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Trump: NBC, Univision for abandoning '51 wonderful girls'

Donald Trump says Univision and NBC "abandoned" the 51 women vying for the Miss USA crown by canceling the upcoming pageant telecast.

Organizers of the annual…

Jeb Bush, June 27, 2015 in Henderson, Nevada.

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Jeb Bush is worth up to $22 million

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is worth as much as $22 million, his campaign said Tuesday.

The former Florida governor released 33 years of tax…

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Chris Christie launches 2016 bid

Gov. Chris Christie is about to find out whether the tough-talking style that's so popular at home in New Jersey will resonate on the presidential campaign…

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California governor signs vaccine bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation outlawing a family's personal and religious beliefs as reasons to exempt their children from school…

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Mexico pulls out of Trump's Miss Universe pageant

Donald Trump warned earlier this month that unsavory individuals are crossing the border from Mexico. Now the country won't be sending anyone to Trump's…

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Obama's approval rating grows to over 50%

Could Barack Obama's great week mark a turning point in his poll numbers?

After months of stagnant approval ratings, a new CNN/ORC poll finds that for the…

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Trump not backing down: 'Mexico is not our friend'

His incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants may have cost him a longstanding business partnership, but Donald Trump isn't exactly chastened.

Texas officials

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Texas, Alabama blast same-sex marriage ruling

With last week's Supreme Court ruling, same-sex couples are flocking to the altar in all 50 states, right?

Eh, almost.

There are still a few holdouts, as…

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Univision CEO defends dropping Trump, denies apologizing

Univision CEO Randy Falco says Donald Trump is not telling the truth when he claims that "Univision apologized."

In an internal memo on Monday, Falco defended…

Jeb Bush interview

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Jeb Bush: Confederate flag is 'racist'

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called the Confederate flag a "racist" symbol on Monday, lauding South Carolina's efforts to remove it from the…

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Puerto Rico wants to be able to declare bankruptcy

Puerto Rico's governor has a message for Washington D.C: change the law, we want the right to declare bankruptcy.

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NBCUniversal cuts ties with Donald Trump

NBCUniversal, under pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Miss USA pageant,…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2010

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Court backs Arizona panel right to draw districts

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monday an Arizona state law that designates the power to an independent commission to draw congressional districts, refuting the…

EPA, clean air act

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SCOTUS: EPA unreasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act

In a loss for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA unreasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act when it decided to set limits on the…

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

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Republican presidential contenders discuss religious liberty

The Supreme Court's decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage everywhere offered the GOP a way out of a debate that national polls show has turned into a…

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Can Donald Trump keep New Hampshire momentum?

Longtime political operatives here sat back and watched with amusement this past week as Donald Trump rose in the New Hampshire polls and sparked a media…

Donald Trump, June 2015

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Hispanic leaders urge NBC to cut ties to Trump

A coalition of Latino organizations is stepping up the pressure on NBCUniversal to reconsider its business relationship with Donald Trump.

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Supreme court to rehear affirmative action case

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear next term a major affirmative action case concerning a program at a public university that takes race into…

John Kasich

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Kasich plans to announce presidential bid

Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to announce he is running for the Republican presidential nomination on July 21, two sources familiar with the plans confirmed to…

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SCOTUS backs use of lethal injection drug

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug for lethal injection in executions, but opened a larger question about capital…

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Chris Christie video signals 2016 bid

Chris Christie leaves little room for interpretation about his presidential ambitions in a new video released Sunday in which the New Jersey governor all but…

Donald Trump, June 2015

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Trump giving up 'Apprentice'

Don't expect a new season this fall: Donald Trump is giving up "The Apprentice" so that he can run for president.

Bernie Sanders June 2015

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Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough

Bernie Sanders isn't satisfied with the Supreme Court's affirmation last week of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Mike Huckabee June 2015

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Huckabee: Channel MLK on gay marriage

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christian leaders to channel Martin Luther King, Jr. by resisting the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of…

Donald Trump at his announcement

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Candidate Trump talks immigration, ISIS, jobs

Presidential candidate Donald Trump touched on a wide range of issues in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Scott Walker

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Walker calls for respect on same-sex marriage

Scott Walker said same-sex marriage proponents should respect the religious opinions of those who disapprove of same-sex couples having the right to legally…

Ted Cruz at Capitol Hill June 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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GOP field fractured over same-sex marriage

One day after the Supreme Court's historic same-sex marriage decision, Republican presidential candidates are still grappling with the ruling.

