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Akin imbroglio is bad news for Republicansupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 15:23:00

If there is any silver lining for Republicans from the Todd Akin imbroglio, no one seems to have found it yet.

McKinnon: The Akin effect on GOP plankupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 15:23:00

Daily Beast contributor Mark McKinnon on possible damage Rep. Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' comments could do to GOP.

Tea party favorite fuels gridlock fearsupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 01:38:00

Tea party favorite Ted Cruz won the Texas GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

House conservatives determined to slash spending relent on compromise deal updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:11:00

A congressional deal announced this week by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid would extend current government spending levels for six months, putting off threats of a government shutdown until after the November election decides the makeup of a new House and Senate.

Why House tax vote is really about drawing battle lines for the fallupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 08:20:00

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a vote this week on a House Republican bill to extend all the current tax cuts, but the debate is really aimed at the vote that comes less than 100 days from now.

Romney smart to speak to NAACPupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 23:38:00

It's a safe bet that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not garner many votes from African-Americans in November.

Romney hits 'magic number' for GOP nominationupdated: Wed May 30 2012 05:34:00

Mitt Romney hit his party's "magic number" on Tuesday, unofficially clinching the Republican presidential nomination in a race he entered as the front-runner and has had to himself for weeks.

Gridlock in Congress? Blame the GOPupdated: Mon May 21 2012 08:55:00

Congress is reaching a point where it will no longer be able to function at all. Over the past two years, some members of the Republican Party have ramped up the partisan wars on Capitol Hill. They are threatening to bring the legislative process to a standstill.

GOP picks candidate to face former Sen. Kerrey for Nebraska seatupdated: Wed May 16 2012 02:45:00

Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, official results showed, beating two better-funded candidacies for the opportunity to face off against a former U.S. Senator for the open seat in November.

In GOP, support for same-sex marriage is growingupdated: Wed May 09 2012 10:33:00

Just in case you thought you had time to catch your breath from the culture wars, the issue of marriage for gay couples is back at the ballot box this year. On Tuesday, North Carolinians voted 61% to 39% to ban all forms of relationship recognition for same-sex couples.

Analysis: Lugar's grassroots witheredupdated: Wed May 09 2012 09:35:00

Richard Lugar had it all -- a sterling global reputation, bipartisan respect, a fat campaign bank account and 36 years of Senate experience.

New poll, endorsements bolster Romneyupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 05:28:00

A new poll Tuesday showed voters are willing to give Mitt Romney a fresh look now that he is the certain Republican presidential nominee, and the former Massachusetts governor picked up public backing from the top GOP leaders in the House and Senate.

Romney slams Obama on 'Buffett Rule'updated: Wed Apr 18 2012 05:28:00

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells supporters why he thinks the so-called Buffett Rule is not a solid tax plan.

Why Maryland chose Romneyupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 00:47:00

CNN's Tom Foreman takes to the "magic wall" to break down the top issues for Maryland voters in Tuesday's primary.

Romney sweeps Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C., CNN projectsupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 00:47:00

Mitt Romney won all three of Tuesday's Republican presidential primaries, putting more distance between himself and his closest contender, Rick Santorum, who indicated he plans to fight on to his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond.

House passes GOP budgetupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 17:41:00

The House of Representatives passes the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan 228-191.

Tea party groups target Senate after presidential 'disappointments'updated: Thu Mar 29 2012 14:45:00

After six terms in the Senate, Indiana's Richard Lugar finds himself the latest target of the tea party movement's desire both to have more influence over the policy agenda in Congress and to make the Republican Party more conservative.

Fight over transportation bills threatens highway projectsupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 18:15:00

With just four days left before the federal money runs out for highway construction projects across the country, House Republicans abruptly postponed a vote on a two-month extension Tuesday, throwing into question how a standoff between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over the transportation bill will get resolved.

Republicans struggle in Land of Lincolnupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 08:39:00

The Illinois primary should be a Republican Party homecoming. After all, this is the Land of Lincoln, home state of the first Republican president.

The fight for the Republican nomination, by the numbersupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 17:36:00

As the Republican primary reaches its halfway point, the question of inevitability is a main topic of conversation. Is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who holds a sizable lead in delegates, destined to be the Republican nominee for president in 2012?

