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  • GOP campaign rhetoric has Muslim-Americans on edge

    November 24, 2015 4:16 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Muslim-Americans who sued the New York Police Department over a surveillance program launched after 9/11 are on edge over the call for more surveillance from some Republican presidential candidates. They say rhetoric from the campaign is recklessly playing on people's fears. Donald Trump has said law enforcement... more »
  • Republican contender Jeb Bush names Louisiana campaign team

    November 24, 2015 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has named his Louisiana steering committee and finance chairs, ahead of the state's March 5 primary. Leading the fundraising efforts for the former Florida governor in Louisiana are New Orleans real estate developer, Joe Canizaro, Lockport shipbuilder Boysie Bollinger and Ruston... more »
  • GOP loses state Senate seat, but picks up 2 spots in House

    November 23, 2015 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans have narrowly lost their super-majority in the state Senate after the weekend's runoff election. Democrats picked up a Senate seat Saturday. The chamber's GOP membership will drop from 26 to 25 in January, keeping Republicans short of the two-thirds bloc required to pass certain types... more »
  • Obama promises to veto bill that would bolster checks on Syrian refugees

    November 19, 2015 6:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States. President Barack Obama is promising a veto. Many Democrats say the effort is election-season grandstanding, but political pressures are pushing others to support it. Republicans are... more »
  • Bush calls for US ground forces to fight Islamic State

    November 18, 2015 7:09 AM

    CHARLESTON - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the United States must commit U.S. ground forces to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. In a speech in South Carolina, Bush says "air power is essential" but cannot by itself rid Syria and Iraq of the extremist Islamic group.... more »
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 17, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday evening he is suspending his campaign for the presidency. Jindal made the announcement on Fox News, saying "This is not my time. I've come to the realization that this is not my time." Jindal had polled at around one percent... more »
  • McConnell may put immigration on agenda amid GOP fight

    November 13, 2015 2:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed Democrats he may schedule a vote next week on a hard-line immigration bill pushed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP candidate for president. The move could bring debate over immigration to the Senate floor just as it flares on the... more »
  • Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard at next GOP debate

    November 5, 2015 7:13 PM

    NEWARK - Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated out of prime-time and onto the undercard at next week's GOP presidential debate. And former New York Gov. George Pataki won't appear at all. That's the decision announced Thursday night by Fox Business, which is hosting next Tuesday's debates. Eight... more »
  • Conservatives concede they can't block budget deal

    October 27, 2015 11:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - Conservative Republicans in the House concede that there's not much they can do to stop a two-year budget deal that was agreed to by congressional leaders and the White House. In his final days as speaker, John Boehner is trying to get the measure approved, in order to... more »
  • Democrat Edwards seeks support from GOP anti-Vitter voters

    October 26, 2015 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As the Louisiana governor's race moves to a runoff, Democrat Rep. John Bel Edwards is trying to build support from GOP voters who didn't choose Republican David Vitter in the primary. Vitter is trying to make his head-to-head matchup with Edwards a partisan competition. Less than four... more »
  • GOP's Vitter advances to runoff against Edwards

    October 24, 2015 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has survived challenges from two GOP rivals to reach a November runoff in the Louisiana governor's race. He'll face Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards on the Nov. 21 ballot. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both... more »
  • Pressure mounts on Paul Ryan to run for speaker

    October 9, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The pressure is on Congressman Paul Ryan to run for House speaker. The process of finding a successor to John Boehner was thrown into chaos yesterday, when the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, announced he was abandoning his campaign for the post. Entering a closed-door Republican... more »
  • McCarthy withdraws candidacy for speaker, GOP vote postponed

    October 8, 2015 12:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for speaker of the U.S. House. GOP lawmakers say McCarthy told colleagues at the start of a closed meeting that he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be... more »
  • White House opposes bill blocking Iran nuclear deal

