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Ben Carson captures southern GOP straw poll

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson handily won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll on Saturday, the first major survey to take the…

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Clinton email dump won't stop Benghazi questions

The emails to 'H' don't contain a smoking gun, at least not yet.

That's hardly surprising since Hillary Clinton herself chose which emails to turn over to the…

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Senate blocks measures to extend NSA program

Opponents of the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data successfully blocked multiple attempts in the Senate early Saturday morning to…

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A guide to the Patriot Act debate

Two years after Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency's secret collection of the data of millions of Americans' private communications, the bulk…

Senate passes trade bill

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Senate OKs 'fast track' trade promotion bill

After weeks of tense negotiations on Capitol Hill and heavy lobbying from the White House, the Senate Friday night cleared a major trade bill that is a top…

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Yellen: Fed can't risk 'overheating the economy'

The Federal Reserve won't wait too long to raise rates.

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State department releases Clinton emails

The State Department released its first round of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State on Friday, offering a new look at her handling of…

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Obama pitches Iran plan at Adas synagogue

President Barack Obama on Friday strongly defended his intentions with Iran, telling congregants at the Adas Israel synagogue in Northwest Washington that his…

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Poll finds Obama popularity on the upswing

President Barack Obama's popularity with the public is on the upswing, according to a new Gallup poll that found him enjoying is strongest approval rating in…

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Hillary Clinton racks up rapper endorsements

A growing number of rappers are queuing up plans to make beautiful music with the front-runner Democratic presidential candidate: Hillary Clinton.

An early…



Gyrocopter pilot pleads not guilty

The man who piloted a gyrocopter onto the Capitol grounds last month to protest big money in politics has trumpeted his move, but on Thursday he pleaded not…

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Jeb Bush gives New Hampshire woman massage

Salem New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce President Donna Morris was in for some unexpected caressing from likely Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush during…

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About 1,200 Clinton emails deemed 'personal'

More than 1,200 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department are personal and not part of the federal record, the…

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Trade bill clears Senate hurdle

A free trade initiative that is pitting President Barack Obama against his own party cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Republican-controlled Senate on…

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U.S. and Israel have worst inequality in the developed world

The U.S. and Israel have the worst inequality in the developed world, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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Cops leave guns in bathroom, get new training

It should go without saying: Don't leave your gun in a public bathroom. Especially if you're Capitol Police. Especially if the gun can be found by a young…

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Nebraska Senate votes to repeal death penalty

The Nebraska legislature has passed a bill to repeal the state's death penalty and replace it with life without parole.

The measure, which passed Wednesday on…

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Google fixes n-word Maps problem for most users

Google has fixed an issue with its Google Maps search function, which previously led people to The White House if they searched for variations of the n-word…

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Source: Money was motive for DC house fire

Authorities have identified a 34-year-old man as the suspect in last week's quadruple homicide inside a Washington mansion that was also set ablaze.


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Rand Paul wraps 10-hour 'filibuster'

After 10 hours and 30 minutes, Sen. Rand Paul relinquished the Senate floor late Wednesday night, ending his "filibuster" over National Security Agency…

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Gyrocopter pilot faces over 9 years in prison

The Florida man who allegedly piloted a gyrocopter onto the Capitol grounds last month to protest big money in politics has been indicted by a federal grand…

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Obama highlights climate change in speech

President Barack Obama used his commencement speech to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut on Wednesday, to focus on a topic he called an…

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Is ISIS running out of money?

ISIS militants are having to work harder to finance their war in Syria and Iraq as low oil prices and Western military action choke off a key source of income.

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Christie: I've changed immigration position

Likely presidential hopeful Chris Christie said that he has changed his position on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, becoming the latest…

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Judge mulls 'rolling' drop of Clinton emails

U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia Rudolph Contreras asked the State Department to file a notice that would include a proposed deadline…

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Beau Biden being treated at hospital

Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware, was being treated at a military hospital outside of Washington on Tuesday.

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Scott Walker hits up Washington

It turns out even Washington outsiders have a reason to venture inside the Beltway once in a while.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has grown fond of bashing…

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Candidates caught in Iraq political quagmire

If you're running for President, get used to becoming hung up over Iraq.

