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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as they fly on his campaign plane to Miami Fla., Oct. 31, 2012. (Photo by Charles Dharapak/AP)

Jeb Bush snags top Mitt Romney Iowa strategist David Kochel

01/29/15 05:05PM

Jeb Bush is bringing on David Kochel, the architect of Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 Iowa campaigns, as a top strategist, msnbc has confirmed. The hire, initially reported in The New York Times and Des Moines Register, is a sign of the competitive environment Romney faces for staff, donors, and endorsements as he explores a presidential run. read more

Sen. Jim Webb holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 1, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

What is Jim Webb doing?

12/30/14 06:02PM

Last month, former Sen. Jim Webb became the first major candidate of either party to create a presidential exploratory committee. But since then, he’s gone quiet and it's unclear when his next big move will come, even as he’s excited some Democrats as a possible alternative to Hillary Clinton. read more

Residents of the Park Slope section of the borough Brooklyn vote in the 2014 U.S. midterm elections in on Nov. 4, 2014 in New York, N.Y. (Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA)

Progressive group tries crowdsourcing the Democratic agenda

12/29/14 06:55PM

Every ideological insurgency needs new ideas to fuel it, and the nonprofit Progressive Change Institute is hoping its Big Ideas Project will be the ideas mill of ascendant populism. But in addition to soliciting input from the typical cadre of experts and lawmakers, the group is taking the unusual step of letting anybody with an Internet... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters after a campaign rally for Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown in Maryland

Hillary Clinton’s best and worst moments of 2014

12/22/14 05:33PM

When you’re Hillary Clinton, even a quiet year is busy. The former secretary of state spent her first full year in decades as a private citizen crisscrossing the country giving speeches, writing a book, helping to grow the charitable foundation started by her husband, campaigning for Democrats, and laying the groundwork for a likely presidential... read more

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren addresses supporters during her victory rally in Boston

Delayed Clinton timeline gives hope to potential opponenets

12/19/14 07:01AM

“She’s the pacesetter in this thing. If she goes in January, that puts a lot of pressure against anybody who wants to compete against her,” said Tad Devine, a veteran Democratic strategist who is now advising Sen. Bernie Sanders on a prospective presidential run. “If she holds off, that gives others more opportunity to organize, particularly on... read more

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On The State Of Civil Rights In The U.S.

Keith Ellison: 'I would love to see Elizabeth Warren' run

12/18/14 10:22PM

Rep. Keith Ellison, the Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Thursday night that he hopes Sen. Elizabeth Warren runs for president in 2016.“I would love to see “I would love to see Elizabeth Warren in this race. I think it would be fantastic. I think that it would help the quality of the debate and she may win,” he said on a... read more

A bilingual sign stands outside a polling center at public library ahead of local elections on April 28, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (John Moore/Getty)

Poll: Democrats start 2016 with advantage among Latinos

12/18/14 12:02AM

Republican leaders have spent two years since the 2012 election warning that the party needs to improve its standing with Latino voters. But things aren’t looking any better heading into 2016 presidential election, according to the latest NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll. read more

Hillary Rodham Clinton is viewed in the audience as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 23, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/CNP/Zuma)

Hillary Clinton steers clear of Cromnibus and torture report

12/15/14 07:28PM

The Democratic Party was ripped open last week as the party’s leader in the House and one of its brightest stars in the Senate openly took on the president. But party’s most likely future leader was nowhere to be found. Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and likely future presidential candidate, stayed out of the debate on the $1.1... read more

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) exits a Democratic caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo by Drew Angerer/The New York Times/Redux)

Elizabeth Warren isn't running -- but she'd like you to think she might

12/15/14 01:44PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’s not currently running for president, but might she run in the future? She wouldn’t say when repeatedly pressed on NPR Monday morning. Instead, she just repeated the same present tense denial she’s uttered dozens of times this year: “I’m not running for president.” But it’s hardly the first time Warren, who became... read more