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  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Federal prosecutors prevailed Friday in their yearlong fight to force Google Inc. to turn over the emails of an indicted Republican consultant with close ties to Ron and Rand Paul. District Judge John Jarvey rejected a request to quash a warrant ordering Google to give the FBI the contents of Jesse Benton's Gmail account, which he used to work on...

  • WASHINGTON— Jeb Bush's fundraising network is two generations in the making, and it shows. In Crowdpac's review of named contributors to three political committees helping Bush, $59.2 million came from first-time Bush donors, while $60.3 million came from returning donors to the earlier campaigns of President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush or both.

  • Hot political topic: How to fix the debt Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 7:10 AM ET
    Hot political topic: How to fix the debt

    Maya MacGuineas, Fix the Debt, and Alexander "Sandy" Cutler, Eaton Corp. chair & CEO, discuss Washington, DC's spending problem and what the next president should do to reduce the nation's expanding debt problem.

  • First GOP debate tonight Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 6:14 AM ET
    First GOP debate tonight

    Politico's Ben White, provides his thoughts on Hillary Clinton's email controversy, and provides insight to Thursday's GOP debate. And CNBC's John Harwood weighs in.

  • GOP candidates prep for debate Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 6:11 AM ET
    GOP candidates prep for debate

    CNBC's John Harwood provides a preview of tonight's first Republican debate.

  • How pols are targeting youth: Go 360 and Snapchat Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 2:10 PM ET
    Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to guests at the Louisiana Rally with Bernie Sanders at Ponchartain Center on July 26, 2015 in Kenner, Louisiana.

    As presidential hopefuls aspire to win the approval of young voters, they’re turning to mobile video and virtual reality to get their message across.

  • Ten GOP candidates make cut for presidential debate Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 6:22 AM ET
    Ten GOP candidates make cut for presidential debate

    CNBC's John Harwood has the list of ten Republican candidates to make the cut in the first GOP primary debate.

  • Sizzlin' with Cruz: Bacon on a (machine gun) barrel Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 1:48 PM ET
    Machine Gun Bacon with Ted Cruz.

    The presidential race reached a tasty new level with Ted Cruz's video featuring the Texas senator cooking bacon on the barrel of a gun.

  • Uneven performances in Trump-less Republican forum Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 10:26 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidates: Jeb Bush (L), Chris Christie (C) and Lindsay Graham (R).

    Republican candidates found themselves Trump-less in a recent forum, delivering uneven performances, The New York Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON, July 27- Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists. Planned Parenthood executive vice president Dawn Laguens said "extremists" had launched an attack on the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 27- Planned Parenthood said on Monday it is looking into reports that the women's healthcare provider's website was hacked by anti-abortion activists as it faces criticism for its use of aborted fetal tissue. The nonprofit group has come under scrutiny since the release of two secretly recorded videos earlier this month showing its...

  • Why Ted Cruz called Mitch McConnell a liar Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 7:21 AM ET
    Sen. Ted Cruz.

    In a rare and fiery weekend session, the Senate voted to resurrect the Export-Import Bank, handing GOP conservatives a major defeat. The NYT reports.

  • On the Democratic side is Andrew Bleeker, a 30- year-old wunderkind who founded the digital consulting firm Bully Pulpit Interactive after whipping up President Barack Obama's digital outreach strategy for his second presidential run in 2012.. The veteran strategist helped sweep several Republican senators into office in 2014, including Iowa's Joni...

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- Seven conservative Republican senators demanded on Wednesday that the U.S. Export-Import Bank disclose plans to begin liquidating its assets after the government trade lender's charter expired amid congressional inaction. The Republican senators, including presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, said in a letter...

  • The tricky politics of 'business experience' Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:32 AM ET
    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump

    Even before Donald Trump descended into the GOP race, the reputation of the businessperson-cum-politician was up for debate.

  • BOSTON, June 19- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said thanks but no thanks when real estate mogul turned Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump floated his name for U.S. "I am flattered but do not get up early enough in the morning to accept this opportunity," Icahn, 79, said in a public statement one day after Trump, 69, told cable station MSNBC that Icahn...

  • Trump 2016 worries GOP establishment: Ex-RNC chief Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 9:35 AM ET
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015.

    Donald Trump's entrance into the GOP race could prove to be a liability for the party, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele tells CNBC.

  • WASHINGTON, June 17- Republican U.S. presidential candidate Rand Paul is proposing that businesses and individual Americans pay a federal flat tax of 14.5 percent in a plan that would cut the government's tax revenue by more than $2 trillion over 10 years. The Kentucky senator's plan, which he describes in a Wall Street Journal's opinion piece being published...

  • Grover Norquist to Jeb: Learn from dad's tax gaffe Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 10:17 AM ET
    Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

    Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist's message to expected GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush: Don't make the same mistake your father made.

  • NEW YORK, June 8- Could prison stocks be poised for a breakout? The two main prison operators have been dogged by the prospect of new government regulations, with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Senator Rand Paul among those calling for criminal justice reform, an issue seen as a threat to the group. Corrections Corporation of America, which has a...