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Republican U.S. presidential candidates and U.S. Senators Cruz and Rubio shake hands and talk at the end of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines

Should Evangelical Voters Trust Trump? Cruz? Rubio? Not So Much

So how would Iowa’s evangelical Christian voter be served by those three leading candidates — Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz? If history has any predictive power, not too well.

January 31, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to questions at Rochester Opera House campaign town hall meeting in Rochester

Most Of The “Most Valuable Progressives” Named By ‘The Nation’ Have Endorsed…Hillary?

As voting approaches and primary rhetoric gets super-hot, it is worth remembering that progressives can differ honestly over whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will represent the nation’s real interests most effectively.

January 28, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidates participate in the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder

What The 2016 Presidential Candidates Must Do To Win

Less than four weeks before Iowans kick off the 2016 presidential contest with their Feb. 1 caucuses, the early road to the White House appears to be shaping up as a slippery and uncharted one for the Republican Party.

January 7, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Governor Chris Christie speaks during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

Trump: Christie ‘Can’t Win Because Of His Past’

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump unleashed a fusillade of attacks on rival Gov. Chris Christie on Monday, criticizing him on everything from New Jersey’s economy to the George Washington Bridge scandal.

December 30, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidates Cruz, Bush and Trump talk at the end of the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

Analysis: 6 Factors That Could Make A Difference For Republicans In 2016

Just four weeks before the first votes of the 2016 presidential contest are cast in Iowa’s caucuses, a bizarre, unpredictable year in American politics will come to an end.

December 30, 2015
Jim Webb

Webb Attacks Clinton With An Eye On Independent Campaign

When Jim Webb quit the Democratic presidential race on Oct. 20 with low poll numbers and a minimal debate presence, the former senator from Virginia left open the possibility he would return to run in in a different political guise.

December 29, 2015
U.S. Senator John McCain speaks during a campaign event for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham in New York

In New Hampshire, Undeclared Voters Could Be A Key Wild Card In The Primary

“I just want to vote for who I think is the best leader for this time in our country’s history. And I’m not sure I know who that is yet.”

December 29, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

Iowa Voters Have Given Up On Ethanol; Presidential Candidates Are Following Suit

The fortunes of the wonder fuel that promised to help clean the environment, secure America and save small family farms have steadily dwindled. Now fuel, corn-based ethanol, finds itself threatened with a defection that was once unthinkable: Iowa voters.

December 29, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

Carson Plans Campaign ‘Alterations’ To Defend Against Attacks

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said his campaign plans “alterations” to respond more aggressively to challenges to his life story and foreign policy expertise that have created a negative impression of him with some voters.

December 29, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

Top 10 Moments Of The Political Year

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — Outsiders were in. Donald Trump wanted Muslims kept out. And Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails” were no longer a state secret. It was a tumultuous year in politics: Trump upended the Republican establishment with a brash candidacy that has tapped a deep vein of discontent with politics […]

December 29, 2015
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Will 2016 Set A New Standard For Misleading Politics?

In 2016, it seems, candidates may feel free to say anything, without fear of contradiction or sanction.

December 15, 2015
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Ted Cruz Is A ‘Toned Down’ Donald Trump, Say The Senator’s Backers

To hear Ted Cruz’s backers tell it, the firebrand U.S. senator from Texas is Donald Trump with a pinch of reason and electability.

December 10, 2015
its the middle class stupid

Study: US Middle-Class Families Are No Longer In The Majority

The nation’s middle class, long a pillar of the U.S. economy and foundation of the American dream, has shrunk to the point where it no longer constitutes the majority of the adult population, according to a new major study.

December 10, 2015
Governor Martin O'Malley

O’Malley’s Pitch To Be Second Choice

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has a message for House Democrats: Let me be your second choice.

December 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raises her arms during the "Women for Hillary" endorsement event and fundraiser in Washington

Senate Democratic Women Rally For Hillary Clinton, But No Sign Of Elizabeth Warren

Only one person could have gotten female Senators together — and that’s Hillary Clinton.

December 2, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders greets supporters at a campaign rally outside the New Hampshire State House in Concord

Analysis: Sanders Pledge Shows How Plans To Curtail Mass Incarceration Fall Short

“By the time I end my first term,” Sanders has said, “this country will not have more people in jail than any other country.” But nothing in his plan suggests that he grasps the immensity of the task.

December 1, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Emails Give Behind-The-Scenes Glimpse Of Clinton

The portrait of Hillary Clinton that emerges from her tens of thousands of recently released emails is different from what people see on TV.

December 1, 2015
Carson smiles as he is announced during a Presidential Town Hall Series at Bob Jones University in Greenville

How A Super PAC Turned $6 Million To $140,000

Some SuperPACs are using candidates’ names as bait to reel in small donors, whose money is being used to fund consultants.

December 1, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Governor John Kasich speaks at the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee

A New Data-Mining Technique To Uncover New Hampshire Influencers

Taking social network analysis offline is difficult and lucrative.

November 30, 2015
U.S. Senator Cruz greets businessman Trump onstage as they address a Tea Party rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Bromance On The Rocks: Surging Ted Cruz Begins To Poke Donald Trump

Cruz is tentatively beginning to take on the brash New York billionaire after months of cozying up.

November 25, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson pauses as he speaks to the media following a fundraising luncheon in La Jolla, California

Post-Paris: Which Candidates Gain, Which Don’t

Is Paris making voters think more about the commander in chief part of the job of president?If so, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are up.

November 25, 2015
Conservatives Attend CPAC

Christie Vetoes Bills That Would Expand Early Voting, Voter Registration In New Jersey

“This bill is a manifest attempt to use election reform for political gain,” Christie wrote.

November 9, 2015
File photo shows U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaking in Greenville

Ben Carson Adjusting To Heightened Scrutiny As Republican Presidential Front-Runner

As he adjusted to his new status as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in a slew of polls, Carson demonstrated just how unorthodox he is as a politician.

November 5, 2015
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Marco Rubio Unmoved By Comparison To President Obama

Despite some rivals, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, questioning his attendance record in the Senate, Rubio said his work speaks for itself and is resonating with voters in early nominating states.

November 2, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the "Carroll County Democratic Committee's Annual Grover Cleveland Dinner" at the Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett, New Hampshire

Clinton And Sanders Enter New Phase In Battle For New Hampshire

By the numbers, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in more or less the same position in New Hampshire. Behind those numbers, though, are two dramatically different campaigns.

November 2, 2015
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