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GOP stars throw support behind Romneyupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 16:15:00

Some of the biggest names in the Republican Party took to the stage to show support for Mitt Romney.

CNN Fact Check: Lower unemployment in GOP-led states?updated: Wed Aug 29 2012 16:15:00

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday night tried to sell the American public on the virtues of having the GOP in charge of states.

Democrats in Tampa: What did Romney build?updated: Wed Aug 29 2012 05:36:00

Democrats wasted no time on Tuesday trying to undercut Republicans as they began their convention, attacking a key GOP message before party luminaries took the spotlight in Tampa.

At convention, GOP leaders reflect U.S. diversityupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 14:53:00

When the Republican National Convention kicks off this week in Tampa, Florida, the nation will notice one thing before anything else: This is not your father's or grandfather's Republican Party. Rather, it's a party with leaders as diverse as the country it intends to represent.

GOP, big tent or big mess?updated: Tue Aug 28 2012 08:13:00

Now that delegates have converged on Tampa, Florida, for the Republican National Convention, one has to wonder whether there is enough room in the arena for all the conflicting and contradictory elements of the modern Republican Party.

GOP sticks to planned Obama-bashing despite convention delayupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 13:42:00

Monday was supposed to be Obama-bashing day to launch the Republican National Convention, and GOP organizers showed they weren't going to let something like a tropical storm totally derail their agenda.

Hutchison: GOP has welcomed womenupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 08:13:00

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) on Rep. Todd Akin's controversial rape comments and how they will affect the GOP.

What GOP needs to do in Tampaupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 07:44:00

The stakes are high for Republicans at this week's convention. As the delegates gather in Tampa,the GOP needs to be ready to lay out a set of compelling arguments to frame the final months of the campaign.

Obama, Romney locked in a tight raceupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 07:44:00

Ron Brownstein and Karen Tumulty on the state of the 2012 campaign as the GOP prepares to hold its convention.

Breaking rules: Obama, Romney try to rain on each other's parade updated: Mon Aug 27 2012 05:40:00

When President Barack Obama's campaign announced plans for a full-court press while Republicans hold their convention in Tampa, Florida, this week, some veteran political watchers marked the end of an era.

Has the tea party 'sold out' to the mainstream GOP? updated: Sun Aug 26 2012 22:56:00

Is the tea party changing the Republican Party from the inside -- or selling out to the GOP?

Isaac changes GOP convention plansupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 18:35:00

Monday events are canceled at the GOP convention as Tropical storm Isaac threatens Florida.

Strippers look to GOP to 'make it rain' updated: Thu Aug 23 2012 11:58:00

Go-Go and Ezili are dancing cheek to cheek on a Friday night. That is to say they're spinning, glute to glute, on a polished chrome pole at a strip club.

Peek inside strip clubs prepping for RNCupdated: Thu Aug 23 2012 11:58:00

Tampa, Florida, strip clubs welcome this year's Republican National Convention.

Drama is rare in modern conventionsupdated: Thu Aug 23 2012 09:58:00

Four years after Jerry Ford's presidency ended in the ashes of his Watergate pardon of Richard Nixon, he vaulted back onto center stage at his party's 1980 national convention.

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.

Wake up: It's not just Akinupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 09:36:00

They will say this is about one person.

Akin's "legitimate rape" comments trouble for GOPupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 20:21:00

The fallout over U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments on rape jolted Republicans nationally on Monday and threatened longer-term consequences for them, potentially reviving the "war on women" debate and possibly hurting their campaign to win control of the Senate.

Are Republicans becoming more tech-savvy than Democrats?updated: Mon Aug 20 2012 13:35:00

Everyday Americans now have the power to advise congressmen and influence legislation through Project Madison, a new online platform that implements public suggestions on pending laws.

In convention speeches, history is madeupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 07:48:00

Now the party is really starting. Democrats and Republicans are preparing to gather to hold their conventions, each using this precious time to tell the nation what its presidential candidate is all about.

