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Bernie Sanders edges toward joining 2016 race

Bernie Sanders was preaching to the choir. And the choir was eating it up. Just across the border from his home state of Vermont, Bernie Sanders laid out his…

GOP summit draws potential presidential hopefuls to N.H.

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GOP presidential hopefuls descend on NH

GOP presidential hopefuls have descended on New Hampshire as part of the Republican Leadership Summit, a two-day event that has drawn about 500 activists and…

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Female CEO: A woman shouldn't be president

The female business owner who declared on Facebook earlier this week that women aren't fit for the U.S. presidency stood by her views Saturday, citing "…

John Kasich

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With eye toward 2016, Kasich considers message

To hear Ohio Gov. John Kasich tell it, the decision to run for president is a question of a higher calling.

"It's really like, what's the Lord want me to do?"…

Mike Huckabee, April 2014

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Huckabee: 2016 announcement coming May 5

After teasing reporters earlier Friday that he was set to reveal his presidential ambitions for 2016, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee went on Fox News to…

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White House names new social secretary

Deesha Dyer, a former hip-hop writer who started out at the White House as an intern in her 30s, has been named as the new White House social secretary.

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Jeb loosens up on the New Hampshire trail

Jeb Bush, in shirt-sleeves and khakis, rolled up to a picturesque cabin Thursday night in Concord with red walls, white shutters and that formerly served as a…

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Car repair shop welcomes gun owners, not gays

A Michigan car repair shop owner says openly gay people are not welcome at his business. And gun owners are.

Brian Klawiter owns Dieseltec shop in…

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Is Congress sabotaging Iran nuclear deal?

US lawmakers weren't sitting at the table with Iran during the nuclear negotiations in Switzerland. But they were certainly the elephant in the room.


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Lawmakers clear path for Obama's trade deal

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate's tax-writing committees struck a deal Thursday on a measure that would grease the wheels for President Barack Obama…

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Clinton takes aim at hedge fund managers

Hillary Clinton's got a problem with hedge fund managers -- or at least with the way they're taxed.

The expected frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic…

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IBM warns Louisiana over 'religious freedom' bill

IBM has sent a letter to the governor of Louisiana warning that a pending religious freedom bill would create a hostile environment for the tech company's…

John Kasich

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Ohio's John Kasich moves closer to 2016 bid

Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is inching closer to a presidential bid as his supporters prepare to launch an organization that can raise unlimited funds…

Bill Shuster

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GOP congressman dating lobbyist

Congressman Bill Shuster is in a "private and personal relationship" with a lobbyist who works to influence the House panel that Shuster leads, the…

Bernie Sanders 2016

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Sanders: 2016 decision coming 'shortly'

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he'll decide whether to run for president "very shortly, within a couple of weeks" in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on…

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Jeb Bush eschews political dynasty talk

Jeb Bush joked he's not angling to run for president to set any historical records for presidential lineage.

"I have to prove that I'm not running for…

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Bush unimpressed with Clinton's stop at Chipotle

Jeb Bush on Thursday made took a swipe at Hillary Clinton's high-profile visit to Chipotle last week, saying he cooks his own Mexican food at home, just like…

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Senators closer to deal setting up Lynch vote

After a long delay that has infuriated her supporters, a bipartisan group of senators is narrowing in on an agreement that would soon lead to a vote on…

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

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Perry hits 2016 GOP hopefuls over experience

Rick Perry is trying to make it clear that the next Republican presidential nominee needs to be a governor, not a first-term senator like the three candidates…

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Wikileaks publishes searchable database of hacked Sony emails

Wikileaks on Thursday published a searchable database of every Sony email and document that was stolen by hackers last year.

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Tombstone of Hillary Clinton's father toppled

Was it politics or something else?

Elizabeth Warren

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Clinton pens Warren praise for Time 100 list

Hillary Clinton used Times Magazine's 100 Most Influential People list to pay tribute to Elizabeth Warren, a lawmaker some liberals hope will challenge the…

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Lincoln Chafee: 'I'm running'

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday on CNN that he's running for the Democratic nomination for president, just a week after announcing he…

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Majority of N.J. voters want Menendez exit

A majority of New Jersey voters want indicted Sen. Bob Menendez to resign, according to a new poll.

