Republican Party

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP (abbreviation for Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other being its historic rival, the Democratic Party. The party is named after republicanism, a major ideology of the American Revolution.
  • The dating swamp: How finding love in DC may be impossible for young Trump and GOP staffers
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    The dating swamp: How finding love in DC may be impossible for young Trump and GOP staffers

    Trying to find love in D.C. can be tricky. If you're a young Trump administration staffer, it might be near impossible. GOP employees and other right-wingers have been complaining that dating in one of the most Democratic cities in America is a political minefield. They've been called out, flipped off and told they are personally responsible for the death of democracy. One 29-year-old lobbyist told Fox News that learning to date in a Trump world is “absolutely insane.” “It's getting so bad,” the lobbyist, who asked to remain anonymous because she works with the administration, said.  She, like several people Fox News spoke to, says they're often raked over hot coals by prospective dates online

  • Democrats take note: 'Normal' isn't coming back
    Chicago Tribune

    Democrats take note: 'Normal' isn't coming back

    Smack them with their own bat. That was the gist of, “Hey Democrats, Fighting Fair is for Suckers,” a provocative jeremiad that Politico ran on Independence Day. In it, writer Rob Goodman argued that after Republicans have killed all the old political norms — denying a Supreme Court nominee a hearing, for example — it's silly for Democrats to go on playing by the rules. Why obey the law in a lawless world? “Norms are only norms when they are mutual,” wrote Goodman, “fairness is only fair when it's shared. Democrats aren't justified in breaking norms because they've been 'wronged.' They are justified because the current system has ceased to function.” It's possible to feel simultaneously uneasy

  • Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red Kansas
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    Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red Kansas

    The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that people in Kansas, just like everywhere else in this country, just like families in the Bronx, just want a fair shake," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the surprise winner in a New York House primary last month, told a frenetic crowd of more than 3,000 in a Kansas suburb of Kansas City. Headlining a rally with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez sought to infuse the final weeks of Democrat Brent Welder's congressional primary campaign with the enthusiasm that lifted her over 20-year Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley last month.

  • Republicans are feigning surprise at Trump's fealty to Putin, and Samantha Bee is not having it
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    Republicans are feigning surprise at Trump's fealty to Putin, and Samantha Bee is not having it

    Nearly all liberals and a remarkable number of conservatives were aghast at Trump's remarks at the Helsinki summit, particularly when the President of the United States actually stood next to Vladimir Putin to deny Russian interference in the 2016 election and decry U.S. intelligence agencies' probe as constituting a “witch hunt.” Late-night host Samantha Bee echoed that bewilderment on Wednesday night's episode of “Full Frontal,” though not in the manner that you might think. While Republicans and Democrats alike are coming out of the woodworks to voice their outrage over Trump's behavior, the late-night comedian specified that her bewilderment resulted not from the notion that Trump would throw U.S. interests and agencies under the bus — but rather that the GOP is still stunned every time he does so.

  • Trump tariffs put Kentucky Republicans in a political bind
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    Trump tariffs put Kentucky Republicans in a political bind

    Republican voters in Rep. James Comer's conservative Kentucky district are staunch fans of President Donald Trump, unfazed by his seeming coziness with Russian president Vladimir Putin. But there is a limit to the love: Trump's tariffs. “Most people have confidence in the president, most people think the president is doing what he said he would do, trying to stand up to China,” the Kentucky Republican said. “But if it goes bad, there will be a lot of people with questions.” In Kentucky, the tariffs stand to touch almost every big industry. And that means that Republicans, particularly those in tough races such as Rep. Andy Barr, are under pressure to show they're doing something about them. “We

  • 'You Are Either With Trump or You Are Against Him,' Says Bannon, as Putin Mayhem Tests President's Grip on GOP
    The Daily Beast

    'You Are Either With Trump or You Are Against Him,' Says Bannon, as Putin Mayhem Tests President's Grip on GOP

