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Marco Rubio

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2016 candidates buy in on #BlackFriday

In the heat of the presidential primaries, when every dollar counts, Black Friday deals aren't just for retailers.

On the biggest shopping weekend of the year,…

Donald Trump Orlando 11.15.15

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Trump faces challenge on NH eligibility

A complaint alleging Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is not eligible to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot was dismissed Tuesday.


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Donald Trump denies mocking reporter's disability

The New York Times is angry that Donald Trump appeared to mock one of its reporters who has a physical disability, but the candidate denied Thursday that he…

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White House fence jumper detained

A man is in custody after jumping over a White House fence while the first family was inside celebrating Thanksgiving, officials said.

Joseph Caputo scaled a…

President Obama's Thanksgiving address

Obama calls troops, offers refugees welcome on Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama issued a Thanksgiving address welcoming refugees on Thursday and spent part of his holiday calling troops to thank them for their…

Cruz at debate 2

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Political Prediction market: Rubio leads, Cruz rises

As the Iowa caucuses approach, Ted Cruz is receiving renewed attention and has seen his odds of capturing the GOP's presidential nomination increase in recent…

Obama family portrait

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Obama family serves Thanksgiving dinner to homeless and vets

President Barack Obama, joined by the entire first family, on Wednesday began the Thanksgiving holiday by serving dinner to the local homeless population and…

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton

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Dems, Bush: Yes, Chicago cop should face charges

Several 2016 hopefuls weighed in Wednesday on the shooting death of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer.

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on…

Will Smith at Concussion premiere

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Mr. (Will) Smith goes to Washington?

His new blockbuster doesn't come out until Christmas Day, but Will Smith is already looking past it.

This frenzied campaign season has so "incensed" the movie…

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Obama: No 'specific and credible threat' to U.S.

Ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. government is "taking every possible step" to keep the country safe, President Barack Obama said Wednesday,…

Donald Trump

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Trump: 100 black leaders' endorsements coming

Donald Trump's campaign says he'll pick up endorsement from African-American pastors and evangelical leaders Monday.

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Marines to spend $225M on amphibious vehicles

The U.S. Marine Corps is spending $225 million as it takes another stab at replacing its aging fleet of amphibious assault vehicles.

The Marine Corps on…

For rent

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Britain hikes taxes on investors to cool housing market

Britain's decision to levy a higher rate of tax on investors in its red hot housing market will be welcomed by many.

Justin Trudeau

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Canada: We'll resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees

Justin Trudeau's newly elected government has confirmed it will resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada within three months, giving top priority to those…


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Ben Carson: the most misunderstood candidate?

By Ben Carson's telling, he may be the most misunderstood candidate in the 2016 presidential race.

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon has shrugged off a series…

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Ex-official: U.S. leadership needed in Syria

The Turkish downing of a Russian jet near the border with Syria on Tuesday underscores the need for increased American leadership in the Syrian war, according…

Francoise Hollande

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Obama: We are all French now

It might be America's oldest alliance, but it has rarely looked more vibrant.

French President François Hollande and U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday…

Turkey shoots down Russian jet


Turkish downing of Russian jet tests 2016 candidates

The Turkish downing of a Russian jet on Tuesday injected even more national security intensity into the 2016 presidential race ---and GOP candidates were…

Chris Martin Obama

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Obama sings on Coldplay's next album

Coldplay is set to give an amateur crooner from Washington, D.C., his big break.

Janet Yellen head of Fed

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Congress wants billions from Fed's piggy bank

Congress wants to pull billions out of the Federal Reserve.

Bernie Sanders

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Sanders won't tell union super PAC to stop

Bernie Sanders declined to disavow a super PAC spending money on his behalf in an interview with CNN on Monday and contradicted a statement his campaign made…

Hollande, Obama


Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself

Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter plane shouldn't lead to further wartime escalation in the region, President Barack Obama insisted at a press conference…

Global warming, climate change

Is Syrian conflict linked to climate change?

Could terrorism and conflict be directly linked to climate change? "Absolutely," says Britain's Prince Charles in an interview with Sky News that aired on…

Sen Ted Cruz

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Iowa poll: Cruz now Trump's chief rival

Ted Cruz has replaced Ben Carson as Donald Trump's chief GOP presidential primary rival in Iowa.

Clinton Spelman

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Clinton: Don't get swayed by GOP 'fear tactics and scare mongering'

Hillary Clinton asked voters here in Nevada on Monday to not be swayed by Republicans "fear tactics and scare mongering and inflammatory rhetoric" on…

Donald Trump speaks at a news conference Nov. 3, 2015, in New York City.

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Trump: 'Many people jumped and I witnessed it' on 9/11

Donald Trump said Monday that he witnessed people jumping out of the Twin Towers on 9/11 from the view in his apartment.

