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If “Establishment” Is Code For “Moderate,” Media Need To Stop Calling Rubio The Establishment Candidate

What happens when the facts change but the script does not?

February 5, 2016
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Trump Holds An Unflattering Mirror To GOP, Fox News

If you are going to run against the Republican establishment, that means running against Fox News.

February 1, 2016
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Trump Claims To Aid Veterans, But Is He The World’s Least Charitable Billionaire?

The billionaire developer’s latest stunt was all about him, not helping those who served. While he did raise $6 million, those funds all went to the Donald J. Trump Foundation — a tax-exempt non-profit entity that generally gives barely $1 million a year to charity.

January 29, 2016
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Does The Republican Party Want Bernie Sanders To Win Democratic Nomination?

The Republican Party (yes, that one) has been “feeling the Bern,” if its press releases and publicly available “research” are anything to go by.

January 19, 2016
Graham speaks with reporters just off the senate floor during a procedural vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Democrats Hope Presidential Coattails Lead To Retaking Senate

If Sen. Chuck Schumer is going to fulfill his dream of running the U.S. Senate, he will likely have to rely on the performance of sometime-rival, sometime-friend and fellow New Yorker Hillary Clinton.

January 13, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio speaks during a town hall meeting at the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown, Iowa

In 2016, Marco Rubio Is Both Sunny And Ominous

Sen. Marco Rubio has adopted a darker tone in the first week of 2016, deploying increasingly apocalyptic rhetoric and fiercer attacks on Republican rivals that provide a stark contrast with the relatively non-confrontational brand of sunny optimism that had characterized his presidential campaign through 2015.

January 8, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at a campaign town hall meeting in Merrimack

Republicans Get Nasty In New Hampshire With Even Boots Fair Game

Even Rubio’s boots came in for it, their stack heels mocked by Bush and Ted Cruz.

January 8, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington

For 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan Sets Sights On Crafting A GOP Campaign Vision

He has a new job, speaker of the House, but Rep. Paul D. Ryan has stuck with a longtime routine, sequestering himself on a hunting stand in Wisconsin, picking off deer that he will turn into jerky, brats and links to sustain him through the year.

January 3, 2016
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Twin Paths Of Rubio And Cruz End At Their Political Perspectives

Edging closer to Donald Trump at the top of the crowded Republican presidential field are two men with remarkably similar biographies: first-term senators in their mid-40s from large Sun Belt states, born five months apart to Cuban American families and propelled into the Senate by tea party rage.

December 15, 2015
Bruce Goacher of Davenport, Iowa, hoists a repossessed car onto his tow truck on Dec. 6, 2015 in Bettendorf, Iowa.  (Michael Finnegan/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Iowa Man’s Worldview A Lot Like Trump’s

Recent events — terrorist massacres in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., Syrian refugees pouring into Europe, political clashes in the U.S. over guns and immigration — have only strengthened Trump’s bonds with these voters.

December 15, 2015
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It All Begins With The GOP

The Republican base is a deeply divided one. The moderates are increasingly marginalized in their party as Evangelical and Tea Party segments grow more defensive of views that are increasingly unpopular and under threat nationally.

December 6, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Trump talks with fellow candidate Bush during a commercial break at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

5 Times George W. Bush Didn’t Keep Us Safe

If Jeb Bush wants to argue that George W. Bush did a nice job of bringing America together and trying to avoid the demonization of Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, there’s a case to be made. But W.’s record of “keeping us safe” in comparison to every other modern president is non-existent.

October 19, 2015
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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
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker bows his head in prayer at a campaign stop in Haverhill

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
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at the 2015 FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nevada July 11, 2015. REUTERS/L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun

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
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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
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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
Republican 2016 presidential candidates debate at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

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
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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
Marco Rubio

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
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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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