    September 30, 2015 1:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is opposing a House bill that aims to block implementation of the Iran nuclear deal until Tehran pays billions of dollars in damages to victims of Iranian-sponsored terror. In a statement on Wednesday, the Obama administration said the bill, which the House is to vote... more »
  • Economists question Bush's prescription for lower gas prices

    September 29, 2015 7:02 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Oil industry economists say a link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal. Bush's overall premise that lifting the... more »
  • Trump unveils tax plan that would lower taxes for millions

    September 28, 2015 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is calling for an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate income taxes for millions of Americans, and lower them for the rich. Trump is unveiling his tax plan at a press conference Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The... more »
  • Jindal says McConnell should step down

    September 25, 2015 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is calling on the GOP's top senator to step down. The Louisiana governor told The Associated Press on Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should follow the lead of House Speaker John Boehner, who announced earlier in the day plans to... more »
  • Caldwell, Landry in close fundraising competition in AG race

    September 25, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- In Louisiana's attorney general's race, Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell is locked in a tight fundraising competition with one GOP opponent, former Congressman Jeff Landry. Caldwell ended the latest two-month fundraising period ahead of the Oct. 24 election with nearly $1.2 million in the bank after raising $179,000. Landry... more »
  • Bayou Corne sinkhole becomes attack point in governor's race

    September 25, 2015 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A three-year-old sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents from their homes has become a new flashpoint in the governor's race. Republican candidate David Vitter is accusing GOP rival Scott Angelle of running away from the catastrophe. Angelle was head of the Department of Natural Resources in August... more »
  • GOP pragmatists protest tea party shutdown tactics

    September 23, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Rank-and-file Republican lawmakers are protesting the tactics of tea party colleagues who demand that legislation to keep the government open also take away federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Eleven GOP House freshmen say they support a short-term funding bill needed to guarantee the government won't shut down next... more »
  • Ranks thinning, mainstream GOP candidates try to adapt

    September 22, 2015 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Scott Walker and Rick Perry entered the 2016 presidential race with a combined 18 years of experience as governors. They exited the Republican primary- the first candidates to do so - with negligible support and dwindling bank accounts. Their swift demise is a warning to others who hope... more »
  • GOP candidates for governor say Vitter attack ads misleading

    September 21, 2015 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican David Vitter has launched direct attacks against his GOP rivals in the Louisiana governor's race, and his competitors say that's a sign Vitter's struggling to hold on to his front-runner status. Vitter, a U.S. senator, released ads this weekend describing Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne... more »
  • Scott Walker to drop out of GOP presidential race

    September 21, 2015 4:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will announce later Monday that he is dropping out of the GOP race for the White House, sources tell CNN. CNN reported Monday that a GOP strategist close to the campaign and a senior GOP adviser with knowledge of Walker's plans said the... more »
  • Jindal qualifies for South Carolina primary

    September 18, 2015 6:37 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - Governor Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign moved on from his debate performance this week to South Carolina. Jindal qualified as a candidate for the state's primary Friday, filing paperwork to appear on the Feb. 20 ballot. The Louisiana governor is still polling at the bottom... more »
  • At debate, Jindal compares Texas student to Kim Davis

    September 16, 2015 7:21 PM

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - At Wednesday night's first Republican presidential debate for CNN, Governor Bobby Jindal connected the plight of a Muslim student in Texas who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school to the Kentucky county clerk who refused to give same-sex couples a marriage license. ... more »
  • Ahead of GOP debate, Biden knocks climate change doubters

    September 16, 2015 5:52 PM

    ANAHEIM, Calif. - Taking aim at his potential political opponents, Vice President Joe Biden railed Wednesday against Republicans who "deny climate change" and want to shut down the federal government over funding for Planned Parenthood, and pleaded with them to "just get out of the way." Biden came to... more »
  • Trump's rivals eye more aggressive stance in second debate

