Will conservative hard-liners break the RINO spell in 2016?

Conservative hard-liners are on a mission to shatter a half century-long tradition in the GOP by nominating one of their own for president. After two consecutive establishment nominees flamed out in 2008 and 2012, and as the base’s anger at Republican leaders reaches extraordinary heights, that elusive goal may now be within reach.

Poll: Ben Carson leading Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in Ohio, Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton is still leading the Democratic primary in three key swing states — Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania — but a new poll suggests she may have more to worry about than whether Vice President Joe Biden enters the race: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson could potentially pose a threat to the entire Democratic field.

Rand Paul: Ted Cruz ‘pretty much done for’ in Senate

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is “done for” in the Senate. “Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul told Fox News Radio.

McCarthy raises campaign cash, but he’s no Boehner

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is one of the strongest campaign fundraisers in his conference, but he still can’t hold a candle to outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, say Republicans mulling McCarthy as Boehner’s successor. Boehner’s fundraising operation was so extensive and successful that his departure will leave a massive hole in Republican Party and GOP candidate coffers.