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Clinton deleted all mail from personal server

Hillary Clinton permanently deleted all the emails on the private server she used to do official business as secretary of state, the Republican lawmaker who…

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Harry Reid, Senate minority leader, to retire

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he won't seek reelection in 2016, and endorsed New York Sen. Charles Schumer as his successor for his leadership…

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Obama, Pope Francis meeting scheduled

The Obamas will host Pope Francis at the White House during his first visit to the U.S. on Sept. 23.

When Obama met the Pope for the first time at the Vatican…


Kansas to allow concealed guns without permit

Kansas will join a handful of other states that allow their residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit after a bill backed by the National Rifle…

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Senate passes GOP-approved budget plan

After slogging through a grueling and exhausting day casting scores of back-to-back votes on amendments during the annual budget vote-a-rama, which lasted…

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Medicare 'doc fix' bill passes House

In a rare moment of bipartisanship bringing House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi together, the House passed the so called "doc fix…

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Diplomats voice optimism on Iran nuclear deal

A major source of disagreement between Iran and world powers negotiating over Tehran's nuclear program -- what to do with its underground Fordo facility -- may…

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Supreme Court rejects Alabama case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sent disputed redistricting plans in Alabama --- drawn by a Republican-led legislature after the 2010 census -- back down to a…

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Obama to ask agency official to step down

The White House is expected to ask the embattled chairman of the Chemical Safety Board to step down Wednesday, congressional sources tell CNN.

Chairman Rafael…

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Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat'

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is warning members of Congress that the Islamic State poses a "terrible threat" to his country and others in its region.


Ben Carson calls Obama a 'psychopath'

Ben Carson says President Barack Obama is a psychopath.

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Dan Coats to retire from Senate

Republican Sen. Dan Coats won't run for re-election in 2016, ending his political comeback while creating an opening for one by his long-time Indiana rival --…

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For Obama, a new twist in longest US war

America's longest war just got a little longer for thousands of U.S. troops.

President Barack Obama's decision to keep 9,800 soldiers in Afghanistan through…

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Capitol police say no more drunken parties

Congressional law enforcement officials want to rein in the growing number of parties in the Capitol during the annual Memorial Day and July Fourth concerts,…

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Will Warren-mania hurt progressive Democrats?

Martin O'Malley says he wants to bring "fundamental change to the culture of Wall Street." Jim Webb is lashing out against the "greed and irresponsibility in…

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DHS official helped politicians, Clinton brother

The Homeland Security Department's current No. 2 official intervened to obtain visas for wealthy foreign investors with ties to politically connected people,…

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Hillary's action figure: Tanned, rested and ready

There's a Hillary Clinton action figure ready to go, even though the real Hillary has yet to officially announce her run for president.

The "Ready-For-Action…

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Ted Cruz to sign up for Affordable Care Act

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz tells CNN that he will sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act -- a law he has been on a crusade to…



Wisconsin leads in shrinking middle class

The middle class is on the decline in every state ... in size, anyway.

The percentage of households considered middle class shrunk nationwide between 2000 and…

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Federal workers owe the IRS $3.5 billion

They work for the government, but they haven't paid their taxes on time.

Federal workers and retirees owe the IRS $3.5 billion, according to data released…

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Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The United States will keep its current level of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, rather than reducing that number to 5,500 as planned,…

Sen Ted Cruz

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Is Ted Cruz eligible to be President?

Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday that he is running for President -- but is he eligible?

Cruz doesn't hide the fact that he was born in Canada and he definitely…

Clinton CAP

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Hillary Clinton seeks 'new beginning' with the press

"Complicated" is how Hillary Clinton described her relationship with the political press corps at an event on Monday night.

The honest admission provided a rare…

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The Cruz economy: Reality-checking his talking points

The race for 2016 is officially on.

