From “true believers” to “Buckley voters,” not all Republicans are created equal. That’s bad news for Jeb. By Hugh Hewitt The early departures of Scott Walker and Rick Perry from the 2016 presidential race demonstrate that the nation’s pundits should recheck their assumptions about what matters to the GOP in this election cycle. To learn […]

In this Oct. 3, 2014 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far.

BY GABRIEL MALOR This month the Supreme Court will start October Term 2015, and while most of the cases they take are important, some are more important than others. Probably in part because of the Roberts Court’s incrementalism, many of the cases require the high court to clean up unresolved issues in previous decisions. I’ll […]

DES MOINES, IA - JUNE 12: Richard Rarick shows his support as he waits for the start of a campaign event for Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) at Drake University on June 12, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Sanders, an advocate of providing free college education to all Americans, was greeted by a standing-room-only crowd at the event.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By David A. Fahrenthold In the America that Bernie Sanders wants to create, tuition would be free for every student at every public college. Which, of course, is another way of saying that the government would pay for it. To do that, the Democratic presidential candidate would spend $750 billion over 10 years, and raise the […]


BY ALLAHPUNDIT The funniest part of this story isn’t that they’re obsessing over an online predictions website. The funniest part is that Jeb’s standing in that market really might be the best argument they have left to donors to stay aboard while this ship drifts aimlessly towards Iowa and New Hampshire. If PredictIt is for […]


By Amie Parnes and Alexander Bolton Hillary Clinton is making the case that she’ll be able to get more done with Congress than her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination — and President Obama, for that matter. Clinton’s argument is that she has long relationships with many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as […]

By Scot Lehigh SOME MISSTEPS are born scandals. Some achieve scandal status. Still others have the appellation forced determinedly upon them by scandal-mongers hoping for political advantage. After all, sometimes the mere repetition of “Scandal!” can fool the politically unwary. That’s why, when a purported scandal pops up, it’s always good to ask: What, really, […]

La ex gobernadora de Alaska Sarah Palin camina con el magnate inmobiliario Donald Trump en la ciudad de Nueva York, el martes 31 de mayo del 2011. (Foto AP/Craig Ruttle)

by JIM GERAGHTY Jerry, how much do you think Lorne Michaels would pay me if I were to run in 2016?” Sarah Palin asked Jerry Seinfeld in a skit that aired as part of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special in February. “Run for president? Sarah, I don’t think there’s a number too big,” Seinfeld […]


By Amanda Marcotte, Rolling Stone Another day, another horrible mass shooting. This one was in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, on the Umpqua Community College campus. More than two dozen people were reportedly hit with gunfire. While victims are being rushed to the hospital, many right-wing pundits and politicians are no doubt readying their […]


By Alan Rappeport The next Republican presidential debate will have stricter polling criteria for candidates to make the main stage, potentially winnowing the field, the debate’s sponsor said Wednesday. Candidates such as Senator Rand Paul, Gov. Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, who have all been struggling in recent polls, could be relegated to the second […]


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