Turning GOP and Dems into Americansupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 11:08:00

Fmr. Rep. Mickey Edwards on his book, The Parties Vs. the People: Can We Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans?

Battlegrounds: Iowa's seven electoral votes could be decisiveupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 07:37:00

A visit to the Iowa State Fair is a test of diet discipline: They fry just about everything -- from Oreos to butter to mac & cheese -- and the bigger the better, from half-pound tenderloins to massive turkey legs and pork chops.

Christie, Rubio lined up for conventionupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 18:00:00

Mark Preston on reports that NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio to speak at the Republican convention.

Rare opportunity for speakers at GOP conventionupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 18:00:00

For one week in August, the Republican Party will have a guaranteed place on prime time TV and, it hopes, voters' undivided attention.

Paul Ryan: I'm a policy personupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 11:33:00

Mitt Romney's running mate explains what motivates him and why solving America's budget crisis matters to him.

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.

House passes Republican tax-cut planupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:45:00

The U.S. House on Wednesday took the opposite action on tax cuts as the Senate, rejecting a Democratic proposal championed by President Barack Obama to extend lower tax rates for middle-income Americans, and then passing a Republican plan to maintain the lower rates for everyone for a year.

Rep. Van Hollen on the Bush-era tax cutsupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 20:45:00

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) says, the president's plan "would provide tax relief for 100% of the American people"

Leaders of Congress reach deal to fund government, avoid shutdown showdownupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 15:13:00

Congressional leaders announced a deal Tuesday on a six-month bill to fund the federal government, thereby removing the possibility of a government shutdown -- and the political spectacle that would go with it -- before the election.

Senate Republicans filibuster Obama judicial nomineeupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 20:59:00

In keeping with their vow to prevent any more of President Barack Obama's appeals court nominees from being confirmed until after the election, Senate Republicans successfully upheld Monday their filibuster of Judge Robert Bacharach's nomination to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Denver.

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.

Lee: Congress should extend tax cutsupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 17:44:00

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) says Congress should extend Bush-era tax cuts and a tax increase would hamper economic growth.

Senate passes Democratic tax plan, rejects GOP versionupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 17:44:00

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a Democratic plan to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for middle income Americans while rejecting a Republican alternative to continue all of the cuts -- twin votes that help to crystallize the position of the two parties on a critical issue heading into the fall campaign.

Ask Wolf: Repealing health care lawupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 08:14:00

Wolf Blitzer responds to a twitter question asking how difficult it would be to repeal health care if Romney is elected.

Repeal health care law? Forget about itupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 08:14:00

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office added another reason to drop the politics and get down to the hard work of health care reform. The nonpartisan organization released a report that finds the cost of repealing the reform will balloon government deficits by $109 billion between 2013 and 2022.

GOP senators block top Obama jobs initiativeupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 20:29:00

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the No.1 item on the president's congressional "to-do-list," refusing to allow a vote on a bill that would give tax breaks for companies that "insource" jobs to the U.S. from overseas while eliminating tax deductions for companies that move jobs abroad.

GOP: Donor disclosure act omits unionsupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 18:39:00

Senate Republicans say a proposed bill that would require more disclosure of campaign donors unfairly omits labor unions.

Outside political donors still shrouded in smokeupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 18:39:00

Depending on whom you ask, either Democratic efforts to force big-dollar donors out of the shadows are a smokescreen that hides union clout, or Republicans opposing the efforts are just blowing smoke in an attempt to ensure well-heeled donors stay anonymous.

Senate Republicans block DISCLOSE Act for second straight dayupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 20:56:00

Senate Republicans again Tuesday blocked Democratic legislation that would require greater transparency into who is behind much of the secretive, often negative campaign advertising filling the airwaves this election season.

