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Fact-checking the Democratic candidates

The Democratic candidates for president gathered in Las Vegas for their first debate Tuesday, and CNN's Reality Check team spent the night putting their…

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Democratic debate live stream outdraws GOP debate

CNN's first Democratic debate of the season scored a bigger online audience than its first Republican debate, according to the network's internal measurements.…

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Democrats take to the stage, spar over positions

Hillary Clinton swept confidently into the campaign season's first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, denying she flip-flopped on key issues for…

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President Obama crashes California wedding

An unexpected wedding guest made an appearance at a California golf course wedding.

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Woman who grilled Trump volunteered for Bush

A young woman who confronted Donald Trump on Monday with a question about his respect for women is tied to the campaign for one of his opponents in the…

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6 things to watch at the CNN Democratic debate

Five Democratic presidential candidates are about to try their luck at the first Democratic debate of the 2016 election in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

But the…

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Democratic debate being shown in virtual reality

If you have a brand-new virtual reality headset, you can watch a 360-degree view of Tuesday night's Democratic debate.

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Supreme Court examines life without parole case

More than 50 years ago, Henry Montgomery was sentenced to life without parole for a murder he committed as a 17-year-old. Now he is hoping the Supreme Court…

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US to refer Iran missile test to UN

The State Department said Tuesday it would refer Iran's firing of a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile to the United Nations Security Council for review…

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Donald Trump hosting 'SNL' on November 7

"Saturday Night Live" is about to get "huge."

Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner and brash businessman, will host NBC's long-running sketch show on November 7.…

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US: Iran missile test 'likely' broke resolution

Iran's test this weekend of a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile "likely" violated a U.N. resolution, an administration official told CNN on Monday.


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US, Russian aircraft within visual range in Syria

Two Russian and two U.S. aircraft came within visual range of each other -- separated by just 10 to 20 miles -- over Syria Saturday, according to the anti-ISIS…

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Donald Trump will live-tweet Tuesday's Debate

The Republican presidential front-runner, whose colorful tweets have made almost as much news as the real estate mogul has made in person, is planning to make…

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Rapper T.I.: Women are too emotional to be president

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Carly Fiorina have what it takes to be president, according to Grammy Award winning rapper T.I.

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Dem debate: What celebrities want to ask

If you could pose a question to the presidential candidates at the Democratic debate on Tuesday night, what would you ask? CNN Opinion invited celebrities,…

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Bush lays out Obamacare repeal plan

Jeb Bush unveiled his plan Tuesday to repeal and replace Obamacare with a system that he believes will cut back on regulation and lower health care costs.


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SCOTUS won't hear solitary confinement case

The Supreme Court declined to take up a case from a convicted murderer Tuesday who argues that Virginia's practice requiring solitary confinement for death row…

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How Clinton and Sanders would tackle income inequality

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders want to give Americans a raise. Their goal: To lift up working Americans and shore up the middle class.

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders face off

The shadow boxing that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have played at for months -- they've barely mentioned each other on the campaign trail -- will give…

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Obama plans on active role in 2016 election

After a weekend of glitzy West Coast celebrity fundraisers starring Kanye West, Jamie Foxx and Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, President Barack Obama has no…

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Ex-staffer: Benghazi chair breached confidentiality

The attorneys for a former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Monday issued a cease-and-desist letter alleging that Republican…

John Kasich

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Kasich links gun violence to family's decline

John Kasich linked the prevalence of gun violence to the decline in social values, from marriage to community ties during a New Hampshire event Monday hosted…

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Sanders' wife readies for the national stage

Bernie Sanders' wife of 27 years, Jane, is affectionately referred to by campaign aides as the candidate's most trusted adviser.

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Clinton taunts Trump outside his Las Vegas hotel

Hillary Clinton stopped at a union rally outside Donald Trump's hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas, taunting the Republican front-runner on the eve of the first…

Rep Tulsi Gabbard

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Top Democrat: I was disinvited from debate

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she was disinvited from Tuesday night's first Democratic debate after voicing a call for more of them.

Rep Bill Flores

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Flores will run for speaker if Ryan doesn't

If Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't run for House speaker, it could cause a free-for-all as about a dozen members maybe considering jumping into the race.

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Ben Carson: We're 'closer' to end of days

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says the world could be approaching its end -- but we may be able to change course.

