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Hillary Rodham Clinton attends the Cookstoves Future Summit on Nov. 21, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Hillary Clinton's first campaign ad of 2016?

11/21/14 11:50AM

Hillary Clinton has yet to declare her intentions to run for president, but she already has the makings of a campaign and donor network -- many of whom are meeting in New York Friday – and now she has a something resembling a campaign ad introducing her to anyone who might not yet know about Clinton’s potential presidential ambitions. read more

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gestures during an interview with Politico's Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen, on Nov. 19, 2014, in Washington.

Bill de Blasio: Clinton can be progressive standard bearer

11/19/14 01:03PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has a message for his fellow Democrats: Be bold.As Democrats lick their wounds following this year’s devastating midterm elections, de Blasio said Wednesday they should resist the temptation to moderate their pitch to voters or play it safe. read more

Chris Christie (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

GOP governors gather in Florida, Chris Christie takes victory lap

11/19/14 10:58AM

If Republicans are going to pick a presidential nominee from outside Washington, chances are they're attending this week's gathering of the Republican Governor's Association in Florida.The meeting is a victory lap of sorts for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who this year oversaw an RGA that helped elect seven new GOP governors. read more

Senator-elect, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, in Denver, Colo. on Nov. 4, 2014. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Shutdown fight threatens GOP rebrand before it has even begun

11/14/14 03:42PM

In a year in which many Republicans won tough election races, Senator-elect Cory Gardner’s campaign in blue-trending Colorado is being held up by all sides as a model for the party. The Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza named him “Best Candidate of the 2014 Election” this week and conservative commentators have been studying his every move for clues to a revival. 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)

Deal or no deal: Do voters want their representatives to compromise?

11/13/14 06:02PM

Overall, the public is evenly split on whether it wants members of Congress to compromise or to stick to their positions -- a deep division that has important implications for understanding Congress’ mandate to act, and also for thinking about how the next two years may affect the mood of voters in 2016. read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in support for Senate candidate, Sen. Mary Landrieu on Nov. 1, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton's message comes into focus

11/07/14 05:01PM

The pieces of an increasingly likely Hillary presidential campaign starting to fall into place.She’s already reportedly scoping out locations for a campaign headquarters, thinking about key staffing decisions, and embarking on an unofficial listening tour to gain wisdom from a disparate set of thinkers. read more

Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (L) of North Carolina is hugged by a supporter after her concession speech acknowledging her defeat by challenger Thom Tillis at her midterm election night rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on Nov. 4, 2014.

Why the Democrats lost, according to everyone

11/07/14 10:54AM

Who’s to blame for Democratic losses on Tuesday? Democrats and pundits have plenty of ideas, most of which boil down to “not me." Here are some of the most prominent explanations for why Democrats blew it. read more

President Barack Obama listens during a meeting in the Oval Office on Sept. 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

The curse of the Obama coalition

11/06/14 04:40PM

Barack Obama’s coalition has become a curse, in addition to a blessing for Democrats. In 2008, he made history by inspiring Americans who don’t typically vote to get to the polls. The problem is that it’s difficult to capture that kind of lighting in bottle on the first Tuesday of November every two years. read more

James Pittman casts his ballot to vote in Precinct 28 on Nov. 4, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C.

GOP to control voting process in 2016 swing states

11/06/14 02:23PM

It’s a good bet that the 2016 presidential race will be close. And if it is, Republicans will likely have a crucial edge, thanks to Tuesday’s results.A string of GOP victories in races for governor and secretary of state means the party will control the voting process in key presidential battlegrounds from Nevada to Florida. read more