Can GOP's gonzo celebs help Romney win?updated: Fri Jul 13 2012 11:55:00

With the election getting nearer, Hollywood's few, proudly open conservatives have been heating up the rhetoric. Some have been quietly campaigning in a way that dodges the headlines. Vince Vaughn, for example, endorsed Ron Paul early in the campaign, an act as refreshing as it is sadly redundant. But most of the news reports have been dominated by the antediluvian antics of some pretty aged (and by now probably unemployable) actors.

Biden takes on voting rights issues at NAACP conventionupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 15:48:00

Vice President Joe Biden delivered a rousing address to the NAACP in Houston on Thursday, bolstering support for President Barack Obama and drawing sharp contrasts with the Republican Party on civil rights issues.

In polarized Washington, two worlds apartupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 18:57:00

Even in an election year, the current dysfunction in Washington reflects a worsening partisan divide that has created what amounts to parallel political universes seemingly unable to comprehend or deal with each other.

Obama: No apology for health care fightupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 16:31:00

President Obama says his health care plan is critical to helping the middle class thrive again.

Bush tax cut fight could derail Senate small-business bill updated: Tue Jul 10 2012 21:46:00

The Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to give tax breaks to small businesses that hire new workers or boost pay for existing workers. But the overwhelming 80-14 vote masks the broad expectation that because of an unrelated fight over the Bush tax cuts, the small business bill is unlikely to pass the chamber.

Analysis: Where are the jobs bills?updated: Fri Jul 06 2012 19:03:00

Another month, another weak jobs report. And don't expect Congress to do much about it anytime soon.

Obama downplays weak jobs report; Romney blames himupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 13:45:00

President Barack Obama downplayed a weak jobs report Friday as he wrapped up a two-day bus tour to critical states in the November election, while Republicans pounced on the news to declare the president's policies have failed.

Can congressional Republicans repeal Obamacare?updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 09:22:00

While conservatives are still seething over last week's Supreme Court ruling saving President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, top Capitol Hill Republicans are gleefully using the decision to fire up their base with promises of a repeal in 2013.

GOP plans for 'after Obamacare'updated: Tue Jul 03 2012 09:22:00

The GOP is working to define what they would replace Obamacare with.

Congress OKs highway funds-student loan billupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 21:12:00

Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant transportation funding bill as part of a package that includes a measure holding down interest rates on federal student loans.

Republicans launch blitz against health care lawupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 13:06:00

Republicans launched a blistering attack Friday on the health care reform law upheld by the Supreme Court, seeking to rally their base's opposition to the measure to bolster their fortunes in the November election.

Holder contempt vote seems inevitableupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 18:05:00

Eric Holder about to become the first sitting Attorney General cited for contempt of Congress. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

House holds Holder in contemptupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 17:00:00

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt for refusing to turn over documents tied to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting -- a discredited operation that has become a sharp point of contention between Democrats and Republicans in Washington.

Ruling plays into campaign narrative for both sidesupdated: Thu Jun 28 2012 14:59:00

The U.S. Supreme Court's narrow upholding of the health care reform law will launch a complex political ballet, with President Barack Obama and Democrats claiming victory and Republicans vowing to "repeal it lock, stock and barrel."

Boehner: Contempt vote on Holder will proceedupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 21:49:00

The U.S. House will vote Thursday on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents involving the failed Fast and Furious weapons crackdown, Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.

Congress strikes tentative deal on highway bill, sources sayupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 20:58:00

After months of difficult talks, bipartisan House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative deal on a giant transportation funding bill Wednesday, multiple sources tell CNN. A formal announcement is expected late Wednesday night after the last details are hammered out and the final language is drafted, they said.

Pushing Congress to act on spending cutsupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 20:58:00

Rep. Buzz McKeon comes OutFront to discuss whether Congress will be able to make a deal on spending cuts.

Will student loan interest rates increase?updated: Wed Jun 27 2012 02:31:00

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House GOP leaders to discuss deal on student loansupdated: Wed Jun 27 2012 02:31:00

House GOP leaders are expected to discuss whether or not to extend a rate cut on student loans at a meeting Wednesday morning.

