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Rand Paul 2016 comes into focus

11/10/14 11:06AM

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is talking more and more openly about a presidential run as post-midterm attention turns to 2016 -- and even more about Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in support for Senate candidate, Sen. Mary Landrieu on Nov. 1, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton's message comes into focus

11/07/14 05:01PM

The pieces of an increasingly likely Hillary presidential campaign starting to fall into place.She’s already reportedly scoping out locations for a campaign headquarters, thinking about key staffing decisions, and embarking on an unofficial listening tour to gain wisdom from a disparate set of thinkers. read more

Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (L) of North Carolina is hugged by a supporter after her concession speech acknowledging her defeat by challenger Thom Tillis at her midterm election night rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on Nov. 4, 2014.

Why the Democrats lost, according to everyone

11/07/14 10:54AM

Who’s to blame for Democratic losses on Tuesday? Democrats and pundits have plenty of ideas, most of which boil down to “not me." Here are some of the most prominent explanations for why Democrats blew it. read more

President Barack Obama listens during a meeting in the Oval Office on Sept. 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

The curse of the Obama coalition

11/06/14 04:40PM

Barack Obama’s coalition has become a curse, in addition to a blessing for Democrats. In 2008, he made history by inspiring Americans who don’t typically vote to get to the polls. The problem is that it’s difficult to capture that kind of lighting in bottle on the first Tuesday of November every two years. read more

James Pittman casts his ballot to vote in Precinct 28 on Nov. 4, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C.

GOP to control voting process in 2016 swing states

11/06/14 02:23PM

It’s a good bet that the 2016 presidential race will be close. And if it is, Republicans will likely have a crucial edge, thanks to Tuesday’s results.A string of GOP victories in races for governor and secretary of state means the party will control the voting process in key presidential battlegrounds from Nevada to Florida. read more

President Barack Obama addresses a rally at the Portland Expo on Oct. 30, 2014 in Portland, Maine. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

White House to GOP: Bring it on

11/06/14 02:09PM

As the GOP continues its victory lap, promising to repeal Obamacare and push through a number of other Republican priorities through Congress in January, the White House was out with a simple message: Let’s see what you’ve got. read more

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 10, 2014.

GOP vows to build Keystone, repeal Obamacare

11/06/14 08:30AM

House Speaker John Boehner and the soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell published an Op-Ed in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, promising to aggressively pursue their legislative agenda, including building the Keystone Pipeline and repealing Obamacare. read more

Senate Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell answers questions during a press conference at the University of Louisville on Nov. 5, 2014 in Louisville, Ky.

McConnell urges compromise amid divided government

11/05/14 04:38PM

In his first remarks since Republicans claimed control of the Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell pointed to the upsides of divided government and delivered a tacit rebuke to his party’s more extreme members. read more