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Hillary Clinton, Nov. 14, 2015

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Some of Clinton's Benghazi-related emails released

An email chain at the center of Republican criticism of Hillary Clinton's handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was released by the…

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Ted Cruz: Most violent felons are Democrats

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed Monday during a radio appearance that "the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats."

Sanders Clinton at debate

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Democrats strike different tones on shooting

The three Democrats running for their party's presidential nomination, together again in New Hampshire on Sunday night, struck markedly different tones when…

Kevin McCarthy

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GOP not ready for shutdown over Planned Parenthood

House conservatives have spent much of the past three months attempting to force a vote to strip taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

But key Republicans…

Robert Malley

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Obama names new ISIS adviser

The White House announced Monday new steps in its counter terror campaign, including measures that will tighten the security in the visa waiver program and…

Obama delivers State of the Union 2013

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Ryan: State of the Union address January 12

President Barack Obama on January 12, 2016 will deliver his final State of the Union address.

As is tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the date in a…

Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa

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Sanders undergoes elective hernia surgery

Bernie Sanders is having elective hernia surgery at George Washington University on Monday and will be out of work until Tuesday, according to his Senate…

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Obama, Putin meet at COP21 summit in Paris

President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris, on the sidelines of an international summit to combat climate change, according to a…

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Obama: Climate summit a 'rejection' of terror

Combating climate change will prove to be a rebuttal of terrorist efforts, President Barack Obama declared at the opening of a major climate summit in Paris.…

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Warming planet risks financial turmoil

The climate summit getting underway in Paris this week is being touted as a huge opportunity for a deal to cut carbon emissions and limit global warming.

COP21 Summit

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Why it's time to care about COP21

In Paris, world leaders are fretting over 2 degrees Celsius.

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Obama pays respects at the Bataclan in Paris

President Barack Obama paid a midnight tribute Monday to the victims of the Paris terror attacks, ?laying a single white rose at the Bataclan club where ISIS…

Hillary Clinton, Nov. 14, 2015

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Clinton to pitch spending $350B on infrastructure on Sunday

Hillary Clinton cast herself as organized labor's presidential candidate on Sunday in Boston, standing with Marty Walsh, the city's union-backed mayor, to…

Carly Fiorina speaking in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 18, 2015

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Republicans condemn Planned Parenthood attacker

Republican presidential contenders condemned the attacker in Friday's deadly shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado -- but largely stood by…

COP21 Paris security

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Obama seeks to seal climate legacy in terror-addled Paris

With a major piece of his White House legacy at stake, President Barack Obama flies to Paris Sunday hoping to seal an historic climate accord in a city still…

Jeb Bush, Nov. 13, 2015

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Bush: Prospect of Trump presidency 'scary'

Jeb Bush says the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is "kind of scary."

Mike Huckabee

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Huckabee: Planned Parenthood shooting is 'domestic terrorism'

Mike Huckabee called the Friday shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado an act of "domestic terrorism."

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Colorado governor: Shootings not 'the cost of freedom'

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he's not willing to accept deadly shootings like the one at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday as "the cost of freedom."

Donald Trump November 19 2015

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Trump on Muslim claim: 'I'm not going to take it back'

Donald Trump is insisting he was right that thousands of Muslim-Americans in New Jersey celebrated 9/11, despite being confronted with lack of evidence he's…

Chris Christie in Iowa July 2015

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New Hampshire Union Leader endorses Christie

Chris Christie's struggling presidential campaign got a much-needed boost Saturday night when the influential New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed the New…

Donald Trump in Columbus, Ohio

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Trump goes diplomatic in ejecting protester

Donald Trump showed a more diplomatic side Saturday as a protester was ejected from a spirited rally he held in Florida, where he otherwise minced no words in…

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NSA ends bulk phone data collection

The U.S. intelligence community on Sunday will cease its bulk collection of telephone metadata.

Donald Trump November 19 2015

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Donald Trump campaign stop features actual elephant

While the Donald Trump campaign has been called a circus in the past, this Saturday might have been the only time an actual elephant was on the scene.

Ben Carson addresses Republican voters Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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Ben Carson in Jordan: 'Great human tragedy'

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson explained his surprise trip to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan because he said he wanted "to come to see with my…

President Obama 11.28.15 Small Business Saturday

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The Obamas reveal holiday reading list

As has become a post-holiday tradition, the Obama family visited a local bookstore in Washington to celebrate Small Business Saturday, an American shopping…

Bishop Clarence McClendon file photo, July 14, 2014

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Black religious leaders: No Trump endorsement

Donald Trump enthusiastically emerged from a lengthy meeting with black pastors in New York City on Monday, defiantly dismissing criticism from some in the…

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shootings


Shootings draw some calls for gun control

The killings outside a Planned Parenthood in Colorado drew a smattering of calls for gun control from prominent Democrats.

