Now the focus shifts to 2016 Presidential campaign

Now the focus shifts to 2016 Presidential campaign

And so it begins. Even before the polls had closed on Election Day, Republicans had shifted their focus to 2016 and the party’s top target: Hillary Rodham Clinton. And by the end of the night, the GOP had claimed victories in Senate contests and governor races that will serve as a White House launch pad […]

With Senate at stake, the focus is on Obama

With Senate at stake, the focus is on Obama

On the eve of an election that will decide the Senate majority, it’s time for closing arguments and an all-out effort to motivate people to vote. Republicans have claimed new momentum in midterm campaigns that have centered on President Barack Obama, who is not on Tuesday’s ballot. Under the weight of the unpopular president, Democrats […]

Political bigwigs push hard in final election days

Political bigwigs push hard in final election days

Party leaders are predicting victory for their side in Tuesday’s election that will determine Senate control as candidates in crucial contests enlist support from political heavyweights and clash over women’s issues and the economy. Republicans seem to have more reason for optimism that they can add a Senate majority to the one they have in […]

Giffords struggles to make guns a mid-term issue

Giffords struggles to make guns a mid-term issue

She has delivered the same 64-word speech eight times already, but Gabby Giffords is struggling to get through the ninth. “Together, we can win elections,” the former Arizona congresswoman tells her Seattle audience before starting to stumble. After a moment of confused silence, an aide whispers the next line, and Giffords continues the broken sentence: […]

A rock & hard place for Republicans on gay marriage

"For us, it's over in Wisconsin," said Republican Gov. Scott Walker

A rock & hard place for Republicans on gay marriage

It took just a few words for the Supreme Court to deal with the question of whether gay marriage is legal. For Republicans thinking about running for the White House in 2016, it won’t be that easy. The court’s decision Monday to reject appeals from five states that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage reignited a […]

White House seeks governors’ help on immigration mess

'Our citizens don't want to see another burden come into their state' - John Hickenlooper

White House seeks governors’ help on immigration mess

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support from the leaders of states that will host thousands of the Central American children who have crossed the Mexican border on their own since Oct. 1. Governors of both parties expressed concerns […]

Biden to governors: ‘Get out there and lead’

'The way things have gotten today, it's become too personal, it's too corrosive'

Biden to governors: ‘Get out there and lead’

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation “out of this mess” while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country’s aging infrastructure. “The way things have gotten today, and I’m not singling out any party or […]

Cleveland wins over Dallas for GOP convention

The Republicans' site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas

Cleveland wins over Dallas for GOP convention

Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s 2016 presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. The Republicans’ site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. The move […]

Dallas or Cleveland for 2016 Republican convention?

The plans are for the GOP convention to begin on June 27 or July 18, 2016

Dallas or Cleveland for 2016 Republican convention?

A Republican National Committee panel is about to choose between Dallas and Cleveland to host the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential convention. The Republicans’ site selection committee was slated to meet Tuesday to review the two remaining cities’ bids. A recommendation could come as soon as Tuesday afternoon, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to […]

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

But the decision will not help Republicans court favor with young women

Political clash erupts over court decision on birth control

Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some companies need not provide contraception to women as required by President Barack […]