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Hillary Clinton impresses Iowa lawmakers

Word that Hillary Clinton was coming to the Iowa Capitol traveled fast.

By the time the Democratic presidential hopeful arrived at the golden-domed building in…

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Feds: Nat. guardsmen tried to sell guns to cartels

Two active members of the U.S. Army National Guard were arrested in San Diego, California, on Wednesday for allegedly trying to sell guns, military ammunition…

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Ted Cruz raised $4.3 million in first 9 days

Ted Cruz raised $4.3 million in the first nine days of his presidential campaign, according to a federal campaign finance record filed on Wednesday.

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Clinton has new position on same-sex marriage

As recently as a year ago, Hillary Clinton was sparring with a public radio host about her position on same-sex marriage, defending her past reticence to…

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Hillary Clinton to meet with Iowa Dems

Hillary Clinton's first campaign trip to Iowa has included meetings with state activists, students and coffee shop patrons. On Wednesday afternoon, Democratic…

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Boehner: Congress not likely to cooperate on ISIS

House Speaker John Boehner said the debate over a new war resolution was stalled in Congress and it would be "virtually impossible" to pass the authorization…

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Medicare 'doc fix' solved by bipartisan Senate vote

In a broad bipartisan vote, the Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to a Medicare reform bill that includes a permanent solution to the "doc fix," a method…

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Pataki criticizes GOP focus on social issues

George Pataki will air a TV commercial this week in New Hampshire chastising fellow Republicans for focusing on social issues instead of addressing economic…

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Christie spells out entitlement reform plan

Gov. Chris Christie attempted to position himself as the likely candidate most willing to take on entitlement reform when he delivered a 40-minute speech on…

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Clinton campaign ad carries warning in Russia

A Russian TV channel aired Hillary Clinton's first campaign video with a rating stamp that means it's for mature audiences, because of fears it might run…

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Obama acts to remove Cuba from terror list

President Barack Obama recommended Tuesday that Cuba be removed from the U.S. government's list of state sponsors of terrorism. Long sought by the Cuban…


Clinton outlines rationale for running

Hillary Clinton used the start of a roundtable at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa, to outline -- for the first time -- the rationale behind her…


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House Oversight panel grills DEA head on report

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart failed to satisfy her critics before a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday when she had to answer for revelations…

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White House willing to sign current Iran bill

After months of tensions with Congress over a bill giving the legislature a say in the potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House indicated Tuesday that the…

Mitch McConnell

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McConnell stalls AG nomination over abortion

Mitch McConnell isn't budging.

More than four months -- 157 days to be exact -- since President Barack Obama picked Loretta Lynch to become the first African…

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Obama tries to reassure Jewish groups on Iran

A range of both liberal and conservative Jewish-American groups met with President Barack Obama and other top White House officials Monday to hear the…

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Remembering Lincoln's assassination 150 years ago

On April 14, 1865, an actor and Confederate sympathizer named John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington. The following…

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Obama holds out on Clinton endorsement

Hillary Clinton has officially entered the 2016 race for the White House, but she hasn't won over the country's top Democrat, President Barack Obama.


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Pope Francis finesses Armenian/Turkish results

It's not easy being the Pope. Not only does he shepherd nearly 1 billion Catholic souls, he also leads a small but morally significant state with envoys and…

Ready for Hillary

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Clinton channels Warren in campaign bid

If you close your eyes, you might think Elizabeth Warren is talking.

In her video campaign announcement Sunday, Hillary Clinton unveiled what's expected to be…

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H-1B visa applications hit record high

There's no shortage of talented foreigners vying to stay in the U.S.

But it's getting tougher to "win" a work visa each year.

This year, 233,000 foreigners…

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Clinton road trip: Chipotle and Scooby snacks

Hillary Clinton's "everyday Americans" road trip from New York to Iowa rolled down I-80 on Monday, hitting hot spots like a Pittsburgh hotel and a Chipotle…

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Ben Carson plans May 4 Detroit announcement

Ben Carson will make a major announcement on May 4 in Detroit, his campaign tells CNN, setting the date and location for what's expected to be the launch of…

Marco Rubio

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Rubio: 'I'm running for president'

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he is running for president and is "uniquely qualified" to talk about the future.