Because barring a miracle, whoever wins the White House will become the fifth…

Rand Paul


Paul: 'Whatever it takes to stop' Patriot Act

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said he will do "everything humanly possible" to keep the Senate from reauthorizing the Patriot Act.

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Clinton email release could happen in January

The State Department says it needs until next year before it will be ready to publicly release tens of thousands of Hillary Clinton emails from her time in…

Gerry Adams

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Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams meets Prince Charles

Gerry Adams met with Prince Charles on Tuesday in Ireland, the first public meeting between the Sinn Fein leader and a member of the British royal family.


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Talks could lead to Cuba, U.S. embassies soon

When will a U.S. Embassy reopen in Havana?

After five months of negotiations, sooner rather than later was the answer Cuban government officials gave during a…

Jim Renacci

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GOP congressman: Tax hike needed for roads, bridges

Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Renacci is doing something his party hates -- pushing a plan to raise taxes.

The former CPA and mayor is frustrated Congress is…

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The Obamas' money: Boring investments, steady income

Like millions of other Americans, President and Mrs. Obama are still paying off their mortgage.

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@POTUS: Barack Obama joins Twitter... finally

The bear is loose... on Twitter.

So, it's official. After years of signing "-BO" at the end of @BarackObama to signal the tweets he crafted himself from an…

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Obama to restrict grenade launchers for cops

The Obama administration on Monday moved to prohibit federal agencies from providing local cops with certain kinds of military equipment such as grenade…

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Woman runs against husband for city council

Talk about sleeping with the enemy.

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Bobby Jindal to form exploratory committee

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will announce Monday that he is taking a major step toward seeking the Republican presidential nomination by establishing a…

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California congresswoman makes touchy ethnic gesture

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez has apologized for an ethnically touchy gaffe that was caught on cell phone video.

The Democrat, who is running to replace…

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Bush reiterates opposition to gay marriage

Jeb Bush stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage in a new interview, saying he doesn't believe it's a constitutional right and that traditional marriage…

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Clinton's super PAC needs irk progressives

Hillary Clinton's decision to personally raise money for a super PAC supporting her campaign is agitating her progressive critics, who see the move as further…

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Gyrocopter pilot makes case in op-ed

Doug Hughes' flying days might be over.

The Florida postal worker who flew a gyrocopter over Washington and landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol says he is…

Gov. John Kasich

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Source: Kasich 'very likely' to run in 2016

A source close to John Kasich said Sunday that the Ohio governor is "very likely" to run for president, but cautioned there would be nothing definitive for at…

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Rand Paul dings NSA for tracking

Sen. Rand Paul says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on "innocent Americans" has led federal law enforcement officials to lose sight of…

Barack Obama

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Ryan: House will approve Obama's trade effort

Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday the House has the votes to approve President Barack Obama's free trade initiative.

The House Ways and Means Committee chairman is…

Carly Fiorina


Iowa dinner spotlights crowded GOP field

Nearly a dozen Republicans eyeing presidential runs hit the stage Saturday night, taking their best shots against Hillary Clinton -- and one another -- as…

Jeb Bush

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Bush seems to find footing on Iraq question

Questions about the war in Iraq trailed Jeb Bush on his trek through Iowa on Saturday, as the likely presidential candidate struggled to move beyond a…


Will new AG change Obama's view on legal pot?

The Supreme Court is prodding the Justice Department to weigh in -- for the first time under Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- on the delicate legal issue of…

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter

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Carter: ISIS raid a 'significant blow'

The U.S. operation that killed a key ISIS commander on Saturday was a "significant blow" to the terror group, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.