White House, Justice Dept. make last-ditch effort to avoid Holder contempt voteupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 22:15:00

Officials from the Justice Department and the White House met with senior aides to House Speaker John Boehner and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa at the White House on Tuesday to try to head off a House vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Senate deal on student loans awaits House GOP approval updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 22:10:00

The top Senate leaders from each party Tuesday indicated they had reached an agreement to extend a rate cut on student loans but were waiting to hear whether House Republicans would accept the deal.

A changing national mood on immigration?updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 11:20:00

The judicial equivalent of white smoke has risen: The Supreme Court has ruled in a split decision rejecting most of Arizona's controversial immigration policing law, SB 1070.

Can Obama split the GOP?updated: Mon Jun 25 2012 08:31:00

When President Obama had his back to the wall after a month of bad economic news, he tried to change the national conversation by shifting attention toward the issue of immigration. Through a directive issued by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to stop deporting some young undocumented immigrants, the administration made one of its boldest moves in four years in this area of policy.

Congress ready for high court's health care decisions -- then it gets trickyupdated: Sun Jun 24 2012 18:57:00

No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the challenge to the health care law, it will only be a matter of minutes after that ruling is announced before attention shifts back across the street to the Capitol and to what happens next there.

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.

Political squabbling over student loans continues updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 15:55:00

With time running out for Congress to prevent a doubling of interest rates on federal student loans, the White House and Republican leaders exchanged accusations Thursday on who was to blame for the lack of an agreement.

Women protest 'vagina' censorshipupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 09:06:00

Thousands protest at the Michigan Statehouse to support a lawmaker who was censored for saying 'vagina' during a debate.

Lisa Brown: Silenced for saying (shock!) 'vagina' updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 09:06:00

One week ago, the Michigan House of Representatives was taking up some of the most restrictive anti-choice legislation in the country. It was in the context of this bill that I said, "Finally Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'"

Republicans refine immigration message after Obama's scoopupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 16:35:00

Caught off guard by the Obama administration's shift in immigration policy last week, Republicans on Tuesday refined their response in an effort to lessen any political bounce for the president at what had been a tough time in his campaign.

Biden laments GOP obstructionismupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 00:21:00

Vice President Biden accused House GOP members of obstructionism.

Jeb vs. Grover: Battle for GOP's soulupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 12:32:00

This is what happens when politics starts looking like a cult: Jeb Bush gets attacked for being a traitor to the conservative cause.

GOP shouldn't get cocky over voteupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 12:15:00

In 2004, when President George W. Bush was re-elected by 3.5 million votes, he had a message to deliver about the mandate he had won. "I earned capital in this campaign, political capital," he said, "and now I intend to spend it."

Senate Republicans block pay equity bill updated: Tue Jun 05 2012 17:57:00

An election-year Democratic measure designed to ensure that women don't face pay discrimination was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers.

Texas GOP Senate primary heads to runoff updated: Wed May 30 2012 16:34:00

A boiling primary battle in Texas headed to a runoff early Wednesday as two Republicans running for U.S. Senate failed to reach the 50% threshold to clinch the GOP nomination.

GOP's problem with Latinos -- as big as Texasupdated: Tue May 29 2012 07:28:00

In Texas, where voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, politics can be brutal.

Will falling gas prices help Obama?updated: Mon May 28 2012 10:56:00

There's good news for drivers hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend: Gas prices are falling.

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.

New majority: Minority babiesupdated: Mon May 21 2012 08:02:00

CNN's Tom Foreman tackles the increasing trend of the number of minority babies surpassing white babies in the U.S.

GOP problem: 'Their voters are white, aging and dying off'updated: Mon May 21 2012 08:02:00

When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears before Latino small-business owners in Washington on Tuesday, he'll address a group whose explosive birth rates foreshadow a seismic political shift in GOP strongholds in the Deep South and Southwest.