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US: ISIS a problem 'off the charts'

ISIS is a problem that is "off the charts historically" and has sent the United States into "uncharted territory" when it comes to putting down the terror…

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Why everybody's talking about Hillary Clinton's new logo

The most surprising thing about Hillary Clinton's announcement on Sunday? Her new logo.

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He's in: Marco Rubio announces WH bid

Sen. Marco Rubio cast himself as the forward-looking candidate to lead the nation toward a new American century when he announced his presidential bid Monday,…

Ready for Hillary stickers

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Hillary Clinton's gender tightrope

It's the mistake that Hillary Clinton won't make again: ignoring her gender.


Six takeaways from the NRA convention

A pack of 2016 Republicans made their pitch for president Friday before the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville.

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Child sets off White House lockdown

A rambunctious 4-year-old managed to trigger a White House lockdown Sunday.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told CNN that a "4-year-old child climbed…

LGBT Boycotts -- Gay pride parade

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Rand Paul weighs in on gay marriage

Rand Paul isn't endorsing same-sex marriage, but said Sunday that "people ought to be treated fairly under the law."

The Kentucky Republican senator who…

Rand Paul

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Rand Paul launches attack website on Clinton

On the day that Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy for president, Rand Paul launched, a site dedicated to his…

Ready for Hillary stickers

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Hillary Clinton launches second bid

Hillary Clinton put an end to months of speculation on Sunday by officially announcing her candidacy for president, giving the former secretary of state…

Hillary Clinton

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First on CNN: Clinton takes road trip to Iowa

Iowa or bust.

Hillary Clinton is kicking off her second bid for the White House with a road trip, riding from New York to her first campaign stop on Tuesday in…

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Hillary Clinton's Wall Street dilemma

Wall Street is more than ready for Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state confirmed on Sunday what the political world has expected for months -- eight…


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Clinton's Dem foes say voters need choices

Hillary Clinton's Sunday entrance into the 2016 presidential race didn't mute the lesser-known Democratic contenders -- nor the committees trying to draft a…

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GOP rivals take aim at Clinton

Republican White House contenders are doing their best to capitalize on Hillary Clinton's big day.

As she made her bid for the Democratic nomination official…

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Clinton campaign-in-waiting outlines its values

Hillary Clinton's campaign-in-waiting met on Saturday in its Brooklyn headquarters, a day before the former secretary of state officially announces her…

Barack Obama

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Old rivals Obama and McCain tussle over Iran

President Barack Obama had some blunt words for Sen. John McCain for questioning the honesty of Secretary of State John Kerry -- telling his former campaign…

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De Blasio not ready to endorse Clinton yet

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is holding off on endorsing Hillary Clinton, saying he wants to see "a clear, bold vision" first.

De Blasio, a progressive…

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Paul: Clinton deserves tough treatment

Rand Paul says he won't let the heat he's faced over testy interviews with female journalists stop him from attacking Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.…

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Muslim Brotherhood leader, 14 others, sentenced to death

An Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, on Saturday to death by hanging, along with 13 members of his group.


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Hillary Clinton's economic plans need an overhaul

It's a new ball game for the Hillary Clinton economy. There's one burning question: what will be in her lineup?

Clinton is expected to begin her presidential…

John Kerry Foreign Relations Committee

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Kerry calls on China to free 5 feminists

The United States is urging China to release five young feminists who face years in prison over their campaign for gender equality.

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Obama, Castro make history by clasping hands

This was the handshake that shook the Western Hemisphere. President Obama briefly met his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, on Friday night at a dinner in…

Potential presidential candidate says Clinton's nomination not inevitable


O'Malley: You're inevitable until you're not

Martin O'Malley told reporters in Iowa on Friday that inevitability -- a term bandied about regarding Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton -- is…

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Obamas paid $93,362 in federal income taxes

No late tax-filing penalties for the First Family.

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Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 bid Sunday

Hillary Clinton is planning to launch her presidential candidacy on Sunday through a video message on social media, a person close to her campaign-in-waiting…

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Tsarnaev penalty phase to start April 21

The penalty phase in the case of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin April 21, the day after the 2015 Boston Marathon, according to an order…

Sen. Rand Paul

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Rand Paul gets scolded by Fox News hosts

A top Republican ensnared in a media controversy might expect to find shelter from Fox News. But that hasn't been the case for Senator Rand Paul, whose…

NRA convention

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Republicans gather for gun-rights conference

It's a rare moment when former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz agree, but gun enthusiasts are likely to see…

Sen. Rand Paul

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Paul hits bumps in first week of campaign

Rand Paul's long-anticipated presidential rollout hasn't gone quite as smoothly as he might have hoped.

