In or out for Jeb Bush in 2016?

In or out for Jeb Bush in 2016?

Jeb Bush’s big donors and allies are tantalized by his promise to decide “in short order” whether to run for president. But supporters are struggling to understand what his actions mean and whether they can predict his political intentions. Bush is scheduled to give the commencement address Monday at the University of South Carolina during […]

Religious groups challenge birth control compromise

Religious groups challenge birth control compromise

Faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans are in federal court Monday to challenge a birth-control compromise they say still compels them to violate their religious beliefs. The plaintiffs include a group of Colorado nuns and four Christian colleges in Oklahoma. They are already exempt from covering contraceptives […]

Bye bye to last Deep South Democrat in Senate

Bye bye to last Deep South Democrat in Senate

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy has denied Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana a fourth term, calling his Senate victory “the exclamation point” on midterm elections that put Republicans in charge on Capitol Hill for President Barack Obama’s last two years in office. With nearly all votes counted, unofficial returns showed Cassidy with a commanding victory […]

GOP wannabes attack Obama, each other on foreign policy

GOP wannabes attack Obama, each other on foreign policy

Even as they attack President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, and with politics turning to the 2016 race for president, the GOP’s most ambitious leaders have begun to clash with each other over the nation’s role in global affairs. Several high-profile Republicans offered differing visions this week for U.S. leadership abroad, pitting the party’s national security […]

Mary Landrieu’s big problem: President Obama

Mary Landrieu’s big problem: President Obama

President Barack Obama may not be on Louisiana’s Senate runoff ballot, but it’s clear his widespread unpopularity in the state stands as Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s biggest hurdle to a fourth term. Landrieu led an eight-candidate primary, but her 42 percent was only 16,000 votes ahead of Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy and far short of […]

Romney still leads GOP candidates for President

Romney still leads GOP candidates for President

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the […]

Does Hillary Clinton smell like a new car?

Does Hillary Clinton smell like a new car?

President Barack Obama says voters want a “new car smell” in the 2016 White House race and that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be “a great president.” But would Clinton pass that particular smell test? In a nationally televised interview broadcast Sunday, Obama seemed to suggest that any Democrat other than him would provide the turn […]

Getting ready for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential run

Getting ready for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential run

A nexus of Democratic groups is preparing for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s widely anticipated presidential campaign. Ready for Hillary, a Democratic super PAC unaffiliated with the former secretary of state, is convening a daylong meeting of Clinton insiders on Friday for strategy sessions aimed at helping elect Clinton if she runs. The closed-door planning session about […]

Presidential aspirations dominate governor’s meeting

Presidential aspirations dominate governor’s meeting

No fewer than a half-dozen potential presidential candidates are gathering in Florida as the Republican Governors Association prepares to select its next leader. The organization’s annual conference begins Wednesday in a luxury oceanside resort where the nation’s Republican governors will celebrate their party’s recent success in the midterm elections. Privately, they’re jockeying for position as […]

Landrieu swamped by TV ads from opponent

Landrieu swamped by TV ads from opponent

Republican Senate contender Bill Cassidy and his conservative allies have overshadowed endangered Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu by roughly a 180-to-1 margin on television since their campaign went into overtime, according to an analysis released Friday. It was a reverse from earlier in the campaign, when Landrieu blanketed the airwaves and conservatives held onto their cash, […]

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