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Democrats near decision on 2016 convention site

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 20 January 2015 06:13

For Democrats, New York would offer a diverse tableau in liberal Brooklyn and a touch of Clinton nostalgia. Philadelphia would give the party a patriotic backdrop while Columbus would raise the curtain on another campaign showdown in Ohio.

Democrats are closing in on a final decision on where to hold their 2016 convention, a site that could serve as a passing of the baton from President Barack Obama to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading contender for the Democratic nomination should she run for president again.

Election watch: A year before 2016, Iowa attracts long-shots

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 12 January 2015 08:49

Soft laughter rippled through the audience in an Iowa church meeting room when a woman punctuated her question to the keynote speaker, Bernie Sanders, with, "when you're president."

The reaction was a gentle acknowledgment that the Vermont senator, whose self-described socialist positions appeal to the hardest-core liberals, is a long shot for the Oval Office.

White House: Steve Scalise at No. 3 post says a lot about GOP

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:42

The White House earlier this week waded into a controversy over revelations that the House of Representative's No. 3 Republican spoke to a white supremacist group 12 years ago, saying who the GOP has in leadership "says a lot about who they are."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly said Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise once described himself as "David Duke without the baggage." A reporter for the New Orleans Advocate newspaper said Scalise made the remark to her as he was starting out in the Louisiana Legislature nearly 20 years ago.

Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

Written by JULIE PACE
and NANCY BENA for The AP
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:01

It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier in December.

But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama’s potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are trying to push aside his agenda in favor of their own.

Tea party looks to 2016 at South Carolina convention

Written by By BILL BARROW,
AP writer
Monday, 19 January 2015 10:57

Presidential primary polls will not open for another year, but archconservatives have begun debating how to reverse the GOP’s losing streak in national elections.

Retaking the Oval Office, according to many of the activists attending the annual Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, depends on choosing a nominee from within the conservative movement, rather than a more moderate favorite.

Elizabeth Warren: America's middle class is in deep trouble

Written by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren Friday, 09 January 2015 11:11

Obama warns Republicans he plans to use veto pen

Written by The AP Wednesday, 31 December 2014 09:19

President Barack Obama is warning Republicans in Congress that he won’t hesitate to use his veto power to turn back legislation that would undo changes he has made on health care and the environment.

Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances. But with Republicans set to take full control of Congress next year, Obama is losing his last bulwark against a barrage of bills he doesn’t like: the Senate.

Bernie Sanders: I’ll decide on presidential run by March

Written by DAVE GRAM,
Associated Press
Monday, 29 December 2014 10:03

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’ll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he’ll seek the Democratic nomination.

Either way, Sanders says he wouldn’t run just to nudge the debate to the left.

House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:04

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted on Jan. 14 to overturn President Barack Obama’s key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

Elizabeth Warren addresses AFL-CIO wage summit

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 09 January 2015 10:36

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week hammered Washington's leaders — Republicans and Democrats alike — for failing to help middle-class workers since the 1980s.

A look at the big donors in the 2014 election

Written by The AP Wednesday, 31 December 2014 07:24

Big-dollar donors helped inject hundreds of millions into the 2014 midterm federal elections. A look at some of the biggest donors of the election cycle:

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Factors shaping the 2016 presidential race

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 29 December 2014 09:38

Key factors as the 2016 presidential race begins to take shape:

DEMOCRATS' ELECTORAL COLLEGE BASELINE: Democrats have won the same group of states worth 242 electoral votes for every election since 1992. A Democratic nominee who holds those states and adds Florida (29 electoral votes) wins, no matter what the rest of the map looks like. But it's worth noting that Democrats haven't won three consecutive elections since Harry Truman claimed the party's fifth straight in 1948.