Jeb Bush, June 27, 2015 in Henderson, Nevada.

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Jeb Bush touts record on guns

Jeb Bush on Saturday said he doubted gun control measures supported by President Barack Obama would have prevented recent tragedies, including the church…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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Kerry meets with Zarif ahead of Iran deadline

Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Saturday morning in Vienna as the representatives for the two countries…

US Supreme Court hears arguments in historic marriage equality case

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Same-sex couples wed, others have to wait

Moments after the Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, Rachel Evans and her girlfriend Kelly Gleischman jumped into an Uber…

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Clinton weathers the summer of Sanders

Hillary Clinton always insisted she wasn't expecting a coronation in her second presidential bid, but a single-digit lead over Bernie Sanders was surely not…

N.J. governor spends time with Granite State Republican voters

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Christie launches presidential campaign website

Chris Christie hasn't yet declared whether he's running for President. But in the meantime, if you want to support his candidacy-in-waiting, you can go online…

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Best week in Washington: Obama's legacy

June is legacy month for President Barack Obama.

After the Supreme Court, for a second time, refused to gut the Affordable Care Act and a deal with Republicans…

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Obama breaks into 'Amazing Grace' at funeral

President Barack Obama unexpectedly sang "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for Clementa Pinckney on Friday in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Woman removes SC Confederate flag

Dressed in climbing gear and a helmet, Brittany "Bree" Newsome shimmied up a 30-foot flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol early…

Enrique Nieto had surgery after experiencing discomfort

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Mexican president's gallbladder removed

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto is recovering after his gallbladder was removed early Friday, according to a statement released by his office.

Multi-hued White House a nod to same-sex marriage legalized nationwide

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The week that changed the nation

The times, they are a changing, suddenly at whiplash speed.

After a momentous week, same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states, the Confederate flag's…

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WH shines rainbow colors to hail SCOTUS ruling

In the wake of Friday's landmark Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex couples nationwide to marry, the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors for…

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Supreme Court: Gay marriage is legal in all 50 states

In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court on Friday ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay…

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The next battle over LGBT rights

The battle over same-sex marriage may have drawn to a dramatic close Friday at the Supreme Court. But as several justices noted in scorching dissents, the war…

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Best lines from marriage dissent, decision

In a historic 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down same-sex marriage bans across the country.

Jim Obergefell

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Obama calls gay marriage case plaintiff

Moments after the Supreme Court backed a national right to same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama called the lead plaintiff in the case to congratulate him…

Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente, 2009

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Latino actors get kudos for anti-Trump stance

Two stars are being hailed for taking a stand after some controversial comments made by Donald Trump when he announced his presidential bid.

Hillary Clinton addresses Virginia Democrats

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Hillary Clinton to GOP: 'Move on'

Hours after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, Hillary Clinton told hundreds of Virginia Democrats on Friday that "Across the board,…

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump's war with Univision gets nasty

Donald Trump's fight with Univision is heating up. On Friday he published an anchor's personal phone number, called for the resignation of a top executive and…


Plane with cruise passengers crashes in Alaska

A small plane carrying a pilot and eight passengers from a cruise ship was believed to have crashed in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Thursday.

The plane was on a…

Chris Christie


Christie denies he's made a 2016 decision

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie refuted reports that he has made the decision to run for president during a radio interview on Thursday night.

"There's been…

John Boehner


GOP faces steep odds of repealing Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt congressional Republicans' efforts to roll back Obamacare a severe blow when it ruled to uphold all the law's subsidies for…

Donald Trump

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Univision drops telecast of Miss USA over Trump's comments

Univision is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, an event partially owned by Donald Trump, to protest Trump's offensive remarks about…

Josh Earnest

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White House predicts same-sex marriage win

White House press secretary Josh Earnest expressed guarded optimism that the Supreme Court would rule in favor of same-sex marriage in an upcoming decision.

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Obama: 'The Affordable Care Act is here to stay'

Obamacare has survived -- again.