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It's decision time for Biden

Vice President Joe Biden, after spending an extended weekend in Delaware with his family, is poised to reveal soon whether he intends to jump into the 2016…


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UK police no longer guarding Assange around the clock

Police are no longer guarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange around the clock, London's Metropolitan Police said Monday, but are deploying "a number of…

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Ahead of debate, Clinton leads in SC, Nevada polls

New polls in Nevada and South Carolina suggest Hillary Clinton holds strong support in the two states that could prove to be a firewall for her.

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Turkey bombings: ISIS focus of probe

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the deadly weekend bombings in Ankara, the focus of the investigation is the Islamic extremist group ISIS,…

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National union to march for Bernie Sanders

National Nurses United, the largest nurses union in the country, will march and rally for Bernie Sanders outside of Tuesday's Democratic debate in Las Vegas.


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Proposed bill would make college textbooks free

A proposed bill would make some college textbooks free in the form of "open," online textbooks.

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Clinton on tearing up in '08: I felt drained

Hillary Clinton said she felt "drained" after tearing up on the campaign trail in 2008 when a woman asked her a game-changing question: "How do you do it?"

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Should the U.S. allow gambling on elections?

The sportsbook section at the South Point Casino was packed, the nearby bar overflowed and rowdy gamblers dressed in their team's colors crowded the walls…

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Rose McGowan 'hijacks' political dinner in New Hampshire

Actress Rose McGowan "hijacked" a political dinner Sunday night in New Hampshire that was focused on encouraging bipartisan leadership, saying the crowd…

Trump at debate 2

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Trump knocks Obama's '60 Minutes' interview

Donald Trump on Monday said he thought President Barack Obama's "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday night was "terrible," "sad," and "all negative."


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Ben & Jerry's chief shares Sanders ice cream

If Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were an ice cream flavor, it would be called "Bernie's yearning" and "it would be a giant chocolate chip on top of the ice…

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Obama dismisses Clinton's use of private email server

Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state did not pose "a national security problem," President Barack Obama said in…

Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

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RNC hits Hillary Clinton in prebuttal ad

Republicans are pre-butting Hillary Clinton ahead of Tuesday night's Democratic debate with a new advertisement that accuses her of misleading the public by…

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Sanders defends moderate gun record

Bernie Sanders is defending his record on the one issue on where some liberal members of his party consider him too moderate: guns.

The Vermont senator and his…

Paul Ryan with microphone

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Conservatives 'would look favorably' on Ryan

The hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus "would look favorably" on Rep. Paul Ryan as a candidate for Speaker, the group's chairman said Sunday.

Rep. Jim…

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Everything you need to know about #DemDebate

Much is up in the air for the candidates heading into the first Democratic debate --- questions over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her…

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Trump: I'd 'get along very well with' Putin

Donald Trump says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are "very different" -- but the two share at least a couple of bonds.

Namely: They both dislike…

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Poll: Trump ahead of Carson

Donald Trump remains at the front of the Republican presidential field, with Ben Carson close behind, a new CBS News poll of the national GOP electorate…

Hillary Clinton

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Some Florida Jewish voters sour on Clinton

Like most Jewish voters in Florida, Arthur Barr voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary.

When she lost the nomination, he supported then-Sen.…

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DNC chief: 'Always have room' for Biden

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday that the party "would always have room" for Vice President Joe Biden in its 2016…

Donald Trump, Oct. 8, 2015

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Trump: 'I feel much better being armed'

Donald Trump has a concealed weapon permit and says he "sometimes" carries a firearm.

"I will tell you, I feel much better being armed," the billionaire…

Bernie Sanders, September 6, 2015


Sanders: Raise taxes to fund pricey proposals

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says the federal budget deficit is a "serious problem" -- but he's not backing away from potentially pricey policy proposals.


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Paul Ryan is going as Mitt for Halloween

Rep. Paul Ryan knows who he's going as for Halloween: Mitt Romney.

The Wisconsin Republican was mostly mum Sunday when CNN asked whether he's reconsidered a…

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Clinton camp, Dems blast Benghazi panel after ex-staffer's claims

The Clinton campaign on Saturday branded the House Select Committee on Benghazi a "sham" after a former staffer came forward alleging that the Republican-led…

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Ex-staffer: Benghazi panel's 'partisan investigation' targets Clinton

A former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi is accusing the Republican-led panel of carrying out a politically motivated investigation…

Clinton in NH red

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Before debate with Clinton, Sanders touts vote against Iraq War

Three days ahead of the first Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders' campaign reminded voters on Saturday that he voted against the Iraq War in 2002 -- emailing…

Martin O'Malley announces candidacy for president

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O'Malley dumps state campaign chair after child porn bust

Martin O'Malley's campaign has cut all ties with a state campaign chairman who was arrested on child pornography charges.