    September 16, 2015 8:55 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- In the first Republican presidential debate, most candidates took a hands-off approach to Donald Trump and hoped the brash billionaire would hurt himself. Instead, he only got stronger. The billionaire's unexpected durability has some of his rivals shifting their strategy for Wednesday's second showdown. Now their goal is... more »
  • Iran deal seems on track after day of discord

    September 9, 2015 2:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - A day of maneuvering and speechifying in and outside Congress has done little to change the reality. Barring unlikely success of an eleventh-hour gambit by the House, the international accord aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions will move ahead. Congressional Republicans... more »
  • Trump signs pledge to back GOP's 2016 presidential nominee

    September 3, 2015 2:16 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump says he has signed a Republican loyalty pledge to back the GOP's 2016 nominee for president and skip a potential third-party bid. The billionaire businessman and presidential candidate roiled the GOP race when he refused to make such a promise in the campaign's first debate.... more »
  • Pro-Vitter PAC issues its first attack ad in governor's race

    September 1, 2015 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A super PAC supporting David Vitter's candidacy for governor has gone on the attack, with a new TV ad slamming the Republican U.S. senator's two GOP competitors. The Fund for Louisiana's Future is blasting Vitter's GOP opponents - Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov.... more »
  • Officials found in Ashley Madison hack, other addresses to be probed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 20, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After emails belonging to state workers were shown to be used for accounts on adultery website Ashley Madison, the state said Thursday, it is against policy for employees to use state-owned email addresses for this type of activity. Ashley Madison is an online dating site that... more »
  • GOP hopeful Huckabee says West Bank is part of Israel

    August 18, 2015 1:47 PM

    JERUSALEM - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee waded into Middle East politics by declaring the West Bank to be part of Israel. Huckabee made the remarks Tuesday while visiting a West Bank settlement. He told reporters "if you're going to visit Israel you should visit all of Israel, and that... more »
  • Trump released from New York jury duty, now back to campaign

    August 17, 2015 4:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump has been sent home without being picked for a jury. The billionaire candidate for president reported for jury duty in New York City on Monday. He was released at the end of the day without being selected to serve on a case. He has now... more »
  • GOP candidates for governor oppose removing confederate monuments

    August 17, 2015 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All three Republicans in Louisiana's governor's race say they're against moving Confederate monuments in New Orleans. The one Democrat says the question should be left to city officials. A city commission has recommended moving four monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee atop a column in Lee... more »
  • Trump reports for jury duty, takes campaign break

    August 16, 2015 3:04 PM

    NEW YORK - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking a break from courting voters to go to court as a potential juror. Trump shook hands and fist-bumped bystanders as he reported for jury duty Monday at a Manhattan court. He arrived in a limousine and walked up the courthouse... more »
  • Jindal, other Republicans square off in debate

    August 6, 2015 8:55 PM

    CLEVELAND, OH - He wasn't among the seven GOP presidential candidates selected by the Fox News Channel to take part in today's pre-debate, but Donald Trump was criticized by two of the candidates. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Trump is "using his celebrity rather than his conservatism." Trump has... more »
  • Jindal misses cut for first GOP presidential debate

    August 4, 2015 6:08 PM

    CLEVELAND - Fox News has named the Republican candidates who will take part in Thursday night's debate - the first of the 2016 White House campaign. Governor Bobby Jindal did not make the cut, along with some big names from 2012 including Rick Santorum - the winner of that... more »
  • Louisiana GOP backs Republican attorney general's opponent

    July 28, 2015 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party of Louisiana is backing former Congressman Jeff Landry to be the state's attorney general, snubbing GOP incumbent Buddy Caldwell. Party leaders say it's the first time the GOP has chosen to back a challenger to a statewide Republican incumbent since the 1991 governor's race.... more »
  • Ohio Gov. Kasich is 16th notable entry into GOP race

