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Pentagon: Bergdahl detainee returned to fight

The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl…

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Senate passes Keystone XL measure

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to clear construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that would transport oil from…



Obama to rally Democrats in Philly

After giving up on his controversial plan to end 529 college savings plans, President Barack Obama will attempt to draw a new battle line with congressional…

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Committee approves Iran sanctions bill

The Senate Banking Committee approved Thursday a bill that would impose additional sanctions on Iran if negotiations to curb the country's nuclear program fail.

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White House drops college savings proposal

The White House is giving up on a costly fight with Congress over the Obama administration's increasingly unpopular proposal to effectively end 529 college…

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Boehner defends House GOP immigration lawsuit

House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday confirmed House Republicans are filing a lawsuit against Obama's executive action delaying deportations for millions of…

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The Obama oil boom

The greatest oil boom in this nation's history has occurred during the tenure of self-proclaimed environmentalist Barack Obama.

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Pentagon picks new Air Force One

The Pentagon has chosen Boeing's 747-8 to replace the two aging planes that serve as the President's Air Force One fleet.

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Clinton's world is dropping the pretense

Neera Tanden, one of Hillary Clinton's longtime confidants and former policy adviser, dropped whatever coyness was left regarding the former secretary of…

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Supreme Court stays Oklahoma executions

In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a stay of execution to three inmates bringing a challenge to Oklahoma's use of the drug…

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Huckabee: 'Trashy' cursing women not at Fox

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee doesn't think the women at Fox News are "trashy," but a lot of other women in New York are.

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Dems: Koch's $889 million pledge helps Dems

The Koch brothers -- longtime Republican funders and Democratic boogeymen -- reportedly told donors at their annual retreat on Monday that they plan to spend…

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Your 2016 Guide to Political Committees

Readers of presidential tea leaves often look for several signs that someone is planning to run for the White House: trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, the…

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Lynch faces anti-Obama ire at hearing

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is a career prosecutor who spent her career notching high-profile courtroom victories and climbing to the top of the…

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Michelle Obama shakes hands with Saudi king

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama made a quick stop in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to pay respects to the late King Abdullah, and to hold…

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Did Fox and NBC get Bowe Bergdahl story wrong?

Why did three separate military spokesman deny on Tuesday that a decision has been made to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion?

Because of an inflammatory…


Obama: We need more drone regulations

One day after a drone crashed at the White House, President Barack Obama reiterated the need to regulate the industry as the recreational and commercial use…

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Scott Walker creates new PAC ahead of 2016

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waded closer to a presidential run Tuesday with the creation of a new political committee that will help him travel and raise…

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Alabama judge warns gov against gay marriage

Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice hand delivered a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday urging him to oppose the "tyranny" of federal court rulings…

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Dem says Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify to the House's select committee investigating Benghazi, the panel's Democratic ranking member…

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Obama's India trip: Bromance to Taj Mahal

A few days into any presidential foreign trip, once folks seem to have heard enough about the "what" and the "why" of it all, talk starts to turn to less…

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Drone operator worked for U.S. intel agency

The Secret Service questioned a Defense Department intelligence agency staffer on Monday after the man reported that he flew the drone that crashed on White…


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Dropkick Murphys to Walker: 'We literally hate you'

A veteran punk rock band has asked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to stop using their music at appearances because they hate him.

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As Obama departs India, a push for reform

In the final hours of a visit meant to demonstrate the deep societal ties between the United States and India, President Barack Obama briefly broke from his…

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Obama-Modi 'bromance' a turning point?

Every year, India's Republic Day parade showcases the country's military might and the diversity of its states. This year it went a step further, turning into…

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Letter: Fidel Castro supports talks with U.S.

A message reported to be from retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro late Monday endorsed the fledgling talks to restore diplomatic relations between Cuba and the…

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FBI unmasks Russian spy ring in New York

The men would sometimes say they needed to meet to exchange tickets, but they never seemed to end up actually attending or discussing a sporting event or a…

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad taken to hospital

Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad was taken to the hospital in an ambulance Monday after falling ill at an event in Johnston, Iowa.

