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Topic - Ron Bonjean
Bill de Blasio's win in New York City's mayoral race has put the Democrat in charge of the nation's largest city and smack in the middle of the nation's largest media market —giving him an unmatched platform both to pursue liberal policies and to cause all sorts of headaches for his party's leaders in Washington.
The competition to be the next Ted Cruz is extremely hot within the Republican Party, where a number of emerging challengers are hoping to capitalize on the newest brand name in conservative politics.
The list of scandals and blunders in the Obama administration is long, but the roster of people who have been fired by President Obama for screwing up is strikingly short.
Mitt Romney has returned to public radar: He's no longer the docile guy meandering around the suburbs or grocery shopping in a post-campaign world. He's granting strategic interviews and he's got aggressive notions about the Republican Party, seeking to pull it from a wallow of social issues and combative identity crisis and into a business-minded mode.
Remember what President Obama said about the economy Thursday on his ballyhooed trip to Austin, Texas? Don't worry. Hardly anybody else remembers, either.
Mark Sanford's plea for forgiveness succeeded with South Carolina voters on Tuesday, and now his Republican colleagues will have to decide whether they, too, can forgive him.
A national group that focuses on electing pro-choice women to office launched a "Madam President" campaign Thursday that aims to put the first woman in the White House — an effort that coincides with a poll showing Hillary Rodham Clinton as the overwhelmingly favorite to win the Democratic nomination in 2016.
Some new senators make a point of keeping their heads down and their media profiles low as they get the lay of the land on Capitol Hill.
As Mitt Romney sank in the polls in September, so did the fortunes of many Republican Senate candidates, seemingly putting control of the upper chamber out of the party's reach.
Persuading Massachusetts voters to elect a Republican to a full U.S. Senate term isn't easy, and it has left Sen. Scott P. Brown blazing a lonely trail in Washington, where he's spent much of the year voting with Democrats — or bucking both parties altogether.
Ted Cruz's stunning 14-percentage-point victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in Tuesday's runoff for the Texas Republican Senate nomination gives the tea party explosive momentum heading into the remaining primaries nationwide and the November general elections.
Dogs on roofs, dogs on the menu, wars on women, bureaucrats behaving badly — with the drama largely drained from the Republican nominating race and not much on the schedule until August, the campaign's silly season has begun in earnest.
Voters are giving President Obama an emphatic thumbs-down for his handling of gas prices — 68 percent disapprove of his response to the problem in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll.
President Obama's poll numbers are up and the country's unemployment figures are down — but $4 gas poses a potent threat to the incumbent's re-election bid, polls show.
With the oral arguments over President Obama's health care law out of the way, Democrats and Republicans are bracing for the political fallout expected this June when the Supreme Court hands down its ruling.
Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said Mr. de Blasio's victory, which made him the first Democrat to win the mayor's office in two decades, could cause headaches for some Democrats in competitive races.
"Republicans will time and again be able to ask vulnerable Democrats in red states if they agree with the New York mayor about his left-wing policies," Mr. Bonjean said.