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Howard Dean re-enacts infamous 'Dean Scream'

Howard Dean re-enacted his most famous, or infamous, moment Thursday night, as he performed the "Dean Scream" from his ill-fated 2004 campaign in an attack…

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Romney ready to rumble with Holyfield

The Mitt Romney of 2012 would never have dreamed of climbing into the ring with former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

George Stephanopoulos

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Stephanopoulos seeks to move past Clinton donations scandal

Now that ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos has apologized for repeated donations to the Clinton Global Foundation, the question becomes: How much lasting damage…

Rick Perry

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Rick Perry to announce 2016 decision in June

Former Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce his "intentions" for a 2016 presidential run next month in Dallas, two sources close to the governor…

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Republican lawmaker: Cuts didn't cause crash

Republican lawmakers on Friday dug in to their party's defense of cuts to Amtrak funding, declaring that the train derailment that killed eight people this…

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Man detained outside W.H. in drone incident

Secret Service detained a man Thursday afternoon who eyewitnesses tell CNN was trying to fly some sort of remote-controlled aerial device over the White House…

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Rights groups: Body cameras raise privacy issues

Civil rights and privacy advocates are urging lawmakers and police departments to consider the risks of over-surveillance and profiling of citizens that body…

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Conservatives meet privately to choose 2016 candidates

One hundred leaders in the conservative movement met behind closed doors Thursday as part of an attempt to consolidate support for their favored presidential…

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Obama: Spending needed on infrastructure like Amtrak

President Barack Obama on Thursday called for greater federal spending on infrastructure in the wake of the deadly Amtrak crash that killed eight…

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Clintons have earned over $30M since January 2014

Hillary and Bill Clinton have made more than $30 million since January 2014, according to a financial disclosure form provided to CNN and confirmed by a…

Old cars in Cuba, embargo

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US, Cuba slate meetings to talk embassies

U.S. and Cuban officials will meet next week with the goal of hammering out an agreement to reopen embassies each other's capitals as part of efforts to…



House sends Iran nuclear bill to Obama

The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday that allows Congress to review any deal on Iran's nuclear program negotiated by the Obama…

Jeb Bush

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Student confronts Jeb Bush on ISIS

Jeb Bush's Iraq woes aren't going anywhere.

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Washington Post mobile site apparently hacked

The Washington Post's mobile website was temporarily downed Thursday in an apparent hack.

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Obama's trade bill advances in Senate

President Barack Obama's free trade initiative has cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Senate, despite two days of behind-the-scenes wrangling forced by…


Jeb Bush again changes Iraq answer

The war in Iraq -- the issue that defined George W. Bush's presidency and haunted candidates from both parties on the 2008 campaign trail -- is back.

Senator Chris Coons

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Boehner rips link over Amtrak crash, funding

House Speaker John Boehner ripped a reporter Thursday for questioning him about Democrats' efforts to tie Amtrak funding to Tuesday's deadly train crash.


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Secret Service agents 'likely intoxicated'

After spending about five hours at a bar and knocking back several drinks, two senior Secret Service agents got in a government-issued car, drove to the White…

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Aide: O'Malley to make 2016 call Thursday

Martin O'Malley told a friendly New Hampshire audience on Wednesday that he is still a "potential" presidential candidate, but that the group should "talk to…



House leaders buck conservatives on Iran bill

Ignoring pleas from a bloc of conservative members demanding changes, House Republican leaders scheduled a vote for Thursday on a bill giving Congress the…

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Secret Service agent in latest incident retiring

A long-serving Secret Service agent who was implicated in a March incident involving the driving of an agency vehicle after drinking is leaving the agency, a…

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House votes to curb NSA phone program

The House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that ends the bulk collection of data under federal surveillance programs and creates a more targeted…

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House panel passes bill that cuts Amtrak funds

A House panel approved a measure Wednesday that cuts funding for Amtrak, less than a day after a train derailment left at least seven people dead and many…

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House moves to ban abortions after 20 weeks

The House of Representatives passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on Wednesday.

Jeb Bush

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Jeb Bush tries to move past Iraq questions

Jeb Bush has balked twice in recent days at questions about whether, knowing that Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction, he would have made a different…


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Vatican to recognize Palestinian statehood

The Vatican announced Wednesday that it had brokered a treaty with the "state of Palestine," upsetting Israeli advocates and propelling Pope Francis into the…

Man stares at multiple monitors -- Cybercrime unit in Fla

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Pentagon hunts for ISIS on secret Internet

After months of bombing by the U.S. and coalition forces, ISIS remains undefeated on the ground and has now entered a new phase, using the cyber-world as a…

Hillary Clinton

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Clinton schedules June stop in Virginia

Hillary Clinton will visit Virginia next month in her presidential campaign's first announced stop outside of four key early-primary states.