Donald Trump November 19 2015

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Donald Trump's 9/11 celebration claim widely disputed

Donald Trump twice repeated over the weekend that he saw people cheering in New Jersey after the September 11 attacks -- but his claims are being widely…

Marco Rubio August 2

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Rubio: Put U.S. attacks against ISIS on YouTube

There's one high-powered weapon that the U.S. needs to deploy against ISIS to really hit home, says Sen. Marco Rubio. YouTube.

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Poll: Here's how angry the GOP is at government

A sustained outburst of anger and deep disdain for government that has shaped the Republican race for president and confounded the pundits is not going away.…

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Texas seeks delay in SCOTUS immigration case

Texas' attorney general on Monday asked the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension to file a reply brief in a move that could derail the Obama administration's…

Donald Trump book event

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Trump won't rule out run as independent

Despite leading in the Republican polls, Donald Trump will out a run for president as an independent

Donald Trump Orlando 11.15.15

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Trump retweets racially charged crime data

Donald Trump retweeted an image Sunday that compares black-on-black murders to police killings.

Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account highlighted a…

2nd Amendment rights at issue

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Republicans split on guns for terror watch list members

Republican presidential contenders split Sunday on a proposal to ban individuals on a terror watch list from buying guns, with front-runner Donald Trump…

Man kicked out of Trump event


Trump on protester: 'Maybe he should have been roughed up'

Donald Trump suggested Sunday the half-dozen white attendees at his campaign rally on Saturday may have reacted appropriately when they shoved, tackled,…

Hillary Clinton, Nov. 14, 2015

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Hillary Clinton to propose tax credit for caregivers

Hillary Clinton will use a town hall in Iowa on Sunday to pitch a tax credit for up to $6,000 in expenses that fall on families "paying for, coordinating, or…

Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa

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Bernie Sanders struggles in South Carolina

The Vermont senator is playing catch-up to Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, and it's an uphill battle with fewer than a 100 days from South Carolina's…

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Argentina elections: Triumphant Macri vows change

Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri is poised to become Argentina's next President after a runoff vote that marks the end of a political dynasty.

Trump and Carson at debate

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Polls: Donald Trump leads, Ben Carson slips

Donald Trump has a double-digit lead over Ben Carson in the Republican presidential race and voters say they prefer change over political experience, two new…

Marco Rubio

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Rubio: Focus on national security 'positive development'

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday the emergence of national security as a political issue is a "positive development" in the 2016 race, and sought to defend…

Donald Trump immigration taxes

Trump: Track refugees, monitor mosques

Donald Trump said Sunday he'd monitor select mosques, bring back waterboarding and keep refugees on a watch list.

When pressed, he also agreed with a proposal…

Ben Carson addresses Republican voters Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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Carson: 'A lot of people' inappropriately on terror watch lists

Ben Carson says he wants "better due process" for people on terrorism watch lists before banning members of those lists from buying guns.

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Hagel: Focus on ISIS, not Assad

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the United States should be more focused on defeating ISIS than ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Members of the public gather to lay flowers and light candles at La Belle Equipe restaraunt in Paris, France.

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Leaders urge calm, awareness about terror threats

How to prepare for potential terrorism has become an inevitable conversation in the wake of the Paris attacks.

President Barack Obama

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Obama calls ISIS 'killers with good social media'

U.S. President Barack Obama toughened his rhetoric against ISIS at a weekend press conference in Malaysia that concluded his nine-day trip abroad.

The group…

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California

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Nunes: 'We don't know what we don't know'

The House Intelligence Committee chairman says there are no "credible threats that we know about" from the ISIS against the United States right now -- but…

Chris Christie

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Christie won't say if Syrian refugees should be booted from US

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lambasted President Barack Obama's handling of ISIS, saying Sunday that Syrian refugees shouldn't "have to leave their country…

NJ Gov. Chris Christie

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Chris Christie on flight where passenger was removed

A United Airlines flight carrying New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was delayed Friday after a passenger was removed from the plane.

A source with knowledge of…


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Democrat wins Louisiana gov race

Sen. David Vitter's political career is coming to an end, in part because the eight-year-old scandal of allegedly hiring prostitutes is proving, finally, to be…

Clinton teal

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Clinton brushes aside competitors' digs at jamboree

If it wasn't obvious that both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley were running behind Hillary Clinton in most national and…

Donald Trump Orlando 11.15.15

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Trump: 'I want surveillance of certain mosques'

Donald Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric about American Muslims, saying there's precedent for monitoring some mosques amid the recent terror wave.

