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Former US Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., speaks at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Steve Helber/AP)

Clinton challengers head to Iowa

02/09/15 07:44PM

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who has been laying low since he announced a presidential exploratory committee last year, will speak at a Democratic fundraiser in Iowa in April. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is also seriously considering a presidential run, will also speak at the Polk County Democratic Party’s Annual Spring Award... read more

Sen. Bernie Sanders pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 16, 2015, to discuss Republican efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare and other programs. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Will Bernie Sanders run for president?

02/09/15 05:51PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders is not interested in being Ralph Nader or Dennis Kucinich.At an appearance at the Brookings Institution Monday to discuss the Vermont independent senator’s potential 2016 presidential run, the names of the two failed presidential candidates loomed as he explained his refusal to be a protest candidate.“Let me make it very... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Jan. 21, 2015. (Photo by John Woods/The Canadian Press/AP)

Falling out between power players signals tensions in Clintonland

02/09/15 05:04PM

A falling out between two powerful political organizations has some Democrats worried that a potential 2016 bid by Hillary Clinton will be beset with the same kind of infighting that dragged her down in 2008. The two groups — PAC Priorities USA and an archipelago of independent Democratic groups run by uber-operative David Brock — are major... read more

Republican Senator Rand Paul speaks during an event in Washington, D.C. on June 20, 2014. (Photo by Drew Angerer/EPA)

The Rand Paul Debate Society

02/09/15 08:04AM

Hed: The Rand Paul Debate SocietySubhed: At least three Republican hawks are considering presidential bids that would take direct aim at Paul’s foreign policy views. New York Rep. Pete King knows he’s a long shot for the GOP presidential nomination. He has little national following, no campaign organization, and must constantly remind people he... read more

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives the annual State of the State address on Jan. 13, 2015 in Trenton, N.J.

Can Chris Christie reassert himself as a serious 2016 contender?

02/06/15 12:57PM

Following New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s controversial remarks in England about vaccinations, which set off a firestorm here in the U.S., the potential 2016 presidential candidate probably thought this week couldn’t get any worse. And then it did.There was the New York Times report detailing  the governor’s questionable luxury trips, hurting... read more

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Bobby Jindal denounces Common Core in 2016-flavored speech

02/05/15 05:18PM

A day after Jeb Bush’s unofficial 2016 debut in Detroit, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal delivered a preview of his own.The stated topic of Jindal’s address was near and dear to Bush’s heart: Common Core. Bush championed the federal education standard, but it’s since become a major issue on the right and one of his biggest vulnerabilities in the... read more

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reacts during a news conference, Jan. 9, 2014 in Trenton, N.J.

More bad news for Chris Christie

02/05/15 10:44AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s terrible week just got worse.The potential Republican presidential candidate’s trip to England this week, where he made controversial remarks about vaccinations, didn’t go over well with Garden State voters, according to a new poll, which also found Democrat Hillary Clinton easily beating Christie in a... read more

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to the media on Dec. 18, 2014 in Miami, Fla.

The biggest 2016 bind of all? State laws

02/05/15 07:51AM

Several potential Republican presidential candidates are up for re-election in their current roles in 2016, and thus could soon find themselves in a bind, as state laws prohibit them from running for two offices at the same time.They’re handling the problem in different ways. While Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has agreed to comply – and has said... read more

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Detroit Economic Club on Feb. 4, 2015 in Detroit, Mich.

Jeb Bush talks tax cuts and Mitt Romney in msnbc interview

02/04/15 06:24PM

In an interview with msnbc and The New York Times, the potential 2016 presidential candidate conceded that his address was more about outlining the nation's problems rather than offering specific policy solutions. Bush's staff has said the speech was the first in a series of addresses the Republican will make on restoring America'... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to a speaker during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2013. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty)

Justice Hillary? What could have been

02/04/15 10:55AM

In his new book, longtime advisor David Axelrod reveals that President Barack Obama briefly considered appointing Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court after she withdrew from the 2008 presidential race. Obama ended up naming her secretary of state instead, but some Clinton allies have long been warm to the idea of the Yale-educated lawyer being... read more