President Barack Obama

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Obama on Colorado: 'Enough is enough'

Responding to another high-profile episode of gun violence, President Barack Obama told the American people on Saturday that "we have to do something about the…

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Political Prediction Market: Cruz closes on Trump

Donald Trump is still the GOP front-runner in opinion polls, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has seen a surge on CNN's Political Prediction Market, and is now seen by…

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Black religious leaders criticize Trump backers

More than 100 black religious leaders asked the black pastors reportedly backing Donald Trump to consider his past rhetoric and behavior before announcing…

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10 groups Donald Trump offended this fall

Since its launch earlier this year, Donald Trump's campaign has been peppered with controversy about his habit of accidentally -- or at times quite…

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Reporter challenges Trump's denial of recognition

Donald Trump says he doesn't remember the reporter whose disability he is accused of mocking, but the reporter says that they had been "on a first-name basis…

Donald Trump Orlando 11.15.15

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Trump faces challenge on NH eligibility

A complaint alleging Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is not eligible to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot was dismissed Tuesday.


Marco Rubio

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2016 candidates buy in on #BlackFriday

In the heat of the presidential primaries, when every dollar counts, Black Friday deals aren't just for retailers.

On the biggest shopping weekend of the year,…

Donald Trump 2

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Donald Trump denies mocking reporter's disability

The New York Times is angry that Donald Trump appeared to mock one of its reporters who has a physical disability, but the candidate denied Thursday that he…

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White House fence jumper detained

A man is in custody after jumping over a White House fence while the first family was inside celebrating Thanksgiving, officials said.

Joseph Caputo scaled a…

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Obama calls troops, offers refugees welcome on Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama issued a Thanksgiving address welcoming refugees on Thursday and spent part of his holiday calling troops to thank them for their…

Cruz at debate 2

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Political Prediction market: Rubio leads, Cruz rises

As the Iowa caucuses approach, Ted Cruz is receiving renewed attention and has seen his odds of capturing the GOP's presidential nomination increase in recent…

Obama family portrait

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Obama family serves Thanksgiving dinner to homeless and vets

President Barack Obama, joined by the entire first family, on Wednesday began the Thanksgiving holiday by serving dinner to the local homeless population and…

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton

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Dems, Bush: Yes, Chicago cop should face charges

Several 2016 hopefuls weighed in Wednesday on the shooting death of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer.

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on…

Will Smith at Concussion premiere

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Mr. (Will) Smith goes to Washington?

His new blockbuster doesn't come out until Christmas Day, but Will Smith is already looking past it.

This frenzied campaign season has so "incensed" the movie…

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Obama: No 'specific and credible threat' to U.S.

Ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. government is "taking every possible step" to keep the country safe, President Barack Obama said Wednesday,…

Donald Trump

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Trump: 100 black leaders' endorsements coming

Donald Trump's campaign says he'll pick up endorsement from African-American pastors and evangelical leaders Monday.

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Marines to spend $225M on amphibious vehicles

The U.S. Marine Corps is spending $225 million as it takes another stab at replacing its aging fleet of amphibious assault vehicles.

The Marine Corps on…

For rent

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Britain hikes taxes on investors to cool housing market

Britain's decision to levy a higher rate of tax on investors in its red hot housing market will be welcomed by many.

Justin Trudeau

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Canada: We'll resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees

Justin Trudeau's newly elected government has confirmed it will resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada within three months, giving top priority to those…


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Ben Carson: the most misunderstood candidate?

By Ben Carson's telling, he may be the most misunderstood candidate in the 2016 presidential race.

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon has shrugged off a series…

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Ex-official: U.S. leadership needed in Syria

The Turkish downing of a Russian jet near the border with Syria on Tuesday underscores the need for increased American leadership in the Syrian war, according…

Francoise Hollande

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Obama: We are all French now

It might be America's oldest alliance, but it has rarely looked more vibrant.

French President François Hollande and U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday…

Turkey shoots down Russian jet


Turkish downing of Russian jet tests 2016 candidates

The Turkish downing of a Russian jet on Tuesday injected even more national security intensity into the 2016 presidential race ---and GOP candidates were…

Chris Martin Obama

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Obama sings on Coldplay's next album

Coldplay is set to give an amateur crooner from Washington, D.C., his big break.

