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How the Koch brothers turned into political power brokers

January 28, 2015
Potential presidential candidates for 2016 have started to court donors -- and vice versa. Charles and David Koch, influential libertarian billionaires, plan to spend nearly a billion dollars in the next election cycle. Matea Gold of The Washington Post joins Gwen Ifill to discuss their sway over American politics.
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House Democrats retake the House? It’s a long shot, but they’re getting ready to try.

January 29, 2015
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
President Obama’s popularity is on the rebound, and the Democrats’ race to replace him seems orderly and sane compared with the chaotic contest already dividing the GOP. Even in the minority, Senate Democrats still have enough leverage to slow, stall or kill Republican bills, and they are hopeful about retaking control in 2016.
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Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It’s so over

January 29, 2015
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
They’re over her. Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance has gone cold and the marriage is dead.
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Democratic Party is suddenly a fount of ideas

January 28, 2015
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
Only a few months ago, it looked as if Republicans had recaptured their old claim to be the party of ideas, especially on the economic issue that has seized the attention of most Americans: the stagnation of middle-class incomes.
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Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion on 2016 elections

January 27, 2015
Matea Gold | The Washington Post
A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the Republican primaries.
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GOP presidential candidates face delicate balancing act

January 26, 2015
Dan Balz, Robert Costa | The Washington Post
The most wide-open Republican presidential nomination campaign in memory had its unofficial opening here on Saturday at a gathering that highlighted anew the thorny path ahead for candidates as they try to attract support from the party’s conservative base without compromising their hopes of winning a general election.
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Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

January 26, 2015
Ashley Parker, Alex Thompson | The New York Times
A prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith.

The State of the Union Impact at Home & Abroad and Potential 2016 Republican Candidates Head to Iowa

January 23, 2015
President Obama's State of the Union was met with pushback from the Republican-controlled Congress, but where is there room for compromise on the president's 2015 legislative agenda? Alexis Simendinger and Ed O'Keefe report on the president's proposals for community college and trade as well as the Republican opposition. It was also a busy week abroad, with diplomatic talks in Cuba, upheaval in Yemen and potential Iran sanctions. Michael Crowley reports on how President Obama is firing back at critics of his foreign policy. And the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are converging in Iowa for the Freedom Summit this weekend. John Dickerson is on the ground to preview the first cattle call for the increasing field of GOP candidates.
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Conservative Gathering in Iowa Offers Platform to Several Possible 2016 Contenders

January 23, 2015
Ashley Parker, Trip Gabriel | The New York Times
The largest gathering of potential Republican presidential candidates so far will descend on Iowa on Saturday to test their messages at a forum shaping up as the informal starting gun for the 2016 campaign.
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