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Trump jabs at Bill Kristol over independent candidate prediction

Donald Trump took aim Sunday night at Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol, who suggested on Twitter that news of an "impressive" independent conservative…

Donald Trump, May 27, 2016

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Sizzling summer of politics ahead

Memorial Day isn't just the gateway to summer this year -- it heralds a sizzling season of politics that threatens to boil over into the ugliest election in…

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Sanders gets a lesson on California farmworkers

As the political calendar slows this Memorial Day weekend, Bernie Sanders is full steam ahead in California, where he has spent the past two days learning…

Gary Johnson

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Libertarians pick ticket, slam Trump

Libertarians on Sunday selected a presidential ticket headed by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who lit into presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump…

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Garland returns to alma mater for commencement

Stalled Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Sunday returned to his suburban Chicago high school to deliver its commencement address.

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Trump: GOP weighed 'second convention in August'

Donald Trump said Sunday some unnamed Republicans discussed a "second convention in August."

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee made the claim during…

Trump at debate 2

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Trump to finally account for veterans' fundraiser

Donald Trump will hold a news conference Tuesday to provide a full accounting of a veterans' fundraiser in January, the presumptive Republican nominee said…

Trump in Bismarck

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Trump aide: VP list is 'very small'

Donald Trump has narrowed his potential running mates to a "very small" list, his top aide said Sunday.

Former Sen. Bob Dole greets fellow veterans while attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial on Nov. 11, 2015 in Washington, DC

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Dole says GOPers should fall in line behind Trump

Bob Dole encouraged fellow Republicans Saturday to back Donald Trump and suggested the presumptive GOP nominee select Newt Gingrich as his running mate.

In an…

Sen. Bernie Sanders

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Sanders warns Clinton against moderate as VP

Bernie Sanders is warning Hillary Clinton against picking a moderate Democrat as her running mate.

Marco Rubio, May 2016

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Rubio says he apologized to Trump for 'small hands' jest

Marco Rubio apologized privately to Donald Trump in person backstage before a Republican debate for crude remarks he made about Trump's appearance, the…

Marco Rubio

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Rubio: I'd 'maybe' run for re-election if friend wasn't

Marco Rubio said he would consider running for re-election to the Senate if Florida's lieutenant governor, a close friend of his, had not entered the race to…

Sanders gaining on Hillary Clinton in polls

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Sanders to DNC: Remove Clinton backers from platform committee

Bernie Sanders' campaign wants the Democratic National Committee to remove two Hillary Clinton supporters from key convention roles, accusing them of being "…

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Navy announces sailor's death

The U.S. Navy on Saturday announced the non-combat death of a sailor involved in the effort against ISIS in the Middle East.

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Judge directs internal Trump University documents to be released

A judge overseeing a lawsuit filed against Donald Trump regarding his closed real estate education program called Trump University has ruled parts of internal…

Supreme Court of the United States

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 8 is not a good number

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that having only eight justices "is not a good number for a multi-member court."

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Bob Dole says Hillary Clinton's 'baggage' will haunt her campaign

Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole says Hillary Clinton's past could make it difficult for her to become president.

Marco Rubio

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Marco Rubio says he's going to GOP convention

Marco Rubio says he plans to attend the Republican convention, will release his delegates to vote for Donald Trump and would be willing to speak on Trump's…

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Putin warns he'll retaliate against NATO missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia will retaliate against the placement of U.S. missiles in nearby countries such as Romania, according to Russia's…

Donald Trump, May 27, 2016

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First on CNN: Trump campaign eyeing big stadium for acceptance speech

Donald Trump's campaign is considering booking one of Cleveland's big sports venues for his acceptance speech in July, two GOP sources familiar with the…

Gary Johnson supporters

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Libertarian Party set to pick nominee at convention

They get the bronze medal every four years in what is really a two-person race.

That's what it must feel like to be a third-party candidate in a two-party…

Sen. John McCain

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Federal agency accused of fraud could lose contracts

The federal agency in charge of helping the disabled find work may lose the vast majority of its contracts after a CNN investigation found it mired in…

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Obama in Hiroshima calls for 'world without nuclear weapons'

Barack Obama on Friday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, where he called for a "world without nuclear weapons" during his remarks at…

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Trump says he will not debate Sanders

Donald Trump on Friday said he would not debate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders because it would be "inappropriate" to square off against the candidate who…

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Pentagon denies special forces fighting front lines in Syria

The Pentagon has pushed back on assertions that U.S. special operations forces were fighting ISIS fighters on the front lines alongside the Syrian forces they…

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn

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Trump's Veepstakes: Who is Michael Flynn?