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Ex-CIA officer convicted in leak case

The former CIA officer accused of disclosing the details of a covert operation to a New York Times reporter was convicted Monday in federal court, according…

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US deficit to 'hold steady' until 2018

Solid economic growth over the next few years should help keep the annual federal deficit at a very modest level until 2018. But after that, the deficit will…

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New Jersey on Christie's Dallas love? Who cares

An overwhelming majority of football fans in New Jersey say Gov. Chris Christie's affection for the Dallas Cowboys makes no difference in their opinion of him.


Oklahoma to ask court to postpone executions

The Oklahoma attorney general will ask the Supreme Court to temporarily postpone the scheduled execution of three death row inmates involved in state's lethal…

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'Device' found on White House grounds

The Secret Service is investigating a "device," described as a small drone, found on the grounds of the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said early…

Chris Christie

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Chris Christie launches leadership PAC

Two days after Gov. Chris Christie sought to strike a bond with caucus goers in Iowa, the New Jersey Republican launched a long anticipated political action…

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Fark founder running for Ky. governor

Drew Curtis, the founder of popular news aggregation website, is running for governor of Kentucky.

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Greek elections: Is Tsipras man of moment?

Alexis Tsipras is the man of the moment, the poster child of Greece's new left, the firebrand leader of anti-austerity party Syriza. In his fine suits, he cuts…

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Biden, Rubio and Palin's 2016 plans

The 2016 calculations of three potential candidates -- two Republicans and a very senior Democrat -- plus big tests for President Obama and Senate Majority…

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Obama's Alaska move triggers fight

The Obama administration is moving to block oil and gas production along a major part of Alaska's northern coastline, setting off another energy battle with…

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Obama and Modi: Best broments

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are pals, if you haven't heard.

The pair have "chemistry," according to the White House and…

GOP hopefuls weigh in on gay marriage

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says a Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage won't be enough to make it the law of the land overnight.…

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Obama on Russia: 'Large countries don't bully'

The military option is out, President Barack Obama said Sunday, but the U.S. will be looking at all other options to "ratchet up the pressure on Russia" on…

Mike Huckabee, April 2014

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Huckabee straddles line on immigration

Mike Huckabee says deporting immigrants who were brought into the United States as children is like ticketing a child riding in the back seat of a car when the…

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Netanyahu visit continues to stir emotion

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says the United States shouldn't wade into Israeli politics -- even if the country's prime minister, Benjamin…

GOP presidential campaign season gets unofficial start

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Protesters interrupt Perry, Christie in Iowa

A man was arrested Saturday at a conservative gathering widely considered the kickoff event for the 2016 Republican presidential race in Iowa.

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Obama's meeting with India's leader shortened

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Expectations high for Obama in India

The leaders of India and the United States, testing the diplomatic extent of their personal friendship, said on Sunday they'd made progress on a deal allowing…

Alexis Tsipras

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Left-wing Syriza party set to win Greek vote

The firebrand leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party appeared to be bracing for a bigger battle as he declared victory in Sunday's election.

Now that his…

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Ambassador defends Netanyahu Congress speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn't aiming to disrespect President Obama or muddy the waters of American politics when he speaks before Congress,…

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Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016

With a Clinton, a Bush and a Romney all seriously teasing presidential runs, why not a Palin?

Why not, indeed.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008…

Marco Rubio

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Team Rubio message: Ready to run

Sen. Marco Rubio is on track to run for president if he decides to jump in the race, an aide tells CNN.

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Obama keeps the lights on bulb bright idea

President Barack Obama hosted 200 mayors at the White House Friday during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter meeting, and called on local leaders to upgrade…

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Netanyahu snub takes relations to new low

President Barack Obama and U.S. officials were completely blindsided by the announcement that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will come to…

Republicans unofficially kick off 2016 presidential campaign season

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2016 Republican race kicks off with long day in Iowa

The 2016 Republican presidential race in Iowa got its unofficial start Saturday with a marathon of speeches, giving close to a dozen potential candidates a…

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YouTubers interview Obama and things get weird

In his successful effort to connect to a younger audience, President Barack Obama sat down with, and took questions, from three YouTube stars.