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Court upholds key tool to fight housing discrimination

The Supreme court on Thursday re-affirmed a federal law passed in 1968 to combat housing discrimination by holding that the law allows not only claims for…

Jeb Bush

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Poll: Bush leads, Trump gains in N.H. GOP field

Jeb Bush narrowly leads the field in the state set to host the first primary of the 2016 presidential campaign, but Donald Trump's gains in the state suggest…

Marco Rubio

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2016 hopefuls react to Obamacare ruling

White House hopefuls quickly began responding Thursday to the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold Obamacare subsidies, with several Republican candidates…

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Pol pushes bill to remove Miss. state flag

The House voted to postpone a vote on a measure to require that the Mississippi state flag be removed from House areas and office buildings, a step the…

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House sends key trade bill to Obama

Cementing a victory for President Barack Obama on his trade agenda, the House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday providing financial aid and…

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Controversial California vaccine bill advances

The California House passed a proposal that would outlaw a family's personal and religious beliefs as reasons to exempt their children from school…

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Senate sends key trade bill to Obama

The Senate on Wednesday cleared a bill to give "fast-track" congressional approval of major international trade deals and will send it to President Barack…

House with blue sky

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'Cash for caulkers' was a bust

Maybe think twice before adding new home insulation.

A new study from the University of Chicago and University of California Berkeley says making a home more…

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk

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Sen. Mark Kirk falls on Senate floor

Sen. Mark Kirk, a stroke victim who is running for a second term in 2016, fell during a vote on the Senate floor Wednesday.

President Obama talks at extremism summit

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Trade bill is no sure victory for Obama

It was a huge win for President Barack Obama but, as is so often the case in polarized Washington, it may just be a prelude to a bigger battle ahead.

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump responds to Neil Young

If presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump has proven anything during his first week of campaigning, it's that he's not afraid to take on the…

President Barack Obama June 2015

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Obama shuts down White House heckler

President Barack Obama is used to hecklers stopping him during speeches -- but he draws the line when the audience interrupts him in his own house.

As Obama…

Gov Bobby Jindal

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Bobby Jindal faces an uphill 2016 fight

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, once a Republican rising star who passed on an opportunity to seek the White House in 2012, announced his candidacy on Wednesday…

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Greece's bailout talks with creditors stall

The great European standoff is not over yet.

A key meeting between Greece and its creditors broke up without a deal on Wednesday, EU officials said. The talks…

SC Confederate flag debate June 23

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Confederate flag debate sweeps Southern states

State legislators across the South are now taking up the debate over the prominence of the Confederate flag in their states after conservative leaders…

Francoise Hollande

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U.S. accused of spying on French presidents

France has summoned the U.S. ambassador for a meeting Wednesday in the wake of reports that the United States spied on French President François Hollande and…

John McCain


Confederate symbols under fire on Cap Hill

Should all statues of Confederate figures as well as mascots and banners associated with the Confederacy be retired?

That's the question members of Congress are…

Feuds - Palin

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Sarah Palin and Fox News split up -- again

Sarah Palin is reportedly out at Fox News, the latest turn in the on-again-off-again relationship between the former Republican vice presidential nominee and…

Trump at desk

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Poll: Trump near top of GOP pack in N.H.

Donald Trump is outpolling all other Republican candidates in New Hampshire except for Jeb Bush, according to a new survey released Tuesday, though if you ask…


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Lawmakers push bill to beef up hostage reforms

Capitol Hill lawmakers on Tuesday slammed the anticipated White House hostage policy review and are pushing for more aggressive oversight of efforts to free…

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U.S.: More than 30 Americans held hostage abroad

The U.S. government will now communicate with terrorist groups holding the more than 30 Americans currently hostage abroad, one of a slew of changes to the…

US military exercises

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US sending tanks, armor for NATO allies

The U.S. military will be sending dozens of tanks, Bradley armored fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers to allied countries in the Baltics and…

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Obama's trade agenda gets new life after vote

The President's trade agenda scored a major victory Tuesday when the Senate voted to advance a bill to allow "fast-track" approval of large international trade…

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Joe Biden not ruling out 2016 bid

As Vice President Joe Biden slowly returns to official duties in Washington following his son's death, a decision on mounting a third presidential bid looms…

President Barack Obama

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Obama heading to Charleston to deliver eulogy

President Barack Obama will head to Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday to deliver the eulogy at funeral services for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the state…

SC Gov. Haley

Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag from SC State House

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House.