Republicans feud over drawn-out nominating calendarupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 17:22:00

Chris Christie called it "the dumbest idea anybody ever had."

Is Romney officially ahead in GOP race?updated: Sun Mar 04 2012 17:22:00

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus says that tough primaries are a good thing and that there's still time to woo independents.

Un-conventional wisdom: Why a brokered convention probably won't happenupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 05:27:00

Two months into the Republican presidential nominating process, many thought that one candidate might have it sewn up by now.

Tentative payroll tax cut deal reached, GOP legislators sayupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 12:22:00

Congressional negotiators reached a tentative deal Tuesday to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while avoiding a fee cut for Medicare doctors, according to Republican legislators and aides.

Boehner defends payroll tax dealupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 17:52:00

House Speaker John Boehner says a payroll tax agreement with Democrats was the only way to prevent a tax hike.

Boehner defends payroll tax dealupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 17:52:00

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended Wednesday the decision to move forward with a roughly $100 billion payroll tax cut extension that is not paid for, arguing that it was the only way to prevent a tax hike.

House Republicans delay vote on transportation billupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 13:58:00

House Speaker John Boehner told his Republican caucus Wednesday that the House will postpone voting on a massive transportation and energy bill until after the congressional recess scheduled for next week, according to multiple House Republican leadership aides.

GOP leaders drop key demand in payroll tax cut standoff updated: Tue Feb 14 2012 05:14:00

In a sharp turnaround, House Republican leaders Monday dropped a key demand that the cost of extending the payroll tax cut be offset by spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

Romney unashamed of business backgroundupdated: Sun Feb 12 2012 14:45:00

At the CPAC conference, Mitt Romney talks about his business background and his stint as governor of Massachusetts.

Romney victories mask lingering questions about his candidacy updated: Sun Feb 12 2012 14:45:00

Mitt Romney's twin victories Saturday in Maine and in a conservative straw poll were badly needed bright spots for his campaign at the end of what was perhaps the most humbling week of his presidential candidacy, a five-day stretch that exposed the former Massachusetts governor's frail relationship with conservatives.

GOP House freshmen vow to fight for conservative principlesupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 21:56:00

A trio of House Republican freshmen told an annual gathering of conservative activists on Friday that, far from backing down, they believe they should double down on the conservative principles that carried them into office in 2010 on a wave of tea party support.

West wants a 'conservative renaissance'updated: Fri Feb 10 2012 21:56:00

Rep. Allen West says voters need continue to "restore conservatism" to Washington.

Conservatives see tough challenges on road to White Houseupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 19:13:00

Republicans looking to take back the White House in November face a challenging political environment, a trio of conservative political observers said Thursday at an annual gathering of conservative activists.

Boehner describes conservative utopiaupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 19:13:00

Rep. Boehner painted the picture of a conservative utopia at CPAC, including a new president, senate, and lower taxes.

Will South Carolina race get candidates too dirty?updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 08:19:00

For eight consecutive presidential campaigns, from Ronald Reagan's in 1980 to John McCain's in 2008, the winner of the Republican primary in South Carolina went on to win his party's nomination. Not surprisingly, the Republican presidential candidates have begun shaping their appeals to South Carolina voters well before the primary in New Hampshire.

How far can Ron Paul go in 2012?updated: Fri Jan 13 2012 08:26:00

On CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, political strategists examine the enduring appeal of Republican candidate Ron Paul.

Obama: 'Enough is enough'updated: Thu Dec 29 2011 18:38:00

President Obama tells the GOP there's been enough game playing with the payroll tax cut debate.

Why the winds are shifting toward Obamaupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 18:38:00

Even though House Republicans are now wisely folding their tents, their disarray this week over extending a payroll tax cut has left a sour taste at year's end in Washington, contributing in no small part to an even bigger political story: the resurrection of President Obama and his fellow Democrats heading toward the 2012 elections.

Obama signs payroll tax cut extensionupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 04:19:00

President Barack Obama signed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut Friday, ending what had been a heated political stalemate and sealing a hard-fought win for Democrats on an issue -- taxes -- that has historically favored the GOP.

Obama comments on tax cut extensionupdated: Sat Dec 24 2011 04:19:00

After signing the payroll tax cut extension, President Obama thanks Americans for their patience and persistence.