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Will US advisers move to Iraqi front lines?

The upcoming Iraqi assault to retake Mosul from ISIS control could include U.S. military advisers near the front lines.

U.S. military leadership has held open…

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Supreme Court to review lethal injection

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a case concerning the lethal injection protocol that left an inmate in Oklahoma to die slowly and gasping for…

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Secret service debunks Clinton report

Hillary Clinton did not have 65 Secret Service agents protecting her in Canada on Wednesday, a Secret Service source told CNN, despite a report from a Canadian…

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Rubio moving towards 2016 bid

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is moving forward with preparations for a potential presidential bid, bringing on a new finance director and planning a fundraising…

Romney and Jeb Bush

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Romney, Bush to meet in Utah

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are set to meet in Utah on Thursday for a meeting that Bush scheduled before Romney announced this month that he's seriously…

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Man pleads not guilty in Capitol attack case

An Ohio man who authorities accuse of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol appeared in a Cincinnati court Thursday and entered a plea of not guilty.

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House passes abortion measure

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday banning all taxpayer money for abortions. But that bill was a backup, after another…

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House GOP leaders cave on abortion bill

Mark it down as a rare win for House GOP moderates. After scrambling into the evening on Wednesday, House Republican leaders decided to scrap a vote on a…

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Netanyahu coming to Congress next month

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pushed back his meeting with Congress to March, House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday on his verified…

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Senate emails back up after 'network outage'

The "network outage" the U.S. Senate faced on Wednesday that brought down emails and websites was largely resolved by Thursday morning, according to the Senate…

Bobby Jindal

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Jindal: Some Muslims want to 'colonize' West

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday stood by his controversial comments about "no go zones" in European cities, insisting that some Muslim immigrants are…

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State of the Union lowest-rated yet

About 31.7 million people watched Tuesday night's State of the Union address on television.

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Protests break out in Supreme Court

A rare disturbance broke out in the Supreme Court on Wednesday as several protesters stood up and shouted what appeared to be comments criticizing the court's…

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Harry Reid to have eye surgery

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will have surgery on his right eye on Monday to help him recover his full vision after suffering a recent accident while…

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What didn't make the State of the Union?

President Barack Obama used Tuesday night's State of the Union address to demand action on progressive priorities --- but his silence on a number of key issues…

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Anti-Islam leader resigns after Hitler selfie

As thousands-strong anti-Islamization rallies make headlines in Germany following the Charlie Hebdo attack, one of the rallies' organizers has resigned as…

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Obama's #SOTU press strategy: all of the above

A policy proposal announced on Facebook. A "behind the scenes" YouTube video. A copy of the speech on Medium before it even started on TV.

For this year's State…

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Obama: 'Tonight, we turn the page'

President Barack Obama made a feisty pitch for economic populism in his penultimate State of the Union Tuesday night, touting the improving economy on his…

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2016 Republicans blast Obama over taxes

The race for the next U.S. president was evident on Tuesday night as plenty of potential Republican contenders criticizing President Barack Obama's tax…

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Poll: SOTU more popular than last year

President Barack Obama's sixth turn at the State of the Union podium sparked a more positive reaction among speech-watchers than last year's address,…

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Republicans lambaste Obama's call for unity

President Barack Obama called on America to "turn the page" on the difficulties of the past decade and a half during Tuesday night's State of the Union.




Obama bank tax: Smart policy or bank bashing?

President Obama wants to hit big banks with a new tax to discourage them from taking too much risk.

The proposed tax, announced during Tuesday night's State of…

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Obama on no more campaigns: 'Cause I won both of 'em'

The bear is loose -- this time on the floor of the United States House of Representatives.

