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U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington

5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
Marco Rubio

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
Republican U.S. presidential candidates

Parties Control The Mechanics Of Elections, But Can’t Command Loyalty

The roles of the Republican and Democratic parties are undergoing fundamental shifts that threaten their impact on elections and policy.

February 2, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Dubuque

5 Reasons Donald Trump Makes America So Anxious

Even if you’re a member of the party that seems to be about to nominate Donald Trump for the presidency, there’s only a 50-50 chance that you actually like him. But there’s another statistic that suggests why the rest of the world watches his ascent with emotions somewhere betwixt bemusement and horror.

February 1, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidates

How Will Christians Vote In The Presidential Election? It Depends

They may all share a faith in Jesus Christ, but that doesn’t mean they’re passionate about the same issues or agree on who should lead the country.

January 28, 2016
Goldman Sachs sign is seen above floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in the Manhattan borough of New York

Goldman Sachs Is In The Eye Of The Campaign Storm

It’s not the biggest player on Wall Street in terms of political money. But Goldman Sachs is financial public enemy No. 1 in this year’s election campaign.

January 28, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a photo with a supporter at a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa

Follow Ad Spending At FCC But Bring Spreadsheet, Patience

Radio stations and cable TV will soon need to disclose political ad spending online — but don’t expect instant clarity.

January 28, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Sanders and Clinton talk during a

Analysis: Clinton, Sanders Would Bypass Congress To Tax The Rich — A Bit

Presidents have more room to sidestep Congress via executive action in corporate and business-related tax matters.

January 28, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa’s Bucolic Backdrops Belie An Economy That Thrives On Finance

The finance, insurance and real estate industries claim 21.5 percent of Iowa’s gross domestic product, compared with only 7.4 percent for agriculture and natural resources.

January 28, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Muscatine

Donald Trump, Hoping To Slow Ted Cruz’s Surge, Makes Inroads With Evangelicals

A mix of state and national polls reveals the race for evangelical support appears to be a toss-up.

January 27, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa

Rand Paul Finally Gets Senate Challenger In Lexington’s Mayor

Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington, Ky., filed paperwork on Tuesday declaring his candidacy for Senate – a last-minute move by a man viewed by most Kentucky Democrats as the party’s hope to take on Republican Sen. Rand Paul for re-election this fall.

January 27, 2016
U.S. Senator John McCain speaks during the inauguration ceremony of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom COE) in Riga, Latvia

Trump Upends New Hampshire Tradition Of Retail Politics

In one of the many jokes about New Hampshire that U.S. Sen. John McCain likes to tell, one voter asks another for thoughts about a presidential candidate.

January 26, 2016
The U.S. Capitol dome and U.S. Senate in Washington

A Power Congress Grabbed, Then Rarely Used

Twenty years ago, it was enacted as a classically obscure legislative rider, an opaquely worded few paragraphs, crafted by both parties, which each side agreed to keep quiet before its insertion into sprawling must-pass legislation focused on a wholly different issue.

January 26, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz waves to the crowd

The Secret Science Of Winning The Iowa Caucuses

An hour before the Jan. 14 Republican debate, 250 of Ted Cruz’s most dedicated Iowa field organizers huddled in the Heritage Assembly of God church gymnasium in Des Moines.

January 26, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together before the start of the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston

Some Republican Candidates Spend Big On Ads, With Little To Show For It

In this strange primary season, there is little relationship between money spent on ads and poll numbers for candidates, at least on the Republican side.

January 26, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump and Cruz speak simultaneously at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston

Democrats Might ‘Roll The Dice’ Hoping Trump Or Cruz Is On Ballot

Democrats are optimistic that a Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz nomination will expand the map in their favor.

January 22, 2016
Senate Democrats Harry Reid Congress Senate

Senate Democrats, 2018 Math Is Not Your Friend

If Democrats don’t retake the Senate majority this year, they face the prospect of a long winter in the minority, because the 2018 map puts them at a severe disadvantage that could leave them even further from the majority and any pick-up opportunities for the foreseeable future.

January 22, 2016
Michigan National Guard members help to distribute water to a line of residents in their cars in Flint, Michigan January 21, 2016.

Loud As They Are, Republicans Mostly Silent On Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Gov. Rick Synder is a Republican.

January 21, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa

Profits And Profiteering Part Of Caucus Capitalism In Iowa

For some Midwesterners, the presidential campaign brings the kind of New York values they can appreciate.

January 21, 2016
Bernie Sanders with supporters

With Iowa Vote Approaching, Bernie Sanders Is Gaining Steam

Fresh off a strong debate performance and buoyed by rising poll numbers, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders returned to Iowa with an air of vindication.

January 21, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz greets

Cruz Works To Cut Rubio’s Lifeline In New Hampshire

Bracing for a one-on-one battle with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz is trying to dispense with Marco Rubio by choking off his path to the nomination in New Hampshire.

January 21, 2016
CPAC Straw Poll

Polling Memo To US: Counting Conservatives Isn’t Easy

By Robert Hutton and Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News (TNS) WASHINGTON — As Iowa voters prepare to kick off voting in the U.S. presidential nominating contests Feb. 1, an inquiry into the failure of Britain’s pollsters to predict last year’s election result is raising questions about the accuracy of surveys in the race to succeed Barack […]

January 21, 2016
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivers a policy address

Before Republicans Move Forward, They Retreat

By Bridget Bowman and Niels Lesniewski, CQ-Roll Call (TNS) WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans emerged from a retreat in Baltimore last week committed to an agenda that navigates between the fierce rhetoric of the presidential campaign and the undeniable reality that Democrats can still block key legislation. The next few weeks will determine how successful GOP […]

January 21, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Davos Frets Over Popularity Of Trump, Sanders

By Matthew Campbell, Jacqueline Simmons and Simon Kennedy, Bloomberg News (TNS) DAVOS, Switzerland — The collapsing center of U.S. politics poses a growing threat to global business, according to Davos delegates who say they’re watching anxiously as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders ride a populist wave in the presidential election. “Trump is right now busy […]

January 21, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks after being endorsed by Senator Lindsey Graham

Republican Voters Say The Clock Is Ticking On Jeb Bush’s Would-Be Comeback

Standing in a small middle-school gymnasium on a snowy New Hampshire morning, Jeb Bush listened and nodded as a man decked out in New England Patriots gear listed four separate reasons that the son and brother of former presidents may fail to follow the family into the White House.

January 20, 2016
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