At a…

Kim Young-Sam

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Former S. Korean President Kim Young-sam dies

Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam, the first civilian leader of the country's modern democratic era, died Sunday, according to a semiofficial news…

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

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Roberts talks leadership in discussion on Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts took a breather from a blockbuster docket of cases in Washington Friday night to travel to New York to discuss another chief justice…

Hillary Clinton campaigns in South Carolina

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Hillary Clinton knew American Mali victim

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday mourned the lone identified American Mali terrorist attack victim, whom she knew from her Senate days.

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Iowa Christians struggle to square faith with fear over refugees

As Christians, they want to be compassionate. As Americans, they want to be safe.

That's the message from Iowa Republicans as they come to terms with the…

Sen. Bernie Sanders

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In new ads, Sanders focuses on platform, not biography

Bernie Sanders' campaign released a series of new ads on Friday that focus more on his platform as a candidate than his background. The ads will run in early…

Marco Rubio

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Rubio outlines plan to defeat ISIS

Sen. Marco Rubio laid out his strategy to defeat ISIS Thursday, outlining a hawkish four-point plan that includes a call for ground troops and a no-fly zone.

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CNN suspends correspondent over refugee tweet

CNN has suspended one of its correspondents for posting an opinionated tweet about a congressional bill that could limit the entry of Syrian refugees into the…

Jeb Bush Orlando 11.15.15

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Jeb Bush: Internment talk 'just wrong'

Donald Trump insists he didn't call for a national database of U.S. Muslims -- but he didn't dismiss the idea, either, despite widespread condemnation of his…

Donald Trump

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Trump doesn't rule out national database for US Muslims

Donald Trump on Thursday called for the creation of a national database to register all Muslims living in the U.S. to protect the country against terrorism.


Obama hair

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Obama: Other leaders dye their hair, not me

President Barack Obama says he's letting his hair go gray without dying it -- but his fellow world leaders aren't doing the same.

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NBC gives equal time to Trump's GOP rivals

NBC has started offering Republican presidential candidates free air time next week to match the 12 minutes given to Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live,"…

Ben Carson pointing and talking

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Carson tones down Syrian refugee rhetoric

Ben Carson fielded national security questions Thursday night, where he warned of "bad apples" among Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the U.S., and he…

Sanders Iowa

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Sanders' 'democratic socialism' explained in 2 minutes

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is all about starting a revolution...a "democratic socialism" revolution.

What exactly is democratic socialism, Sanders…

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Clinton blasts Hill for not voting on gun bill

Hillary Clinton faulted leaders in the House and Senate on Thursday for not allowing a vote on a bill that would make it illegal for people on the government's…

Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay

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Will Congress let Obama shut Guantanamo?

President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the Paris terror attacks won't stop his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

The administration is…

Rand Paul at debate

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Paul: It's 'bulls--t' to collect phone records

Rand Paul says it's "bulls--t" to argue that U.S. government surveillance needs to be ramped up as a result of the Paris attacks.

At a campaign event at…

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Trump gives himself credit for Carson campaign 'free fall'

Ben Carson's campaign is in "free fall," Donald Trump says, and he's giving himself credit.

Trump told a crowd in Newton, Iowa on Thursday that he believed…

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Bush adds name to New Hampshire ballot

Jeb Bush asserted Thursday that he'll be the last Republican standing as he went through the pomp and circumstance of securing his name on the New Hampshire…

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Trump launches Twitter tirade against Kasich

Donald Trump unleashed a barrage of negative tweets against John Kasich Thursday night after the super PAC supporting the Ohio governor announced it would levy…

Carson refugees

Ben Carson compares some refugees to 'rabid' dogs

Ben Carson on Thursday compared safeguarding Americans from Islamic terrorists who may sneak into the country as refugees to parents protecting their children…

Francois Hollande speaking to parliament


Hollande wants US, Russia in 'vast coalition'

French President François Hollande has called for a "vast coalition" to fight ISIS, but he acknowledged Wednesday a significant potential roadblock -- not all…

Martin O'Malley on stage

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O'Malley takes public financing for 2016 bid

Martin O'Malley is accepting public financing for his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, bolstering his cash-strapped campaign but shackling him…

Europe seeks to cope with migrant crisis

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House OKs bill that could limit refugees

The House easily passed a bill Thursday that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until key national security agencies…

Hilary Clinton


Clinton calls for U.S. to 'intensify' ISIS fight

Hillary Clinton is calling for more allied planes, more airstrikes and a "broader target set" -- though no large-scale mobilization of U.S. ground troops -- to…

Medal of Honor


Medal of Honor recipients slight Obama in new Bush ad

Medal of Honor recipients praise Jeb Bush but offer stinging criticism of the current president in a new video released by the campaign that attempts to draw a…

Tiger closeup

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Huckabee sued for using "Eye of the Tiger" at Kim Davis rally

A songwriter of the hit song "Eye of the Tiger" is suing Mike Huckabee for playing the tune at a rally following Kim Davis' release from jail.