President Barack Obama focused on the economic gains that he hopes…

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Obama makes historic 'transgender' reference

President Barack Obama became the first president to use the words "lesbian," "bisexual" and "transgender" in a State of the Union on Tuesday night, issuing an…

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State of the Union 2015: Full transcript

As Prepared for Delivery

There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington. A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy…

Pencils at Charlie Ebdo vigil

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Reps. to raise pencils during SOTU

Rep. Gwen Moore's office is rallying members of Congress to join her in raising a pencil on Tuesday during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address…

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Obama to deliver new kind of State of the Union

With many of his policy proposals already announced ahead of tonight's State of the Union, President Barack Obama will instead deliver a different kind of…

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Reid returns to work but will skip SOTU

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid returned to work in the Capitol on Tuesday, just about three weeks after suffering a painful accident while exercising in…

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Members shiver for prime speech spots

Technically members of Congress are not allowed to save seats in the House chamber for the President's State of the Union address. But year after year, several…

Jon Stewart

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Stewart spars with Mike Huckabee over Beyoncé

Jon Stewart ripped into Mike Huckabee on the "Daily Show" Monday, saying the former Arkansas governor was being hypocritical in his recent criticism of Beyoncé.…

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Supreme Court backs beard for Muslim prisoner

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the religious freedom claims of a prisoner in Arkansas who wanted to grow a beard in accordance with his Muslim…

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Americans remember Martin Luther King Jr.

Students from Washington, D.C.'s Watkins Elementary School honored Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, with about 100 fifth graders reciting the "I Have a Dream"…

Jeb Bush

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Bush lining up Romney aides for possible presidential run

As Mitt Romney explores a third White House bid, two of his former aides are being positioned by potential rival Jeb Bush to play key roles in his campaign…

President Obama leaving Oval Office

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Obama heads into State of the Union on ratings uptick

President Barack Obama heads into Tuesday's State of the Union address riding the first uptick in his approval ratings in years, but he'll be speaking to a…

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Poll: 59% of Republicans want Romney to run

A new poll brings good news for Mitt Romney and his allies at a time when the 2012 GOP nominee faces vocal skepticism from the right about a potential third…

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NSA hacked into North Korea since 2010

Four years before North Korea hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment's servers, the United States began cracking into North Korean computer networks and…

Fidel Castro

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A new era in U.S.-Cuba relations

Cuba was for years the "Red Menace" at the very gates of the U.S.A.

Relations across the Florida Straits turned so bad, that the two countries pushed the…

Joni Ernst

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Ernst to brave State of the Union rebuttal

It's the hardest act in town to follow: the leader of the free world, framed by his Vice President and the Speaker of the House, delivering what is usually a…

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Biden spotlights race, policing issues in MLK Day speech

Vice President Joe Biden used the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday Monday to focus on the problems that he says exists between "police and the community."

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Alan Gross is Obama guest at State of the Union

Alan Gross, the American contractor whose release from prison in Cuba last month heralded a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations, will sit alongside First Lady…

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State of the Union spoilers: Obama's proposal for the middle class

The White House has made it clear recently: President Obama intends to use Tuesday's State of the Union address to make a statement about where Democrats…

Mike Huckabee, April 2014

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Huckabee hits Obamas over Beyonce again

President Barack Obama shouldn't let his daughters listen to Beyonce, Mike Huckabee says, because "what you put in your brain is also important, as well as…

Keystone pipeline protest

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State Department sets Feb. 2 Keystone XL deadline

With the Senate expected to vote soon on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, the State Department is now giving eight federal agencies two weeks to weigh…

Mitt Romney

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Chaffetz: Romney's serious about 2016

Mitt Romney's speech at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in San Diego proved the party's 2012 nominee is serious about another run and isn't…

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Tax plan: Some credits, higher rates for rich

In his upcoming State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama will call on Congress to simplify a tax code he deems overly complicated and weighted toward…

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Timeline of Chris Christie and Jerry Jones' friendship

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday night that the first time he spoke to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was in the summer of 2013.

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Priebus on course to become longest-serving GOP head in history

Reince Priebus was elected Friday in a resounding vote to serve a third term as chairman of the Republican National Committee, putting him on course to become…

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