Senator Ted Cruz is the first to announce his or her presidential candidacy, and he had a lot to say about the election…

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Israel denies it spied on US in Iran talks

Israel did not spy on closed-door talks over Iran's nuclear program involving the United States and other world powers, an Israeli official said Tuesday,…

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High court takes dim view of Texas plate policy

At the Supreme Court Monday, the justices considered Texas's specialty license program and the decision by state officials to reject a design depicting the…

Rand Paul

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Rand Paul knocks Ted Cruz

Once supportive Senate colleagues -- they stood in for each other during their respective marathon Senate speeches -- soon-to-be rivals Sens. Rand Paul and…

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House Democrats to dine with Israeli ambassador

A small group of House Democrats will meet with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer over dinner Monday night in the hopes of starting to repair a damaged…


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Utah to allow firing squads for executions

Utah's governor signed a bill Monday that brings back firing squads as a potential way to execute some death row prisoners.

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Obama, Clinton convene another secret meeting

President Barack Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met on Monday afternoon behind closed doors to discuss "a range of topics," the White…

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GOP Rep. dismisses Ted Cruz 'carnival barker'

Rep. Peter King called Sen. Ted Cruz a "big mouth" who "basically led the Republican Party over the cliff" and dismissed Sen. Rand Paul as an "isolationist"…

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Could Ted Cruz pull a Barack Obama?

It's an audacious gambit, opening a presidential campaign after merely a brief stop in the U.S. Senate. But if it worked for a freshman senator from Illinois,…

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Cruz website domains held hostage

Some Internet domain owners troll to make a ruckus, while others are just trying to meet politicians they like.

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Ted Cruz announces 2016 presidential bid

Sen. Ted Cruz, the conservative firebrand from Texas, became the first Republican to announce his campaign for the presidency, and he spent Monday morning…

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Boston Globe editorial wants Warren to run

Hillary Clinton had a clear message the day after The Boston Globe urged Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president: Addressing income inequality…

Joseph Clancy

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House investigators annoyed by solo testimony

Top members of a House panel investigating the Secret Service are hauling the head of the agency in for a hearing this week -- and they don't want him to show…

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Frank: Congress has closeted gay members

Former Rep. Barney Frank says he believes there are still closeted gay members of Congress -- and he has no problem with them staying that way, as long as…

Sen Ted Cruz

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Brown: Cruz is 'absolutely unfit' for office

Sen. Ted Cruz has "rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office" -- let alone president -- by insisting that humans aren't to blame for global…

Ashraf Ghani


Obama, Ghani to discuss US-Afghan relations

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Washington on Sunday for his first official visit to the United States since taking office in January.

The highly…

Sen Ted Cruz

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Ted Cruz to announce 2016 presidential bid

Ted Cruz is first out the gate.

The first-term senator from Texas will announce Monday that he's running for the Republican presidential nomination, CNN has…

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CIA head: US could do Iran nuke inspections

Iran would build a nuclear bomb "at their own peril" if nuclear talks with the United States and other leading countries falter, Central Intelligence Agency…

Sen John McCain

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McCain: Get over your temper tantrum

Sen. John McCain says he is "convinced" Obama is letting his personal problems with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu get in the way of shared policy…

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Obama knocks Netanyahu comment on Arabs

It doesn't matter how many times Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now says he still wants a two-state solution with the Palestinians. The White House…

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War protesters drop coffins at White House

Hundreds of protesters on Saturday marked the 12-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War by rallying in front of the White House and then marching to the…

Jeb Bush, February 2014

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Jeb Bush to attend super PAC event in D.C.

Jeb Bush will travel to Washington, D.C. at the end of April to help raise money for his super PAC, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.

The event,…

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Obama turns up heat on AG nomination

More than four months since the White House nominated Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, President Barack Obama is venting his frustration at a lack of…

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Obama puts new rules on fracking

The Obama administration announced Friday new rules on hydraulic fracking, the contentious process behind the U.S. natural gas boom.

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Obamas aren't buying 'Magnum, P.I.' estate

This is the part of the mystery where Magnum, P.I., might say, in voice-over, "I know what you're thinking."

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Monica Lewinsky TED talk recounts 'mistake'

"At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. And at the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences."