House GOP relents on payroll tax cut deal updated: Thu Dec 22 2011 21:34:00

A compromise measure to extend the payroll tax cut for two months comes before the House and Senate on Friday after Speaker John Boehner dropped his opposition under mounting pressure from the White House, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans.

Obama to talk about payroll tax impasseupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 08:22:00

President Barack Obama is expected to make a statement Thursday on the partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.

Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fightupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 09:53:00

The congressional impasse over extending the payroll tax cut became a showdown Tuesday between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

Boehner: 'I need the president to help'updated: Tue Dec 20 2011 20:12:00

House Speaker John Boehner says the payroll tax cut bill is now up to the president and Democrats.

Political dispute creates GOP split between House and Senateupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 20:12:00

At the end of another long and confusing day of political wrangling over extending the payroll tax cut, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked a question on everybody's mind.

Leaders meet over spending, tax-cut impasse as clock ticksupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 09:03:00

In the first sign of progress in days of stalemate over the payroll tax extension and a government funding bill, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met privately for about an hour in the Capitol Wednesday night.

White House challenges Republican payroll tax planupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 21:54:00

Republicans demanding specific ideological provisions as part of a deal to extend the payroll tax cut appear to be going against their party's anti-tax orthodoxy, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.

Obama urges payroll tax cut extensionupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 21:54:00

President Obama calls on Congress to do what's right for the American people by extending the payroll tax cut.

Senate GOP leader predicts a payroll tax dealupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 17:13:00

Congress will agree to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the year, two leading conservative Senate Republicans said Sunday.

Young Republicans on Cain: 'It can be rough ... being a black conservative'updated: Mon Dec 05 2011 08:04:00

As the now-former presidential hopeful Herman Cain moves to Plan B, black conservatives say it's time to stick with their Plan A, and use the leverage that the GOP candidate gave them.

The battle for Herman Cain votersupdated: Mon Dec 05 2011 08:04:00

The fight is on among the remaining GOP presidential candidates for Herman Cain supporters. Paul Steinhauser reports.

House GOP leaders outline plan for extending payroll tax cut, jobless aidupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 18:50:00

After competing Republican and Democratic proposals to extend the payroll tax cut failed in the Senate on Thursday night, House Republican leaders assembled their own proposal to extend that tax cut aimed at the middle class and wrap other year-end policy proposals into one bill paid for with a series of spending cuts. But they faced opposition from conservative Republicans.

Senate blocks payroll tax dealupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 13:31:00

The Senate blocked competing Democratic and Republican proposals for a payroll tax cut extension.

Republican leaders shifting stance on payroll tax cutupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 13:31:00

A top Republican leader agreed Thursday with President Barack Obama and Democrats that extending the payroll tax cut would help the economy, but the parties remained divided over how to pay for the move.

Why Jon Huntsman is skipping Vegasupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 06:09:00

Jon Huntsman tells Piers Morgan why he's skipping the Las Vegas debate and staying in New Hampshire.

Huntsman to boycott presidential debate in Nevadaupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 06:09:00

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman said Friday he was skipping next week's CNN/Western Republican Presidential Debate out of deference to New Hampshire, which is locked in a political scheduling fight with Nevada.

Herman Cain denies GOP's horrible history with blacksupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 06:01:00

You would think that a black man born and raised in Georgia, who was a teenager during the civil rights movement, would understand the transition of African-Americans from voting overwhelmingly Republican to strongly supporting the Democratic Party.

Senate rejects GOP spending plan as shutdown loomsupdated: Sun Sep 25 2011 11:06:00

The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected a House GOP temporary spending bill Friday, inching the federal government closer to yet another potential shutdown and risking the loss of sorely needed disaster recovery funds.

Government shutdown looms over FEMA fightupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 19:28:00

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he's not sure a potential government shutdown at the end of the month can be avoided because of a stand-off between the House and Senate over how much to spend on disaster relief.

Republicans blow off Latino concerns in debateupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 05:55:00

While the media's political high priests have been going gaga about Rep. Michele Bachmann's lying about the effects of the HPV vaccine, and Gov. Rick Perry's cozy role with pharmaceutical giant, Merck, the biggest issue coming out the CNN/Tea Party Express debate has been virtually ignored.

