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Biden sounding more like a candidate

Vice President Joe Biden, who has been openly toying with the idea of seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, is now privately leaving the impression…

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Hillary Clinton does Trump impression on 'SNL'

Hillary Clinton met her "SNL" counterpart and won laughs Saturday night with her imitation of Donald Trump.

The Democratic frontrunner appeared on the 41st…

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US, 11 other nations seal Trans-Pacific trade pact

The United States and 11 other nations have finally reached a long-sought agreement on a controversial free-trade pact.

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Clinton: I'll close the gun show loophole

Hillary Clinton will pledge to close background check loopholes and allow victims to sue gun manufacturers at two town halls in New Hampshire on Monday,…

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House could delay some leadership votes

House Speaker John Boehner is delaying Republicans' elections for two key leadership posts.

GOP members will vote on their choice to replace the retiring…

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Oregon shooter's dad: Guns are 'the killers'

The father of the Roseburg, Oregon, shooter said he doesn't know where his son got his weapons, and he declined to comment much on his son's mental state, but…

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Netanyahu on Iran deal: 'Let's look forward'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently opposed the recently inked Iran nuclear agreement -- but now he wants to make sure Iran lives up to its…

Sen. Rand Paul

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Paul says he's not dropping out

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says despite dour poll numbers, don't expect him to drop out of the Republican presidential race any time soon.

"I think the rumors of…

Elizabeth Warren testimony

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Warren outlines differences with Biden

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's meeting with Vice President Joe Biden last summer helped fuel speculation that Biden would enter the 2016 race -- but the Massachusetts…

Supreme Court of the United States

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Is the Court poised for shift to the right?

The nine Supreme Court justices will emerge Monday from behind a long red velvet curtain and take their assigned seats on the bench to begin a new term. But…

Chris Christie, September 18, 2015

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Christie: Trump 'painfully naive' on Syria

Donald Trump says the United States should let Russia intervene in Syria all it wants. But Chris Christie is calling for a bigger U.S. role.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz

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Chaffetz challenges McCarthy for speaker

Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Sunday officially entered the race to replace House Speaker John Boehner.

Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight…

Sen. John McCain

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McCain: Trump doesn't understand Syria

Sen. John McCain says that GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump doesn't understand the problems posed by Russia's new role in the Syrian conflict.

President Barack Obama, Oct. 2, 2015

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Obama: We will keep backing Syrian opposition

President Barack Obama told his national security team this week that the U.S. will continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters into the…

Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

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Clinton gushes about SNL alter egos ahead of appearance

Hillary Clinton can't decide which of her "Saturday Night Live" alter egos she prefers.

The Democratic presidential candidate was ever the politician on Friday…

Trump in New Hampshire

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Trump: Arm teachers to stop school massacres

Donald Trump said Saturday that had teachers been armed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the deadly shooting there this week would not have…

Bernie Sanders

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Sanders, Clinton differ on Syria no-fly zone

Bernie Sanders said Saturday that he opposes an U.S.-implemented no-fly zone in Syria, contrasting himself with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton on the…

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Clinton pledges action for LGBT Americans

Hillary Clinton hasn't always been in favor of same-sex marriage, but she pledged Saturday to push a sweeping platform on LGBT rights as president in a speech…

GOP presidential candidate at Sept. 30 rally

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Trump: Syrian refugees could stage coup in U.S.

Donald Trump said Saturday that bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. could result in "one of the great military coups of all time."

Marco Rubio

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GOP candidates: Gun laws won't stop 'crazies'

Republican presidential hopefuls said Friday that new gun laws would do nothing to prevent mass killings like that on a college campus in Oregon this week.

President Barack Obama, March 2015

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Obama: I will keep pushing for more gun laws

President Barack Obama on Friday reiterated his calls for more gun laws, pledging to keep pushing the issue and saying his administration would look into ways…


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Why data on guns can't be trusted

The Umpqua Community College shooting has raised questions about the number of guns in the U.S. But data on this subject are unreliable.

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Polls: Trump still tops in Iowa, NH

Donald Trump still leads the Republican pack in the two first two states in the presidential nominating contest, though Ben Carson is on his heels in Iowa and…

Clinton McKinnon

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Clinton reportedly to make 'SNL' surprise appearance

Hillary Clinton is reportedly making a "surprise" appearance on this weekend's premiere of "Saturday Night Live."