Thus begins Monica Lewinsky's latest foray into…

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Congress gives Obama room on Iran

Congress is giving President Barack Obama some breathing room on nuclear talks with Iran, while Obama is appealing directly to Iranians to support a deal…

Aaron Schock resigns

FBI, federal prosecutors investigating Schock

The FBI and the federal prosecutors in Illinois are investigating whether Rep. Aaron Schock broke the law in accounting for campaign expenses, according to…

Lewinsky cyberbullying

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Monica Lewinsky TED talk recounts 'mistake'

"At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. And at the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences."

Thus begins Monica Lewinsky's latest foray into…

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Obama to 'reassess' Israel relationship

President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States would "reassess" aspects of its relationship with Israel after…

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Why Putin is hosting Kim Jong Un

What does a world leader who's been shunned by the international community and strained relations with every major global power do to show that he still has…

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FAA allows Amazon to test drones in U.S.

The Federal Aviation Administration seems to be softening its stance on commercial drone operations, at least for one company.

The government agency on…

Secret Service director Joseph Clancy testifies

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Clancy: No gate crash, late report 'unacceptable'

U.S. Secret Service Director Joe Clancy told a Senate panel Thursday that reports of two agents crashing into a gate at the White House were "inaccurate," but…

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U.S. Navy SEAL dies in parachute accident

A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in a parachute accident in Perris, California, near Riverside, a U.S. Navy official told CNN on Wednesday.

He was identified…

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Americans increasingly concerned about ISIS

Americans have grown increasingly wary of ISIS over the past six months, but their confidence in the U.S.' ability to combat the extremist group is waning,…

Rand Paul Pinterest

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SXSW: Why Congress flocked to Austin

Why is Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) at a Pandora party and why is he trying to get on the VIP list to see Grumpy Cat?

Hillary Clinton

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Clinton gifted Camp David sweatshirt

What does an association of summer camps get a women who will likely be running for president in the coming weeks? A Camp David sweatshirt, of course.

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Clinton paid speech could be end of an era

One of the more controversial aspects of Hillary Clinton's pre-campaign -- her penchant for paid speeches -- came to an end on Thursday with a speech that…

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Obama: Maybe it's time for mandatory voting

The president whose major policy achievement is mandatory health insurance thinks maybe voting should be mandatory, too.



Obama targets greenhouse gases

President Barack Obama, looking to bolster his legacy combating climate change, will mandate Thursday that government agencies curb their greenhouse gas…

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US support for Israel could slip after vote

The Obama administration's frustration with Benjamin Netanyahu is turning into outright hostility after the Israeli prime minister's commanding victory this…

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House GOP members threaten budget over defense

A sizeable bloc of House Republicans are vowing to defeat the GOP budget that was unveiled on Tuesday.

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Secret Service may have erased videotapes

Secret Service Director Joe Clancy told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting that the Secret Service may have erased surveillance video of agents driving a car…

White House drone

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No charges against White House drone flyer

The U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia will not pursue charges against the man who flew a drone onto the White House grounds in January,…


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Al-Shabaab leader killed in drone strike

A key Al-Shabaab operative, who was connected to the Westgate mall attack in Kenya, was killed recently by a U.S. drone strike, the Pentagon announced…

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Donald Trump launches presidential exploratory committee

Real estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee.

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Poll: Hillary Clinton still dominant in 2016

Hillary Clinton continues to be a dominant force heading into the 2016 presidential election, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The former secretary of state…

Aaron Schock

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Rep. Aaron Schock to resign amid spending scandal

Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock announced Tuesday he would resign his seat at the end of the month, in the wake of a congressional ethics investigation into…

Scott Walker

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Scott Walker aide resigns after Iowa tweets

For at least the second time this year, Twitter has led to the downfall of another aide expected to play a key role in a 2016 presidential campaign.

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White House mailed package with cyanide

The White House received an envelope this week containing a substance that testing revealed to be cyanide, the Secret Service confirmed Tuesday.

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New Obamacare numbers: 16.4 million covered

About 16.4 million people have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law nearly five years ago, according to government…

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Secret Service chief grilled at Hill hearing

Joe Clancy, the longtime agent President Barack Obama picked to reform a troubled Secret Service, appeared before outraged lawmakers on Tuesday, who demanded…

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Top Republican grants Clinton subpoena extension

The House committee investigating Benghazi has given former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two additional weeks to respond to a subpoena for all her…

Madonna, 2012 MDNA concert

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Michigan mayor fires back at Madonna

Madonna, saying something controversial? Perish the thought.

