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Ted Cruz heads to Bible-thumper mecca

Ted Cruz heads to Bible-thumper mecca

Possible presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is auditioning at one of the nation’s largest meetings of young evangelicals, a critical voting bloc for any Republican with White House ambitions. The Texas senator and tea party favorite was to speak Wednesday before the student body of Liberty University, the Virginia school founded by the late Rev. Jerry […]

GOP divisions apparent at CPAC conference

GOP divisions apparent at CPAC conference

The nation’s top Republican leaders are courting conservative activists gathered in suburban Washington this week, highlighting the tug of war for the GOP’s soul. Thursday marks the first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. Conservative firebrand […]

The tea party is steaming mad at Mitch McConnell

The tea party is steaming mad at Mitch McConnell

The tea party is teeing off on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Matt Bevin, who is challenging McConnell in the GOP primary in Kentucky, seized on the senator’s vote Wednesday to move ahead on legislation to increase the nation’s debt limit, describing it as a blank check for President Barack Obama. The tea party-backed businessman […]

Senate approves debt limit increase

Senate approves debt limit increase

Legislation to raise the federal debt limit and prevent a crippling government default cleared Congress on Wednesday with an awkward assist from top Senate Republican leaders who were forced into a politically treacherous vote engineered by tea party favorite Ted Cruz. The Texas Republican’s maneuver forced several GOP colleagues, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of […]

What is populism? Do any populists really exist?

What is populism?  Do any populists really exist?

In the American political lexicon, few words are as prevalent — or as confusing — as “populism.” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gets described as a populist because she wants to curb the power of corporations and increase Social Security benefits. So does Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who thinks small businesses are crippled by “an explosion […]

Presidential sweepstates: Who will challenge Hillary?

Presidential sweepstates: Who will challenge Hillary?

For Democrats and Republicans, the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest are worlds apart. Many Democrats already view Hillary Rodham Clinton as a quasi-incumbent, someone who could take the reins from President Barack Obama. The former secretary of state has made no decisions about her political future but has done little to dampen enthusiasm […]

Democrats, Republicans repackage themselves

Democrats, Republicans repackage themselves

Both Republicans and Democrats are looking for fresh ways to pitch old arguments as they head into the final midterm election year of Barack Obama’s presidency. Eager to capitalize as the president’s job approval rating hovers in the low 40s, Republicans are looking to hammer the clumsy implementation of Obama’s health care overhaul and bemoan […]

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