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Lindsey Graham Gets Quippy in GOP Undercard Debate

He's got jokes and jokes and jokes

(Newser) - Wednesday's GOP undercard debate may not have as many viewers as the main event, but Lindsey Graham brought his A material anyway, launching quips at China, Bernie Sanders, and even himself. CNN reports some of his one-liners inspired only tepid laughter in the Colorado audience. And Maggie Haberman at... More »

Paul Ryan Is Finally Ready to Be Speaker

He announced he's running late Thursday

(Newser) - Despite all his protests to the contrary, it appears Paul Ryan is poised to become the next House speaker, NBC News reports. "I never thought I'd be speaker," Ryan wrote in a letter to fellow Republicans late Thursday. "But I pledged to you that if I... More »

2 Weeks to Go: 16 GOPers Jockey for 10 Debate Spots

Who's in, who's out, and who's teetering on the edge

(Newser) - There are just two weeks to go until the first Republican debate on Aug. 6, and the lineup isn't even close to set. Sixteen candidates are vying for 10 podiums on Fox's stage, reserved for those at the top in recent polls. Here's the latest:
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Trump to 'Foolish' RNC: I May Make 3rd-Party Run

'RNC has not been supportive,' real estate mogul says in interview

(Newser) - Donald Trump says he's not a Washington insider, which is why the GOP is treating him so badly—and why he'll entertain a third-party run, he tells the Hill . "So many people want me to, if I don't win [the GOP nomination]," he said during... More »

The Iowa Straw Poll Is Dead

GOP tradition since 1979 canceled due to expense, lack of interest

(Newser) - For nearly 40 years, Iowa held its straw poll for Republican hopefuls every summer before the presidential caucuses—but the poll set for this summer is now dead, the AP reports. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann tells the news agency that state GOP officials made the decision in a unanimous... More »

Huckabee Is In: What He'll Face in Round 2

2008 candidate is trying again

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee is throwing his hat in the ring—again. The former governor of Arkansas today announced "I am a candidate for president of the United States of America" at the University of Arkansas Community College, in his hometown of Hope—which also happens to be the birthplace of... More »

Senate Passes GOP Budget at 3:28am

50-plus amendments passed in all-night 'vote-a-rama'

(Newser) - The Senate powered through an 18-hour session that ended at 3:28am this morning, giving a yea or nay to more than 50 amendments in a "vote-a-rama" marathon and, in a 52-46 vote, approving a budget that looks to pave the way for dumping ObamaCare, Reuters reports. Not one... More »

Romney to Say If He's Running at 11am

Romney camp sees more factors in favor of a run than against

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has reportedly decided whether he'll make a third presidential bid in 2016. In an email yesterday, the Romney camp invited supporters to listen in on a conference call at 11am today, promising "an update," the Washington Post reports. What supporters will get is clarification on... More »

Mitt Romney: I Might Run for President

Romney makes announcement to fund-raising group

(Newser) - Heads up, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie: Mitt Romney said today that he may run for president in 2016, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say he made the announcement at a meeting with Republican donors in New York City. "Mitt told the group of 30 or so guys... More »

On Deck for GOP in 2015: A Long Series of Showdowns

Republican leaders to face immigration, debt ceiling, Medicare issues

(Newser) - John Boehner and Mitch McConnell penned a Wall Street Journal editorial in November that promised they would prove wrong "the skeptics [who] say nothing will be accomplished in the next two years." But even with both House and Senate firmly under GOP control when Congress convenes tomorrow , the... More »

Pol: GOP Mailer Had Folks Call My Mom at Nursing Home

Michigan Democrat John Fisher calls GOP campaign piece 'appalling'

(Newser) - John Fisher has no beef with voters calling him on his personal phone, but please don't call his 91-year-old mother. The Michigan Democrat, who's running for a state House seat, is fired up after a GOP campaign mailer was sent out this week telling people in the city... More »

GOP Likely to Win Small Majority in Senate

Though lots can happen in final month, writes Larry Sabato

(Newser) - With a month to go before the midterms, Republicans stand a decent and ever-improving chance of taking control of the Senate, according to respected political prognosticator Larry Sabato. In his Crystal Ball blog, Sabato writes that a one- to three-seat GOP majority is now the mostly likely outcome, a sharp... More »

Out: Pol Who Said Women on Welfare Should Be Sterilized

Former Ariz. Sen. Russell Pearce resigns after controversial radio statements

(Newser) - The man described as "the John Wayne of the airwaves" on radio station KKNT will have a more limited platform for his tough talk about women on public assistance and their right to give birth. Russell Pearce, a former Arizona senator who has been outspoken on the subject of... More »

Missouri Now Home to One of the Strictest Abortion Laws

GOP kills Dem filibuster to push through bill last night

(Newser) - Missouri is now one of two states requiring a 72-hour waiting period before having an abortion, with no exception for rape or incest, the AP reports. Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill—which he called "extreme and disrespectful" toward women—was overridden by the legislature by the... More »

Jeb Bush Might Defy Mom for 2016 Run

Former Fla. governor sending mixed signals

(Newser) - Jeb Bush could be fundraising, taking part in debates, and traveling around the country just for the heck of it—or the former Florida governor could actually be planning a 2016 presidential run. There have been increasing whispers about that long-anticipated 2016 Bush-Hillary Clinton battle as Jeb's advisers are... More »

Boehner to WH: Stop Saying I Want Impeachment

Lawsuit filed by House speaker will motivate GOP to go after prez, says Obama aide

(Newser) - There’s nothing to suggest that John Boehner has changed his mind since the last time he said he doesn’t want to impeach the president—but that didn’t stop a senior White House aide this morning from saying he thinks the door for Republicans to make that happen... More »

Don't Write Tea Party's Obituary Just Yet

Guardian columnist: Movement is losing the battles but winning the war

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell clobbered his Tea Party opponent last night, as did GOP candidates in lower-profile races elsewhere. Not only have Tea Party candidates been unable to unseat any incumbents this year, "its candidates really haven't come close," observes Jaime Fuller at the Washington Post . So is the... More »

GOP's 'Grass Roots' Are Anything But

EJ Dionne: Republicans have two establishments now, not just one

(Newser) - Those who align themselves with the Tea Party fancy the phrase "grass roots" to describe their fight with the GOP "establishment." Sorry, writes EJ Dionne in the Washington Post , but it's hard to think "grass roots" when billionaire donors are involved. No, what the GOP... More »

Republicans Get Smarter About Poverty

Doyle McManus: Income equality is not a partisan issue

(Newser) - Republicans seem to have shifted thinking about income inequality and the plight of poor people, writes Doyle McManus in the Los Angeles Times . Conservative stalwarts Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio are among those pitching proposals to help low-income Americans make ends meet, perhaps learning a lesson from Mitt Romney's... More »

GOP Blocks 2 Obama Picks, Sets Up Senate Fight

Democrats threaten to change rules requiring 60 votes

(Newser) - Senate Republicans today blocked President Obama's picks for a powerful federal court and a housing regulatory agency, prompting Democrats to threaten curtailing the GOP's ability to derail nominations. "Something has to change, and I hope we can make the changes necessary through cooperation," Harry Reid said... More »

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