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Steve King, once a GOP pariah, emerges as critical 2016 player

01/23/15 08:30AM

Des Moines, Iowa -- Republican presidential candidates, you are now on notice: Steve King is watching you. King, the veteran conservative Congressman, will host an array of 2016 prospects at his Iowa Freedom Summit. Speakers include Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson, among other possible... read more

Buttons at the Ready for Hillary office in Alexandria, Va., July 26, 2013. (Photo by Drew Angerer/The New York Times/Redux)

A new batch of endorsements for Clinton

01/22/15 09:41PM

Hillary Clinton is still likely several months away from making a presidential announcement, but she just added a slew of endorsements to her non-campaign. Ready for Hillary, the super PAC that has been laying the groundwork for a Clinton bid since early 2013, will host an Asian-American and Pacific Islander fundraiser in Washington Tuesday... read more

Cast member Mark Ruffalo attends a news conference at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 19, 2014. (Photo by Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

Mark Ruffalo parties for Elizabeth Warren

01/22/15 03:04PM

 Actor Mark Ruffalo is lending his star power to the effort to draft Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race, co-hosting a party with pro-Warren groups in New York City Thursday night that will also feature other liberal creative types and activists. The Artists for Warren party, to be held at the Manhattan loft of Julie Pacino (Al... read more

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, on board Romney's campaign plane in Florida, on Oct. 31, 2012.

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney hold private meeting

01/22/15 09:49AM

Potential presidential rivals Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are gathering in Utah this week for a one-on-one meeting, a spokesman for Bush confirmed on Thursday. The summit, first reported by the The New York Times, comes as the two candidates are aggressively exploring possible White House campaigns. Bush and Romney occupy a similar space in the... read more

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (C) shakes hands before the start of the State of the Union speech in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

Rubio struggles to leave immigration fights behind as 2016 looms

01/21/15 12:25PM

Senator Marco Rubio says he’s still choosing where to go in 2016: The Senate or the White House. But one thing definitely that won’t be coming with him is his old immigration bill. "Both of those avenues have their own set of opportunities that are alluring, but ultimately I know I need to make a decision in due time if I wan to be able to... read more

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) speaks during an event on May 31, 2014 in New Orleans, La. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Rick Santorum's 2016 message comes into focus

01/19/15 06:08PM

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina -- Rick Santorum says he’s still “several months away” from deciding on a presidential run, but the contours of a 2016 message are emerging -- one that puts less stock in bashing gay marriage and more in bashing immigration. ... read more

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention on Jan. 18, 2015 in Myrtle Beach. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty)

Conservative activists see opportunity as Romney and Bush go to war

01/19/15 09:12AM

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina -- Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie aren’t exactly popular names at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention.“Christie lost weight, but that just means he can hug Obama even closer,” Joe Dugan, who organized the conference, told msnbc. “Romney was a poor candidate and ran a terrible campaign.” That... read more

Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee sits down for lunch before speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington DC on Jan. 23, 2014. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Mike Huckabee bets big on difficult 2016 journey

01/05/15 07:40PM

As far as candidates go, Huckabee may be the most combustible in the field. His unique strengths demand attention from his rivals: a warm connection with evangelicals, a longstanding relationship with Fox News viewers, and an impressive performance in 2008 on a shoestring budget. Ask Republican strategists to name his weaknesses, however, and... read more

Sen. Jim Webb holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 1, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

What is Jim Webb doing?

12/30/14 06:02PM

Last month, former Sen. Jim Webb became the first major candidate of either party to create a presidential exploratory committee. But since then, he’s gone quiet and it's unclear when his next big move will come, even as he’s excited some Democrats as a possible alternative to Hillary 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)

Progressive group tries crowdsourcing the Democratic agenda

12/29/14 06:55PM

Every ideological insurgency needs new ideas to fuel it, and the nonprofit Progressive Change Institute is hoping its Big Ideas Project will be the ideas mill of ascendant populism. But in addition to soliciting input from the typical cadre of experts and lawmakers, the group is taking the unusual step of letting anybody with an Internet... read more