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November 21st, 2014
05:34 PM ET

Opposing Obama’s immigration reform poses challenges for GOP leadership

Washington (CNN) – Republican leadership will have to beat back conservatives who are eager to strike down President Obama's executive order on immigration, because there is no immediate way to deal with the issue.

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

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November 5th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Between Obama and McConnell lies a huge trust gap

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, likely the next Senate Majority Leader, is an institutionalist, and knows how to legislate and cut deals. He is also someone who understands that for Republicans, it isn't just about winning elections, they need to show they know how to govern.

But Republican rank-and-file members in the House and Senate have in the past been hesitant to go along with their leaders' attempts to compromise on anything, especially on immigration reform, because they don't trust President Barack Obama.

Obama and McConnell need to overcome that trust deficit.

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

 

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October 29th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

In Iowa, it already looks like 2016

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) - The Iowa caucuses are 16 months away, but judging from the way potential presidential candidates are visiting this state, you'd think they were next week.

But White House hopefuls are taking advantage of the fact that next week is the first competitive Senate election here in decades. They're coming to campaign with the candidates early and often.

Hillary Clinton's Wednesday with the Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley was about electing Bruce Braley. She talked almost exclusively about his bona fides, and the problems with his Republican opponent.

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October 23rd, 2014
06:40 PM ET

Poll: Dead heat in New Hampshire Senate race

Watch Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown face off in a debate Thursday night, airing live at 7 p.m. ET on NH1 and CNN.com, as well as airing on CNN at 11 p.m. ET.

Londonderry, New Hampshire (CNN) - A new CNN/ORC poll shows a statistical dead heat between New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her GOP opponent Scott Brown, with Shaheen at 49%, Brown at 47%, and a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4%.

Perhaps even more telling is another politician's approval rating, and he's not even in the Granite State.

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October 16th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

'Cowboy poetry' on the plains: An off-beat Senate candidate

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (CNN) - A dimly lit sports bar reading "cowboy poetry" is not exactly where you'd expect to find a candidate for U.S. Senate.

But this was a campaign event Wednesday for Larry Pressler, a former Republican senator now running as an independent 18 years after he was voted out of office.

He joined a meeting of the Badger Clark Poetry Society, of which is he a member, to get his campaign messages across with couplets and free verse.

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