By By ERICA WERNER | December 21, 2014 6:18 amRepublicans fighting to hang onto Senate _ in 2016
Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy
Associated Press | December 19, 2014 2:54 pmFlipping the script on a Republican rival, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified.
First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave
Associated Press | December 18, 2014 4:24 pmAs the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.
Paul: Trade with Cuba 'probably a good idea'
Associated Press | December 18, 2014 12:13 pmKentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday the lengthy U.S. economic embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked" and voiced support for opening trade with Cuba in the aftermath of the Obama administration's policy shift regarding the communist island.
Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays
Associated Press | December 18, 2014 12:00 pmTaking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays.
Obama reignites political debate over Cuba
Associated Press | December 18, 2014 1:18 amThe surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.
Effort to draft Warren into '16 race lands in Iowa
Associated Press | December 17, 2014 6:36 pmLiberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place -- for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Republican wins Arizona House seat after recount
Associated Press | December 17, 2014 5:30 pmRepublicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger.
Secretive groups ran $25M in ads for state races
Associated Press | December 17, 2014 5:42 amShadowy outside groups broadcast an estimated $25 million worth of political ads on local TV stations with a goal of shaping state-level elections this year, and their full roster of donors is unlikely to ever be known, according to an analysis released Wednesday.
Why Jeb Bush is _ and isn't _ the GOP front-runner
Associated Press | December 17, 2014 12:12 amin the minds of many Republican donors and other party leaders -- an early front-runner for the GOP's next presidential nomination.
No doubt now: Jeb Bush eyeing 2016 race
Associated Press | December 16, 2014 11:42 pmIt's suddenly become crystal clear that Jeb Bush has his eye on the presidency.
Bush (almost) announces; he'll 'explore' candidacy
Associated Press | December 16, 2014 4:48 pmJeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party's next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries.
Branstad seeks to end Iowa GOP straw poll
Associated Press | December 15, 2014 5:18 pmIowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state's Republican straw poll, but the state party chairman says the event may still go on next year.
Bush speaks in South Carolina, dropping 2016 hints
Associated Press | December 15, 2014 3:18 pmAs he signals strong interest in a 2016 presidential campaign, Republican Jeb Bush on Monday encouraged college graduates to "shake things up" and embrace change during a commencement address at South Carolina's largest university.
Obama, Warren emerge as potential political foils
Associated Press | December 15, 2014 2:12 pmDuring the depths of the economic crises that consumed his first term, President Barack Obama helped pluck a Harvard professor named Elizabeth Warren out of relative obscurity and made her the face of his campaign to curtail Wall Street banks.