    Once again, Donald Trump has crossed what had seemed an inviolable political line, and once again his former top strategist Steve Bannon says the party can either follow the new path he's blazing to be victory or be left behind. Multiple West Wing officials who spoke to The Daily Beast this week, following the president's widely panned summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, compared the mood in the White House to that after other notoriously chaotic episodes of the Trump era. One source half-joked they'd been “triggered” into a flashback of the Charlottesville atrocity, when the president refused to unequivocally condemn violent Nazis. The gloom was more pronounced outside the walls of 1600

  • Trump ramping up Republicans' long-running war on the poor: No one's noticed
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    Trump ramping up Republicans' long-running war on the poor: No one's noticed

    “This is a systematic attack on America's welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can't cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty,” Alston told the Guardian. Millions of Americans already struggling to make ends meet faced “ruination”, he warned. “If food stamps and access to Medicaid are removed, and housing subsidies cut, then the effect on people living on the margins will be drastic.” Republicans have long railed against the country's social safety nets as expensive and inefficient. The long-running War on Poverty was frequently a target for these critics who were fond of saying it was a huge

  • Republicans are bringing back the real 'death panels'
    Chicago Tribune

    Republicans are bringing back the real 'death panels'

    Sarah Palin burnished her reputation as a supremely ignorant commentator on public issues with her false assertion that the Affordable Care Act would create “death panels.” To the contrary, one of the principal objectives of the ACA was to remove the de factodeath panels” that had long pervaded the health care insurance industry. These “death panels” were the actuaries who determined whether people with pre-existing conditions could get any health care insurance at all (outside of big company group plans for employees) or whether they should be required to pay exorbitant, and essentially unaffordable, premiums to get limited health care coverage. The insurance company actuarial decisions were

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    Republicans Pick Charlotte to Host 2020 Convention

    The Republican Party will host its 2020 presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Republican National Committee finalized its convention site on Friday, picking an East Coast swing state over Las Vegas, the only other finalist. The vote came as hundreds of Republican activists gathered in Texas for the RNC's summer meeting.

  • Republicans soften ZTE ban in concession to Trump
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    Republicans soften ZTE ban in concession to Trump

    Republicans have agreed to water down legislation designed to punish Chinese telecom company ZTE, delivering a victory to President Donald Trump, according to a person close to negotiations in Congress. Lawmakers reconciling House and Senate versions of a must-pass defense bill chose to go with the House approach of excluding ZTE from U.S. government contracts but leaving it free to do business with private companies in the United States. The Senate-passed version of the defense bill would have restored a full U.S. ban on ZTE that the Trump administration imposed but then lifted. Story Continued Below "By stripping the Senate's tough ZTE sanctions provision from the defense bill, President Trump

  • Nazis and anti-Semites slip through GOP primaries, causing headaches for party
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    Nazis and anti-Semites slip through GOP primaries, causing headaches for party

    Arthur Jones is an avowed member of the American Nazi Party, a Holocaust denier and a sympathizer of the Ku Klux Klan. He also is the Republican candidate challenging Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski for Illinois' Chicago-area 3rd Congressional District.  Jones is one of several Nazis, Holocaust deniers or white supremacists who have elbowed their way onto the GOP ballot for November's midterm elections, in part by either concealing their views or running unopposed in the primary. But their campaigns have alarmed Republican leaders, with state and national GOP figures now speaking out against them and making clear they are not welcome in the party.  "The Illinois Republican Party and our country

  • Republicans' struggle to find a 2020 convention site offers a window into Trump-era polarization
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    Republicans' struggle to find a 2020 convention site offers a window into Trump-era polarization

    Charlotte, a city where minorities are a majority, within a county that voted 62% for Hillary Clinton, is still nursing civic wounds from a police shooting of an African American man that provoked violent protests two years ago and a fight with the state government over its limits on LGBTQ rights, a law that invited corporate boycotts. Now, this growing city of glass bank towers, brick warehouses and construction cranes is bracing for another two years of culture wars and security fears — and the potential to be ground zero for anti-Trump protests in the summer of 2020.