Kevin McCarthy Boehner in background

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Kevin McCarthy backtracks Benghazi comments

Kevin McCarthy, the leading candidate to succeed John Boehner as House speaker, tried to walk back on Thursday controversial comments he made about a…

Trump in New Hampshire

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Trump on shooting: 'These things happen'

Donald Trump says even if he becomes president, he doesn't expect to halt all mass shootings like the massacre at an Oregon community college Thursday because…

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Pelosi rebukes reporter over 'unborn' question

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a reporter Thursday who asked her a pointed question about when human life begins that as a mother of five she knows…


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Key Senate Republican wants major fiscal deal

The Senate's No. 2 Republican wants to extend the national borrowing limit through the 2016 elections, hoping to take full advantage of a political opening…

Joe Biden in Scranton

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Biden: 'I'm no Bernie Sanders' on populism

Vice President Joe Biden drew a distinction with his potential Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders on Thursday, portraying himself as more of a…



'60 Minutes' used 'planted' questions, Clinton email says

CBS's "60 Minutes" used questions "planted" by the State Department in a 2011 interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a State Department aide told…

Jack Lew

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Debt ceiling deadline is now November 5

Congress may have averted a government shutdown until December 11, but lawmakers will be under the gun to raise or suspend the debt ceiling long before…

GOP presidential hopeful speaks in Michigan

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Bush defends 'stuff happens' remarks

Jeb Bush is defending a comment he made following the Oregon college shooting, when he said "stuff happens," and argued that officials should fight the impulse…

President Barack Obama August 2015

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Obama on shooting: 'This has become routine'

Powerless to act after yet another mass shooting, all the president of the United States could do was vent.

Barack Obama has clasped grieving parents close. His…

Donald Trump at rally

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Donald Trump: 'If I tank,' I'll drop out

Donald Trump says he's no "masochist" -- so if one day he finds himself plummeting in the polls, he'd drop out of the Republican presidential race.

Obama angry over gun laws


Oregon college shooting shakes Washington

News of Thursday's deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, quickly reverberated through Congress, the 2016 campaign trail and the…

Fiorina GOP debate

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Carly Fiorina draws praise on Capitol Hill

House Republicans may be divided over their next leader, but there was one rising party star who managed to unify a group of often-disagreeing members: Carly…

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House Republicans repudiate McCarthy comments

House Republicans on Wednesday sharply repudiated Rep. Kevin McCarthy's comments that suggested the Benghazi oversight committee had succeeded by tarnishing…

John Oliver

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John Oliver to Colbert: 'I don't care' about Trump

Two of the most popular "Daily Show" alums, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, met on Wednesday's "Late Show" to talk about the upcoming 2016 election, and of…

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Hurricane Joaquin rains on the 2016 race

Hurricane Joaquin is already taking a toll on the 2016 presidential race.


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Kanye West to perform at DNC fundraiser

Kanye West will be performing at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Oct. 10 in San Francisco, California, and President Barack Obama is expected to be…

Cecile Richards

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Chaffetz fired up over Planned Parenthood

An impassioned Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Wednesday defended his grilling of Planned Parenthood's leader by saying it was motivated by budget concerns rather than…

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Biden to skip first debate; decision not imminent

Vice President Joe Biden has extended his window for deciding whether to jump into the 2016 presidential campaign, several Democrats say, allowing the contest…

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Jeb Bush on Marco Rubio: He followed my lead

Jeb Bush painted his longtime ally Marco Rubio as a follower and Donald Trump as an "entertainer" on Wednesday, arguing in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash…

Colin Powell


Colin Powell: I'm still a Republican

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who endorsed President Barack Obama twice and came out in favor of the Iran nuclear deal a day before the…

Hillary Clinton file 4

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Next batch of Clinton emails: Aides fretted over hackers

Hillary Clinton's top State Department staffers discussed their use of private email -- with her chief of staff wondering if it'd invite hackers -- in 2011,…


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Chaffetz blasts Secret Service for leaking info

Rep. Jason Chaffetz blasted the U.S. Secret Service for trying to smear him by leaking information about his prior job application to the agency.

"It's a…

Carson on TV


Nazi-like 'Hitler' could happen in U.S., Carson says

Ben Carson suggested on Wednesday that a Nazi-like force could come to power in the United States.

At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Carson noted that many…

Rep Kevin McCarthy


Clinton: McCarthy's Benghazi comments 'distressing'

Hillary Clinton has joined the chorus of Democrats knocking House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's suggestion that the House's investigation into the 2012…

Jeb Bush debating


Bush tells Trump to put on his 'big boy pants'

Jeb Bush and Donald Trump clashed over how to handle the Syrian refugee crisis -- and just about everything else, including whether Bush is really friends with…

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Sanders nearly outraises Clinton

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign raised more than $28 million in the third fundraising quarter of 2015, a number only slightly more than the $25…

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Trump: Some Muslims are a problem

Donald Trump says Muslims are "phenomenal" people. But some of them, he says, pose a problem for the country.