Rude Music -…

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blake


Democratic mayors hit Republican governors on refugees

Democratic mayors across the country are clashing with mostly Republican governors who say their states shouldn't accept Syrian refugees.

Injured being treated Paris attacks

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Study: Terrorism increased by 80% in 2014

With its reign of terror in the Middle East, its claim to have brought down a Russian passenger jet and now, the atrocities in Paris, ISIS has commanded…

Obama on troops in Afghanistan


Obama takes harsh political rhetoric abroad

In his nearly seven years flying around the globe as commander in chief, President Barack Obama has aimed his ire at crooked tyrants and shadowy warlords the…



Critics jump on Rubio for missing Paris briefing

Democrats are hitting Sen. Marco Rubio for skipping closed-door briefings on the Paris attacks Wednesday as his campaign battles accusations from both sides…

Rand Paul in SC


Paul: Pause on French citizens, students, visitors

Sen. Rand Paul isn't just for blocking Syrian refugees from entering the country on security concerns -- he says the U.S. should apply more screening to all…

Sanders Portland

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Sanders backed by super PAC despite pledge

A super PAC tied to a union supporting Bernie Sanders has spent almost $570,000 to help his presidential run, according the Sunlight Foundation and…

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Christie: Obama 'created' Syrian refugee crisis

Chris Christie on Wednesday blamed President Barack Obama for the Syrian refugee crisis and called Obama "a joke" who "lives in a fantasy land."

Carson Tapper


Foreign policy tests Carson's campaign

Ben Carson is facing his first big foreign policy test in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks --- and his early grades haven't been so good.

Recent comments…

Trump Baton Rouge

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Trump mocks Carson on foreign policy

Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked Ben Carson's reported lack of foreign policy knowledge as "pretty sad," opening a new front of attack on his chief…

Ben Carson addresses Republican voters Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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Ben Carson fourth in New Hampshire survey

Ben Carson may lead the GOP presidential field in some national polls, but he has fallen to fourth place in New Hampshire, according to a survey released…

Ted Cruz


Cruz to Obama: 'Insult me to my face'

Ted Cruz challenged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to a debate on Syrian refugees and said that if the president is going to insult him, he should do it…

Harry Reid

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Utah prosecutor says he's investigating Reid

A county prosecutor in Utah said he's investigating Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, in connection with a pay-to-play scheme involving two of the state's former…

Obama refugees

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Obama slams Republicans over refugee stance

President Barack Obama sharply criticized Republicans Wednesday for suggesting that Syrian refugees coming to the United States posed a security threat,…



Ellison: 'Muslim-Americanness' is patriotic

Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress and one of only two members in the Capitol, said Wednesday that in the wake of anti-Muslim rhetoric…

Bush in NH

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Jeb Bush outlines military policy

Seeking a moment to catapult his candidacy to the forefront of the Republican field, Jeb Bush on Wednesday delivered a major address on defense policy at a…

Clinton form

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SEIU endorses Clinton for president

Hillary Clinton won the endorsement of the nation's top service employee union on Tuesday, solidifying her lock on organized labor over Bernie Sanders, her top…

Clinton Facebook

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Clinton to outline plan for defeating ISIS

Hillary Clinton will outline her plan for defeating ISIS on Thursday in New York City, her campaign said.

The speech, which comes in the wake of the Paris…

Kasich on CNN


Kasich: Create agency to promote Judeo-Christian values

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday that he would create an agency to broadcast "Judeo-Christian, Western values" in hostile countries as part of a broader war…

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Planned Parenthood plans $20M election fight

Planned Parenthood is planning to spend at least $20 million fighting Republicans at the ballot box next year as the group punches back against GOP efforts to…

Sanders Clinton at debate

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Sanders: Clinton's Wall Street remarks 'a little bit absurd'

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday called Hillary Clinton's comments during the recent Democratic debate about her closeness to Wall Street "a little bit silly, a…

Hillary Clinton


Clinton draws contrast, won't raise taxes on middle class

Hillary Clinton drew a sharp contrast with Bernie Sanders on health care and taxes here on Tuesday, telling a fired-up audience at a local community college…

Bobby Jindal

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Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday announced he was ending his campaign for president.

Lindsey Graham


How GOP candidates would respond to ISIS

Republicans vying to replace President Barack Obama generally begin their comments on ISIS and Syria by criticizing the White House for "leading from behind.…

Gov Bentley Alabama

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31 states oppose taking Syrian refugees

More than half the nation's governors say they oppose letting Syrian refugees into their states, although the final say on this contentious immigration issue…

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