Politics

GOP Presidential wannabes court donors by focusing on poverty

GOP Presidential wannabes court donors by focusing on poverty

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan courted some of Wall Street’s most powerful political benefactors on Monday, insisting that love, friendship and “traditional marriage” can combat poverty better than government programs. The prospective Republican presidential contenders were featured guests at an award ceremony hosted by the Manhattan Institute, a right-leaning think […]

Rubio pushes federal retirement plan for all workers

Rubio pushes federal retirement plan for all workers

Younger voters would face higher retirement ages but all Americans could join federal retirement accounts in a plan proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio, the latest in his series of national policy prescriptions. Rubio, a first-term Republican senator from Florida who is weighing a presidential bid, is set to deliver a speech Tuesday about retirement programs. […]

Rubio claims Democrats threaten ‘American Dream’

Rubio claims Democrats threaten ‘American Dream’

Reaffirming his national political ambitions, Sen. Marco Rubio accused Democrats on Friday of threatening the American dream as he campaigned across New Hampshire, appearing in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state for the first time in 18 months. The Florida Republican also jabbed at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, considered the overwhelming favorite to […]

GOP honchos change Presidential debate rules

GOP honchos change Presidential debate rules

Lunging for control of the GOP ahead of high-stakes elections, the Republican National Committee on Friday took steps to end free-for-all presidential debates and vowed to punish potential contenders who participate in rogue forums. At the same time, an independent organization with deep ties to the conservative Koch brothers has elected to spend $125 million […]

Democrats fight ‘racial gerrymandering’ in Virginia

Democrats fight ‘racial gerrymandering’ in Virginia

Virginia is one of several states where Democrats have gone to court to challenge redistricting plans drawn by Republicans seeking to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Marc Elias, an attorney for the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, represents two Virginia voters in a lawsuit that accuses the General Assembly of “racial gerrymandering” by […]

Nick Rahall fights for his political life in W.Va.

Nick Rahall fights for his political life in W.Va.

In a state where Republicans are breaking losing streaks that predate the Eisenhower administration, a Democratic congressman who’s served nearly 40 years is one of the GOP’s top targets this election year. Since 1977, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall has represented the 3rd Congressional District, which snakes around the southern part of West Virginia like a […]

Secret donor meet for GOP Presidential wannabes

Secret donor meet for GOP Presidential wannabes

Far from public scrutiny, Republican presidential hopefuls, high-powered donors and other national political and business leaders gathered last month at a five-star resort in Georgia for a secretive meeting to discuss the midterm elections, foreign policy and the economy. Details of the event organized by the think tank the American Enterprise Institute were revealed this […]

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