At a town hall in New Hampshire earlier this…

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CNBC raises the bar for upcoming GOP debate

Low-polling Republican presidential hopefuls like Rand Paul and Chris Christie will need to clear a higher bar in order to make the main stage at next month's…

Trump berates Rubio

Trump hotels hacked, credit card data at risk

Hackers snuck a computer virus into Trump hotels across the United States and Canada, potentially stealing customer credit card data for an entire year.

Samantha Power John Kerry United Nations

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Russian strikes in Syria leave US scrambling

Russia's power play in Syria left the Obama administration scrambling Wednesday, with the U.S. sending mixed messages on Moscow's uncoordinated airstrikes in…



Mexico extradites major cartel suspects

The Mexican government is extraditing major alleged drug cartel suspects to face justice in the U.S., in the wake of the embarrassing prison escape of drug…

U.S. Capitol Building

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Congress averts government shutdown

Just seven hours before federal agencies ran out of money, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill funding the federal government through Dec.…

US Secretary of State John Kerry

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John Kerry: U.S. talking with Iran on prisoners

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged for the first time that the U.S. is having talks with Iran that could include a possible prisoner swap, in an…

Trump and Carson

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Poll: Trump up 10 points over Carson, Fiorina

Donald Trump's lead over the two other political newcomers in the Republican presidential pack is now at 10 percentage points, a new Suffolk University/USA…

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Congress avoids government shutdown

Just seven hours before federal agencies ran out of money, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill funding the federal government through Dec.…

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Melania Trump on Donald: 'He is who he is'

If there's one thing Melania Trump has learned about her husband in 10 years of marriage, it's this: Let Trump be Trump.

Trump University

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Fraud claims follow Trump University

Donald Trump has told American voters there will be so much winning when he is president, people will "get bored with winning."

This type of positive messaging…

Bush in NH

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GOP contenders face Wednesday fundraising deadline

Republican presidential candidates are flooding inboxes all across the country right now. Ted Cruz warns he may be "dropping out." George H.W. Bush seeks help…


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Donna Shalala suffers stroke

Donna Shalala, a former Cabinet secretary during the Bill Clinton presidency, is hospitalized in New York after suffering a stroke.

Shalala serves as…

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Fiorina advocates for Keystone pipeline

Carly Fiorina highlighted her support for the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, using a speech to the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association to attack Hillary…

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Clinton: End Obamacare tax on top health plans

Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Congress should repeal the unpopular "Cadillac tax," an Obamacare tariff on premium health care plans.

Her position is a win…

George Pataki


Pataki calls for Twitter to ban Snowden

Edward Snowden's embrace of Twitter on Tuesday made waves across the social network -- and of course, generated controversy.

Hours after the man who achieved…

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Paul rebukes Cruz over hardball tactics

The rift between Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, political allies turned rivals, widened on Tuesday when Paul decried his Senate colleague's hardline tactics.


Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative 2015

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Bill Clinton: Donald Trump is 'fact-free'

Bill Clinton hit Republican presidential contender Donald Trump for running a "fact-free" campaign, defending his wife Hillary Clinton in an interview Tuesday.

Barack Obama serious expression

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U.N.: Obama to talk ISIS, meet with Castro

Will there be more icy toasts? More stiff and uncomfortable handshakes? More impassioned speeches?

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Bush praises capitalism in energy pitch

Jeb Bush praised capitalism in pushing his energy proposal on Tuesday, which he said could create 1 million jobs and enhance the country's national security…

House of Representatives, Capitol

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House GOP holds 'family meeting'

House Republicans huddled Tuesday evening to discuss their future but made no decisions on the leadership battle that taking shape.

Sen. Rand Paul

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Trump tweets prediction Paul will drop out

Just a day after Rand Paul said he'd outlast "clown" Donald Trump, the real estate mogul is firing back, using his favorite way to attack his fellow GOP…

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US intel officials warn hacking is getting worse

On Tuesday, top American spy officials said cyberattacks are getting worse -- and it's time to set basic international rules to prevent a future catastrophe.

