Republican Party

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and fellow Republicans say that disaster relief will come to those who need it, but that Democrats will have to make spending cuts to offset it.

Is the GOP really being 'cold-hearted' about Irene relief?

House Republicans insist that Congress must cut spending before paying to help victims — and, arguably, conservatives have a point

Dick Cheney : Opinion Brief
Dick Cheney's memoir has reignited an old feud, with Colin Powell and the former VP engaged in some very public name-calling over the book's details.

Dick Cheney's memoir: Full of 'cheap shots'?

Colin Powell accuses the former vice president of trashing his Bush administration colleagues to sell more books

Dick Cheney : The List
In his upcoming autobiography, Dick Cheney reveals many new details about his eight years as George W. Bush's No. 2, including his push to bomb Syria.

Dick Cheney's 'head-exploding' memoir: 6 revelations

The man who was arguably the most powerful vice president in U.S. history shakes up Washington with a pugnacious, unapologetic look back

Christine O'Donnell : Opinion Brief
Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell walked out of her interview with Piers Morgan after being pressed for her opinions on masturbation and gay marriage.

Christine O'Donnell vs. Piers Morgan: Who won?

The Tea Party star storms off the interviewer's set after persistent questions about gay marriage drive her over the edge

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
If John Boehner's debt-ceiling bill fails to gain enough Republican votes Thursday night, critics say it might be the end of the line for the House Speaker.

Debt ceiling vote: A referendum on Boehner?

Fiscal conservatives who rode the Tea Party wave into Congress can't decide whether to fall in behind the House speaker, or reject his leadership

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner's two-part deficit plan is losing Tea Party support, which could benefit Democrats.

Debt crisis: The Tea Party vs. John Boehner

Many Tea Party Republicans reject the House speaker's debt plan. Will they get the deeper cuts they want, or just weaken their own hand?

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Gov. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) may have helped end Minnesota's record-breaking government shutdown, but only after capitulating to many GOP demands.

The GOP's Minnesota shutdown victory: Did Dems totally surrender?

State lawmakers tentatively agree on a budget to get the state government up and running again — but only after the Democratic governor caves

Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum: This is not Ronald Reagan's GOP

Forget the Grand Old Party. Today's maddening, intransigent GOP is a Gang Of Purists

Future of the GOP : Winners and Losers
Not only can Minnesotans not go to the zoo because of the government shutdown, but soon, their local bars and stores may run out of booze, too.

Minnesota's record-setting government shutdown: Winners and losers

The North Star State's shutdown is starting to hit people where it hurts: Their corner bar. Is anyone thriving in Minnesota?

Future of the GOP : In-depth briefing
Grover Norquist may not hold political office, but his single-minded focus on no tax increases has made him a powerful Washington player.

Grover Norquist: The man who killed tax increases

The anti-tax activist holds no office, but wields enormous power in Washington. What are his goals?

Future of the GOP : Instant Guide
A recent Harvard study found that kids who attend at least one rain-free Fourth of July parade before age 18 are 4 percent more likely to vote Republican by age 40.

Do Fourth of July parades turn kids into Republicans?

A recent Harvard study suggests that attending a July 4 parade during childhood increases the likelihood of becoming a card-carrying Republican later in life

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
A controversial political ad, condemned by both parties, features Democratic candidate Janice Hahn being spanked by trash-talking "gangsters."

Will a 'blatantly racist' political ad backfire on the GOP?

A California congressional race has taken a nasty turn with a bigoted attack ad against Democrat Janice Hahn — but she may get the last laugh

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), the cost-cutting conservative, is getting flack for taking a $2,500 helicopter ride to his son's baseball game.

Chris Christie's 'exorbitant' state helicopter ride

The fiscally conservative New Jersey governor faces a PR backlash after taking a police helicopter to his son's baseball game. Is this a political gift to Dems?

Michael Steele : Opinion Brief
The former head of the RNC, Michael Steele, has been hired as an analyst by left-leaning MSNBC.

Michael Steele joins MSNBC: A 'sign of the apocalypse'?

The former chair of the Republican National Committee delights fans of his "sassy" style by signing on as an analyst at the left-leaning news network

Future of the GOP : Fact Sheet
Former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) listens to testimony during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in 2007: A new report offers details on Ensign's scandalous affair.

The 'bombshell' charges against John Ensign: 5 shocking details

An "astounding" report details the shady coverup of a scandalous affair — and could mean criminal charges for the disgraced former senator

George W. Bush : Opinion Brief
President Obama may be overshadowing George W. Bush as the president who finally nailed bin Laden, but some say the two statesmen should rightfully share the credit.

Bin Laden fallout: Is Obama slighting Bush?

As the president who finally killed bin Laden, Obama is facing accusations that he's not sharing adequate credit with his predecessor, George W. Bush

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