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Hillary Rodham Clinton attends the Cookstoves Future Summit on Nov. 21, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Hillary Clinton's first campaign ad of 2016?

11/21/14 11:50AM

Hillary Clinton has yet to declare her intentions to run for president, but she already has the makings of a campaign and donor network -- many of whom are meeting in New York Friday – and now she has a something resembling a campaign ad introducing her to anyone who might not yet know about Clinton’s potential presidential ambitions. read more

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, on Sept. 23, 2014.

Can anyone stop Hillary Clinton?

11/21/14 09:21AM

Hillary Clinton will not clear the field. Even as a cadre of the Democratic Party’s greatest minds and deepest wallets convene in a hotel ballroom in New York City to plot Clinton’s domination of the 2016 presidential nomination, a field of credible challengers is beginning to take shape. read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in Nashua, N.H. on Nov. 2, 2014.

Warren, Sanders beat Hillary in poll of liberal group's members

11/20/14 01:24PM

Democracy for America has been asking their roughly one million members whom the group should support in a hypothetical 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the clear favorite, with support from 42% of respondents, according to results shared with msnbc ahead of their release later Thursday. read more

Chris Christie (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

GOP governors gather in Florida, Chris Christie takes victory lap

11/19/14 10:58AM

If Republicans are going to pick a presidential nominee from outside Washington, chances are they're attending this week's gathering of the Republican Governor's Association in Florida.The meeting is a victory lap of sorts for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who this year oversaw an RGA that helped elect seven new GOP governors. read more

Senator-elect, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, in Denver, Colo. on Nov. 4, 2014. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Shutdown fight threatens GOP rebrand before it has even begun

11/14/14 03:42PM

In a year in which many Republicans won tough election races, Senator-elect Cory Gardner’s campaign in blue-trending Colorado is being held up by all sides as a model for the party. The Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza named him “Best Candidate of the 2014 Election” this week and conservative commentators have been studying his every move for... read more

Former President Bill Clinton appears at an event on Nov. 9, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif.

Clinton network gathers in Little Rock to reminisce and plot

11/14/14 07:18AM

All three Clinton family members, along with hundreds of friends, former aides, donors, and supporters – not to mention a sprinkling of celebrities – are expected in the city where Bill Clinton was once governor. It’s one part alumni reunion, one part citywide festival, and one part pre-game huddle ahead of an almost certain fourth Clinton... read more

Residents of the Park Slope section of the borough Brooklyn vote in the 2014 U.S. midterm elections in on Nov. 4, 2014 in New York, N.Y. (Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA)

Deal or no deal: Do voters want their representatives to compromise?

11/13/14 06:02PM

Overall, the public is evenly split on whether it wants members of Congress to compromise or to stick to their positions -- a deep division that has important implications for understanding Congress’ mandate to act, and also for thinking about how the next two years may affect the mood of voters in 2016. read more

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. smiles as he arrives for a meeting of Senate Republicans to choose their leaders for the Congress that convenes in January, on Nov. 13, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Mitch McConnell voted in as majority leader

11/13/14 10:55AM

The new Senate Republican Caucus unanimously voted for Mitch McConnell to be their Majority Leader on Thursday.

"We've assembled a great leadership team that will focus on getting the Senate working again, and passing legislation to help create jobs, improve the economy and continue moving our nation towards energy independence," McConnell said in a release. "We are eager to work towards bipartisan agreements and to implement real legislative accomplishments."

Five others were elected to the leadership roles they held when their party was in the minority: Texas’ Sen. John Cornyn as the majority party’s Whip, South Dakota’s Sen. John Thune the Conference Chairman, Wyoming’s Sen. John Barrasso the Policy Chairman, and Missouri’s Sen. Roy Blunt the Vice Conference Chairman.

Photo essay: On the road with Mitch McConnell

None of those offices were contested, though two did vie to be the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman; Mississippi’s Sen. Roger Wicker beat out Nevada’s Sen. Dean Heller.

McConnell and the others won't officially take office until January, when the new Congress is sworn in, but his appointment to the top Senate job is the first vote the Senate's incoming majority party has made. Freshmen representatives and senators are currently in D.C. for orientation, so both parties are voting in their leaders ahead of the upcoming term. 

McConnell has served as the minority leader since 2007 and in the Senate since 1984. He faced a tough reelection battle this year when Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes ran a competitive challenge. 

Some speculated that this race might also pose some trouble for the 30-year Senate veteran when tea party darling Texas Sen. Ted Cruz refused to say whether or not he'd support the Kentucky Republican for the leadership position. The unanimous vote signals that -- for now -- the Kentucky Republican and Republican establishment has the full Caucus' support. 

He was nominated by New Hampshire's Sen-elect Kelly Ayotte and and his nomination was seconded by Arkansas Republican Sen.-elect Tom Cotton, a far right conservative. 

In the House of Representatives, John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy were also both reelected to their positions. 

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