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Raul Castro, Obama meet at United Nations

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met on Tuesday for a bilateral meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in what is seen as another…

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Trump slashes taxes for poor -- and wealthy

Donald Trump is vowing to drastically cut income taxes for millions of Americans across the wealth spectrum while casting aside loopholes popular on Wall…

Rob Ford

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Rob Ford invites public to family bachelor party

Toronto City Councilor Rob Ford encouraged anyone with $80 to join him and his brother Doug Ford for a bachelor party.

Trump sanders

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Rich still win big in Trump's tax plan

Donald Trump may love bashing hedge fund managers, but his tax plan would still be a big windfall for the rich.

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Polls show angry, anxious electorate for 2016

It is the political math driving Campaign 2016: Anger + Anxiety = Unpredictability.

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Poll: Clinton tops Trump in general election

Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump in a general election match-up if the election were held today, a new poll shows.

Clinton beats Trump, 49 percent to…

Rep Kevin McCarthy


Leadership void has Hill Republicans worried

The tumult in the Republican Party -- with a presidential race growing increasingly nasty, chaos engulfing the House GOP and a fall full of legislative crises…

Clinton Xi

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China calls Hillary Clinton a 'rabble rouser'

China has lashed out at Hillary Clinton for her tweet criticizing Chinese President Xi Jinping's record on gender equality, accusing her of being a…

Trump at desk

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Whew! Trump ends Fox boycott, will talk to O'Reilly

Donald Trump's interview with Bill O'Reilly, which was scheduled for last Thursday and then canceled, is now slated for Tuesday night.

A Fox News spokeswoman…

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Senate advances government funding bill

Amidst leadership turmoil in the House, the Senate Monday advanced a bill to fund the government through December 11, setting the stage for final congressional…

Kevin McCarthy Boehner in background

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Kevin McCarthy running for speaker

Kevin McCarthy announced Monday that he will run for Speaker of the House, in a bid to succeed the retiring John Boehner.

Sen Robert Menendez


Judge leaves most of case against Menendez

A federal judge on Monday dismissed four bribery counts against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, leaving intact most of the Justice Department's case against the…

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Obama, Putin size each other up at UN

Expecting to face calculated detachment and an unshakable attitude, U.S. President Barack Obama emerged from his highly anticipated meeting with Vladimir Putin…

Obama at UN

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Obama wades into 2016 politics at U.N.

President Barack Obama went beyond criticizing foreign powers at the United Nations on Monday to take veiled shots at Republican presidential candidates,…

Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter plans protest to stop marathon runners

A local chapter of activist group Black Lives Matter is planning on stopping Twin Cities Marathon runners from crossing the finish line.

Trump angry

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Under Trump, nearly half of Americans would pay no income taxes

Mitt Romney sunk his 2012 presidential campaign by deriding the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes.

Donald Trump to unveil foreign policy

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Trump: Let Putin fight ISIS in Syria

Donald Trump wants to flip the U.S. strategy against ISIS on its head, drawing down the America's involvement in fighting the militant group in Syria in favor…

Barack Obama serious expression

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U.N. General Assembly: 5 things to watch

It's the mother of all powwows.



Obama and Putin to meet at U.N. Monday

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Monday during this week's gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, a senior…

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Obama rips Republican candidates on gay discrimination

President Obama on Sunday dismissed Republicans opposed to same-sex marriage as ?living in another era, saying the national conversation had moved beyond…

Carly Fiorina August 2015

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Stage collapses around Carly Fiorina

Part of a stage collapsed Sunday while Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was addressing a crowd in San Antonio.

Barack Obama serious expression

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Obama hits Putin, Republicans in U.N. speech

President Barack Obama slammed adversaries in Russia and Syria -- and political foes at home -- while defending the use of diplomacy over force in his address…

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Carson explains Muslim president concerns

Ben Carson insisted Sunday that for a Muslim to become president of the United States, "you have to reject the tenets of Islam."

"Yes, you have to," the…

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Iran: Republicans couldn't find us on a map

The Republican candidates for U.S. president who are attacking the nuclear deal with Iran could hardly find the country on a map, or know that Tehran is the…

Gov. John Kasich

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Kasich stands by Boehner

Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticized hardcore conservatives who played a role in retiring House Speaker John Boehner's departure in an interview Sunday on CBS' "…

Nancy Pelosi

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Pelosi: I'm not sure if I'll miss Boehner

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she's not sure if she'll miss retiring Speaker John Boehner -- even as she praised him as "a very fine person."


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Fiorina urges Hill GOP to 'stand up and fight'

Carly Fiorina is urging Capitol Hill Republicans to go all-out in a fight to defund Planned Parenthood -- even if that means shutting down the government.


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