"We're horrified by these allegations…

Donald Trump

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Trump: Clinton shouldn't be allowed to run

Donald Trump said Saturday that he doesn't know why Hillary Clinton is even in the race for the White House.

"Honestly, she shouldn't be allowed to run,"…

Jerry Parr


Secret Service agent who aided Reagan after shooting dies

Jerry Parr, a Secret Service agent who helped save a wounded Ronald Reagan during a 1981 assassination attempt, has died, his wife said Friday. He was 85…

Talib Kweli

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Kweli: Why I am not endorsing anyone

While other hip-hop artists have chosen sides for the 2016 presidential election, Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli is not ready to endorse anyone.

In an interview…

Bernie Sanders, September 6, 2015


Clinton and Sanders = lecture vs. rock concert

Classroom lecture vs. rock concert.

That's one way to quickly characterize the difference between a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.


John Kasich file photo

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Left seizes on Kasich's 'get over it' moment

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that a New Hampshire audience member would "get over" cuts to Social Security payments as a result of his reform plan -- and…

Bernie Sanders tackles guns, immigration

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Sanders tackles political sore spots

Bernie Sanders didn't shy away from two hot button issues that have given him problems in the past -- guns and immigration -- during a large rally in Tucson,…

Trump and Carson

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Poll: Trump, Carson hold onto top 2 spots

Donald Trump and Ben Carson are settling into their respective first- and second-place spots at the top of the GOP field of presidential candidates while…

Ash Carter defense

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U.S. suspending program to train Syrian rebels

The U.S. is going to suspend its faltering Syrian rebel training program, U.S. officials said Friday in a move they characterized as a "pause."

"We're going to…

Kevin McCarthy

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Colleagues confronted McCarthy over rumors

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has repeatedly said his decision not to run for House speaker came down to math -- he couldn't get 218 votes after a bloc…

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Obama goes to Oregon after shooting

A week after a gunman killed nine people and himself at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, President Barack Obama met with survivors and grieving…

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Judge halts 8 executions in Arkansas

An Arkansas judge has halted the executions of eight death row inmates as lethal injection practices there are challenged, The Associated Press reported Friday.

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Congressman mocks GOP with Craigslist ad for speaker

A Democratic congressman had some fun at the expense of House Republicans and their search to find a replacement for departing Speaker of the House John…

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Ryan considering running for House speaker

Rep. Paul Ryan is telling House Republicans privately he is considering running for speaker, several members say.

Ryan informed several members on the House…

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US: North Korea 'likely preparing' weapons test

The U.S. "sees indications" that North Korea is "likely preparing" for some type of weapons test in association with the 70th anniversary of the founding of…

McCarthy post meeting

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McCarthy knew he could prevail but not unite the GOP

Republican lawmakers were still filtering into the ornate House Ways and Means Committee room and digging into a lunch of barbeque chicken, beef and pork…

Obama Hispanic gathering

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Obama decries GOP's 'anti-immigrant sentiment'

An energetic President Barack Obama blasted 2016 GOP presidential candidates and decried the "anti-immigrant sentiment" in America Thursday night at the…

Christie gun control

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Christie blasts Obama comments on shootings

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday called President Barack Obama's comments after the Umpqua Community College shooting "obscene" and blasted the…

Trump with woman, People mag

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Hispanic woman at rally: Latinos love Trump

Donald Trump's Las Vegas rally Thursday was interrupted when an adoring Hispanic fan was led to the stage and proclaimed that Latinos love the Republican…

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Trump takes credit for McCarthy dropping out

Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he was partly responsible for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop his bid to become speaker.