    July 21, 2015 12:19 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race. The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again." He's the 16th... more »
  • Bob Mann on Jindal's campaign check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 25, 2015 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Bobby Jindal has kicked off his presidential campaign and is working to separate himself from the other GOP candidates. Most political analysts aren't giving Jindal a legitimate chance at The White House, calling him a long shot at best. This morning, political analyst, Bob Mann stopped by... more »
  • Jindal makes presidential run official

    June 24, 2015 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal made his future plans official just before noon Wednesday, posting online that he was running for president. Jindal posted the announcement on his Twitter account and campaign website , which included a video of him talking with his children about his plans to... more »
  • After 6 months of consideration, Jeb Bush ready for '16 race

    June 15, 2015 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON- Jeb Bush is ready to launch a presidential campaign months in the making with a focus on the "most vulnerable in our society." Six months after he got the 2016 campaign started by saying he was considering a bid, the 62-year-old former Florida governor will formally enter the race... more »
  • Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

    June 12, 2015 11:37 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Republican leaders in Iowa have agreed to end the state's straw poll because of waning interest from presidential hopefuls and questions about its relevancy. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kauffman says state party officials voted during a Friday morning conference call to end the straw poll, which... more »
  • Lindsey Graham launches 2016 bid

    June 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    CENTRAL, S.C. - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has kicked off his presidential campaign. He launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in the small South Carolina town called Central, where he grew up. He told supporters Monday: "I'm ready. I want to be president to defeat... more »
  • Perry announcing June 4 if he'll run again for president

    May 15, 2015 12:00 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will say next month whether he's running for president. Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He's been traveling in Iowa and other early-voting states to explore a second campaign for the White House. A spokesman says the Republican former governor... more »
  • GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson to launch presidential bids

    May 4, 2015 4:54 AM

    WASHINGTON- Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are set to launch their runs for president. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Carson the only likely African-American. They are both also political outsiders in a field likely to... more »
  • Fiorina aims to keep Clinton from playing the 'gender card'

    April 17, 2015 12:57 PM

    NASHUA, N.H. - Carly Fiorina wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race. But the lone Republican woman eyeing the White House is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. Fiorina is a former business executive with limited political experience.... more »
  • Rubio: Presidency not reserved for rich, powerful

    April 13, 2015 1:40 PM

    MIAMI - Sen. Marco Rubio says the White House is not reserved for the rich and powerful, and says he, the son of a bartender and a maid, has the same chance to serve as those who come from power and privilege. Rubio is launching his Republican presidential campaign in... more »
  • In 2016 kick-off speech, Rand Paul vows to take country back

    April 7, 2015 10:29 AM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kicking off his presidential campaign, Sen. Rand Paul is telling supporters that "we've come to take our country back." The Kentucky senator on Tuesday formally declared his White House campaign. A tea party favorite and frequent contrarian against his party's establishment, Paul is promising to continue his... more »
  • Rubio to announce next campaign on April 13

    March 30, 2015 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio is set to kick off his next campaign April 13. The first-term Republican from Florida did not explicitly declare himself a presidential candidate during an interview Monday on Fox News Channel, but instead suggested his 2016 plans would be announced in Miami in two weeks.... more »
  • GOP-controlled House oks balanced budget plan

    March 25, 2015 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has approved a budget blueprint that projects balance by the end of the decade and includes trillions of dollars in savings from benefit programs. The vote in favor of the plan was 228-199. The blueprint itself is non-binding, but sets Republicans on a path to... more »
  • GOP moves ahead on budget plans; eyes Obamacare repeal bill

    March 24, 2015 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republicans are moving toward likely approval of balanced budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out the five-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Obama is all but certain to veto the legislation... more »
  • Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Christian college

    March 23, 2015 10:31 AM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has opened the first major campaign of the 2016 presidential season with a kickoff speech courting cultural conservatives. One of several Republican hopefuls to rise from the tea party movement, Cruz spoke at Liberty University, the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry... more »
  • Bush says all students must be held to high expectations

