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Can Clinton and Obama shurg off foreign policy shift?

In yet another twist in their complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered together on Martha’s Vineyard following a foreign policy split. Obama’s spokesman said the White House “is looking onwards and upwards,” while Clinton joked she was planning on hugging it off with her former boss at a birthday party for a mutual friend on the island getaway where Obama is vacationing. “We have disagreements as any partners and friends, as we are, might very well have,” Clinton told reporters crowded into
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Bitterness threatens Alaska GOP Senate primary race

Needing to net six seats in November to regain control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans ought to be able to count on reliably conservative Alaska as something of a gimme. But they’ll first have to settle on a candidate. And as the Republicans on next Tuesday’s ballot snipe, bicker and fight their way toward the primary, some are worried their candidate — no matter who it might be — will emerge too weakened to defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. “That’s the life of a Republican primary — bomb throwing for three months, and then you try to piece the candidate
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Time for Obama and Hillary Clinton to party?

Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her presence felt on President Barack Obama’s summer vacation — in more ways than one. The potential 2016 presidential candidate happens to be holding a signing of her memoir from her time as Obama’s secretary of state Wednesday on Martha’s Vineyard, where her former boss is on a two-week getaway from Washington. And while the commander in chief has been trying to balance leisure time while engaging in global crises, Clinton weighed in with a magazine interview that distanced herself from some of his handling of foreign policy. Clinton called the president at his vacation
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Florida Republicans OK new electoral map

The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state’s congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP. The changes would reshape the boundaries of seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts, but it’s not certain if the revised map will result in a change the makeup of Florida’s congressional delegation. Republicans currently hold a 17-10 edge even though President Barack Obama twice carried the state. The vote was largely along partisan lines as Democrats complained that the new map still doesn’t reflect that Florida
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Kochs trying to make inroads with Hispanics

Looking to make inroads with the rising number of Hispanic voters, conservative activists are offering English classes, health checkups and courses to help Spanish-speakers earn high school diplomas. Picking up part of the tab: Charles and David Koch. The billionaire industrialists are working to patch a gaping hole in the GOP coalition that could spell a generation of irrelevance if Republicans cannot build some credibility with Hispanic voters, who typically shun the GOP. The fast-growing group could have tremendous sway in American politics for years to come. Party elders have acknowledged their struggles to win over Hispanic voters, who as
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Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie ousted in primary

A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent. A second intraparty fight for U.S. Senate was too close to call. State Sen. David Ige, once seen as an underdog, cruised to a decisive 35 percentage point win in Saturday’s primary after being dramatically outspent by Abercrombie, who also had high-profile endorsements including President Barack Obama. Ige said his win “proves that people power can be money power, especially
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Perry, Cruz ramp up Presidential prospects

Sounding like he’s almost made up his mind to run again for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday told a national audience of conservatives that it’s time for a rebellion against a “power-hungry, oppressive” Barack Obama. Hours later, fellow Texan and tea party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz edged closer to confirming that he too may mount a 2016 White House run, saying that as many as 15 Republicans are mulling one and hinting that he soon could be one of them. Cruz had previously largely ducked such questions, saying only that his focus was “100 percent on the U.S.
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Lamar Alexander easily defeats tea party contenders

Republican Lamar Alexander became the latest U.S. senator to fend off a tea party challenge in a primary race Thursday, defeating a state lawmaker who had used a familiar tactic in trying to cast him as an out of touch insider. Meanwhile, scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ bid to hang onto his seat was too close to call. Unofficial returns with all precincts reporting showed him with a lead of only 33 votes over state Sen. Jim Tracy, who had raised far more money. A recount was possible. Alexander’s win dealt another blow to national tea party momentum after the
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Is Iowa headed for an even bigger political mess?

Iowa’s Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent the past year leading an effort to seize control of his state party, hoping to send a message that the kickoff presidential caucuses will be welcoming to all 2016 GOP hopefuls. But as conservative prospects flood the state for a major annual gathering of evangelical Christians this weekend, it’s not clear whether the party makeover will make Iowa more attractive to a mainstream GOP contender. Evangelicals, tea partiers and libertarians remain strong in Iowa, which has been difficult terrain for more moderate Republicans in recent presidential cycles. The lineup for the Family Leadership
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‘Liberty Kids’ shaking up the staid old GOP

Amir Zendehnam passionately supports marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the Republican Party. He is not alone. The 26-year-old aspiring restaurateur and chairman of the party’s West Los Angeles central committee, is one of a raft of ethnically diverse young libertarians who hold seats in L.A. County’s huge GOP apparatus, injecting youthful energy into its operations at a time when the state’s Republican Party is nearly moribund. After winning control the executive board of the Los Angeles County Republican Party in December 2012, the “Liberty Kids,” as they call themselves, are seeing the fruits of their activism. This year
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