Republican Party

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Team Romney doesn't want Sarah Palin, who's known for firing up a crowd, to upstage their candidate at the upcoming Republican National Convention.

Excluding Palin from the GOP convention: Big mistake?

The 2008 veep candidate says she won't be taking the stage when the party faithful nominate Mitt Romney. Should Romney make room for her on the dais?

Future of the GOP : Fact Sheet
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) says she will not back down from her (unfounded) claim that people with ties to Muslim extremists have infiltrated the federal government.

Michele Bachmann's McCarthy-esque hunt for Islamist infiltrators: A guide

The Minnesota Tea Partier and other GOP House members spark a backlash by accusing Hillary Clinton's aide of assisting the Muslim Brotherhood

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) calls a meeting to order June 20, where the panel voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his refusal to turn over documents to the House regarding the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning sting.

The Fast and Furious investigation: Will it backfire on Republicans?

House Republicans finally have their big standoff with President Obama and his attorney general. Are they giving Obama just what he wanted?

Future of the GOP : The List
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said his father and Republican icon Ronald Reagan would not be conservative enough for today's Republicans.

Why Jeb Bush is pulling a Bill Clinton on Mitt Romney: 4 theories

The former governor criticizes the GOP for being too extreme, joining the Big Dog as the latest party elder to undercut a presidential candidate's message

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush would have struggled to succeed in today's ultra-conservative Republican Party, says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Would today's GOP shun Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush?

Jeb Bush blasts America's extremely polarized politics, claiming that his father and the Gipper would be too moderate to find electoral success in 2012

Future of the GOP : Burning Question
Mitt Romney visits a charter school in Philadelphia: The presumptive GOP nominee is calling for fewer teachers, police, and firefighters.

Do Republicans want to destroy public-sector jobs?

Mitt Romney is piling on Obama for saying the "private sector is doing fine" — while the Republican simultaneously trashes firefighters and police officers

Future of the GOP : Analysis
Jeb Bush testifies before the House Budget Committee on June 1: The former governor of Florida may have had a hard time winning Americans over considering a new CNN poll says that his older brother George is the most unpopular living ex-president.

Should Jeb Bush have run in 2012?

George W. Bush's younger brother suggests he might still run for president in the future, but also notes that this year was probably his best shot

Future of the GOP : Forecast
"Walker proved himself as a damn good candidate," says The Washington Post, but "Walker's sudden prominence will fade," says The New York Times.

Wisconsin's Scott Walker: 2016 presidential frontrunner?

Meet the GOP's new conservative hero: Scott Walker, slayer of unions. Can he ride his big win all the way to the Oval Office?

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Ted Cruz is a young, Tea Party-backed Cuban-American who has become a force to be reckoned with in Texas politics, forcing David Dewhurst into a Senate primary run-off.

Texas' Ted Cruz: The GOP's next Marco Rubio?

Another young, Cuban-American conservative upstart is setting Tea Party hearts aflutter. Can Cruz pull off an upset in Texas the way Rubio did in Florida?

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Brazilian-born, Singapore-based Eduardo Saverin may have renounced his American citizenship, but he could still pay a "tax exit" fee of up to $150 million.

Why are conservatives defending a billionaire who abandoned America?

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, widely derided for renouncing his U.S. citizenship before the company's lucrative IPO, is finding powerful allies on the Right

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he sees the debt ceiling as an "action-forcing event," where he will insist on cuts greater than the ceiling increase.

John Boehner's new debt-ceiling threat: Will it blow up in his face?

Congress won't have to vote to raise the U.S. debt ceiling again until December. Thanks to the House speaker, the politicking has already begun

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
A same-sex marriage protest in California: With public opinion shifting in favor of gay marriage, one GOP pollster urges his party to "evolve" right along with President Obama.

Will Republicans 'evolve' on gay marriage too?

An influential GOP pollster says his party should drop its opposition to same-sex marriage — or risk falling out of step with shifting public opinion

Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum: The GOP lost the European elections

In France and Greece, voters reject ill-conceived austerity measures. Budget-slashing Republicans in the U.S. ought to pay attention

Future of the GOP : Controversy
"If these [conservative] zealots have their way, our hard-won sexual liberation... women's rights, reproductive rights and rights to privacy... live in peril," writes Hugh Hefner in "Playboy."

Is the GOP waging a war on... sex?

Forget the "war on women." Hugh Hefner says Republicans are actually trying to undo the entire sexual revolution

Future of the GOP : Burning Question
Mitt Romney and his family aboard the campaign bus: A new Pew survey suggests that conservative Americans have a better grasp of politics and history than do liberals.

Are Republicans better informed than Democrats?

A Pew survey of basic politics and history paints Democrats in a pretty unflattering light. What happened to all those liberal elites?

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Mitt Romney campaigns in Arizona: The GOP presidential frontrunner has suggested that the Grand Canyon State's controversial immigration law should become a national model.

The GOP's plummeting Latino support: Blame Mitt Romney?

The GOP hopes to chip away at the massive advantage President Obama had with Latino voters in 2008 — but so far, it hasn't worked out that way

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