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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

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

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

Republican Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's forum in Waukee, Iowa, April 25, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Lucky number 13? Bobby Jindal jumps in

06/24/15 07:52AM

KENNER, Louisiana – Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to declare his candidacy for president on Wednesday, after years of injecting himself into the national conversation on everything from terrorism in the Middle East to education.Speaking from Kenner, the Louisiana district that first elected Jindal to Congress in 2004, he’ll pitch... read more

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, pauses while speaking during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference in Washington, D.C., June 19, 2015. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Report: Christie could announce 2016 bid as early as next week

06/23/15 08:50PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could announce a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as early as next week, Politico reported Tuesday evening.Christie said earlier this month that he would announce his 2016 decision in June, noting that he’s no “wallflower” and would make his plans known. On the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon... read more

Former Florida Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush addresses the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party economic council in Berlin, Germany June 9, 2015. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

Jeb Bush ‘confident’ after pre-campaign shakeup

06/10/15 07:02AM

Jeb Bush ‘confident’ after pre-campaign shakeup BERLIN – Days before his presidential launch, Jeb Bush told reporters on Wednesday that his decision to replace his campaign-manager-in-waiting was a strategic move rather than a response to his tepid position in the polls.    “I don’t read the polls,” he told reporters outside the Pestana Hotel in... read more

Podiums for this evening's debate between the then four remaining Republican presidential candidates stand ready at the North Charleston Coliseum on January 19, 2012 in Charleston, S.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

5 ways to make the first GOP debate more inclusive

06/09/15 03:10PM

The first Republican presidential debate is less than two months away, and there has already been plenty of complaints about host network Fox News' decision to allow just 10 members of the massive GOP field to participate. But if that's not the best way to manage a debate in a way that's fair to the candidates and helpful to... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Georgia Republican Convention, May 15, 2015, in Athens, Ga. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Report digs into Marco Rubio's finances

06/09/15 09:20AM

One of Marco Rubio’s Achilles Heels in this presidential campaign will be questions about his finances -- the Florida GOP credit card he used for personal purchases, the house he bought with David Rivera, his relationship with billionaire Norman Braman. read more

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush answers a question from a reporter after speaking to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, N.H., May 21, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Jeb Bush embarks on Europe trip ahead of campaign launch

06/08/15 03:58PM

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is off to Europe this week, where he’ll visit leaders in Germany, Poland, and Estonia before returning to the United States announce his presidential campaign on June 15 in Miami.Bush will open the trip on Tuesday in Berlin with a speech at an economic conference hosted by the ruling Christian Democratic Union.... read more