House GOP leaders pressure Holder on Fast and Furiousupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:46:00

Top House Republicans attempted to ramp up pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday with a joint letter demanding the Department of Justice comply with a congressional subpoena for materials on the "Operation Fast and Furious" program.

House passes $643 billion defense billupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:36:00

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion defense bill -- a measure at odds with prior military spending agreements and President Barack Obama's Pentagon plans.

Super PAC's reported anti-Obama ad sparks backlash, quick denialupdated: Fri May 18 2012 05:02:00

Predictions of super PAC-fueled campaign ugliness seemed to come to reality on Thursday when reports broke of a potential conservative group's ad campaign aimed at tying President Barack Obama to a controversy many thought put to rest nearly four years ago.

Dems, GOP spar over domestic violence actupdated: Wed May 16 2012 22:55:00

Florida Republican Sandy Adams' personal story could help the GOP in its efforts to woo women voters.

House passes GOP version of Violence Against Women Act renewal updated: Wed May 16 2012 22:55:00

The House of Representatives passed the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, despite strong opposition from Democrats.

Senate's all-day budget debate dominated by politics updated: Wed May 16 2012 20:01:00

It had all the appearances of a serious-minded debate: Republicans insisted the Senate spend all day Wednesday arguing which party had better budget proposals to fix the economy.

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.

Romney, GOP try to shift focus to deficitupdated: Tue May 15 2012 19:37:00

Mitt Romney continued his blitz against President Barack Obama over the federal deficit on Tuesday, signaling a GOP shift away from social issues and back to what Republicans consider the president's Achilles' heel: the economy.

GOP sees chance to pick up Senate seat in Nebraskaupdated: Tue May 15 2012 04:33:00

With their eyes on winning control of the U.S. Senate in November, Republicans will be looking Tuesday to the primary for Nebraska's open seat, where the yet-to-be-decided Republican candidate is already favored over the former senator expected to win the Democratic nod.

Fear fueling Republican extremismupdated: Mon May 14 2012 11:06:00

Last month, two political scientists published one of those rare op-eds that gets the political community talking.

Tea party could make or break Romneyupdated: Mon May 14 2012 07:56:00

Mitt Romney spoke this weekend to the students at Liberty University, a hotbed of conservative studies,and he has been forced to think about his ties to the right. He is facing a difficult challenge in determining what his relationship should be with the tea party Republicans who helped revitalize the GOP after the doldrums of 2008.

Opinion: On gay marriage, Latinos agree with Obamaupdated: Thu May 10 2012 15:34:00

President Obama is indeed a profile in courage. He has made history yet again with his announcement that he supports full marriage equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Bravo, Mr. President.

Social issues may not turn election in 2012 but will influence votersupdated: Wed May 09 2012 22:26:00

In an election year that some pundits have predicted will be focused on jobs and the economy, social issues like same-sex marriage have stolen the spotlight a surprising number of times. But experts say don't expect those hot-button topics to be the ultimate markers of the 2012 cycle.

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.

'Mess of the White House's own making'updated: Wed May 09 2012 10:21:00

Jessica Yellin and Richard Socaride discuss President Obama's campaign strategy on the issue of same-sex marriage.

A second Obama term: What scares Republicans?updated: Wed May 09 2012 10:21:00

A gaffe is when a politician is caught telling the truth, the old saying goes.

Senate GOP vows to block White House student loan billupdated: Mon May 07 2012 19:58:00

Senate Republicans will block Democrats from taking up a White House-backed bill to cap rates on some student loans unless Democrats allow a vote on a GOP alternative, the second-ranking Senate Republican said Monday.

Why Ron Paul is not going awayupdated: Fri May 04 2012 16:26:00

Newt Gingrich quit the presidential race on Wednesday. Long after he exhausted the patience of the voters, he finally concluded that the mathematical probability of winning the Republican nomination was next to nil. Why spend money and raise false hopes if you can't win? Best to get out now and join the veepstakes.

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