GOP’s fight for 2016 nomination likely to drag on longer than party desires

GOP’s fight for 2016 nomination likely to drag on longer than party desires

A crowded field and the rise of super PACs could mean there’s no nominee until late spring.

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

74 years young.

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A Rubio 2016 blueprint, for all to see

A Rubio 2016 blueprint, for all to see

Pollster Whit Ayres has written the book. Can Marco Rubio translate it into the presidency?

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Limited room for debate in the Republican field

Limited room for debate in the Republican field

The approach to eliminating weaker candidates from GOP debates feels a bit un-American, doesn’t it?

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Tim Kaine’s lonely quest for war legitimacy

Tim Kaine’s lonely quest for war legitimacy

An authorization for use of military force is easier vowed than accomplished.

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Unseemly speechifying

Unseemly speechifying

Hillary Clinton’s disturbing conduct.

Clinton’s claim that it takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than in Canada or France

Clinton’s claim that it takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than in Canada or France

This factoid is based on serious data, but the more you dig, the less relevant it becomes.

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In just five weeks, Hillary has had a lifetime quota of scandals

In just five weeks, Hillary has had a lifetime quota of scandals

Are these the standards voters really want?

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Why fight for the Iraqis if they are not going to fight for themselves?

Why fight for the Iraqis if they are not going to fight for themselves?

Ramadi again shows an Iraqi army that can’t or won’t fight.

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You want hypotheticals? Here’s one.

You want hypotheticals? Here’s one.

Knowing what we know now, was abandoning Iraq in 2011 the right thing to do?

Civil service reform can affect millions, but draws little attention

A Senate subcommittee hearing on civil service reform draws little attention, though the issue could affect the livelihood of millions of federal employees and their families.

How long did it take a unanimous Senate to confirm two judges?

How long did it take a unanimous Senate to confirm two judges?

The Senate, long gridlocked over judicial nominations, managed to confirm two GOP-supported trial judges

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Labor rides a building backlash

Labor rides a building backlash

Faced with the consequences of unions’ demise, Americans are reconciling with the movement.

Obama to announce pick for new GSA chief

Obama to announce pick for new GSA chief

President Obama plans to announce Denise Turner Roth, as his pick to lead the General Services Administration. Roth currently is the deputy administrator.

GOP candidates are flip-flopping to please the base. That could hurt later on.

GOP candidates are flip-flopping to please the base. That could hurt later on.

Some Republicans are struggling to explain their shifts on national security, immigration and education.

President Obama’s favorable numbers just hit an 18-month high. Why?

President Obama’s favorable numbers just hit an 18-month high. Why?

He can thank independents. And the 2016 race.

Mike Huckabee kicks the Iowa Straw Poll when it’s down

Dead. Like, really dead.

Find out who won the Loop’s ‘Winnow Down’ the GOP debates contest

Find out who won the Loop’s ‘Winnow Down’ the GOP debates contest

Fox News may have come up with a way to reduce the GOP presidential candidate debate field, but Loop fans came up with far better ideas.

Mark Kirk’s bizarre claim that Nelson Mandela dismantled South Africa’s nuclear program

Mark Kirk’s bizarre claim that Nelson Mandela dismantled South Africa’s nuclear program

The Republican senator at least twice gets his history lesson all jumbled up.

Does Rubio have a spending problem?

Does Rubio have a spending problem?

He had to cash out nearly $70,000 in retirement savings, in part to spend $3,000 after his refrigerator broke.

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Progressive frenemies

Progressive frenemies

Democratic centrists and populists aren’t as far apart as they think.

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A trade deal at what cost?

A trade deal at what cost?

Investors, not workers, stand to win with TPP.

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Capital punishment’s slow death

Capital punishment’s slow death

A growing distaste for executions should lead to its abolition.

Can Newt’s ‘Contract with America’ go global?

Can Newt’s ‘Contract with America’ go global?

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich joins international law firm as an adviser on public policy.

The absolutely stunning rise in support for gay marriage, in 1 chart

We are in unprecedented territory.

We went looking for the 40 most interesting women in politics

Women’s groups, social media and others helped us find these political trailblazers.

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Trigger warnings, colleges, and the ‘Swaddled Generation’

Trigger warnings, colleges, and the ‘Swaddled Generation’

Killing free speech on campus to protect against unpleasant thoughts.

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A bogus argument against the trade deal

A bogus argument against the trade deal

Secrecy is a phony reason to scuttle the Trans-Pacific Partnership.