Why debates matter: Crowded calendar could alter race for the White Houseupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 15:09:00

If you think the battle for the Republican presidential nomination has been a wild ride so far, hang on -- it could get even more exciting.

Tea party -- Perry gets it, Romney doesn'tupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 00:16:00

Mitt Romney thinks he can run on the issue of jobs and the economy. And he can. But not in the primary. Romney has an unnatural belief that logic and considered judgments will give him the Republican presidential nomination. No, seriously, he thinks that's the way it works. He is constantly explaining how his experience as a businessman gives him the skills needed to rebuild the economy.

Could a black man win the GOP nomination?updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 08:06:00

We have seen Michele Bachmann being asked questions about her relationship with her husband, Marcus.

Nepal's prime minister resignsupdated: Sun Aug 14 2011 14:06:00

Nepalese Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal submitted his resignation Sunday to President Ram Baran Yadav following pressure from his own party and the opposition.

Pelosi names three House Democrats to complete debt panel selectionupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 17:17:00

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appointed Reps. James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen to the special congressional committee on deficit reduction, completing selection of the 12-member bipartisan panel created under last week's debt ceiling agreement.

In FAA standoff, GOP played chicken with American jobsupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 10:38:00

Some Republicans love to talk about "job-destroying" progressive policies, but hate to own up to their own trickle-down ways. It's not that hard to get specific about the tepid economic recovery and all the Republican-backed policies that are destroying jobs though. Let me tell you about one we almost experienced.

Extremes controlling U.S. politics?updated: Wed Jul 27 2011 09:28:00

With a debt crisis looming, are the nation's political extreme's calling the shots in DC? CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Who's winning the debt debate?updated: Wed Jul 27 2011 09:28:00

News reporting is fixated on the D.C. beltway scheming, beaming pictures of government officials zipping in and out of meetings with occasional public comment. Meanwhile, the public is already reaching a verdict, and it is a harsh one -- the Republican Party is out of step with the country's fiscal priorities.

Is Obama seizing the political center?updated: Mon Jul 25 2011 07:12:00

President Barack Obama has always been a lot more like President Bill Clinton than many of his supporters like to think.

Grover Norquist: The man who drew the GOP's 'line in the sand'updated: Thu Jul 14 2011 12:47:00

At the heart of the contentious talks between the White House and congressional Republicans on whether to raise the debt ceiling is a simple, one-sentence document many conservative lawmakers have signed, pledging not to increase taxes.

Cantor rejects debt ceiling plan proposed by Senate Republicansupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 18:24:00

A day after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a backup plan to raise the debt ceiling if a deficit reduction deal with Democrats can't be reached, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor torpedoed the proposal, saying it doesn't have any chance of passing in his chamber.

Campbell: News of the World was in denialupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 10:22:00

Alastair Campbell says the end of News of the World is a result of criminal activity and extraordinary mismanagement.

Analysis: Hacking scandal is bad news for UK prime ministerupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 10:22:00

Who has lost the most authority: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch or British Prime Minister David Cameron?

Key dates in the Anthony Weiner scandalupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 21:04:00

Anthony Weiner's woes began last month, when a lewd photo appeared on the New York Democrat's Twitter account. At the time, the seven-term congressman was considered one of the leading liberal voices in the House. Now, he's out of a job.

GOP candidates square offupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 17:39:00

CNN's Don Lemon speaks with Mark Preston about the GOP candidates and what they may do to stand out at the debate.

GOP leaders recruit new candidatesupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 13:37:00

Businessman Bruce Rastetter talks about his interest in recruiting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run for president.

Same man, different strategy, for Romney's second White House bidupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 13:37:00

It was all about the economy and about New Hampshire when Mitt Romney made it official Thursday. The former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate formally announced his second bid for the White House, declaring his candidacy at an event in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the presidential caucus and primary calendar.

GOP on defensive over Medicare after special election lossupdated: Wed May 25 2011 12:03:00

Has the Republican Medicare plan undermined the GOP's 2012 election hopes?