"Today we are here in a moment of…

Greece Parliament

Europe gives new Greek plan a cautious welcome

Europe gave a cautious welcome Monday to new Greek proposals aimed at ending a damaging credit crisis that threatens the country's future in the euro.


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Walmart, Sears, eBay to stop selling Confederate flag gear

America's leading merchants have spoken: The Confederate flag is coming off the shelves.

Walmart, Sears, and eBay all announced bans on the sale of Confederate…

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Hack may be 4x larger than U.S. govt said

The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel…

Maryland Gov Larry Hogan

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Md. Gov. Hogan announcing cancer diagnosis

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer.

Clinton testifies on Benghazi attack


Benghazi committee releases new Clinton emails

The congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya said Monday they had uncovered new emails from former Secretary of State Hillary…

Barack Obama

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Obama: US 'not cured' of racism

President Barack Obama used the n-word during an interview released Monday to make a point that there's still plenty of room for America to combat racism.


SC Sen. Lindsey Graham

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Lindsey Graham to call for Confederate flag to come down

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham will call Monday for the removal of the confederate flag from state grounds, a source familiar with the decision…

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GOP candidates head to the border

This dusty town just past a series of international checkpoints is home to few Republican voters but to many Republican fears.

The party's conservative base is…

Ukraine US Natl Guard

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EU extends sanctions on Russia

European Union foreign ministers meeting Monday in Luxembourg extended sanctions against Russia imposed because of the country's actions in Crimea and eastern…

Judy Shalom Nir Mozes

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Israeli politician's wife sorry for Obama joke

Judy Mozes, the wife of senior Likud official Silvan Shalom, apologized Sunday after calling President Barack Obama "black and weak" on Twitter. Mozes said…

Charleston SC Mayor Joseph P Riley Jr

Charleston mayor: Access to guns is 'insane'

The mayor of Charleston, South Carolina said Sunday that it was "insane" how many guns Americans own and how easy it is obtain them.

John Ellis Bush

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Poll: Bush, Rubio have broadest GOP appeal

Three-quarters of Republicans said they could envision themselves supporting Floridians Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, according to a new poll, the broadest…


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Brigade: 'Tinder for politics?'

Unsure of where your neighbor or second cousin stand on the issues? Now, there's an app for that.

Confederate flag flying in Alabama

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GOPers take a pass on Confederate flag

Republicans on Sunday demurred when asked whether South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, attempting to avoid…

President Obama golfing

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Obama spends Father's Day on golf course

President Barack Obama is spending Father's Day without his family, instead hitting the links in Palm Springs, California, with longtime friends.

Walter Scheib, far right

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Former WH chef missing for more than a week

Former White House executive chef Walter Scheib has been missing for more than a week after hiking a mountain trail alone in Taos, New Mexico.

Scheib, who…

John Ellis Bush

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Jeb Bush weighs in on S.C. flag flap

When it comes to dealing with the Confederate flag, Jeb Bush isn't leaving much room for interpretation in his stance on the issue.

The former governor…

Hillary Clinton

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Clinton calls Graham after church shooting

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham picked up the phone Saturday afternoon to hear a familiar voice on the other end: that of Hillary Clinton.

President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Obama, Pelosi appear cordial after trade battle

President Barack Obama and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared cordial when they appeared together in San Francisco on Friday, praising each other as great…

Donald Trump

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Trump slams Hillary, calls her 'pathetic'

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton is blaming him for the killings in Charleston, South Carolina, an attack he returned as "pathetic" and as evidence that "…

Rick Perry speaks at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Perry condemns SC shooting after 'accident' flub

Rick Perry condemned the Charleston church shooting Saturday as "an absolute heinous hate crime," one day after a spokesman said the Republican presidential…


Why the Confederate flag isn't at half-staff

As her state mourned nine people killed in a racially-motivated shooting, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley ordered state flags be lowered to half-staff Thursday.

Hillary Clinton speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors

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Clinton speaks forcefully on guns, race

The United States' struggle with race is not over, Hillary Clinton said Saturday in an emotional speech that called for more candor on racial issues and…

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