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Poll: Iran negotiations popular

Americans broadly back direct negotiations with Iran about that country's nuclear program, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

And although about half (49%) say…

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Zombie Social Security numbers rising up

Six and a half million dead Americans could be, at this very moment, opening bank accounts, drawing paychecks and applying for credit cards from beyond the…

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Netanyahu: No Palestinian state on my watch

The prospect of a Palestinian state is nil so long as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in office, Netanyahu said in a Monday interview.

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New documents reveal botched execution details

Death row prisoner Clayton Lockett, who ultimately died after Oklahoma officials botched his execution in 2014, played a role in helping his execution team try…

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Poll: Hillary Clinton's email divides public

Unfavorable views of Hillary Clinton are on the rise and perceptions of her as "honest and trustworthy" have dropped.

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Convicted leaker Petraeus still advising WH

Despite being convicted of leaking classified information to his mistress and biographer, then lying to the FBI, former CIA director and retired Gen. David…

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Obama's 7 best zingers at D.C. dinner

It's not every year President Barack Obama addresses Washington's annual Gridiron Club dinner, an event that brings together some of the city's most prominent…

Isaac Herzog

Isaac Herzog could be Israel's next leader

Outside of Israeli politics, Isaac Herzog is not a well-known name. That may change on March 17, when Israelis head to the polls for election day.

Tennessee senator at odds with Obama administration on Iran

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White House warns senator on Iran

In a strongly worded letter, the White House Saturday told Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) a bill he is drafting would likely have a…

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Ted Cruz burnishes his style in New Hampshire

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was delivering his normal rhetoric during a New Hampshire speech on Sunday, hitting the current administration on the economy, Obamacare and…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, January 2015

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McConnell: No Lynch vote unless Dems relent

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday said he plans to hold up attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch's confirmation until the Senate passes a…

Hillary Clinton

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House may subpoena Clinton emails

The Republican congressman leading the House investigation into the terror attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi said the House may vote to subpoena Hillary…

Scott Walker

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Scott Walker draws contrast with Jeb Bush

Scott Walker brought his Midwestern swagger to New Hampshire on Saturday, leading a crowd of activists to cheers as he sought to draw a contrast to his…

Mitch McConnell

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McConnell rebukes Iran letter criticism

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back strongly on Sunday against the outrage over Republican senators' letter to Iran, which he called a "…

President Obama talks at extremism summit

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Obama jokes about weed, Clinton emails

President Obama shared jokes about drugs and Hillary Clinton's email controversy at the annual Gridiron Club dinner in Washington on Saturday.

The club's dinner…


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New Hampshire: Walker draws contrast with Bush

Scott Walker brought his Midwestern swagger to New Hampshire Saturday, leading a crowd of activists to cheers as he sought to draw a contrast to his top-tier…

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Another email headache for Hillary

The State Department only last month started automatically preserving dozens of high-level officials' emails, according to a department spokeswoman, a…

Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton set on Brooklyn HQ

As Hillary Clinton's expected April presidential launch nears, her already sizable campaign apparatus is moving into place and getting close to signing a…

Bush selfie campaign

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Bush makes 2016 debut in New Hampshire

Jeb Bush will swing through New Hampshire this weekend, making his inaugural 2016 trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state ahead his expected…

Veterans Administration may have hid long wait times

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CNN: LA-area veterans waiting months for appointments

Thousands of veterans who are patients at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System have been waiting months just for an appointment, CNN has learned.

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Obama denies texting; Jay Z says he does

President Barack Obama's got 99 problems and they include multiple rappers claiming false friendships with him.

On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Thursday night, Obama…

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Obama on Ferguson: 'No excuse' for shootings

President Barack Obama made his first public statement on the recent attack on police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, Thursday night, saying that despite the…

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Want to be a CIA spy? Be careful on Facebook

Oversharing on Facebook is posing a unique challenge for the CIA's recruitment of future spies.

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