell Backs Paul’s Efforts to Run for Two Offices appeared first on Political Wire.

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“I would think, as we approach the 50th anniversary of Selma, that Republicans should be more sensitive about what they’re doing to this woman.” — Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), quoted by Bloomberg, on the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch as [...] The post Extra Bonus Quote of the Day appeared first on Political Wire.

Foreign Policy Becomes Top Issue for GOP Candidates

“Gruesome killings by the Islamic State, terrorist attacks in Europe and tensions with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia are reshaping the early Republican presidential race, creating anxiety among party voters and sending potential candidates scrambling to outmuscle one another [...]

Walker Leads the GOP Pack

A new Public Policy Polling national survey finds Scott Walker leads the Republican presidential field with 25%, followed by Ben Carson at 18%, Jeb Bush at 17% and Mike Huckabee at 10%. No other potential candidate gets more than 5% [...] The post Walker Leads the GOP Pack appeared first on Political Wire.

Can Republicans Find a Way to Avoid a Shutdown?

Rick Klein: “This is the era of manufactured crises, as President Obama is fond of pointing out. It is also, apparently, the era of manufactured crises without exit strategies. Two months in the new year surely felt like plenty of [...] The post Can Republicans Find a Way to Avoid a Shutdown? appeared first on Political Wire.

Strength With Moderates Will Help Bush in Primaries

Jeb Bush’s “emerging sway among moderates might not seem like a big deal in a Republican Party dominated by conservatives — with most candidates seeming eager to run as far to the right as possible. But moderates play a much [...] The post Strength With Moderates Will Help Bush in Primaries appeared first on Political Wire.

Feingold Looks Likely to Run Again for Senate

“To most Democratic and Republican leaders in Wisconsin, it’s no longer a question of if Russ Feingold runs for Senate—it’s a question of when he’ll formally enter the race,” National Journal reports. “If Feingold’s departure is imminent, that comes as [...] The post Feingold Looks Likely to Run Again for Senate appeared first on Political Wire.

GOP Remains Divided on Homeland Security Funding

“Congressional Republicans remain sharply divided over the looming standoff over funding the Department of Homeland Security, prompting White House officials to prepare to shut down an agency designed to protect everything from the nation’s borders to the president,” the Washington [...] The post GOP Remains Divided on Homeland Security Funding appeared first on Political Wire.

Quote of the Day

“We’ve had presents in the past who have abused power. But when that has happened: When Richard Nixon abused power, Republican senators stood up to him and said, ‘Mr. President, you’ve gone too far.’ In fact, it was Republican senators [...] The post Quote of the Day appeared first on Political Wire.

Christie Plans Town Halls to Boost Approval at Home

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) “is returning to the format that helped make him famous,” Bloomberg reports. “The likely Republican presidential candidate is set to host a town hall-style meeting in Moorestown, N.J., on Wednesday, according to his office. [...] The post Christie Plans Town Halls to Boost Approval at Home appeared first on Political Wire.

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