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  • WASHINGTON, May 15- When Republican Stefanie Linares ran for office in the deeply Democratic city of Chicago last year, she knew that her hard work wasn't likely to end in victory. The 31- year-old Hispanic lawyer lost her bid for the Illinois state Senate by a whopping margin. The Republican party fielded eight state legislature candidates in Chicago last year,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- In unusual remarks for a moderate Republican who may run for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday the Federal Reserve deserved part of the blame for a widening gulf between the rich and the poor. Though Christie has not formally launched a White House campaign, his remarks revealed the basis of his economic plan should...

  • Rand Paul courts tech by blasting NSA snooping Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 4:59 PM ET
    Rand Paul

    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sparked applause from a tech-heavy audience when he criticized the NSA's data collection.

  • *U.S. appeals court says Congress did not authorize spy program. *White House and Congress work on an alternative program. NEW YORK, May 7- A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end a...

  • While stopping short of declaring the program unconstitutional, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Congress did not authorize the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. Lynch said it is for Congress to make clear whether it considers the NSA program permissible. Federal appeals courts in Washington, D.C. and...

  • WASHINGTON, May 5- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly passed a Republican budget plan that prescribes deep domestic spending cuts to eliminate deficits by 2024 and aids the party's goal of trying to dismantle President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The first combined House-Senate budget in six years passed 51-48 with all Senate Democrats and two...

  • The "net neutrality" rules, which are slated to take effect in June, are backed by the Obama administration and were passed by the Democratic majority of the Federal Communications Commission in February. AT&T Inc and wireless and cable trade associations are challenging them in court. Paul's resolution, if adopted, would allow the Senate to fast-track a vote to...

  • Rand Paul campaign in hot water over Ray-Bans Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 2:14 PM ET
    Rand Paul with sunglasses as he stops to look at the Bulldog mascot statue at the Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina

    Paul's campaign will pull Ray-Ban sunglasses imprinted with a "Rand" logo from its online store after the company complained.

  • Behind the Koch 'endorsement' of Scott Walker Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:32 AM ET
    Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, speaks during the Leadership Forum at the 144th National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Billionaire businessman David Koch is pushing back against reports that he endorsed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president. NBC News reports.

  • The Koch brothers signal a presidential favorite Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 6:52 AM ET
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

    Charles and David Koch appear to have a favorite in the race for the Republican presidential nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

  • And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a way that contrasts with four years ago when Mitt Romney struggled to overcome perceptions that he was largely the candidate of the wealthiest Americans. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8...

  • Ron Paul: Watch out. Dollar's in a 'huge bubble' Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 4:21 PM ET
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    Dr. Ron Paul discusses why the next financial crisis could be on the horizon.

  • *Presents himself as contrast to his mentor Jeb Bush. MIAMI, April 13- Republican Marco Rubio presented himself as the leader of a new political generation and the most viable alternative to Democrat Hillary Clinton as he entered the 2016 White House race on Monday and drew a contrast with his mentor and expected opponent Jeb Bush. Cheers of "Marco, Marco" rang out...

  • Marco Rubio kicks off presidential bid in Miami Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 6:28 PM ET
    Sen. Marco Rubio.

    Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential bid to the public on Monday from Miami, marking the third official Republican campaign.

  • Why this time is different for Clinton: Advisor Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 6:18 PM ET
    Stickers are handed out to supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign at a rally on April 11, 2015 in New York City.

    Hillary Clinton is fighting for everyday Americans, a PAC advisor said, telling a Wall Street strategist, "It's probably not you."

  • Senator Marco Rubio of Florida plans to enter the 2016 race for the White House by urging voters to make a "generational choice" for leadership that takes the country in new directions, according to excerpts of his announcement speech. Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants who rode the anti-establishment Tea Party wave of 2010 to national prominence, will announce his...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- President Barack Obama on Monday urged the U.S. Senate to take action on a tax treaty with Japan, despite Senator Rand Paul's long-standing refusal to allow any Senate action on tax agreements with other countries. Paul, who announced last week he is seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016, has blocked every new tax treaty or...

  • Hillary Clinton takes early lead in key area Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 2:39 PM ET
    Stickers are handed out to supporters of Hillary Clinton at a rally in Manhattan on April 11, 2015, in New York City.

    Hillary Clinton has already taken an early lead in this key area.

  • Maybe the Fed needs a dose of its own medicine? Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 12:24 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Building

    The Fed would be unlikely to fail a bank-type stress test. It could come up short in the ammunition it would need to deal with another crisis.

  • Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told top donors on Monday that he will run for the White House because he is "uniquely qualified" to represent the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential race, a source familiar with the matter said. He will be the third Republican to formally announce a White House bid, following Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul...