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Conservative Groups Seeking Support for Tax Cuts Find It a Hard Sell

MIAMI — A dozen high school students working for Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political network funded by Charles G. and David H. Koch, fanned out across the Little Havana neighborhood one day last week to make the case that the Republican tax bill was something to get excited …

Republican Party

Thank You, President Trump

Bad blood lingers in GOP as Congress ponders Harvey relief

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans from New York and New Jersey are pledging unconditional support for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. But their resentment lingers.<p>As historic floods wreaked havoc across the Gulf Coast, Northeastern Republicans recalled with painful detail the days after Superstorm …

Hurricane Sandy

Two lawsuits challenge Trump transgender military service ban

(Reuters) - Civil rights groups filed two new lawsuits on Monday challenging President Donald Trump's controversial ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.<p>The lawsuits, filed in federal courts in Seattle and Baltimore, say the ban issued on Friday violated U.S. constitutional …

Barack Obama

Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship

The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early …

RNC approves anti-KKK resolution — after White House signoff

Members said it was important to formally condemn hate groups, but some privately scoffed that Republicans felt it was even necessary.<p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Republican National Committee on Friday unanimously approved a resolution condemning Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, a move that comes just two …

Elections

Obama to re-emerge in ‘delicate dance’ with Dems

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Former Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: …

Elections

Centrist Democrats begin pushing back against Bernie Sanders, liberal wing

The high-profile stars of the Democratic Party’s populist wing have steered the agenda their way on Capitol Hill this year, but the fight over the party’s direction is far from settled.<p>As the party faces great expectations of big gains in the 2018 midterm elections, Democratic centrists are …

Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton Hires Two Former Campaign Aides For "Resistance" PAC

Onward Together, the group Clinton formed earlier this year, has brought on Emmy Ruiz and Adam Parkhomenko, veterans of her 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns.<p>Hillary Clinton has hired two political operatives from her 2016 presidential campaign to help manage Onward Together, the project she …

Hillary Clinton

Democrats fear Russia probe blowback

'We need to talk about what people think about when they wake up in the morning, and it’s not Russia,' said one strategist.<p>ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Democrats are increasingly conflicted about how forcefully to press the issue of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.<p>Fearful of …

Elections

Cadillac Ad Tries to Bridge Nation’s Chasm, Without Falling In

Can a luxury auto ad help bridge the deep political chasm in America — and, while it’s at it, sell cars?<p>General Motors’ Cadillac division is about to find out.<p>On Sunday, its new advertising campaign will make its debut during the Oscars broadcast on ABC, which is, after the Super Bowl, the biggest …

Anheuser-Busch InBev

A Look Back Sheds Light on Redistricting

• <b>2011 Civitas article illuminates the history of redistricting arguments</b>• <b><br>In the past, Democrats admitted drawing voting maps for political purposes</b>• <b><br>A</b> …

Judiciary

The Clintons turned the Democratic party over to donors. Can it recover?

While the pundit class all said the Republican party was being torn apart by this election, it is the Democratic party that is in tatters. Now it must be rebuilt<p>Hillary Clinton chose a bitterly ironic party location to thank her massive donor network last week: the grand ballroom of The Plaza, once …

Meet the 82-Year-Old Grandma Lobbying for Abortion Rights

And two other grandmas we love expanding health care in their communities.

Activism

A Lobbyist Wrote the Bill. Will the Tobacco Industry Win Its E-Cigarette Fight?

WASHINGTON — The e-cigarette and cigar industries have enlisted high-profile lobbyists and influential congressional allies in an attempt to stop the Food and Drug Administration from retroactively examining their products for public health risks or banning them from the market.<p>The campaign targets …

Government

The God That Failed

The 2000 election left a Democratic Party that was simultaneously angry, dispirited and divided. Populists believed that Al Gore made a terrible …

Ticket splitting is dead. National parties are now everything.

Every single state that elected a Republican senator this November voted for Donald Trump — and every single state that elected a Democratic senator voted for Hillary Clinton.<p>That’s a first in American history — at least going back to 1913, when the Constitution began mandating the direct popular …

Elections

History Suggests The Democrats Won’t Stay In the Wilderness

After Tuesday’s election results, Democrats lost the White House and remained a minority in Congress and in state legislative chambers.1 Their …

Political Science

House Takes Legal Action Against Obamacare Bailout for Insurance Companies

<b>WASHINGTON—</b>The House of Representatives has filed an amicus brief to the United States Court of Federal Claims in <i>Health Republic Insurance Company v.</i> …

Affordable Care Act

Michigan Begs Supreme Court To Reinstate Ban On 'Straight-Ticket' Voting

Running against the clock, Michigan on Friday asked the Supreme Court to allow the state to enforce a ban on “straight-ticket” voting ― the practice of voting for all the candidates of the same party by marking a single box on a ballot.<p>Michigan allowed straight-ticket voting for 125 years, but …

Judiciary

Sanders: 15 percent debate threshold 'probably too high'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersGOP seizes on new Clinton revelation Overnight Health Care: Judge won't force Trump to make ObamaCare …

Why Hasn’t the Republican Party Collapsed?

We shouldn’t be asking whether the GOP is falling apart. We ought to be wondering why it isn’t.<p>To be a political scientist in the Trump era is to constantly ponder one big question: whether the Republican Party is in a state of collapse. Could the growing split over Donald Trump bring about the end …

50 Years of Electoral College Maps: How the U.S. Turned Red and Blue

The beginnings of the blue-red regional alignment in today’s American politics can be traced to 1964, when Republicans broke through in the South after almost 100 years of Democratic domination.<p>We’ve included a chart of that Electoral College map and the 12 others since then, along with a brief …

Clinton-Trump debate sites plan for a third podium

With third-party candidates hovering near the threshold, the debate commission advises hosts to consider a bigger stage.<p>The venues that will host the presidential debates are drawing up plans for a three-person forum that would provide a lectern for a third-party candidate to stand on stage next to …

Make a gift to NARAL Pro-Choice America

• ActBlue Civics is a registered charitable organization formed to democratize social welfare giving. A copy of our latest financial report may be …

Outside groups dominating Senate contests this cycle, report finds

Outside groups have aired almost half of all political ads for Senate races this election cycle, an all-time high at 49 percent. Entities not …

Elections

Is pot the new gay marriage for the GOP?

Republicans struggle to find their footing on an issue that resonates with younger voters.<p>Marijuana is shaping up to be the new gay marriage of GOP politics — most Republicans would rather not talk about it, except to punt to the states.<p>But when it comes to the 2016 presidential race, a series of …