Donald Trump, in dropping hints about his potential running mate, has said that he is looking for a "political person" who could help him with the workings of…

Donald Trump, March 30 2016

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Donald Trump under oath: Trump University's promises crumble

The ads for his university were classic Donald Trump -- Trump stares into the camera and proclaims: "We're going to have professors and adjunct professors…

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Atlantic City rescue bills go to Christie for approval

As Atlantic City teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, officials in New Jersey have reached a deal to keep the town up and running -- for a while, anyway.


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Trump celebrates delegate victory with McDonald's

Donald Trump is lovin' it.

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Pro-Trump, anti-Trump groups clash in San Diego

Police clad in riot gear and wielding batons began dispersing a crowd of Donald Trump supporters and protesters here Friday night after the presumptive GOP…

Hillary Clinton Final Five interviews


Judge bars release of deposition video in Clinton emails case

A federal judge backed a request by one of Hillary Clinton's top aides from her time at the State Department to prevent video of her testimony in ongoing legal…

Trump at NRA convo

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Trump's energy plan: Regulate less, drill more

Donald Trump has a simple formula to get America's energy industry back on its feet: regulate less and start drilling a lot more for oil and gas.

In his first…

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Liberal DFA backs DNC chair's primary opponent

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's primary challenger picked up more support Friday from a key liberal group backing Bernie…

Your Class of 2016 from Cleveland, Mississippi's East Side High, the target of a federal desegregation ruling

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Mississippi town's views on desegregation ruling aren't so black and white

A short jaunt east of the former railroad tracks that used to divide black and white in this town, you could hear cousins Lindell Little and Vell Mays cutting…

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What is Libertarianism?

When people talk about Libertarians, two things are bound to come up: gold and marijuana.

This is not without reason. Libertarians talk a lot about auditing…

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GOP leaves for holiday without passing Zika funds

Democrats on Thursday blasted Republicans for departing Washington for the Memorial Day recess -- the traditional start of summer -- without approving funds to…

Hillary Clinton in Cali

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State Department official details efforts to set-up Clinton's email

A State Department spokesman on Thursday questioned why those with knowledge of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email didn't provide better…

Trump in Bismarck

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Trump vows energy independence, slams Clinton

Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to make the United States fully energy independent as president by reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and rolling back…

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Why did the U.S. bomb Hiroshima?

President Barack Obama on Friday will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, the first city ever to be devastated by a nuclear weapon.…

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Obama at Hiroshima: What to watch for

Seven decades after the U.S. launched an atomic attack in Hiroshima, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting president to visit the city Friday,…

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Sanders fuels prospect of debate with Trump

Bernie Sanders is helping stoke talk of a debate between him and Donald Trump, telling ABC's Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night that the network had contacted the…

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Donald Trump has delegates to clinch GOP nomination

Donald Trump has the delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination, according to a CNN delegate count Thursday.

While Trump has had the nomination locked…

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41 Secret Service employees disciplined after Chaffetz leak

Forty-one employees of the U.S. Secret Service are being disciplined over leaked information about a sitting congressman's past job application to be an agent,…

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump

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Trump, Ryan call: 'Good conversation' but no endorsement

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan had a "good conversation" by phone Wednesday night, but the House speaker didn't offer an endorsement for his party's presumptive…

Hillary Clinton Final Five interviews


Clinton on email use: 'I thought it was allowed'

Hillary Clinton defended her email practices as secretary of state on Thursday, saying the rules that governed its use were hardly a "model of clarity."


U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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Trump: Warren is 'as Native American as I am'

Donald Trump on Thursday again attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren over her claimed Native American heritage, continuing his focus on a 2012 controversy from her…

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump sought cheap labor overseas for clothing lines

Donald Trump may claim to have the backs of U.S. workers, but when it comes to making shirts for those backs, Trump has chosen to make his shirts overseas.