Is Jon Huntsman the GOP's fresh face?updated: Wed May 25 2011 06:05:00

Great expectations await Jon Huntsman in New Hampshire. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Pawlenty launches 2012 presidential campaignupdated: Tue May 24 2011 07:00:00

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty officially announced his candidacy for president Monday in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, kicking off his "truth" campaign.

Gingrich slams GOP Medicare planupdated: Wed May 18 2011 15:59:00

CNN's Gloria Borger examines the firestorm Newt Gingrich created with his critique of the GOP plan to change Medicare.

Gingrich inspires another GOP revolt -- against himselfupdated: Wed May 18 2011 15:59:00

It's unusual, to say the least, for a presidential candidate to have a defining campaign moment on Week One of the campaign, but Newt Gingrich never disappoints: Right out of the box on Sunday TV, fresh from his presidential announcement, he declared the House GOP plan for Medicare "right-wing social engineering." Then he went on to explain how he still supports individual mandates in health care -- despite the fact that the mandates are the key to the Republican attacks on the president's health care law.

Ryan: 'No more gimmicks'updated: Wed Apr 27 2011 07:43:00

Rep. Paul Ryan reveals the proposed GOP budget aimed at cutting $6.2 trillion in spending over the next decade.

Republicans run away from 2012 raceupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 07:43:00

In conversations with Republican strategists and officeholders, the importance of the upcoming election is never understated: Historic, some say. A must-win for the GOP. An election of great consequence for the nation.

House GOP budget to call for big changes to Medicare, Medicaidupdated: Sat Apr 02 2011 17:24:00

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will unveil a highly anticipated 2012 Republican budget next week that proposes dramatic changes to political lightning rods: entitlements.

Behind the scenes: How the GOP is selling its budget plan to itselfupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 16:30:00

In a small conference room deep inside the Capitol, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan could be mistaken for a traveling salesman at a business meeting.

Rep. Paul Ryan discusses budgetupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 16:30:00

Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, talks budget deficit projections with other members of Congress.

Islam emerges as key issue for GOPupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 13:21:00

A conservative activist who served in George W. Bush's White House, Suhail Khan has lately found himself at odds with certain figures who should be allies, like fellow activists on the right and some leading lights of the Republican Party.

2012 race starts in Iowaupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 09:00:00

Five possible presidential hopefuls are visiting Iowa Monday in order to gain the support of future caucus-goers.

Preston on Politics: Campaign for GOP nod began in 2009updated: Mon Mar 07 2011 09:00:00

Newt Gingrich's decision to acknowledge publicly he is exploring a White House bid will be seen as a significant moment, a line drawn in the sand that will mark the official beginning of the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination.

House Republican leaders give in to conservatives on spending cutsupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 14:30:00

Facing a rebellion from conservatives, House Republican leaders said Thursday they will find $100 billion in spending cuts for the remainder of the current fiscal year, as they had promised during the midterm campaign.

Assessing the GOP fieldupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 08:32:00

GOP candidates are taking their time getting into the 2012 race. CNN's Jessica Yellin reports.

Pakistan's Cabinet resigns as part of plan to streamline governmentupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 07:37:00

Pakistan's Cabinet ministers submitted their resignations to the prime minister on Wednesday as part of the government's plan to dissolve and reappoint a smaller Cabinet, the prime minister's press secretary told CNN.

Egypt's ruling party officials resignupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 18:20:00

Apparent fissures in Egypt's regime surfaced Saturday as key members of the embattled ruling party resigned.

Key members of Egypt's ruling party resignupdated: Sat Feb 05 2011 18:20:00

Apparent fissures in Egypt's regime surfaced Saturday as key members of the embattled ruling party, including President Hosni Mubarak's once heir-apparent son, resigned their party leadership posts and the vice president began talks with opposition leaders.

Irish prime minister steps down as party leaderupdated: Sat Jan 22 2011 16:10:00

Embattled Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Saturday that he will step down as leader of the Fianna Fail political party but stay on as prime minister until the March 11 elections.

Can Boehner's GOP deliver on promises?updated: Mon Jan 17 2011 09:54:00

Following a traumatic week for the nation in the wake of the Arizona shootings, Congress will get back to business this week. As House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's spokesperson announced, "It is important for Congress to get back to work, and to that end we will resume thoughtful consideration of the health care bill."

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