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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

Scott Walker unveils budget proposal amid 2016 buzz

02/03/15 09:16PM

With an eye on a potential 2016 presidential bid, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday evening delivered his state budget address – touting his ability to operate a lean government while also making significant cuts, including $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System over the next two years to address a shortfall.Democrats this... read more

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks with people at the Peppermill restaurant on Jan. 16, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Vaccinations are the new political wedge issue

02/03/15 04:30PM

The science of vaccinations is very straightforward: They are of tremendous benefit to public health and the common good. But the politics are much trickier -- as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned the hard way on Monday, after he said parents should have a measure of choice when it comes to getting their children inoculated.The issue, as it... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Jan. 21, 2015.

Hillary Clinton eyes New York City campaign headquarters

02/02/15 07:46PM

If Hillary Clinton decides to run for president, her campaign is likely to be headquartered in New York City, as opposed to the suburbs where advisors had previously planned, three sources familiar with Clinton’s planning told msnbc.Choosing a new homebase is a key item on Clinton’s to-do list as she prepares for an almost certain presidential... read more