    March 19, 2015 11:13 AM

    ATLANTA - Jeb Bush says the nation's education system must hold all schoolchildren to high expectations or they won't succeed. The former Florida governor addressed Georgia lawmakers Thursday after a swing through the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In his remarks, Bush made only indirect... more »
  • Trump in New Hampshire as he eyes presidential bid again

    March 19, 2015 2:05 AM

    AMHERST, N.H. - Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is heading to New Hampshire as he again considers a presidential run. Trump will attend a reception Thursday at the Amherst home of Republican state Rep. Steve Stepanek. The visit comes one day after Trump announced plans to... more »
  • GOP to offer budget blueprint with Medicare, food stamp cuts

    March 16, 2015 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week. They're pledging to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare. More pressing an issue for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set... more »
  • Cotton: author of Iran letter, Army vet, rookie GOP senator

    March 10, 2015 1:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The rookie Republican senator leading the effort to torpedo an agreement with Iran is an Army veteran with a Harvard law degree who has a long record of tough rhetoric against President Barack Obama's foreign policy. None of Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton's previous forays into foreign policy raised... more »
  • Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

    March 10, 2015 2:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats in the White House and Congress are accusing 47 GOP senators of undercutting President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations is tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran. In a letter Monday to the leaders... more »
  • GOP: Our plan would help people losing health subsidies

    March 2, 2015 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans are sending a message that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: The country's health care system won't crumble if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama's heath care law. Three top senators said Monday that if the court invalidates federal... more »
  • Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

    February 27, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who play down the fuss. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days if that's the cost of undoing a White House... more »
  • Gov. Jindal speaks tonight at CPAC

    February 26, 2015 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Conservative Political Action Conference begins today in Washington, D.C. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is a featured speaker on the first day of the weekend-long event. Jindal has spoken at the event in the past. The Straw Poll at CPAC is often an indicator of potential... more »
  • House to debate GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind

    February 25, 2015 2:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill the House is considering to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among Democrats. House Republicans say the measure, which will be debated Wednesday, would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates.... more »
  • Pressure on House GOP for Homeland Security bill

    February 25, 2015 2:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The pressure is on House Republicans days ahead of a looming partial Homeland Security Department shutdown. Senate GOP leaders have agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. Now all eyes... more »
  • Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

    February 24, 2015 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate on Tuesday, shortly after the bill was received at the White House. It's the third veto of Obama's presidency. The move puts... more »
  • GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

    February 24, 2015 2:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within days. With the agency's budget set to expire Friday at midnight without action by Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he... more »
  • GOP govs with 2016 aspirations love to bash Washington

    February 5, 2015 1:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - As they begin to shape their prospective bids for president, a group of ambitious Republican governors are eager to seize on voters' contempt for that most dirty of political words: "Washington." Yet even as they profess to loathe the nation's capital, those same governors have become regular Washington... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Obama-GOP overlap? Public works, corporate taxes, defense

    February 3, 2015 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Some of the proposals in President Barack Obama's new budget address major concerns of the Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Republicans could find common ground on proposals to increase defense spending, upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure and fix the corporate tax system. Full agreement on any one of... more »
  • Romney will not run for president in '16

    January 30, 2015 10:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race.... more »
  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    January 29, 2015 11:27 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Closing in on a decision on whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several of his past donors have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. They include Chicago investor Craig Duchossois, who is among several former Romney supporters who plan to... more »
  • Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

    January 22, 2015 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With thousands of anti-abortion protesters in the nation's capital, Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House designed to please them. But it's not the bill an embarrassed GOP was hoping for. Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of... more »
  • Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

    January 21, 2015 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A freshman senator from Iowa says Republicans are willing to work with President Barack Obama on some issues but that it will also reject failed policies. Sen. Joni Ernst offered her party's response to the State of the Union Address. She said her party wants to simplify... more »
  • In South Carolina, Cruz blisters Obama, GOP establishment