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Key House spending bill fails over LGBT controversy

In an embarrassing blow for Speaker Paul Ryan, the House on Thursday failed to pass its annual spending bill funding water and energy programs after a…

President Obama

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Obama: Trump's comments 'rattle' world leaders

Donald Trump on Thursday embraced President Barack Obama's critique of him that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's candidacy has "rattled" world…

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Sanders requests recanvass in Kentucky primary

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday the state's Democratic primary results remain unchanged following a complete re-canvassing of…

Marco Rubio in South Carolina


Rubio pressured as GOP fears grow over Senate seat

Top Republicans are becoming nervous that they may lose Marco Rubio's Senate seat and their tenuous majority in the chamber -- and now many want the Florida…

Donald Trump Jr

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Donald Trump Jr. talks gun rights with House Republicans

Donald Trump Jr. told a group of roughly 15 House Republicans that he is an avid hunter and his father is committed to making sure any future Supreme Court…

President Obama speaking

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Why is Obama visiting Hiroshima?

President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima Friday is a trip more than six years in the making by a man who has sought to recognize history without being what…

Donald Trump in Cali

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Trump admits using aliases, talks debating Sanders

Donald Trump admitted Wednesday that he used aliases for business deals but denied that a recently-surfaced audio recording of him pretending to be his own…

Donald Trump

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Trump aide on VP: Picking a woman, minority 'would be viewed as pandering'

Paul Manafort, a top aide to Donald Trump, said the presumptive Republican nominee is unlikely to pick a woman or minority for the position because "that…

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Trump campaign looks to dredge up Whitewater

Donald Trump's private plans to resuscitate the Clintons' Whitewater scandal went public after his spokesperson emailed them to a reporter instead of a…

Bob Iger Disney CEO

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Disney CEO asks Bernie Sanders: 'How many jobs have you created?'

Disney CEO Bob Iger fired back at Bernie Sanders on Wednesday after the Vermont senator suggested The Walt Disney Company didn't pay its employees a living…

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Peek inside Obama's post-presidential pad

President Barack Obama will lease a home in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighborhood after he leaves the White House next year, CNN has confirmed.

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Libertarian candidate beefs up fundraising operation

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has created a joint fundraising committee with 15 states in hopes of building a larger network to boost the…

Cheryl Mills

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Former Clinton aide seeks to bar release of deposition

One of Hillary Clinton's top aides from her time at the State Department is asking a federal judge to prevent video of her testimony in ongoing legal…

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SC governor signs 20-week abortion ban

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill into law on Wednesday that makes it illegal for a woman to obtain an abortion after her pregnancy reaches 20…

Protesters clash outside Trump event Anaheim

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Trump slams Clinton's 'judgment' over Iraq, Libya

Donald Trump pressed his case Wednesday that Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president by trashing Clinton's support for U.S. military interventions…

Donald Trump holds rally in Bethpage, New York

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Top aide departs Trump campaign

Donald Trump's campaign announced Wednesday that it was parting ways with its political director Rick Wiley, just six weeks after he was hired.

The abrupt…

Paul Ryan

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Paul Ryan not ready to endorse Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan is tamping down speculation he plans to imminently endorse Donald Trump, revealing that his senior aides are in touch daily with the…

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United Auto Workers endorses Clinton over Trump

The United Auto Workers Union endorsed Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, touting the Democratic front-runner as the "best choice for our members and our nation in…


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Cleveland prepares for RNC convention protests

The morning after a protest outside a Donald Trump speech turned violent, officials in Cleveland insisted that they are prepared to keep the peace during the…

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Donald Trump has a woman problem -- 3 of them

Donald Trump has another woman problem -- three of them.

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Which candidate's campaign events need the most security?

The airport isn't the only place you'll see TSA officers checking bags and doing pat downs.

Trump at NRA convo

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Eventually Trump? The GOP's most vocal critics are falling in line

There's an oft-repeated saying about the parties and their habits when it comes to choosing a presidential nominee: "Democrats want to fall in love;…

Hillary Clinton Final Five interviews


State Department report slams Clinton email use

A State Department Inspector General report said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to follow the rules or inform key department staff regarding…

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Dems worry DNC chair 'too toxic' after Sanders blast

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is on increasingly thin ice as she risks losing key support to stay in her job.

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5 scammers arrested in IRS impersonation scheme

Treasury Department investigators have filed criminal complaints against five individuals in three states, accusing them of fleecing nearly $2 million from…

Trump at NRA convo

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Trump allies fear trouble with RNC fundraising deal

The ink is barely dry on the joint fundraising agreement between Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee, but discord is already brewing.

Hillary Clinton

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Clinton 100-day pledge: $275B infrastructure

Hillary Clinton, while campaigning in California, committed to sending "a comprehensive infrastructure proposal to Congress in her first 100 days in office,"…

Netanyahu in Wash

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Netanyahu moves government further to the right

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has shifted his government even further to the right with the addition of the right-wing nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu…

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

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New Mexico governor hits back at Trump

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is hitting back at Donald Trump after the presumptive Republican nominee criticized her Tuesday night in Albuquerque.

