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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks to guests gathered at the Point of Grace Church for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff on April 25, 2015 in Waukee, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Rick Santorum 'will not stand' for marriage equality ruling

07/02/15 11:38PM

Rick Santorum doesn’t just think that last week’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex nuptials will ruin the institution of marriage; he thinks it will ruin the very fabric of American society. And he’s vowing to keep that from happening.Delivering the keynote address Thursday night at the second annual gala for the National Organization... read more

Hillary Clinton Holds Campaign Kick-Off Rally In NYC (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty).

Pro-Clinton super PAC: We raised $15.6 million this quarter

07/02/15 02:12PM

The super political action committee backing Hillary Clinton for president is expected to report raking in $15.6 million in the second quarter of this year, an impressive sum that’s on top of the $45 million the Democrat’s election campaign has said it has raised since mid-April.Guy Cecil, the chief strategist and co-chair of Priorities USA... read more

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers a speech at an event in Rolling Meadows, Ill., on Feb. 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Chris Christie insists his temper is 'controlled anger'

07/01/15 10:21AM

New Jersey governor and newly declared presidential candidate Chris Christie isn't exactly the Ann Landers of the GOP. But the tough-talking Republican insists that his periodic flare-ups of temper are "controlled anger" -- and demonstrate his passion for the big issues. ... read more

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie leaves a campaign event on June 12, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Chris Christie's ongoing problem with the GOP

06/30/15 09:23AM

Chris Christie’s Challenge: When Mr. Electable no longer looks so electable… Remember, Christie had a problem with conservative voters before Bridge-gate… NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell previews Christie’s announcement at 11:00 am ET… Keeping track of the 2016 money chase… 2nd fundraising quarter ends at midnight… Jeb Bush to release 33 years of tax... read more

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrives to speak during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP)

It's announcement day for Chris Christie. But can he win?

06/30/15 06:46AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is polling terribly in his home state. In the jam-packed 2016 Republican presidential field, he's only pulling single digits. The scandal known as Bridgegate, which sprayed his entire administration with the stench of scandal, isn't going away. And the loud  buzz surrounding Christie running for president... read more

Elizabeth Bernstein, of Bisbee, Ariz., walks in front of the Arizona Capitol as she shows her dismay at the handling of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission by legislative Republicans, Nov. 1, 2011, in Phoenix. (Photo by Ross D. Franklin/AP)

GOP could win by losing in Arizona redistricting case

06/29/15 05:17PM

Democrats cheered and Republicans booed the Supreme Court’s decision upholding a voter-passed redistricting commission in Arizona designed to prevent gerrymandering, but it’s not entirely clear which party stands to benefit the most nationally from the case. ... read more

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie greets guests during a campaign event on June 12, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Christie shows a softer side ahead of expected 2016 bid

06/29/15 09:54AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is expected to announce on Tuesday morning  that he’s running for president, sought to show a softer side in a new video released on Sunday night.In the two-minute spot, paid for by Christie for President 2016, the Republican attempts to explain his bold demeanor, a trait of his that has been criticized in the... read more

President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden to deliver remarks on April 2, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

What President Obama's historic week means for his legacy

06/28/15 04:35PM

Every occupant of the White House experiences more than one presidency. There’s their actual time in office, an experience characterized by constant political conflict, a drumbeat of unanticipated crises large and small, and a trudging slog towards policy goals. Then there’s the version of their presidency that comes after they leave, as... read more

Unearthing Chris Christie's Jersey roots

06/27/15 11:11AM

LIVINGSTON, N.J. – Here in this affluent suburban township, about 25 miles west of Manhattan, a bright-eyed teenager named Chris Christie once served as class president at Livingston High School. On Tuesday – more than three decades later—that same man, now grown and governor of the Garden State, is expected to return home and declare that he... read more

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2015. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

2016 GOP hopefuls hit different tones in gay marriage response

06/26/15 12:11PM

  Republican presidential candidates responded to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage with a mix of tepid disapproval and fiery condemnation, reflecting the party’s deep unease with an issue where public opinion tilted decisively towards equality well before the law had caught up.   Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, a longtime gay... read more

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., prepares to address the Faith & Freedom Coalitions Road to Majority conference which featured speeches by conservative politicians at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, June 18, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty)

2016 GOP hopefuls blast Supreme Court's Obamacare decision

06/25/15 12:27PM

Republican presidential contenders quickly condemned the Supreme Court's landmark decision Thursday to uphold Affordable Care Act subsidies and pledged to carry on their fight to repeal the health care law into the next election. But some Republican strategists are breathing at least a partial sigh of relief, arguing that a ruling in the... read more

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 8, 2015. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

The Supreme Court's Obamacare ruling could scramble 2016 politics

06/24/15 08:05PM

The Supreme Court could rule as soon as Thursday in King v. Burwell, which could cut off subsidies and render health care unaffordable to millions of Americans in states that have not set up their own insurance exchange.The human impact of the ruling is the main story, but a win by the challengers would drop a political bomb on the presidential... read more