Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester

Illegal Immigration A Dominant Theme At Republican Forum Even Without Trump

Facing their first face-to-face debate on Thursday in Cleveland, the candidates got in some warm-up action at the Voters First Forum.

August 4, 2015
U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell addresses reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood Exposes Republicans’ Lack of Coherence

Monday’s Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood was a do-or-die moment for the Republican party.

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

Million-Dollar Donations Fuel Super PACs’ New Dominance

Super PACs and other outside groups raised more than $250 million during the first half of 2015.

August 1, 2015
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Anti-Abortion Videos Provoke Ethical Crisis For Doctors, Pols — And Media

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) continues to cause political problems for Planned Parenthood, while challenging media outlets to strike a balance between covering the group’s activities and spreading their strident anti-abortion message.

August 1, 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
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

The Price Boehner Pays

The latest attempt at a Boehner ouster is yet another indication that the Republican Congress still has a lot of trouble getting that governing thing down.

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
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Jeb Bush Keeps Clarifying: He Wants To Replace Medicare

Repeating himself, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush reiterated a talking point about social spending that some question.

July 24, 2015
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Why The Group Trying To Frame Planned Parenthood Is Guilty As Hell

Shady, shady, shady. But what do you expect from anti-choice activists?

July 23, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Trump Threatens Independent Presidential Run If GOP ‘Not Fair’

Presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to run as a political independent if he does not get “fair” treatment from the Republican Party.

July 23, 2015
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Trump Has The GOP Establishment’s Number

Only now are Republicans willing to say: “You’re fired.” No wonder Trump is laughing.

July 23, 2015
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5 Things To Remember About John Kasich

Some consider him the “Heartland Chris Christie.”

July 21, 2015
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Trump’s Bluster Gets The Attention And Moves Polls — For Now

Blunt talk is less of a virtue once voters start seriously gauging temperament and depth.

July 17, 2015
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On Immigration, Trump Takes A Page From Pete Wilson’s 1994 Playbook

Some people are calling Trump’s comments “fringe rhetoric.” But others are worried that the Republicans will take on anti-immigration and anti-Latino sentiment.

July 14, 2015
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Trump Card: Could Dark Money Win The Nomination For The Donald?

An actual billionaire on the Democratic side — someone like George Soros or Tom Steyer — could simply set up a pro-Trump SuperPAC, funded by “dark money.”

July 10, 2015
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Analysis: Why Rubio, Bush, Walker, And Kasich Are Not As Purple As They Look

What do we actually know about which of the 17 announced, or soon-to-be-announced, Republican candidates would be the strongest general election candidate?

July 10, 2015
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With U.S. Wages Flat, Jeb Bush Calls For More Full-Time Jobs

Jeb Bush said Americans need more full-time, not part-time work in order to grow the U.S. economy, comments some called out of touch. Also, he said nothing about wages.

July 9, 2015
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Trump Proves GOP Proclamations Of Mortal Affront Untrue

There is something rather precious in all this ostentatious outrage from Republicans over Trump’s remarks. If you didn’t know better, you might forget that the GOP has stoked fear and anger toward Mexicans for years.

July 8, 2015
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GOP Field Divided On Donald Trump’s Comments About Mexican Immigrants

Do you want to appeal to Latinos or conservatives?

July 6, 2015
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Marco Rubio And Chris Christie Hang Out With Mitt Romney Over July 4th Weekend

Mitt Romney may not be running, but he remains pivotal to the GOP candidates due to his fundraising connections.

July 6, 2015
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Why The Fourth Of July Feels (Refreshingly) Different This Year

On this Fourth of July, in Lincoln’s own spirit of charity toward all and malice toward none, we ought to embrace those Republicans who have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one flag that represents all of us.

July 4, 2015
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Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Remarks Force GOP Reckoning On Immigration

Republicans, and especially candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination, have been forced to state publicly whether they stand with Donald Trump on immigration policy.

July 2, 2015
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Christie: A Personality-Driven Candidate Makes Contradictory Campaign Promises

“Telling It Like It Is” might be his campaign slogan, but it doesn’t mean he’s *actually* telling it like it is.

June 30, 2015
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8 Reasons Chris Christie Shouldn’t Be President (Other Than Bridgegate)

We didn’t have time to list all of them.

June 29, 2015
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5 Reasons The GOP Can’t Let Marriage Equality (And Love) Win

The Republican party’s unwillingness to move past lost culture-war battles will continue into 2016. Here are 5 reasons same-sex marriage as an issue won’t go away soon.

June 29, 2015
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