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Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, S.C. May 9, 2015. (Photo by Chris Keane/Reuters)

2016 GOPers woo conservatives ahead of South Carolina primary

05/09/15 06:23PM

Republican presidential hopefuls competed to wow conservative activists with tough talk on foreign policy and a hard line on social issues in early primary state South Carolina at Saturday’s Freedom Summit, a candidate showcase sponsored by Citizens United. Speakers included Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal,... read more

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GOP 2016ers descend on South Carolina for cattle call

05/09/15 09:33AM

A pack of Republican presidential hopefuls are gathering in South Carolina to woo conservative activists at Saturday’s Freedom Summit, a candidate showcase sponsored by Citizens United. Scheduled speakers include Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, former Texas governor Rick Perry, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen.... read more

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering during a town hall meeting on April 23, 2015, in Cedar Grove, N.J. (Photo by Mel Evans/AP)

Christie backs NSA spying, Patriot Act

05/08/15 11:55AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie broke from some of his potential Republican presidential rivals Friday morning, saying he disagreed with Thursday’s federal appeals court ruling that the government’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal. ... read more

A guard tower is shown at a state prison in California. (Photo by Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

Democrats and GOP agree on criminal justice reform. Can it last?

05/07/15 11:19AM

Freddie Gray’s death and subsequent unrest in Baltimore has prompted a vigorous – and shockingly substantive -- discussion between leaders in both parties over the proper response. For now, at least. On one front, social spending, the two sides fell into predictable opposite camps with President Obama and fellow Democrats bemoaning a lack of... read more

Ben Carson announces his candidacy for president during an official announcement in Detroit, Mich., May 4, 2015. (Photo by Paul Sancya/AP)

How Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson could shape 2016

05/04/15 05:33PM

California businesswoman Carly Fiorina, retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee come from very different backgrounds, but they all have at least one thing in common: They’re all launching presidential campaigns this week.   While all three Republican candidates are considered relative long shots... read more

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during an event at the Metropolitan University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 28, 2015. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

Jeb Bush: Empty Baltimore stadium 'sends the wrong signal'

04/30/15 06:11PM

Washington, D.C. -- Former Florida governor Jeb Bush criticized a decision to stage an empty Baltimore Orioles game in response to rioting, telling the audience at the National Review Ideas Summit that it was counterproductive.“I’ll just say it sends the wrong signal not to have a baseball game with people in it,” Bush told moderator and... read more

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during an event at the Metropolitan University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on April 28, 2015. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

The 2016 Republican field is wide open

04/30/15 09:30AM

Here’s one reason why we’re excited to cover the 2016 presidential race: We have absolutely no idea who is going to win the Republican presidential nomination. Jeb Bush? Scott Walker? Marco Rubio? Someone else? And because it’s THAT wide open with no true frontrunner, the 2016 primary calendar could very well be king. read more

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at a luncheon during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., March 29, 2014. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun/Reuters)

Kasich: Clinton is ‘formidable,’ could win Ohio

04/26/15 01:09PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is still mulling a 2016 Republican presidential bid, but one thing he knows for certain is that his potential Democratic competitor, Hillary Clinton, should not be underestimated.“She’ll be a very formidable candidate,” Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. He added while Clinton is facing several problems, ... read more

Union members and community activists protest outside the Miami Dade College where the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the college on March 20, 2015 in Miami, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Liberals furious with Obama's trade comments

04/24/15 01:57PM

The already bitter fight between the White House and the progressive base over trade policy has turned ugly after President Obama said his critics on the left "don’t know what they’re talking about" and compared their arguments to conspiracy theories about “death panels.” ... read more

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address for fiscal year 2016 to the Legislature, on Feb. 24, 2015 at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty)

Chris Christie noticeably absent as Republicans woo Iowa

04/24/15 06:39AM

DES MOINES, IOWA – This weekend, more than a dozen likely 2016 Republicans will be on display in Waukee, Iowa at the state’s 15th Faith and Freedom Coalition Spring Kick-Off.Noticeably absent from the event is Gov. Chris Christie. This is second big GOP convention in less than a month where Christie won’t appeal potential voters. Earlier this... read more

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