Tim Alberta

Tim Alberta is leadership reporter for the National Journal. He formerly served as senior editor of National Journal Hotline, where he edited the publication’s popular tip-sheets and directed its coverage of the 2012 Republican presidential race.
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Donald Trump, Hugh Hewitt, and a Tale of Two Debates

September 16, 2015 SIMI VAL­LEY, Cali­for­nia—The most im­port­ant per­son at Wed­nes­day night’s Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial de­bate here at the Ron­ald Re­agan Pres­id­en­tial Lib­rary won’t be Don­ald Trump. It will be Hugh He­witt. The 59-year-old ra­dio host, an es­tab­lish­ment-friendly con­ser­vat­ive and con­sti­tu­tion­al law pro­fess­or with a pen­chant for ask­ing tough ques­tions, has a bit of...

Ohio Governor John Kasich Joins 2016 Race

July 21, 2015 Sixteen years after launching a short-lived campaign for the White House, John Kasich is giving it another shot. Kasich, the Ohio governor who served nearly two decades in Congress and established himself as a leading Republican deficit hawk, announced Tuesday morning that he will run for president in 2016. He...

Mike Huckabee Enters Presidential Race Wielding a Different Kind of 'Hope'

May 5, 2015 HOPE, Ark.—Mike Huckabee jumped into the White House race Tuesday with a biographical flourish, wielding the cultural identity and traditional values learned in this small Southern town—also the birthplace of former President Bill Clinton—as the launching pad for his 2016 presidential campaign. Inside a packed auditorium of several thousand roaring...

Paul Ryan Won't Run for President in 2016

January 13, 2015 Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's vice-presidential nominee in 2012, announced Monday that he will not run for the White House in 2016. "After giving it a lot of thought, I've decided not to run for president," Ryan said in a statement from his campaign office. "Our work at the House...

Rubio: Clinton Presidency 'Would Be a Death Blow to the American Dream'

January 7, 2015 Marco Rubio's new book, American Dreams, reads in some parts like a presidential manifesto—and in others like a conservative guide to governing with a reform agenda in the 114th Congress. That's precisely the crossroads at which Rubio now finds himself—deciding whether to run for the White House in 2016, or...

Ted Cruz Banks on Foreign Policy as His 2016 Differentiator

September 29, 2014 Ted Cruz is running for president. The only thing left for him to do is say so. According to sources close to the Texas senator, Cruz could be preparing for an end-of-year announcement and is now dedicating considerable time and effort to cultivating a foreign-policy foundation that might help his...

Can Ted Cruz Pivot from 'Conservative Kamikaze' to National Security Star?

September 29, 2014 Ted Cruz is running for president. The only thing left for him to do is say so. According to sources close to the Texas senator, Cruz could be preparing for an end-of-year announcement and is now dedicating considerable time and effort to cultivating a foreign-policy foundation that might help his...

Divided House Approves $694M Border Bill, Deportation Measure

August 1, 2014 This story has been updated. House GOP leaders Friday night finally pushed through passage of border funding legislation and a bill changing deportation policies, a one-chamber messaging approach that in the end may speak louder about lawmakers' inability to ever write a workable bill that Congress as a whole can...

House GOP Leaders Pull Votes on Border-Funding Package

July 31, 2014 In stunning fashion, House Republican leaders on Thursday suddenly backed off a planned vote on an emergency border-funding package, meaning lawmakers may head home for the August recess without addressing the hot-button issue. The legislation had been unlikely to advance in the Senate, and already had been ticketed for a...

House Republicans Unveil Their Border Bill

July 29, 2014 As the clock ticks toward the August recess, House Republicans unveiled a $659 million border crisis emergency package they hope will pass their chamber this week. But sliding it through the Senate will be another story. The GOP package marries funding with policy changes Republicans say are necessary to address...

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