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2 Good, Young Leaders May Save the GOP

This is the 'Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio moment,' says David Brooks

(Newser) - The last few years haven't been kind to the Republican party, writes David Brooks in the New York Times , but he thinks the rise of two 40-something leaders is poised to change that. In a column headlined the "Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio Moment," Brooks labels Rubio... More »

GOP Candidates Plan 'Revolt' Over Debates

Most of the campaigns plan to meet Sunday to figure out strategy

(Newser) - Republican candidates aren't just ticked off about how the debates are being presented, they're planning what Politico refers to as a "revolt" against the networks—and the Republican National Committee. Representatives from most of the campaigns plan to meet Sunday evening to plot strategy on how to... More »

5 Things to Watch in the GOP Debate

Trump expected to go after Carson aggressively

(Newser) - The Republicans debate again Wednesday night, with a field still big enough to require two events. The undercard is at 6pm Eastern on CNBC (Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham), followed by the main event at 8pm on the same network with the remaining 10. (Their rankings,... More »

GOP's Troubles Started With Sarah Palin

William Daley: Her VP selection set a tone that continues today

(Newser) - William Daley served as President Obama's chief of staff for a while, and it's not surprising that he would describe the GOP primary as having a "carnival-like" atmosphere. But in the Washington Post , Daley also makes the case that the GOP's current problems can be traced... More »

Losing the Grammar Race: Trump Backers

Democrats' supporters make fewer grammatical errors: study

(Newser) - Can you guess which 2016 campaign supporters have the best grammar? Grammarly conducted a study on the comments left by supporters on the candidates’ official Facebook pages—seriously—analyzing them for grammatical mistakes. It turns out Donald Trump's supporters aren't making English great again: They made the most... More »

Married GOPers Are More Satisfied

67% of Republicans say they're 'very happy' in holy matrimony: survey

(Newser) - A University of Virginia sociologist who's not convinced that liberal families are better off than conservative ones has what he says is more data to back up his theory. W. Bradford Wilcox says that not only do families who live in "red" conservative counties "enjoy somewhat stronger... More »

14 GOP Hopefuls Speak in Trump-Free Forum

They stayed polite in NH forum

(Newser) - Last night, 14 Republicans running for president joined a forum in Manchester, NH, with two major differences from the upcoming official debate on Fox News on Thursday: no requirement to be in the pollsters' top 10, and no Donald Trump. Instead of debating each other, the candidates took two turns... More »

Caitlyn Jenner Shocks Trans Friends With Her Politics

"What's the big issue?" asks Jenner

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner's politically conservative views surprised her transgender friends in a just-released excerpt from tonight's episode of I Am Cait, reports Us Weekly . "What's the big issue?" asks the 65-year-old former Olympian. Friend Chandi Moore explains, "They're homeless, unemployed, so it's just going... More »

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 »

Krugman: Greece Holds an Important Warning for US

But it's not the one you're hearing about the most

(Newser) - Republicans are pointing to Greece and saying it holds a warning for the US—too much debt and too much borrowing will bring us doom. Paul Krugman agrees that Greece offers a lesson for Americans, but he draws a different one: Don't listen to those Republicans, who have been... More »

5 States Republicans and Democrats Aren't Fans Of

Sorry, Michigan

(Newser) - Pick a state, any state, and ask a bunch of people if they have a favorable impression of it. Generally speaking, Democrats and Republicans will answer differently—in 37 states, a clear majority of either Republicans or Democrats will give it a thumb's up. But YouGov points out that... 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 »

Ayatollah: GOP Letter to Iran Sign of US 'Disintegration'

Meanwhile, from John McCain: 'Maybe that wasn't exactly the best way to do that'

(Newser) - The 47 GOP senators who sent a letter to Iran's leadership about nuclear negotiations likely anticipated the reaction they got from President Obama. But some were taken aback by public backlash, and now they have another opinion to mull: that of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said today through Iran'... More »

Lawmaker's Office Glitter-Bombed

Accompanying note to Jeff Fortenberry read: 'Mind your own uterus'

(Newser) - If Rep. Jeff Fortenberry had been in his Lincoln, Neb., office instead of on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, he would have been in serious danger of getting covered in glitter and confetti. Instead, it was his aides who took the brunt of the "glitter bomb" apparently sent by an... More »

Gallup: Texas No Longer GOP-Leaning

But more states have moved away from the Dems

(Newser) - Gallup has ranked the states by party preference, and while some of its findings are unsurprising—Wyoming and Utah are once again the most Republican states, with Massachusetts and Maryland the most Democratic—big changes are underway in Texas, one of the biggest election prizes of them all. According... 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 »

Obama to Americans: 'I Hear You'

But the message applies to Republicans, too, he says

(Newser) - Day one of the new political reality in DC yielded words of cooperation from the White House and soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with signals that the bipartisan friction wasn't magically going away. “I want you to know, I hear you," said President Obama, referring... More »

Senate Control Matters, but Not Why You Think

Jonathan Chait: It's not about legislation, it's about presidential nominations

(Newser) - Republicans look poised to take control of the Senate, and there's all kinds of analysis out there about what this means for President Obama and his legislative agenda. You can safely ignore it all, writes Jonathan Chait at New York . The fact is, which party controls the Senate doesn'... 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 Shouldn't Get Giddy About Senate Control Yet

Forecasters have them taking over after midterms, but two skeptics differ

(Newser) - Republicans have reason to be happy heading into the midterm elections, with forecasts from respected outlets such as the Cook Political Report and pointing toward a GOP takeover of the Senate. At the Washington Post , however, Dan Balz isn't quite so convinced. Republicans need to pick up... More »

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