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If You See a Chance, Take It

With his announcement Tuesday to a gymnasium full of supporters in the Livingston, New Jersey, high school he once attended, Chris Christie is the 14 th Republican to enter the presidential race. Americans, he said Tuesday, are “filled...Show More Summary

Rand Paul Becomes First Major-Party Candidate to Court Pot Donors

DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business. Paul’s fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit — tickets started at $2,700, the maximum donation allowed for the primary contest —…

OBAMA’S ‘BEST WEEK EVER’ AND THE COMING BACKLASH, from Noah Rothman at Commentary: If history…

OBAMA’S ‘BEST WEEK EVER’ AND THE COMING BACKLASH, from Noah Rothman at Commentary: If history is any guide, change is coming. Dispirited conservatives will balk at the notion that Republicans can serve as change agents, but the out-party is the most frequent beneficiary of this voter sentiment. For progressives, the irrefutable moral justification of their […]

Happy Hour Roundup

This is not exactly the lead you want on the story announcing your exciting bid for the White House: Chris Christie, a onetime rising Republican star whose political stock fell sharply after a traffic scandal involving former aides and appointees, announced Tuesday that he is running for president, casting himself as a candidate who […]

On MSNBC, EMILY's List Flack Praises Lindsey Graham Hinting She Could Almost See Herself Voting for Him

If you're a Republican presidential candidate, getting an on-air thumbs-up on MSNBC from both a public-radio personality and a pro-abortion-rights activist is not exactly something to brag about to prospective donors or primary voters. But, alas, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-.S.C.) found himself on the receiving end of praise from EMILY's List communications director Jess McInthosh

Associated Press Leaves Out Racism Controversy While Reporting On Meeting Between Rand Paul And Cliven Bundy

The Associated Press' (AP) report on a meeting between lawless Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) completely ignored the nationwide controversy Bundy sparked in 2014 when he made a series...Show More Summary

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 [...]

Hours from deadline, GOP faces new pressure on Ex-Im Bank

At midnight Tuesday, the Export-Import Bank of the United States will lose its federal charter for the first time in 80 years, and hours before the deadline, American exporters and Democrats heightened pressure on Republican leaders in Congress to limit the damage by scheduling a quick reauthorization vote once lawmakers return to Washington next week. […]

Fox News Ignores, Then Downplays Wash. Post Report On Jeb Bush's Dubious Business Dealings

Fox News downplayed a recent report on questionable business dealings made by Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush after having ignored the story in the days after it broke. On June 28, The Washington Post reported on Bush's business...Show More Summary

Trump, Cruz and Paul emerge as Todd Akin Republicans

In 2012, then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) took a winnable Senate race and turned it into a debacle for the whole party. His comments on rape were front and center at the Democratic National Convention. One news cycle after another was devoted to his ignorant remarks. He lived up to the cartoon portrait of a clueless […]

Even more bad news for Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s re-launch did absolutely nothing to improve the trajectory of her campaign. And there are daily reminders that far from being Democrats’ best bet she may be the Republicans’ ideal opponent. First, she generates as much enthusiasm as dental surgery. But don’t just take my word for it. A new poll from Democracy Corps […]

The Cheerful Belligerence of Lindsey Graham

The Republican presidential candidate explains why he would threaten Iran with war and send U.S. ground troops into Syria and Iraq.

Chris Christie, Second Amendment Cynic

Oh look, Chris Christie is running for president: 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...Show More Summary

The Truth About Millennial Republicans

When the Supreme Court handed down the historic ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all fifty states, I began to notice social media posts, news headlines, and off hand comments from people stating that it was another blow to conservatism, that Republicans were not in favor of this ruling. Show More Summary

Beinart: GOP Fails Its Empathy Test

Peter Beinart, The Atlantic: After Mitt Romney's defeat in 2012, the Republican National Committee published an autopsy. "When it comes to social issues," the autopsy declared, "the Party must in fact and deed be inclusive and welcoming. Show More Summary

Chris Christie, king of the 2016 long shots

Of the nine Republican presidential candidates I consider viable, I have New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie - who made his bid official Tuesday - as dead last.

Did Republicans Ever Think They Really Had a Chance of Winning King v. Burwell?

Today, Harold Pollack wins the award for....um, something. Best geek-obsessive amateur polling and chartmaking of 2015? Whatever, it's really impressive. Man, I wish I had done this. So here's what he did: Last week, before the Supreme...Show More Summary

Federal Export-Import Bank set for midnight expiration

[...] many Republicans say it amounts to corporate welfare and the federal government interfering in the private sector. GOP leaders — under pressure from tea party-backed conservatives and the party's leading presidential candidates — chose to let the bank's charter expire rather than try to renew it ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

Are Bush/Rubio Business Records a Problem For Republicans?

So it seems the Washington Post is conducting a pretty serious examination of the personal business and financial records of leading GOP presidential candidates. Over the weekend Robert O'Harrow, Jr....

GOPAC Returns To Its Roots In Prepping For 2016

As stated in their history, GOPAC was founded in 1979 to recruit and elect new Republican leaders at the state and local level. This was after...

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