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Nelson Mandela is being remembered across the world (and political spectrum) for his heroic, life-long battle against apartheid and injustice in South Africa. But with all the accolades being thrown around, it’s easy to forget that the U.S., in particular, hasn’t always had such a friendly relationship with Mandela -- and that in fact, as late as 2008, the Nobel Prize winner and former president was still on the U.S. terrorism watch list.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, an all-but-announced 2016 presidential candidate, traveled to Detroit today to visit an African American voter outreach center opened by the state's Republican party and to address the Detroit Economic Club on Friday. Paul has made courting African American voters a priority over the past year, an effort that includes delivering a speech this spring at Howard University.
With just under a year until Election Day 2014, the Republican path to a Senate majority still runs mainly through red states currently controlled by Democrats.
The top seven contests on our new list are for Democratic-held seats in states that Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Three of them are open races with no incumbent on the ballot.
Want to get depressed about politics and the possibility of bipartisanship? Then watch this striking visualization by Renzo Lucioni, a senior at Harvard University, that maps the similarities (and differences) of Senators' voting records between the 101st and 113th Congress. (For more on how he did it, check this out.)
The Mississippi Senate race just went from looking like a potential free-for-all to firming up as an intense one-on-one battle between the tea party wing of the GOP and its establishment.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced Friday that he will seek a seventh term in office. The decision came after months of speculation that Cochran might retire — speculation fueled in part by the senator's own actions. He raised little money and delayed his announcement about the future until almost the end of the year, after most of his Senate colleagues had declared their intentions for 2014.
Starting today, Virginia Republicans will gather for a three-day retreat -- known as the Advance -- at which they will engage in an autopsy of the 2013 election and debate the right way forward for the party. It's a moment that given the speakers at the event (Texas Gov. Rick Perry and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor among them), the swing state nature of the Commonwealth and the ongoing fight for control of the national GOP is worth keeping an eye on.
President Obama’s popularity has slumped among almost every segment of the public since his reelection last year, but a Gallup analysis released Thursday finds Hispanic Americans have soured on him at a startling clip.
Obama’s job approval rating among Hispanics dropped from 75 percent last December to 52 percent last month, a 23-point tumble more than double the rate among whites or African Americans. The fastest growing demographic group backed Obama by 71 to 27 percent over Republican Mitt Romney in 2012, with Hispanics one of the few groups who backed Obama by a wider margin than in 2008.
"Republicans are trying something new -- anything."
The passing of Nelson Mandela Thursday led to an outpouring of mourning and praise from politicians across parties and across the country. Those same people would do well to study the former South African president's life and career to understand some deep truths about the art of politics.