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U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) arrives on stage before formally announcing his candidacy for president during an event in Louisville, Ky., April 7, 2015. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Democrats look to tarnish Rand Paul's reformer image early

04/07/15 03:43PM

Is Rand Paul a “bizarre and even dangerous” candidate filled with kooky ideas? Or is he “the same as any other Republican presidential hopeful” while only masquerading as the fresh new thing? Democrats deployed both of these attacks on Tuesday. The former quote came from opposition research group American Bridge, the latter from a statement by... read more

Real estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump (C) attends Golf legend Jack Nicklaus' Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on March 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Donald Trump beats Rand Paul, Chris Christie in poll

04/07/15 10:00AM

Real estate mogul Donald Trump fell near the middle of more than a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates in the latest poll that asked members of the party who they would support in a hypothetical election. The reality TV star and Dr. Ben Carson both earned 7% in a Monmouth University poll released on Monday that questioned... read more

Republican Senator Rand Paul speaks during an event in Washington, D.C., June 20, 2014. (Photo by Drew Angerer/EPA)

Rand Paul makes it official: 'I am running for president'

04/07/15 12:09AM

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -- Rand Paul is selling himself as a different sort of Republican candidate. But do his libertarian roots and biography make him so different from the mainstream of the GOP that he’s incapable of winning the White House?That’s the question he’ll have to start to answer on Tuesday as he launches his presidential campaign,... read more

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during an event hosted by the Center for American Progress and the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, in Washington, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Clinton hopes to tap small-donor network that beat her in 2008

04/04/15 09:19AM

In another break from her last presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton plans to focus far greater attention on energizing the grassroots base and raising money through small contributions in her upcoming 2016 presidential run than she did in 2008.Clinton’s campaign in waiting absorbed much of the staff of Ready for Hillary, the pro-Clinton super... read more

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks to the media while visiting the Georgia Capitol, March 19, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Jeb Bush's family ghosts make for ugly tax battle with right

04/02/15 05:58PM

 Jeb Bush has pledged to be his own man as president rather than follow the lead of father, President George H.W. Bush, and brother, President George W. Bush. When it comes to taxes, he’ll get his wish: Whatever he decides will run counter to at least one of their legacies. Bush 41 became a permanent cautionary tale for conservatives after... read more

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a round table conversation with first lady of New York City Chirlane McCray on April 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty)

Hillary Clinton's good cop/bad cop Twitter strategy

04/02/15 07:44AM

Hillary Clinton came to a grade school in a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn Wednesday to talk about reading to children. It was, like many of Clinton’s recent public appearances, the kind of nonpartisan, anodyne fare befitting a former public official like herself. She sat next to the first lady of the city, read “Brown Bear” to toddlers, and... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in Washington on March 23, 2015. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Liberals ask: Where is Hillary Clinton on trade?

04/01/15 10:56PM

Liberals are gearing up for a fight with the Obama White House and they’re trying to enlist Hillary Clinton in their fight.Labor unions and other progressive groups, still burned by the North American Free Trade Agreement signed by Bill Clinton, have been hoping to derail the Trans Pacific Partnership, a comprehensive new trade deal being... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at the Center for American Progress March 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

Hillary Clinton's surprise event

04/01/15 11:23AM

Hillary Clinton is holding a surprise event in Brooklyn Wednesday -- but not that kind of surprise event people have been waiting for years.Instead of a presidential campaign announcement, the former secretary of state will join Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch new citywide Talk to Your Baby public... read more

A window sign on a downtown Indianapolis florist, March 25, 2015, shows it's objection to the Religious Freedom bill passed by the Indiana legislature. (Photo by Michael Conroy/AP)

Good news and bad news for the GOP

04/01/15 09:40AM

Indiana teaches Republicans an important lesson as 2016 race begins… What erupted in Indiana now spills over into Arkansas… April will likely shower us with presidential announcements and FEC filings… So much for that March 31 deadline in the Iran nuclear talks… And Democratic drama in the Senate: Is Dick Durbin about to lose his No. 2 job? ... read more

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a campaign stop at the V.F.W. Hall in Merrimack, N.H. on March 27, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

GOP presidential hopefuls argue over winning formula for 2016

04/01/15 06:53AM

For the last two plus years, pollsters, partisans, and political scientists have engaged in a great debate over the 2012 election results, trying to explain President Obama’s winning coalition and what Republicans might do to craft their own in 2016 and beyond.Now as the next election nears, the candidates themselves are putting on their... read more