Could it be another Bush-Clinton race in 2016?

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. (Reuters)

Jeb Bush’s announcement that he will “actively explore” a presidential run raised the prospect that for the second time in 24 years a Bush may battle a Clinton for the White House. But having a famous last name brings both advantages and downsides.

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Warren voices concerns about free-trade pact with Asia

Her letter to the White House comes on the heels of her break with the president on the recent budget deal.

For Obama, decision could be bigger than just Cuba

The new policy reads like a microcosm of the president’s overall foreign policy

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The nuclear option and its fallout

The nuclear option and its fallout

Obama has been able to make his mark on the federal judiciary, but easier confirmations came at a price.

For Iowa Republicans, another Bush to consider

For Iowa Republicans, another Bush to consider

Ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush could inherit a political network that was built on his family’s behalf.

Obama commutes prison sentences for eight, pardons 12

Grants of clemency part of an Obama initiative to foster equity in criminal sentencing.

Cuba deal opens new front on political battlegrounds

Cuba deal opens new front on political battlegrounds

GOP critics denounced Obama’s move as overreaching and naive, but there’s growing public support to end the divide.

7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Cigars, rats and campaign finance

Eric Holder sets high bar on racial rhetoric for next attorney general

Holder says the U.S. has “failed” on race and police.

HUD union parties with the boss

HUD union parties with the boss

HUD came in last out of 25 mid-size agencies in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings recently issued by the Partnership for Public Service. That leaves Secretary Castro with nowhere to take the department but up.

Federal government tweaks leave policy for snow days

Federal government tweaks leave policy for snow days

Snow days will no longer count as excused absences for federal employees with scheduled paid time off for those dates.

N.H. GOP censures its own House Speaker

The state GOP is eating its own, even after taking back control of the state House.

Election over and economy improved, Andrew Cuomo kicks fracking to the curb

Election over and economy improved, Andrew Cuomo kicks fracking to the curb

A shift in politics that seems almost certainly linked to a big decision.

Obama says Alan Gross wasn’t traded for Cuban spies. That’s a really tough sell.

Obama says Alan Gross wasn’t traded for Cuban spies. That’s a really tough sell.

Republicans -- and one top Democrat -- say it’s just not true.

Opening relations with Cuba also makes the U.S. less isolated

Opening relations with Cuba also makes the U.S. less isolated

A graph shows how multilateral support for the U.S. embargo of Cuba quickly eroded in the 1990s.

After years of debate, N.Y. bans fracking

After years of debate, N.Y. bans fracking

Gov. Andrew Cuomo angered environmentalists and energy developers alike while seeking to distance himself from the politically complicated debate.

From the Bay of Pigs to the Baltimore Orioles, 50 years of U.S.-Cuba relations

From the Bay of Pigs to the Baltimore Orioles, 50 years of U.S.-Cuba relations

The White House announced big changes to a foreign policy that hasn’t changed much in decades.

Did Blinken recently assure Rubio on Cuba?

Did Blinken recently assure Rubio on Cuba?

Sen. Marco Rubio questioned newly confirmed deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken last month on “chatter” that Cuba policy was about to change.

Supreme Court’s inaction benefits ‘dreamers’ in Arizona

Justices won’t review decision, so state officials must issue driver’s licenses to some illegal immigrants.

Transcript: Obama’s remarks on U.S.-Cuba relations

Transcript: Obama’s remarks on U.S.-Cuba relations

President Obama delivered the following remarks on December 17, 2014.

Immigration Activism - This Time, From the Bench

Immigration Activism - This Time, From the Bench

The court opinion finding the Obama immigration action unconstitutional shows mostly that judicial activism can live anywhere on the partisan spectrum.

Obama - like most Americans and unlike most of Congress - was born after the Cuban embargo

Obama - like most Americans and unlike most of Congress - was born after the Cuban embargo

A quarter of the population predates the embargo. Two-thirds of Congress does.

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In 2016 GOP field, Jeb Bush could be an underdog, a front-runner, or both

In 2016 GOP field, Jeb Bush could be an underdog, a front-runner, or both

THE TAKE | Can he take advantage of his establishment support without letting it encumber his candidacy?

The politics of the increasingly Democratic Cuban vote

The politics of the increasingly Democratic Cuban vote

Why this action might have been predicted.

Poverty among school-age kids is above pre-recession levels in 30 percent of counties

Poverty among school-age kids is above pre-recession levels in 30 percent of counties

The rate rose in 928 of the nation’s 3,140 counties. It fell in just 15.

The IMF’s perestroika moment

The IMF’s perestroika moment

How the IMF moved away from its rigid commitment to the Washington Consensus.

How ALEC helped undermine public unions

How ALEC helped undermine public unions

The American Legislative Exchange Council has worked for decades to weaken public unions at the state level.

Some urging right not to serve gays on religious grounds

Some urging right not to serve gays on religious grounds

Conservatives say gains made by gays are infringing on rights of those who oppose same-sex marriage.

An LRA for everyone?

An LRA for everyone?

Rebel groups and conflicts are understood and framed in very different ways by various actors, even by those collaborating to end a conflict. This is particularly clear for the Lord’s Resistance Army, as the rebel group serves interests independent of the conflict for various actors.

Jon Stewart goes through the list of random things in the spending bill, is horrified

Also a gif of Sen. Lindsey Graham eating a fly.

Congress goes home

Congress goes home

While it did appear ugly, the House and Senate avoided the worst excesses of 2013.

What Congress’s last-minute tax deal means for businesses

What Congress’s last-minute tax deal means for businesses

In the spirit of the holidays, there’s a Tiny Tim way to look at the deal, and a Scrooge way to look at the deal.

That time President Obama was the deejay at a White House dance party and you weren’t invited

That time President Obama was the deejay at a White House dance party and you weren’t invited

There was a little Aretha, Sly and the Family Stone, and of course, some Al Green.

Why everything is at stake and yet nothing will be decided in today’s Greek Presidential election

Why everything is at stake and yet nothing will be decided in today’s Greek Presidential election

In Greece, the winter holidays will have a distinctly political flavor

The 2016 Republican primary is the biggest crap-shoot since at least 1988

The 2016 Republican primary is the biggest crap-shoot since at least 1988

Republicans are a long way from making a decision.

Did ‘nuclear option’ boost Obama’s judicial appointments?

The change in the Senate rules reduced the ability of Republicans to filibuster most Obama nominees.

Poll: GOP gets a bounce from midterm victories

Before the election, 33 percent had a favorable impression of Republicans. Afterward? Now it’s 47 percent.

The Bush-Clinton thing is even more ridiculous than you think

The Bush-Clinton thing is even more ridiculous than you think

A Bush or Clinton has been on the ballot in all but three elections in the past 50 years.