Mara Liasson http://wfpl.org en It's Still Early, But GOP Hopefuls Test The Waters For 2016 http://wfpl.org/post/its-still-early-gop-hopefuls-including-rand-paul-test-waters-2016 During the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that begins Thursday, a slew of men who appear to want to try their hand at leading the GOP back to the White House in 2016 will be speaking, though not every potential presidential candidate was invited.<p>Yes, it's four years away, but that hasn't stopped Republican hopefuls from testing the waters. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:58:04 +0000 Mara Liasson 4481 at http://wfpl.org It's Still Early, But GOP Hopefuls Test The Waters For 2016 Republicans Face Off Over Strategy For Picking Candidates http://wfpl.org/post/republicans-face-over-strategy-picking-candidates Republicans have a steep hill to climb if they want to take control of the Senate next year. The GOP would need to pick up six seats in 2014.<p>There are plenty of open seats and vulnerable Democrats up for re-election, but Republicans are debating the best way to win.<p>Last year's Senate results were disappointing for the GOP: The party ended up losing a number of seats it thought were winnable — and now it's trying to figure out what to do differently next year.<p>Karl Rove and the big donors behind his Crossroads superPAC have one idea. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:24:21 +0000 Mara Liasson 4462 at http://wfpl.org Republicans Face Off Over Strategy For Picking Candidates Public Pressure, Background Checks Central To Obama Gun Control Strategy http://wfpl.org/post/public-pressure-background-checks-central-obama-gun-control-strategy Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama's own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.<p>"He did the right thing when he <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/16/169508482/obama-unveiling-plans-on-reducing-gun-violence" target="_blank">laid out his principles</a>. It was not a crazy wish list," says Jim Kessler, co-founder of the centrist Democrat group Third Way. Sat, 09 Feb 2013 12:11:39 +0000 Mara Liasson 3906 at http://wfpl.org Public Pressure, Background Checks Central To Obama Gun Control Strategy Do Political Ads Actually Work? http://wfpl.org/post/do-political-ads-actually-work Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on television advertising in the presidential race. Most of it is negative, and almost all of it is concentrated in nine battleground states.<p>If you live in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia or Wisconsin, you cannot get away from the ad blitz being waged by both sides. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:07:48 +0000 Mara Liasson 2191 at http://wfpl.org Ahead Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance http://wfpl.org/post/ahead-first-debate-npr-poll-shows-romney-within-striking-distance The latest poll by NPR and its bipartisan polling team [<a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2012/oct/nprpoll.pdf" target="_blank">pdf</a>] shows President Obama with a 7-point lead among likely voters nationally and a nearly identical lead of 6 points in the dozen battleground states where both campaigns are spending most of their time and money.<p>But the poll also finds former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney very much within striking distance of the incumbent as the two men begin a series of three debates Wednesday in Denver. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:23:14 +0000 Mara Liasson 1870 at http://wfpl.org Ahead Of First Debate, NPR Poll Shows Romney Within Striking Distance