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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addressed the AFL-CIO National Summit on Raising Wages earlier this week.
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.
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.
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:
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.