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Rubio refuses to criticize Christie

Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday declined to weigh in on the George Washington Bridge controversy that has engulfed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, warning that any comments at this point would be mere speculation.<p>“We don't know all the facts. I think this is a story that's still …

Maine GOP Candidate: Domestic Violence Rap Proves My Integrity

A Maine Republican Senate candidate who recently described one of his state’s Democratic congressmen as a “closet homo,” now says that voters can be …

New Boehner Hire Supports Path to Citizenship

House Speak­er John Boehner’s new staffer in charge of im­mig­ra­tion policy has sig­ni­fic­ant ex­per­i­ence in draft­ing im­mig­ra­tion …

Immigration

Meet the GOP’s 2014 Bogeyman

The Obama­care de­bacle has gif­ted Re­pub­lic­ans with a fight­ing chance to re­take the U.S. Sen­ate, and who bet­ter to cast as the evil spir­it …

Ryan's bipartisan budget moment?

Paul Ryan’s bold budget documents have helped shape House Republicans for a half-dozen years.<p>They’ve been slabs of red meat to the Republican base but have served little practical purpose, as differences have only deepened with the Democratic Senate.<p>But now, he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) …

Christie hits home-state hurdles

Republican Chris Christie’s greatest asset and claim to fame — governing in the blue state of New Jersey — could become his biggest liability next year.<p>As the GOP’s strongest 2016 hopeful, according to polling at this early stage, and the newly installed chief of the Republican Governors …

Tycoon vows 'full might' for Clinton

Mega-donor and Hollywood figure Haim Saban, a longtime Hillary Clinton backer, on Friday said he’d “pitch in with full might” if she launches a likely 2016 campaign, describing a growing consensus that she is President Barack Obama’s “natural successor.”<p>The remarks to Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth …

Treme's Big Problem: Authenticity

The HBO series, returning Sunday, obsessively works to prove it's not a tourist in New Orleans. It ends up losing the city—and the viewers—in the process.<p>Early in the first season of <i>Treme</i>, HBO's drama about post-Katrina New Orleans, the show illustrates the intrinsic disconnect between the city's …

De Blasio ad: Kochs want to buy vote

Democratic mayoral candidate for New York City Bill de Blasio’s campaign released an ad Thursday slamming billionaire Republican donors the Koch brothers.<p>“Don’t let the Koch Brothers buy the election,” the ad says, which also labels the David and Charles Koch as a pair “who spent hundreds of …

Nigerian envoy wants Cruz apology

The Nigerian ambassador to the United States on Thursday decried Sen. Ted Cruz’s joke earlier this week that “Nigerian email scammers” built the government’s health care exchange website, saying his comments are offensive and demanded an apology.<p>Ambassador Ade Adefuye told POLITICO that Nigerians …

Marco Rubio Wants to Lead the Next Wave of the Delay-Obamacare Campaign

He's not the only one. Get ready for a flood of bills seeking to use the problems with Healthcare.gov to delay the individual mandate or extend open enrollment.<p>Ted Cruz convinced the Republican Party to shut down the federal government in a bid to defund Obamacare. The result: 120,000 lost jobs, a …

Huck: Enzi 'principled conservative'

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is campaigning for Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) via his daughter’s super PAC.<p>“Mike Enzi is a champion of life and liberty,” Huckabee says in the spot from daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s super PAC, American Principles Fund. “Mike’s a principled conservative who is not the …

Obama poised for fundraising spree

With the grueling government shutdown fight over for now, President Barack Obama is heading out on the campaign trail to raise money for House and Senate Democrats, as well as the Democratic National Committee.<p>Between Friday and the end of November, Obama will appear at seven fundraisers — three …

Lawyer announces Cornyn challenge

Texas Sen. John Cornyn got his first primary opponent Wednesday, when Texas immigration lawyer Linda Vega announced she would challenge the two-term incumbent.<p>Vega, a Houston attorney who has worked for the U.S. Department of Labor, made her announcement at what looked like a sparsely attended news …

A Republican Congressman Won't Seek Reelection as Democrats Look to 2014

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Republican Rep. Tim Griffin announced on Monday that he won't seek re-election for his seat in …

The 30 House Republicans Who Help Break the ‘Hastert Rule’

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Republicans

Republicans Lost the Shutdown Battle, but They’re Winning the Fiscal War

If there’s one thing just about every­one can agree on, it’s that the Re­pub­lic­ans lost this fight — and badly. They sur­rendered on every point, …

John McCain Blames Tea Party For Government Shutdown

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blamed tea party Republicans for the government shutdown during a CNN interview on Wednesday, saying Congress never had a shot at defunding Obamacare.<p>“We started this on a fool’s errand, convincing so many millions of Americans and our supporters that we could defund …

Inside the Conservative Bubble, It Looks Like Ted Cruz Is Winning Big

Shutdown polling looks apocalyptic for the Republican Party, but at the Values Voters Summit, activists weren't ready to back down.<p>Friday was a difficult day to wake up Republican in America. With the government shutdown entering its 11th day, a poll conducted by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> and NBC News …

This Loophole Can End the Shutdown

Obama can overrule one obscure Carter-era opinion and reopen the government himself. Ben Jacobs explains.<p>The government shutdown has had drastic …

Inside the Republican Suicide Machine

The day before Congress broke for its August recess, on an afternoon when most of official Washington was tying up loose ends and racing to get out …

2014 poll: GOP could lose House

The Republican Party could be in danger of losing control of the House in 2014, new polls on Sunday show.<p>In a survey of 24 seats, Republicans fall behind in 17 head-to-head matches against “generic Democrat candidates” among registered voters and lag in an additional four districts when respondents …

Cuccinelli shuns Cruz limelight

RICHMOND, Va.— That was awkward.<p>In the clearest sign yet of the potent effect of the government shutdown on the Virginia governor’s race, Republican Ken Cuccinelli avoided being photographed with Ted Cruz at a gala they headlined here Saturday night—even leaving before the Texas senator rose to …

Shutdown roils Va. governor race

The government shutdown is casting a long shadow over the Virginia governor’s race.<p>Less than a week after the federal closure started, both candidates are running ads that blame the other for the federal furloughs — never mind that neither one really had any say in the matter.<p>“It’s a failure of …

If Congress Won't Raise the Debt Ceiling, Obama Will Be Forced to Break the Law

Wouldn't it be better to save the nation from default by invoking the Fourteenth Amendment, than to stand by and do nothing?<p>Back in 2011, I found myself writing (and writing and writing and writing and writing) about Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment. Afterwards, it seemed like a bizarre …

Cornyn's doomsday ad: A blue Texas

If Texas turns blue, the Lone Star State as we know it is finished.<p>That’s the message of a new ad for Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who is up for reelection next year.<p>The clip, clocking in at about a minute long, offers viewers a dark picture of what would happen if Texas …

Why the Poor Don't Work, According to the Poor

Few say it's because they can't find jobs. But is that a reason to take away their food stamps?<p>Conservative Republicans have officially made it their mission to end food stamps as we know them. Such was evident last week, when the House GOP voted to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance …

Palin pushes 3rd party of 'good guys'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is stepping up her rhetoric against the “Republican establishment,” who she believes has turned its back on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), commenting that there may already be a third party in American politics.<p>“I dare say we already have a third party. We have the liberal …

The Georgia Militia Murders

Can the military be held responsible for the actions of a few rogue soldiers?<p>Michael Roark had been stationed at Georgia’s Fort Stewart Base for four …