    January 18, 2015 6:15 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is urging South Carolina conservatives to help nominate a Republican president from their own ranks in 2016 or risk losing a third consecutive national election. The Texan spoke Sunday in Myrtle Beach at the Tea Party Coalition Convention. His remarks reflect the... more »
  • Obama to meet privately with Senate Democrats on strategy

    January 15, 2015 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining Senate Democrats during a private strategy retreat. The president's appearance before the senators at a Baltimore hotel Thursday afternoon is closed to reporters. The meeting comes as the party grapples with its new status in the Senate minority after losing seats in... more »
  • New Congress getting sworn in with GOP in charge

    January 6, 2015 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome. They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline. ... more »
  • White House: Scalise as No. 3 says a lot about who GOP is

    January 5, 2015 1:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says whether Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise keeps his House Republican leadership position "says a lot about who they are." Scalise has been under fire over revelations that he gave a speech to a white supremacist group 12 years ago. Scalise is the third-ranking Republican in... more »
  • GOP lawmakers back Scalise in supremacist flap check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 4, 2015 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers are defending the No. 3 House GOP leader over a speech have gave 12 years ago to a white supremacist group. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana says the speech was a mistake he now regrets. Party leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have backed him. Several... more »
  • GOP focus for Congress: Cut deficit, don't stumble

    January 3, 2015 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - It's the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama. GOP leaders plan to focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget. And avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make Americans wonder if the party can govern competently. When the new Congress raises the curtain Tuesday, Republicans will run... more »
  • Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

    December 29, 2014 4:05 AM

    HONOLULU, HI - President Barack Obama is putting congressional Republicans on notice that he expects to use his veto pen far more often next year. Obama says he hasn't vetoed many bills since taking office in 2009. In fact, he's only done it twice. But with Republicans set to control... more »
  • Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays

    December 18, 2014 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush is stepping down from an advisory role with British banking giant Barclays. A Bush spokesman said Thursday that the former Florida governor would resign his senior advisor position at the end of the year. Bush has been with the banking and financial services firm since 2009.... more »
  • Nearly 9 in 10 doubt Obama, GOP can break gridlock

    December 10, 2014 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - An Associated Press-GfK poll finds 86 percent of Americans lack confidence that Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the nation's problems. Approval ratings for the president and Congress are about the same as before the election, with 41 percent approval for... more »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • GOP works to keep voters' interest for Senate race

    November 25, 2014 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has cast his ballot early, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen away from people's minds as they focus on the holidays. Cassidy is the front-runner in the race against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. He's hoping to maintain... more »
  • Cassidy gives weekly GOP address on Keystone

    November 22, 2014 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - In the weekly Republican address, GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy describes Senate Democrats' rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline as stifling American energy independence. Cassidy used the nationally-released speech Saturday to take fresh digs at Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu's failure to get the vote needed... more »
  • New GOP senators show moderated, cooperative tone

    November 12, 2014 2:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican Party's new freshmen senators who sometimes sounded big tea-party themes during their campaign are adopting a more moderate tone as they prepare to enter Congress. A few of the 11 incoming GOP senators may still opt to battle party leaders, as some tea party-backed House Republicans... more »
  • Incoming GOP Senate chairman plans border bill

    November 10, 2014 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The incoming chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee says he will aim to pass a border security bill once a new GOP-controlled Congress convenes in January. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says his legislation would include a guest worker program to reduce incentives for illegal... more »
  • Republicans unite to support Cassidy check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 10, 2014 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy is getting some help in his seat from both local and national GOP leaders in his quest to unseat Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu. One of the noteworthy guests at today's Republican Unity Rally: Former Senatorial candidate Rob Maness. The Tea Party favorite... more »
  • GOP to control Senate

    November 4, 2014 7:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have captured their sixth Senate seat that had been held by Democrats - and that's enough to give Republicans control of the Senate next year. The GOP will now have full control of Congress during the final two years of President Barack Obama's second term. And their... more »

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