Janet Yellen head of Fed

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Congress wants billions from Fed's piggy bank

Congress wants to pull billions out of the Federal Reserve.

Bernie Sanders

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Sanders won't tell union super PAC to stop

Bernie Sanders declined to disavow a super PAC spending money on his behalf in an interview with CNN on Monday and contradicted a statement his campaign made…

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Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself

Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter plane shouldn't lead to further wartime escalation in the region, President Barack Obama insisted at a press conference…

Global warming, climate change

Is Syrian conflict linked to climate change?

Could terrorism and conflict be directly linked to climate change? "Absolutely," says Britain's Prince Charles in an interview with Sky News that aired on…

Sen Ted Cruz

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Iowa poll: Cruz now Trump's chief rival

Ted Cruz has replaced Ben Carson as Donald Trump's chief GOP presidential primary rival in Iowa.

Clinton Spelman

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Clinton: Don't get swayed by GOP 'fear tactics and scare mongering'

Hillary Clinton asked voters here in Nevada on Monday to not be swayed by Republicans "fear tactics and scare mongering and inflammatory rhetoric" on…

Donald Trump speaks at a news conference Nov. 3, 2015, in New York City.

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Trump: 'Many people jumped and I witnessed it' on 9/11

Donald Trump said Monday that he witnessed people jumping out of the Twin Towers on 9/11 from the view in his apartment.

Donald Trump November 19 2015

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Donald Trump's 9/11 celebration claim widely disputed

Donald Trump twice repeated over the weekend that he saw people cheering in New Jersey after the September 11 attacks -- but his claims are being widely…

Marco Rubio August 2

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Rubio: Put U.S. attacks against ISIS on YouTube

There's one high-powered weapon that the U.S. needs to deploy against ISIS to really hit home, says Sen. Marco Rubio. YouTube.

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Poll: Here's how angry the GOP is at government

A sustained outburst of anger and deep disdain for government that has shaped the Republican race for president and confounded the pundits is not going away.…

Supreme Court


Texas seeks delay in SCOTUS immigration case

Texas' attorney general on Monday asked the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension to file a reply brief in a move that could derail the Obama administration's…

Donald Trump book event

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Trump won't rule out run as independent

Despite leading in the Republican polls, Donald Trump will out a run for president as an independent

Donald Trump Orlando 11.15.15

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Trump retweets racially charged crime data

Donald Trump retweeted an image Sunday that compares black-on-black murders to police killings.

Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account highlighted a…

2nd Amendment rights at issue

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Republicans split on guns for terror watch list members

Republican presidential contenders split Sunday on a proposal to ban individuals on a terror watch list from buying guns, with front-runner Donald Trump…

Man kicked out of Trump event


Trump on protester: 'Maybe he should have been roughed up'

Donald Trump suggested Sunday the half-dozen white attendees at his campaign rally on Saturday may have reacted appropriately when they shoved, tackled,…

Hillary Clinton, Nov. 14, 2015

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Hillary Clinton to propose tax credit for caregivers

Hillary Clinton will use a town hall in Iowa on Sunday to pitch a tax credit for up to $6,000 in expenses that fall on families "paying for, coordinating, or…

Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa

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Bernie Sanders struggles in South Carolina

The Vermont senator is playing catch-up to Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, and it's an uphill battle with fewer than a 100 days from South Carolina's…

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Argentina elections: Triumphant Macri vows change

Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri is poised to become Argentina's next President after a runoff vote that marks the end of a political dynasty.

Trump and Carson at debate

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Polls: Donald Trump leads, Ben Carson slips

Donald Trump has a double-digit lead over Ben Carson in the Republican presidential race and voters say they prefer change over political experience, two new…

Marco Rubio

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Rubio: Focus on national security 'positive development'

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday the emergence of national security as a political issue is a "positive development" in the 2016 race, and sought to defend…

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Trump: Track refugees, monitor mosques

Donald Trump said Sunday he'd monitor select mosques, bring back waterboarding and keep refugees on a watch list.

When pressed, he also agreed with a proposal…

Ben Carson addresses Republican voters Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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Carson: 'A lot of people' inappropriately on terror watch lists

Ben Carson says he wants "better due process" for people on terrorism watch lists before banning members of those lists from buying guns.

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Hagel: Focus on ISIS, not Assad

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the United States should be more focused on defeating ISIS than ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Members of the public gather to lay flowers and light candles at La Belle Equipe restaraunt in Paris, France.

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Leaders urge calm, awareness about terror threats

How to prepare for potential terrorism has become an inevitable conversation in the wake of the Paris attacks.