The Virginia…

Barack Obama

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Trade proposal deal reached, Hill leaders say

President Barack Obama is poised to get the Senate's support for his free trade initiative after all.

A day after suffering an embarrassing setback when…

Scott Walker

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Scott Walker has a Twitter math fail

Scott Walker's team can't do math, apparently. "It's hard to believe that it has been 505 years since the first settlers arrived at Jamestown," read a tweet…

US Capitol from the front

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Senate Dems block trade measure

President Barack Obama is privately working with Senate Democrats to find a way forward for his free trade initiative.

After Democrats banded together to…

TSA body scanner

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Report: Airport security equipment poorly managed

Maintenance of explosive detecting scanners and x-ray machines at the U.S. airport security checkpoints are not being managed properly, according to a new…

Rand Paul

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Reports: Rand Paul's son pleads guilty to DUI

The son of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence, the…

Leon Panetta

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Panetta denies Hersh on bin Laden raid

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta says investigative journalist Seymour Hersh is wrong..

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Obama ties racial, class segregation

More than a week after streets in Baltimore erupted in violence, President Barack Obama attempted on Tuesday to pinpoint the roots of the unrest there, which…

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Kerry in Russia for planned talks with Putin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials, when he paid his first visit to Russia in…

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Chicago wins bid to host Obama library

President Barack Obama's presidential library will be located in Chicago, the Barack Obama Foundation officially announced Tuesday.

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Saudi Arabian King missing WH meetings

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will no longer be in attendance at President Barack Obama's meetings with Arab leaders from the Gulf…

NSA Director Michael Rogers

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NSA: ISIS ideology 'resonating' with Americans

The head of U.S. Cyber Command said Monday that the ability of ISIS to recruit adherents online is "a trend that is clearly increasing, not decreasing" and…

Rand Paul announces presidential run


Rand Paul staffer licks camera

A top New Hampshire staffer for Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul licked a camera owned by a Democratic videographer during a campaign event Monday…

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Report: Obama lied about bin Laden killing

The White House is dismissing as "baseless" a controversial report alleging President Barack Obama's administration lied about the circumstances surrounding…

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Obama administration OKs Arctic drilling

The Obama administration, citing "rigorous safety standards" and a long review process, has granted conditional approval to energy giant Shell to begin oil…

Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin

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Germany's Merkel visits Moscow amid crisis in Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Moscow on Sunday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Her visit was a conciliatory gesture…

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Jeb Bush: I would have authorized Iraq War

Jeb Bush said he would have done the same as his brother in deciding to go to war in Iraq if he had been president at the time.

His comments, in an interview…

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Senator: US 'certainly vulnerable' to ISIS

The United States is "certainly vulnerable" to becoming a new front line in the fight against ISIS, Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday.

The Wisconsin Republican who…

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders' Supreme Court litmus test

Bernie Sanders says he'd have a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees if he's elected president: They'd all support overturning the Citizens United decision.…

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Carson questions if presidents must obey courts

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says it's time to re-evaluate the Supreme Court's role -- all the way back to the court's first big decision in…

Carly Fiorina


Fiorina rejects Obama's trade pitch

Carly Fiorina says she supports free trade -- yet she doesn't want President Barack Obama to have the congressional green light to finalize a massive Pacific…

Former President Jimmy Carter

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Illness cuts Jimmy Carter trip short

Amid health concerns, former President Jimmy Carter had to cut his trip to Guyana short.

A statement released by the Carter Center said the former president…

Pope Francis meets Raul Castro

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Raul Castro could join Catholic Church

Cuba has eased its persecution of religion in the last 23 years, but there have been few overtures suggesting the country's executive office might be finding…

Scott Walker

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GOP '16 hopefuls point to lack of famous name

Several Republican presidential hopefuls lined up to deliver speeches here at the South Carolina Freedom Summit on Saturday, where almost all of them…

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