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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus addresses an audience on July 31, 2014, in Boston.

GOP debuts new 'principles' to demonstrate positive agenda

10/02/14 01:30PM

WASHINGTON, DC -- Pushing back against criticism that the GOP had become defined entirely by opposition to President Obama, Republican party chairman Reince Priebus released a list of 11 “Principles for American Renewal” that he said would guide the GOP agenda should it gain control of government. read more

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Co.) talks with people after a meeting in Greeley, Colo., June 7, 2014.

Could Colorado lose Democrats the Senate?

10/02/14 12:03PM

ELDORADO SPRINGS, Colorado -- When Colorado Sen. Mark Udall tried to climb Mt. Everest in 1996, 60 mile-per-hour winds on the mountain's north face forced him to turn back from the summit."The point," Udall said last week, as he walked down the road to the Mesa Trailhead near his home here, "is to come home alive. read more

Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Ann, center, are introduced by Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich. during a campaign stop at Bavarian Inn Lodge on June 19, 2012 in Frankenmuth, Mich.

Romney’s auto position haunts Michigan Senate race ahead of visit

10/01/14 07:25PM

Echoes of Romney’s auto bailout position haunt Michigan Senate race Mitt Romney, who has boosted speculation that he might run for president in 2016, will visit his childhood state of Michigan on Wednesday to boost Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land in her race against Democratic Congressman Gary Peters. read more

Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, left, and Republican challenger Mike McFadden enjoy a laugh before their debate, on Oct. 1, 2014, in Duluth, Minn (Photo by Jim Mone/AP)

Mike McFadden tries to break Al Franken's cool in first debate

10/01/14 12:25PM

Democratic Senator Al Franken and Republican businessman Mike McFadden met for their first debate on Wednesday morning, tangling over the war on ISIS, a proposed mining project, and health care.McFadden said Franken had been “Washingtonized” and accused him of hewing closely to President Obama’s agenda. read more

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn in Columbus, Ga., on April 16, 2014.

Michelle Nunn fights back against terror-baiting ad

09/26/14 03:43PM

Democrats fight back on GOP terror ads  Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn is out with a new ad in which she directly rebuts an ad by Republican rival David Perdue featuring footage of ISIS fighters and declaring that "Michelle Nunn’s own plan says she funded organizations linked to terrorists” while running former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Foundation. read more

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and husband, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton address the audience during the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 22, 2014 New York, N.Y. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty)

The agony and the ecstasy of the Clintons at CGI

09/25/14 11:04AM

The Clinton Global Initiative, the signature event of America’s preeminent family, concluded Wednesday night, and now comes the search for meaning ahead of another likely Clinton presidential run. Is it a cronyistic confab of global elite? An innovation in charity that could help save the world? Political theater?  The only correct answer is all of the above. read more

William Bello, 16, listens to speakers at a vigil in support of refugee children and their families in Murrieta, Calif. on July 9, 2014.

How Latinos are transforming American politics

09/25/14 07:11AM

With the Latino electorate projected to potentially double by 2030, Democratic and Republican strategists alike are grappling with what America’s changing demographics mean for their party’s future. Few people have studied this phenomenon as closely as political scientist Matt Barreto, who co-founded the influential polling firm Latino Decisions with fellow academic Gary Segura. read more

Scott Brown works the phone banks at the New Hampshire GOP Salem headquarters on Sept. 17, 2014 in Salem, N.H. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty)

Scott Brown blanks on abortion bill he co-sponsored

09/23/14 06:08PM

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown repeatedly passed on discussing a bill he reportedly co-sponsored as a state legislator that would require women to wait 24 hours and examine illustrations of fetal development before receiving an abortion, telling an interviewer he couldn’t remember the legislation in question. read more