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Paris Attacks Will Keep Obama and Democrats Playing Defense

Paris Attacks Will Keep Obama and Democrats Playing Defense

I say it repeatedly: Events matter. And for President Barack Obama, the terror attacks in Paris present a no-win political situation, at least until other, compelling news changes the subject.

Could National Security Make 2016 Tougher for Women Candidates?

As national security becomes a bigger issue in the wake of the attacks in Paris, some Democratic strategists worry the issue could cause troubles for their Senate candidates in 2016 — and women candidates in particular.

Steve King Helps Ted Cruz Make Pitch to House Conservatives

Two days after endorsing Ted Cruz for president, Iowa Rep. Steve King stepped into the role of active surrogate Wednesday morning in a meeting with conservative House members.

Bobby Jindal Drops Out of Presidential Race

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he is ending his presidential bid, after failing to gain traction in the large GOP primary field.

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 32 Candidates to First Tier of Young Guns Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Wednesday that 32 candidates qualified for the first tier of its “Young Guns” program, putting them “on the radar” in its program that provides organizational and fundraising help to its candidates.

Special Master Offers Alternative Virginia Congressional Maps

Days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal to a lower court’s decision tossing out Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District boundaries, a special master appointed by the lower court released two proposals to remedy the state’s map Tuesday.

Former NFL Player Dives Into Illinois Senate Race

State Sen. Napoleon Harris, a former National Football League linebacker, on Tuesday announced his entry into the crowded Democratic primary to run against Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois.

In New York, Richard Hanna Facing Rematch From His Right

New York Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced Tuesday she will challenge Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., in the Republican primary next year, setting up a fight between the three-term tea party state legislator against a moderate incumbent.

Republicans Hope Blame for Paris Attacks Sticks to Clinton

Republicans see a tangible consequence of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the terror attacks in Paris and want to tie their likely opponent for the White House to it.

O'Malley Finds Voice on Foreign Policy After Paris Attacks

Running a distant third in what polls suggest is a two-person race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Martin O’Malley might have found a foreign policy challenge to his opponents.

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