Many Republicans say they are considering a run for president in 2016, but Sen. Ted Cruz is the first to make it official. Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today about how Cruz fits into the GOP campaign landscape.
If there is such a thing as being too conservative to be elected president of the United States, Ted Cruz is having none of it. Announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination Monday at Liberty University, the first-term senator from Texas offered himself as the pure essence of conservatism and challenged the tea party and evangelical wings of the Republican Party to rise up behind one of their own and take control of the party and the country.
Hours ahead of an expected Monday morning announcement at Liberty University, Ted Cruz told supporters just after midnight that he was launching a White House bid. “I'm running for president, and I hope to earn your support!” he tweeted.
Rep. Aaron Schock faces a federal investigation, President Obama reveals a new fracking initiative, U.S. Jewish community debates two-state solution and World Bank rival AIIB gains support from U.S. allies.
Under pressure from the Pentagon and a bloc of Republican lawmakers, House GOP leaders have agreed to add additional defense spending into their annual budget resolution when it comes up for a vote next week.
Senate Republicans unveiled Wednesday their first budget in nearly a decade. The 10-year fiscal blueprint achieves balance, raises no new taxes, repeals Obamacare, but keeps Medicare and Social Security intact.
Will frivolity or timidity destroy politics faster? We all know about the frivolity problem. Candidates and the media are distracted by one shiny non-news event after another until Election Day. No one running for office has to give a serious answer, and voters never get a chance to see how candidates fare under a barrage of serious questions.
Shortly after Robin’s shocking death at age 54, her husband and her alma mater realized that there were journalism prizes that honored investigative reporting, wartime bravado and presidential and congressional coverage – but none that prized the kind of smart political reporting at which Robin excelled. The Robin Toner Prize now fills that void. Happily, this year’s recipient was Dan Balz, the chief correspondent for The Washington Post.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.