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Future of the GOP : Analysis
"The Conservative Movement is capable of firing Boehner with just 16 votes," insists the right-wing American Majority Action group.

Depose John Boehner: Why some conservatives are calling for the speaker's head

The Ohio Republican is facing a backlash for "purging" four ultraconservatives from important committees

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC): Bold revolutionary or petty obstructionist?

Did Jim DeMint help or hurt the GOP?

It's a question that lies at the heart of the party's debate over how to return to power

Future of the GOP : Analysis
After South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appoints a replacement, a special election will be held in 2014 for a more permanent successor.

Why conservative firebrand Jim DeMint is stepping down from the Senate

The Tea Party leader surprises Capitol Hill by abruptly calling it quits

Future of the GOP : The List
John McCain and John Kerry voted to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Not all of their Senate colleagues agreed.

5 reasons Republicans shot down an international treaty to protect the disabled

A proposal that is simply an extension of the Americans with Disabilities Act failed — thanks to fringe conspiracy theories

Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis: The speech that Marco Rubio should give

There's a huge opportunity for a rising GOP star to corner the market on a new conservative brand. Here's how

Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis: John Boehner: Cat herder

Being Speaker of the House sure ain't what it used to be

Future of the GOP : Analysis
Ted Cruz: Tea Party star, Senator-elect... and White House hopeful?

Is Texas' Ted Cruz eyeing a 2016 presidential run?

The Tea Party star delivers an impassioned speech defending conservative values, sparking chatter about his future prospects

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comforts a victim of Superstorm Sandy on Nov. 1.

Did Hurricane Sandy make Chris Christie a lock for re-election?

The New Jersey governor got a huge ratings boost from his storm response, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be unstoppable in 2013

Future of the GOP : Analysis
Known for taking moderate positions, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) is not popular with certain conservative groups.

Conservatives are already shooting down moderate Senate candidates for 2014

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who has already announced her intention to run for the Senate, may fall victim to purists in the GOP

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Grover Norquist may be losing favor with some members of Congress who wish to compromise on the issue of tax increases.

Why more and more Republicans are dumping Grover Norquist

A growing number of GOP lawmakers are disavowing Norquist's no-new-taxes pledge to better confront the country's dire fiscal situation

Future of the GOP : Analysis
Rick Santorum speaks at the "Patriots for Romney-Ryan" reception on Aug. 29.

Rick Santorum is 'open' to a 2016 run: Disastrous idea?

The social conservative may not be the best choice to lead the GOP out of the political wilderness

Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Grover Norquist's anti-tax absolutism could be the Republican party's Achilles heel.

Will Republicans regret it if they dump Grover Norquist?

A growing number of GOP lawmakers say they'd be willing to break Norquist's anti-tax pledge to avoid the fiscal cliff — damn the consequences

Future of the GOP : Instant Guide
People from the Texas delegation wave cowboy hats during the third day of the Republican National Convention on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

Could Texas really become a swing state?

The Lone Star state is as red as they come, but demographic changes could soon make it competitive for Democrats

Future of the GOP : Analysis
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) won last year's Iowa Straw Poll, but her time as a viable presidential candidate turned out to be shorter than a corn stalk in January.

Time to kill Iowa's Ames straw poll?

The Hawkeye State's GOP governor argues that the poll, which has become an endlessly scrutinized warm-up for the Iowa caucuses, has outlived its usefulness

Future of the GOP : Fact Sheet
Marco Rubio's primary hedging strategy when discussing the Earth's age? The plausibility shield.

The art of the hedge: A linguistic dissection of Marco Rubio's comments on Earth's age

The Tea Party star cast doubt on whether Earth is really 4.5 billion years old, largely through a hedging strategy known as "the plausibility shield"

Future of the GOP : Analysis
Grover Norquist in 2011: The head of Americans for Tax Reform is being marginalized by some members of the GOP, as they reassess their party's hardline anti-tax stance.

Is tax-master Grover Norquist losing his stranglehold over the GOP?

In the wake of President Obama's re-election, the Republican Party's reigning anti-tax ideologue is getting some rare push-back from his associates

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