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Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky gestures at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., March 14, 2013. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Will a Hillary coronation crown the GOP nominee too?

02/16/15 10:38AM

The 2016 Republican presidential field is shaping up into a legendary free-for-all, with polls showing the race wide open and more candidates expressing interest by the day. Will it be Jeb Bush who consolidates establishment support? Can Rand Paul or Ted Cruz break through with a powerful grassroots coalition? Could Scott Walker thread the... read more

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner in Rolling Meadows, Ill. Feb. 12, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Christie's approval ratings continue downward slide

02/15/15 03:40PM

The Northeast has seen its fair share of snow this week, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can’t blame the winter weather for the slippery slide in his approval ratings.A new poll from Rutgers-Eagleton reports that Christie’s approval ratings are the lowest they’ve been since he took office in 2010. Just 37% of the state’s voters have a... read more

US Vice President Joe Biden smiles during a farewell ceremony during a farewell ceremony for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at the Ronald Reagan Building on Sept. 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Biden to make late summer decision on 2016

02/12/15 03:10PM

Speaking in the key presidential state of Iowa Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden urged whomever Democrats’ next presidential nominee is to run on Obama’s legacy. Biden, who has yet to rule out running for president himself in 2016, said he and Obama helped bring the country back from the brink during the Great Recession, and have now placed it ... read more

Vice-President Joe Biden attends an event on Feb 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty)

Joe Biden: Always the understudy, never the lead

02/12/15 10:05AM

Vice President Joe Biden returns to the early presidential state of Iowa Thursday for two White House appearances on the economy, prompting fresh speculation about whether Biden will follow through on his flirtations with another presidential run in 2016.Biden would very much like to be president. And he's as qualified for the job as anyone... read more

The 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 6, 2012. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

Philadelphia to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016

02/12/15 09:38AM

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Thursday announced Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the... read more

Rep. Mia Love waits for U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Jan. 20, 2015.

Rep. Mia Love warns of new ‘slavery’ at RNC black outreach event

02/11/15 05:48PM

Republican National Chairman party chair Reince Priebus showcased the GOP’s outreach efforts on Wednesday with a luncheon hailing newly elected Reps. Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd of Texas as well as Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. “America is strongest when both parties fight to earn every vote,” Priebus said at the Howard Theatre in... read more

Shadow Senator Paul Strauss attends an event in West Hollywood, Calif on Feb. 13, 2014. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty)

What is D.C.'s 'shadow senator' doing in Iowa?

02/10/15 07:43PM

The job of a "shadow senator" from the District of Columbia is to convince Congress to grant D.C. statehood. That already Sisyphean challenge was made more difficult when Republicans took control of both chambers of Congress last year, so you have to get creative. For D.C. Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss, that includes flirting with a run for... read more

Former US Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., speaks at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va., on Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Steve Helber/AP)

Clinton challengers head to Iowa

02/09/15 07:44PM

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who has been laying low since he announced a presidential exploratory committee last year, will speak at a Democratic fundraiser in Iowa in April. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is also seriously considering a presidential run, will also speak at the Polk County Democratic Party’s Annual Spring Award... read more

Sen. Bernie Sanders pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 16, 2015, to discuss Republican efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare and other programs. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Will Bernie Sanders run for president?

02/09/15 05:51PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders is not interested in being Ralph Nader or Dennis Kucinich.At an appearance at the Brookings Institution Monday to discuss the Vermont independent senator’s potential 2016 presidential run, the names of the two failed presidential candidates loomed as he explained his refusal to be a protest candidate.“Let me make it very... read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Jan. 21, 2015. (Photo by John Woods/The Canadian Press/AP)

Falling out between power players signals tensions in Clintonland

02/09/15 05:04PM

A falling out between two powerful political organizations has some Democrats worried that a potential 2016 bid by Hillary Clinton will be beset with the same kind of infighting that dragged her down in 2008. The two groups — PAC Priorities USA and an archipelago of independent Democratic groups run by uber-operative David Brock — are major... read more