Monday, October 5, 2015
Republican Party

Conservatives At Summit Cheer Boehner Resignation As Speaker

Boehner’s announcement that he was leaving Congress highlighted the split in his party between conservatives and more moderate Republicans.

September 25, 2015
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Walker Quits GOP Race, Urges Other Candidates: Stop Trump

In a brief, blunt statement Wisconsin governor Scott Walker suspended his campaign for president and begged the party to rally behind an alternative to Donald Trump.

September 21, 2015
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The 2016 Campaign Joke That’s No Longer Funny — Just Violent

Violence has been trailing Donald Trump’s campaign, leaving those who dare challenge the GOP candidate shaken, banged up and bruised.

September 4, 2015

At Koch Group Summit, A Restrained Enthusiasm For Trump

At an annual Americans for Prosperity summit, a handful of the 17 Republican presidential candidates made appearances. Donald Trump was not invited.

August 22, 2015

Republicans Still Pandering To Voters’ Worst Instincts

Not so long ago, leaders of a chastened Republican Party issued a report urging a new way forward for a GOP spurned by voters of color — but let’s just say the report’s recommendations haven’t been widely embraced.

August 22, 2015
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Analysis: Much Of GOP Presidential Field Has Moved To The Right On Abortion

As we roll toward the 2016 presidential election, the Republican Party seems to have undergone a vigorous rightward turn on the subject of abortion.

August 21, 2015
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Republican Debate Sets Record With 24 Million Viewers On Fox News Channel

The Republican candidates’ prime-time debate on Fox News Channel drew 24 million viewers, a record audience for a presidential primary debate.

August 7, 2015

Republican Governors Buck Party Tenets To Seek Expanded Medicaid

Republican governors are pressing forward to expand Medicaid even after being stymied by lawmakers in their own party.

July 30, 2015
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Marco Rubio Has A New Answer For His Inexperience Problem

In recent days, Rubio has come up with an argument that seemingly attempts to handle questions about both his limited political experience and his personal finance acumen.

July 25, 2015

5 Reasons America Needs Immigrants More Than It Needs Donald Trump

We can’t get rid of Donald Trump, who I assume is a citizen though I’ve never held his long-form birth certificate in my hand. But here are five reasons we’d be better off if we could.

July 13, 2015
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5 Reasons Donald Trump Is The Republican Party

Trump, as many have said, is the “id” of the Republican Party. Here are five reasons Donald Trump needs to be destroyed by the Republican Party before he exposes what the party really stands for.

July 6, 2015
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5 Horrible Republican Ideas & Beliefs Conservatives Will Never Let Die

In the Republican Party, the life expectancy of a terrible idea is forever.

April 27, 2015
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Jeb Bush Says He Opposes Closing Gitmo, Doesn’t Read New York Times

Jeb touts his preferences in a recent interview, among which he noted that he doesn’t read The New York Times.

March 27, 2015
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The GOP’s Loud ‘Yes’ To ‘No’

Congressional Republicans are killing their party’s chances of winning the White House.

March 2, 2015
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The GOP’s Freudian Moment

Is it too late for bipartisanship in Congress?

February 19, 2015
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U.S. Chamber Election Spending At Odds With Immigration Push

Want comprehensive immigration reform? Stop bankrolling the GOP.

October 20, 2014

Book Review: ‘To Make Men Free’

Find out the GOP abandoned moderation — over and over again.

October 17, 2014
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From Clinton To Obama: Why GOP Impeachment Fever Is Now So Predictable

Making predictions is a perilous practice for any political journalist. Too often, the would-be seers turn out to be dead wrong – as can be attested to by George Will, Michael Barone, Larry Kudlow, and the humiliated boy genius on Fox News, all of whom projected a big victory for Mitt Romney in 2012. Yet there […]

August 1, 2014

Today In GOP Rebranding: Don’t You Miss George W. Bush?

After the GOP’s humbling defeats in the 2012 elections, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus released an “autopsy report” laying out the party’s urgent need to rebrand itself if it hopes to compete in future elections. It hasn’t been going well. And, based on his latest fundraising pitch, even Priebus has given up on the […]

July 7, 2014

Obama Vows To Act After Republicans Kill Immigration Bill Hopes

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama ignited a new power showdown with Republicans Monday, vowing to fix America’s broken immigration system on his own after Congress refused to vote on his top remaining domestic priority this year. Obama rebuked Republican leaders who he said will not pass a “darned bill” because they are afraid of […]

June 30, 2014
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McConnell Promises To Fight Abortions If GOP Wins Control Of Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is hard at work on the Senate’s agenda — that is, of course, if Republicans take over in November. As Cortney O’Brien reports at the conservative site Town Hall, McConnell used the last day of the National Right to Life Convention to vow that he and his fellow Republicans would […]

June 30, 2014
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Meet The New Campaign To Pressure Both Parties On Women’s Economic Concerns

Tuesday marks the launch of Make It Work, a three-year, non-profit campaign that hopes to call attention to women’s economic security — or, one may argue, insecurity. Make It Work is specifically focused on the economic inequality experienced by women, which the organizers believe is too often ignored or forgotten in broader discussions of income and wealth […]

June 17, 2014
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Cantor To Resign As Majority Leader; GOP Leadership Scramble Begins

By Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A battle royale emerged Wednesday among House Republicans jockeying to move up the leadership ladder after Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary defeat to a tea party newcomer. Cantor, a seven-term Republican from Virginia, is expected to resign his post as the No. 2 […]

June 11, 2014
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From ‘Grand Old’ To ‘Shameless New’ — Trading National Security For Political Gain

One would think that on the weekend of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy – a day on which almost 10,000 fathers, brothers, and sons of our greatest generation were killed as they began the liberation of Europe – the Republican political establishment would at least press “pause” on partisan attacks that use our […]

June 10, 2014
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Mississippi’s GOP Senate Primary Race Stays Bitter To The End

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Downright dirty politics is one way to describe Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, which has shaped up as the most brutally competitive of the season. And it’s likely to be a nail-biter until the bitter end. Senator Thad Cochran, the stately 74-year-old incumbent seeking a seventh term, […]

June 3, 2014
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