Clinton speaks

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Clinton rolls out plan to take on Wall Street

Hillary Clinton rolled out her long-awaited plan to reform Wall Street on Thursday, announcing in a Bloomberg op-ed that she wants to crack down on abuses and…

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Dems to voters: Demand Congress pass gun laws

Frustrated Senate Democrats conceded Thursday that even in the aftermath of several mass shootings, they don't have enough votes right now to push through gun…

Clinton in NH red

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Immigration group's protester heckles Clinton

Hillary Clinton was in the middle of a short speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala here Thursday when an immigration protester stood up…

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McCarthy's exit shakes up prediction market

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shook up the House speaker's race Thursday when he announced he would drop out of the running -- and he had the highest…

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Bush hits Rubio, GOP for not backing Syria strikes in 2013

Jeb Bush on Thursday criticized congressional Republicans, including GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio, for not supporting President Barack Obama's request to…

Cruz at debate 1

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Cruz raises $12 million over summer

Ted Cruz raised around $12 million for his presidential campaign during the third quarter, two sources with knowledge of the Texas senator's fundraising told…

Cruz at debate 2

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Cruz: Trump won't be GOP nominee

Ted Cruz said Thursday that he did not think Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee, his harshest criticism yet of a candidate he has assiduously…

Paul Ryan with microphone

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The campaign to draft Paul Ryan as speaker

Rep. Paul Ryan has repeatedly indicated he is not running for speaker of the House, even as heavy hitters --- including retiring Speaker John Boehner -- urge…

McCarthy leaves after stepping out of Speaker race

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Conservatives celebrate Kevin McCarthy shocker

House conservatives have chafed under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team since the GOP took over the majority in 2011. Now, they…

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Oklahoma delays further executions

Oklahoma will delay any further executions as officials investigate how the wrong drug may have been used in the execution of Charles Warner back in January.


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Kevin McCarthy drops out of speaker race

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, a shocking move that throws the House into chaos.


Boehner quitting Congress

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Boehner cancels 'Tonight Show' appearance

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has canceled his appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" in the wake of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the House…

Ben Carson on CNN


Carson defends Murdoch over 'real black president' tweet

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended Rupert Murdoch on Thursday over an inflammatory tweet suggesting that Carson would be a "real black…

Rupert Murdoch, July 2015

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Rupert Murdoch: Ben Carson would be a 'real black president'

Rupert Murdoch, one of the world's most powerful media moguls, posted a tweet Wednesday night that seemingly questioned whether President Obama is a "real…

Carson Tapper


Ben Carson says the darndest things

Ben Carson is at it again.

Carson struggled in an interview on Wednesday to explain whether he would support hiking the debt limit -- the latest in a series of…

Donald Trump smiling

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Trump trademarks 'Make America Great Again'

Need more proof Donald Trump is bringing his business savvy to the campaign trail? He has already trademarked his "Make America Great Again" slogan.

Yes, Ronald…

Sheryl Crow

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Sheryl Crow set to perform at CNN Debate

Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the first Democratic primary debate being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on…

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How Republicans will choose the next speaker

House Republicans will cast secret ballots on Thursday to elect their party's nominee to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, who is resigning at the end of…

Bernie Sanders, September 6, 2015


Sanders says some GOPers are feeling the Bern

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is staking out ground to Hillary Clinton's left, but he said Thursday he's also winning over support from Republicans who identify…

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FBI helped thwart nuclear plot in Moldova

The FBI helped Moldovan authorities three times in the last five years to thwart potential smuggling of nuclear and radioactive material, a Moldovan interior…

Biden at 2012 VP debate


Biden makes 'demotion' joke ahead of decision

Joe Biden is the White House's No. 2 -- and while his political future is ambiguous -- he joked Wednesday he's not looking to be "demoted."

"We need to move,"…

Bernie Sanders


Sanders debate plan: 'I was right first'

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' bid to topple Hillary Clinton's front-runner status is hitting the marks of a serious contender: He's closed the fundraising gap.…

Carson on TV


Oregon shooting survivor offended by Carson's remark

An 18-year-old who survived the classroom shooting at Umpqua Community College on Wednesday criticized Ben Carson's comment that the shooting victims could…

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Congress sends massive defense bill to Obama

The U.S. Senate passed a $612 billion defense bill Wednesday, sending it to President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto it, The Associated Press…

Map of Syria


U.S. aircraft diverted to avoid Russian fighter

The U.S. military has had to divert two aircraft over Syria to ensure they could maintain a safe flying distance from a Russian fighter aircraft in the same…

Daniel Webster

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Freedom Caucus endorses Webster for speaker

The House Freedom Caucus, an influential group of conservatives, will back Florida Rep. Daniel Webster for speaker, several lawmakers said following a…

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Hillary Clinton comes out against trade deal

Hillary Clinton came out against the Trans Pacific Partnership in an interview Wednesday, breaking with President Barack Obama and his administration, which…

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