President Barack Obama

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Obama calls ISIS 'killers with good social media'

U.S. President Barack Obama toughened his rhetoric against ISIS at a weekend press conference in Malaysia that concluded his nine-day trip abroad.

The group…

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California

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Nunes: 'We don't know what we don't know'

The House Intelligence Committee chairman says there are no "credible threats that we know about" from the ISIS against the United States right now -- but…

Chris Christie

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Christie won't say if Syrian refugees should be booted from US

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lambasted President Barack Obama's handling of ISIS, saying Sunday that Syrian refugees shouldn't "have to leave their country…

NJ Gov. Chris Christie

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Chris Christie on flight where passenger was removed

A United Airlines flight carrying New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was delayed Friday after a passenger was removed from the plane.

A source with knowledge of…


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Democrat wins Louisiana gov race

Sen. David Vitter's political career is coming to an end, in part because the eight-year-old scandal of allegedly hiring prostitutes is proving, finally, to be…

Clinton teal

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Clinton brushes aside competitors' digs at jamboree

If it wasn't obvious that both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley were running behind Hillary Clinton in most national and…

Donald Trump Orlando 11.15.15

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Trump: 'I want surveillance of certain mosques'

Donald Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric about American Muslims, saying there's precedent for monitoring some mosques amid the recent terror wave.

At a…

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Former S. Korean President Kim Young-sam dies

Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam, the first civilian leader of the country's modern democratic era, died Sunday, according to a semiofficial news…

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

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Roberts talks leadership in discussion on Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts took a breather from a blockbuster docket of cases in Washington Friday night to travel to New York to discuss another chief justice…

Hillary Clinton campaigns in South Carolina

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Hillary Clinton knew American Mali victim

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday mourned the lone identified American Mali terrorist attack victim, whom she knew from her Senate days.

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Iowa Christians struggle to square faith with fear over refugees

As Christians, they want to be compassionate. As Americans, they want to be safe.

That's the message from Iowa Republicans as they come to terms with the…

Sen. Bernie Sanders

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In new ads, Sanders focuses on platform, not biography

Bernie Sanders' campaign released a series of new ads on Friday that focus more on his platform as a candidate than his background. The ads will run in early…

Marco Rubio

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Rubio outlines plan to defeat ISIS

Sen. Marco Rubio laid out his strategy to defeat ISIS Thursday, outlining a hawkish four-point plan that includes a call for ground troops and a no-fly zone.

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CNN suspends correspondent over refugee tweet

CNN has suspended one of its correspondents for posting an opinionated tweet about a congressional bill that could limit the entry of Syrian refugees into the…

Jeb Bush Orlando 11.15.15

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Jeb Bush: Internment talk 'just wrong'

Donald Trump insists he didn't call for a national database of U.S. Muslims -- but he didn't dismiss the idea, either, despite widespread condemnation of his…

Donald Trump

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Trump doesn't rule out national database for US Muslims

Donald Trump on Thursday called for the creation of a national database to register all Muslims living in the U.S. to protect the country against terrorism.


Obama hair

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Obama: Other leaders dye their hair, not me

President Barack Obama says he's letting his hair go gray without dying it -- but his fellow world leaders aren't doing the same.

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NBC gives equal time to Trump's GOP rivals

NBC has started offering Republican presidential candidates free air time next week to match the 12 minutes given to Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live,"…

Ben Carson pointing and talking

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Carson tones down Syrian refugee rhetoric

Ben Carson fielded national security questions Thursday night, where he warned of "bad apples" among Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the U.S., and he…

Sanders Iowa

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Sanders' 'democratic socialism' explained in 2 minutes

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is all about starting a revolution...a "democratic socialism" revolution.

What exactly is democratic socialism, Sanders…

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Clinton blasts Hill for not voting on gun bill

Hillary Clinton faulted leaders in the House and Senate on Thursday for not allowing a vote on a bill that would make it illegal for people on the government's…

Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay

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Will Congress let Obama shut Guantanamo?

President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the Paris terror attacks won't stop his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison.

The administration is…

Rand Paul at debate

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Paul: It's 'bulls--t' to collect phone records

Rand Paul says it's "bulls--t" to argue that U.S. government surveillance needs to be ramped up as a result of the Paris attacks.

At a campaign event at…

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Trump gives himself credit for Carson campaign 'free fall'

Ben Carson's campaign is in "free fall," Donald Trump says, and he's giving himself credit.

Trump told a crowd in Newton, Iowa on Thursday that he believed…

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Bush adds name to New Hampshire ballot

Jeb Bush asserted Thursday that he'll be the last Republican standing as he went through the pomp and circumstance of securing his name on the New Hampshire…

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