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Trump secures $6 million for Trump Victory fund

Donald Trump's southern California fundraiser Wednesday has already secured $6 million in contributions to the Victory Fund, the joint effort between the real…

Trump in New Jersey

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Trump to give $1 million to Marine charity, other discrepancies found

Donald Trump says he's fed up with reporters questioning how much money he's donated to veterans groups.

In a short video posted Tuesday on Instagram, the…

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Obama apologizes for Okinawa incident

After a strong statement of protest by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Barack Obama Wednesday expressed "his sincerest condolences and deepest…

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Trump protesters riot in New Mexico

Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico -- the latest scuffle to follow the presumptive…

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Obama offers to beatbox for Vietnamese rapper

President Barack Obama spoke Wednesday about the importance of the arts in international politics, making some music of his own to drop a very brief beat for…

Clinton denies Lewenski


Why Trump is dredging up 1990s attacks against the Clintons

Donald Trump is campaigning like it's 1999.

The presumptive Republican nominee is reintroducing Americans to a panoply of dormant scandals, personal…

Heroin use

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A city's plan to fight heroin by allowing it

Don't be fooled by the bucolic scenery or the leafy college campuses; Ithaca, New York has been rocked by the scourge of the heroin epidemic sweeping the…

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Obama: 'Things are going to be OK' after 2016

President Obama told an audience of young Vietnamese leaders that Americans usually "correct course" after making mistakes, referring to the divisive 2016…

Trump NRA

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Trump on the defensive over housing market history

Donald Trump on Tuesday defended comments he made two years before the housing market crashed -- in which he said he hoped the real estate market would…

Kenneth Starr

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Kenneth Starr praises Bill Clinton despite Trump's accusations

As Donald Trump is dredging up Bill Clinton's past to use against his wife, the man who served as the chief antagonist of Clinton in the '90s has nothing but…

Melissa Gilbert

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'Little House on the Prairie' star ends bid for Congress

Melissa Gilbert, who starred in the "Little House on the Prairie" television show, is ending her campaign for Congress.

Set to challenge Republican Rep. Mike…

Trump at NRA convo

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Donald Trump wins Washington GOP primary

Donald Trump moved closer to clinching the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday by winning the Washington primary.

Trump became the presumptive nominee…

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

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Clinton looks to pop Trump's populist appeal

Donald Trump has cast himself as a populist hero during the 2016 campaign: A champion of impoverished middle class Americans shunned by a corrupt political…

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Obama's delicate dance on Vietnam's 'dire' human rights

President Barack Obama sought to navigate a difficult path in Vietnam during a Tuesday speech, balancing criticism for human rights with praise for progress.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

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New Mexico governor not attending Trump rally

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez won't be among the Republicans rallying around their presumptive nominee when Donald Trump swoops into the state…

President Obama

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Obama 'farewell tour' continues in Indiana

President Barack Obama is making another stop on his farewell tour, returning to Elkhart, Indiana -- the site of his first trip in office -- to tout the city's…

Terry McAuliffe

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What McAuliffe probe could mean for 2016

The revelation that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is facing a federal investigation related to campaign donations could complicate Hillary Clinton's effort to…

Priebus at RNC spring meeting

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RNC picks conservative trio for platform team

The Republican National Committee selected a trio of conservative stalwarts to head up its convention platform committee Tuesday in a move that appears…

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House passes narrow Zika measure designed to remove red tape

The House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that makes it easier for state and local governments to spray pesticides to kill mosquitoes and stop the…

Bob McDonald


VA's McDonald apologizes for Disney waiting line comparison

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald apologized Tuesday for comparing long waits at VA hospitals to the lines at Disney amusement parks, amid calls from…

Cameron to discuss trade issues with Chris Christie

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UK PM buys used car for wife

When used car dealer Iain Harris took a call saying the prime minister was on his way to buy a modestly-priced motor, he assumed it was one of his friends…

Supreme Court

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Breyer not bothered by an 8-person Supreme Court

An eight-person Supreme Court? No bother to Stephen Breyer.

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McAuliffe on investigation: No 'wrongdoing'

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday he was in "shock" to find out he was under federal investigation for campaign contributions.

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Senator calls on VA secretary to resign

A senior Republican senator called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald to resign Tuesday after he inflamed the veterans' community by comparing the…

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