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Poll: The diagnosis is right, but where's the cure?

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - On this Americans agree with President Obama: The economy is getting better - for the rich. A USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds broad skepticism that the proposals the president outlined in his State of the Union Address last week will go anywhere in a Republican-controlled Congress, though.

Ashley Judd says a political campaign may still be in her future

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Yes, Ashley Judd says, she has regrets about not running for the U.S. Senate and taking on Mitch McConnell. But the actress says in a new interview that she might be a candidate "someday."

Rand Paul expands political operation ahead of presidential race

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Sen. Rand Paul is adding a seasoned campaign manager to his growing political operation ahead of a potential 2016 presidential bid. The Kentucky Republican hired Chip Englander - most recently manager of Bruce Rauner's successful campaign for Illinois governor - to join RandPAC, according to Paul spokesman Sergio Gor.

Reince Priebus: Bill Clinton’s personal life is ‘fair game’ in 2016

onpolitics.usatoday.com — There are no shortage of signs that Republicans want Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. Reince Priebus, who will formally be elected his weekend to a third term as chairman of the Republican National Committee, said as much in an interview with BuzzFeed.

Scott Walker sprinkles 2016 themes into Wisconsin address

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Amid Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State address were subtle messages for a possible presidential campaign. The Republican outlined his plans to tackle the state's fiscal challenges in a Tuesday night speech and stressed "more people are working, while fewer are unemployed" and that property taxes are lower now than when they were four years ago when he first took office.

Rand Paul: Mitt Romney is ‘yesterday’s news’

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Sen. Rand Paul criticized Mitt Romney as too liberal for the Republican Party in 2016. Romney, the 2012 GOP standard-bearer whom Paul endorsed, has signaled a sudden interest in making a third bid for the White House.

Ted Cruz: Obama should have been at Paris rally

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Republicans are criticizing the Obama administration for not having a high-profile presence at the Paris unity march. "Our president should have been there, because we must never hesitate to stand with our allies," wrote Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in an op-ed column for TIME magazine. "We should never hesitate to speak the truth.

Marco Rubio: Bring on the ‘quality’ presidential candidates

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Who says the GOP presidential race is getting crowded? Not Marco Rubio. "The more quality people who run for president the better, because it gives us a chance to debate these ideas," the Florida senator said Monday on CBS This Morning as he launched his book tour.

Villaraigosa for Calif. Senate could shine light on Latino voters

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Antonio Villaraigosa's announcement that he will actively explore running for the U.S. Senate in California could focus the spotlight on young Latino voters - a key voting bloc in 2016. Villaraigosa, a former Los Angeles mayor and speaker of the California assembly, made his intentions known in a statement posted over the weekend on Facebook.

Romney's potential bid means more wooing of big GOP donors

usatoday.com — For big Republican donors, Mitt Romney's announcement he wants a third shot at the presidency means they are spoiled for choice when it comes to "establishment" candidates. For the potential candidates, including Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, it will mean a scramble for donors' loyalty.
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Jan 28, 2015

In which Mitch McConnell equates my employer with the Koch brothers, via @usatoday

Jan 28, 2015

RT @kenvogel: .@HillaryClinton to speak at Robin Toner Political Reporting Prize ceremonies on March 23.

Jan 28, 2015

Has she told her boss? RT @bykevinj: AG nominee Lynch does not support legalization of marijuana.

Jan 28, 2015

Obama's community college initiative "doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell." usat.ly/1K5C7va in which I assist @SusanPage

Jan 28, 2015

RT @SusanPage: Poll: Americans agree the economy is getting better--for the rich. usat.ly/1K5C7va @Suffolk_U @USATMoore

Jan 28, 2015

.@RussOnPolitics Non-Arab women aren't expected to wear headscarves. Laura Bush didn't wear one either. No statement involved.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @KateNocera: Gently Rekindle America’s Last Flame Before It Is Extinguished PAC buzzfeed.com/katherinemille…

Jan 28, 2015

Loretta Lynch's @dstinc1913 sisters support AG nominee usat.ly/1zYgv3N via @usatonpolitics and @ccamia

Jan 28, 2015

No. This story should not have existed. RT@mitchellreports: Was the first lady under obligation to wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia?

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