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Past articles by James:

Blasting Donnelly, Trump Previews Campaigner-in-Chief Role

Last fall, President Trump traveled to Indiana and made a promise: If the state’s Democratic senator, Joe Donnelly, didn’t vote for Republicans’ tax bill, Trump would return to the... → Read More

Ryan Shows Fundraising Vigor Amid Retirement Concerns

Paul Ryan headlined three fundraisers for Republican congressional candidates in Washington Wednesday, a demonstration of strength a week after his surprise retirement announcement set off concerns... → Read More

With Ryan's Exit, GOP May Shift Resources to Senate

Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement threatens to upend the midterm map for House Republicans and could shift the party’s focus and resources toward preserving its Senate majority... → Read More

Flipping Script, Dems Attack GOP on Fiscal Responsibility

Democrats are planning to turn the tables on Republicans this fall, making fiscal responsibility a campaign issue by accusing the opposition party of hypocritically increasing the debt after billing... → Read More

Rick Scott Announces Senate Bid in Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate Monday morning, billing himself as a Washington outsider and turning the race against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson into the... → Read More

Dems Aim to Flip the Script on Giant-Killer Brat in Va.

RICHMOND – At the height of the Tea Party movement, Dave Brat stunned the political world by knocking off House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary, then winning his seat that... → Read More

The Texas Primary's Lessons for Democrats

Democrats looking for clues about their party’s strength in the Trump era found a mixture of data points in Tuesday’s Texas primaries, the first of the midterm season and considered a... → Read More

In Texas Primary, First Wave of Women Vies for Seats

In campaigns across the country, from statewide contests to local races, a veritable flood of women are running for office this year, many of them Democrats spurred by anger at Hillary... → Read More

Republicans Divided in Responses to Gun Proposals

Republicans are diverging in their responses to the shooting at a Florida high school earlier this month, with some expressing a new openness to certain restrictive gun measures, others pushing to... → Read More

Democrats Push for Gun Control as Campaign Issue

Democrats have renewed their calls for tighter gun control measures in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, vowing to make it a campaign issue this year. Despite minimal... → Read More

GOP Eyes Trump District as Minn. Democrat Retires

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan, one of a dozen Democrats representing districts President Trump won in 2016, announced his retirement Friday, opening up a critical target for Republicans as they try to... → Read More

McConnell Super PAC Targets Jon Tester

A super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a new digital ad Tuesday attacking Montana Sen. Jon Tester. The ad, the group's first of the cycle targeting the vulnerable... → Read More

Five Takeaways From Trump's Speech

President Trump's first State of the Union address and the responses it triggered reflect a challenging political reality for 2018: Bipartisanship will be necessary, and also hard to come by. After a... → Read More

Blame Game Ramps Up as Shutdown Draws Near

The House passed legislation Thursday to temporarily keep the government open, but it appears doomed in the Senate ahead of a potential vote Friday. Hours after the House voted, debate in the upper... → Read More

Can Democrats Turn Arizona Blue?

Arizona may be ground zero for the battle within the Republican Party this year, with a three-way GOP primary to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake pitting controversial hard-liners against... → Read More

Ryan-Backed Groups Break Fundraising Record

A pair of outside groups aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan raised $66 million in 2017, a record haul that shattered their fundraising total in the off-year of the previous election cycle. American... → Read More

Heller's Tax Reform Push May Be Key to His 2018 Chances

Sen. Dean Heller wanted to make clear to his Nevada constituents that his fingerprints were all over the GOP’s tax overhaul that passed the Senate early Saturday morning. “I was asked... → Read More

GOP Group Releases New Tax Reform Ads

A Republican outside group is launching a new seven-figure advertising campaign Tuesday that will thank Republican House members for voting to pass the GOP’s tax legislation earlier this... → Read More

Wisconsin a Critical Test for Both Parties in 2018

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Brady: Odds 'Very Good' for Tax Reform by Year's End

Rep. Kevin Brady, the chairman of the tax writing committee in the House, said Tuesday the odds are → Read More