In just his first week as an official candidate, he's…

Rick Perry

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GOP field very light on foreign policy experience

Republicans are reaching for a trusted trump card in their quest to take back the White House -- blasting Democrats as feckless on foreign policy.

But the…



Senate nears veto-proof tally on Iran bill

Senate backers of a bill the White House fears could dismantle a potential nuclear deal with Iran are closing in on a veto-proof threshold of support.


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Wild chase in D.C. shootings

Washington was rocked late Thursday by shootings -- one at the gates of the U.S. Census Bureau's headquarters and another in a popular area packed with…

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Iran: Lift sanctions or no nuclear deal

Iran will sign a final nuclear agreement only if economic sanctions against the nation are removed on the first day of the deal's implementation, President…

Rand Paul

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Rand Paul says he needs to 'hold my temper' after clashes with press

Senator Rand Paul said Wednesday he needs to "get better at holding my temper" after clashing with two reporters who asked him uncomfortable questions about…

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'American Sniper' will screen at university

The University of Michigan has decided to proceed with a screening of the film "American Sniper" despite objections from some students.

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WH seeks ban on gay conversion therapies

Responding to a petition begun when a transgender teenager died from suicide after being subjected to therapy meant to alter her gender identity, the White…

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Secret Service faces another scandal

Just as the agency begins to recover from a series of high-profile missteps, the Secret Service is facing yet another scandal.

A female employee accused Xavier…

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Chris Christie plots his comeback

Whatever happened to Chris Christie?

The question has percolated in GOP circles since the new year began, with presidential primary state activists wondering…

Bob Schieffer

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Legendary CBS anchor Bob Schieffer to retire this summer

After nearly 50 years with CBS News, "Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer announced on Wednesday that he will step down from his post this summer.


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Rand Paul admits to 'short temper'

Sen. Rand Paul admitted Wednesday that he's been short-tempered with reporters, but he hit back against criticism that he's more harsh against female…

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Two House Dems say it's time to dump Pelosi

Two Massachusetts Democrats said Tuesday that it could be time to dump Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their top House leader.

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Tim Scott met with Ferguson leaders

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina met Wednesday with community leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, aides told CNN, and is now returning to his home state to help…

Rand Paul flat tax

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What Rand Paul's flat tax plan would look like

Rand Paul wants to cut taxes. Like no one else before.

He also wants to simplify the tax code, eliminate the estate and gift taxes and wipe out investment taxes…

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How U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House…


Obama links climate change to public health

Debates on climate change can break down fairly fast. There are those who believe that mankind's activities are changing the planet's climate, and those who…

Barack Obama and Malia Obama

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Secret Service taught Malia Obama to drive

Secret Service agents have one of the toughest jobs in Washington: They are expected, if necessary, to put their lives on the line in the protection of the…

Brownback abortion

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Kansas governor signs abortion law

A new Kansas law banning a common second-term abortion procedure is the first of its kind in the United States.

The law, signed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on…

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Ferguson election reshapes City Council

Change has come to Ferguson.

After months of turmoil and upheaval, months of frustration and anger, the beleaguered city has a new governing board. And it…

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Rand Paul launches presidential campaign

For Rand Paul, it's all led to this moment.

Since riding the tea party wave into the Senate in 2010, Paul has carefully built a brand of mainstream…

Bill Clinton 2014

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Bill Clinton details his role in a 2016 bid

Bill Clinton isn't known for avoiding of the spotlight. But the former president will look to change that view if (when) his wife runs for president.

Senator Claire McCaskill, 2014

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McCaskill knocks NCAA after Duke win

Sen. Claire McCaskill "stirred things up" Monday night after Wisconsin fell to Duke in the NCAA final.

That's according to the Missouri Democrat's own…

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Romney in top 0.1% after Duke win

Mitt Romney on Monday night found himself once again in the exclusive club of the 0.1%.

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'Hillary' websites going for up to $295K

In the world of website domains, Hillary Clinton's name is prime real estate.

The likely Democratic presidential hopeful already claims one:…

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