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John Kasich, governor of Ohio, speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2015. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Bloomberg/Getty)

John Kasich confronts first 2016 hurdle: Donald Trump

07/07/15 06:07PM

Ohio governor John Kasich, who is set to become the 16th and likely final major Republican presidential candidate when he announces his campaign later this month, couldn’t have better credentials: popular governor in a swing state coming off a monster re-election in 2014, former House budget chairman, former candidate for president. Given that... read more

Jeb Bush

Who makes the Republican presidential debate stage — and who doesn’t?

07/07/15 09:38AM

How Trump helps -- and also maybe hurts -- Jeb Bush… Don’t forget: The immigration outrage doesn’t match the data… Who makes the debate stage -- and who doesn’t?... A reality check on the Hillary-vs.-Sanders horserace… Iran talks to extend -- again… The fundraising rules in the Super PAC Era? There really are no rules… Carly’s unimpressive... read more

Governor Chris Christie Announces His Run For Presidency

Christie: Paul has made the U.S. ‘weaker’

07/06/15 09:45AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went after Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Monday morning, accusing his GOP presidential competitor of making America weaker by trying to curb the country’s surveillance programs.“In town hall meetings, people are really worried about ISIS, they’re really worried about the threat of terrorism. And that’s why what... read more

Campaign buttons for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., outside a town hall meeting at Nashua Community College in Nashua, N.H., June 27, 2015. (Photo by Michael Dwyer/AP)

'Feel the Bern': Activists spearhead Bernie Sanders social push

07/04/15 09:46AM

Bernie Sanders may trail Hillary Clinton by double digits in New Hampshire, but he leads the Democratic frontrunner by more than 4,000 points on Twitter.Between June 25 and July 1, the most popular hashtag associated with the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign, “#feelthebern,” was tweeted an average of 6,800 times-a-day, while “#hillary2016... read more

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb speaks during a fundraiser for Iowa House Democrats representatives Todd Prichard and Sharon Steckman on April 12, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Jim Webb tests the limits of a maverick's appeal

07/03/15 07:04AM

Seven months after forming a presidential exploratory committee, former Sen. Jim Webb officially jumped into the 2016 presidential race. The surprise 2,000 word announcement email, coming as many headed out of town for the July 4 holiday weekend, was a typically unorthodox move for Webb. ... read more

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

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Hillary Clinton's complex relationship with her LGBT base

07/02/15 07:04AM

Many presidential candidates get campy songs made for them by supporters. Few candidates invite their musical super fans to introduce them at high-dollar fundraisers -- especially when the supporters’ band name happens to be a play on a euphemism for well-endowed men.And yet on Thursday, when Hillary Clinton will me with donors in the gay... read more

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally

Bernie Sanders draws biggest crowd of any 2016 candidate yet

07/01/15 10:02PM

MADISON, Wisconsin – “In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of people here,” Bernie Sanders said a bit awed as he took the stage in front of nearly 10,000 in a coliseum here. Sanders has been attracting outsize crowds wherever he takes his unlikely presidential campaign. Five thousand came out for his kickoff rally in his hometown of... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles during an event hosted by the Democratic Party of Virginia at George Mason University's Patriot Center, in Fairfax, Va., June 26, 2015. (Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Clinton raised $45 million since launch, per aide

07/01/15 11:24AM

Hillary Clinton is on track to raise $45 million in the first since declaring her presidential run in April, according to a campaign official, with all the money slated for use in the primary campaign. That’s more primary-designated money than President Obama raised during the first quarter of his reelection bid in 2011, when he set the previous... read more

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