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Marco Rubio: Jeb Bush Will Be 'Very Credible' And 'Raise A Lot Of Money'

(44) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 12:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that he has spoken and emailed with his potential presidential rival in 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, about "items of mutual interest," although Rubio wouldn't say if the two discussed the 2016 Republican primary.

Speaking at a breakfast hosted by The...

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From Nice-ish To Nasty: How 2016 GOP Contenders Responded To The State Of The Union

(161) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- Likely Republican 2016 presidential candidates on Tuesday seemed to agree that President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address was off base. What they disagreed on was why. Responses issued by possible contenders after the hour-long speech ranged from civil, optimistic messages to angry visions of a world...

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Battle Lines For 2016 Emerge As Republican Hopefuls Unveil Campaign Themes

(245) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- To run for president in 2016, potential candidates must formally register before May 1, 2015, making the first months of this year a crucial time for them to weigh their options. Over the next 104 days, each member of the potential Republican roster, which includes governors, senators, has-beens...

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In First Florida Governor Race, Jeb Bush Backed Controversial 'Spanker's Bill of Rights'

(82) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 5:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) prepares to run for president in 2016, he rarely misses a chance to praise the nation's young people, whom he says are a model for the rest of the country because they "believe that the future will be better...

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If You Think Jeb Bush Is A Moderate, Then You Missed His 1994 Campaign

(186) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- Ever since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced last month that he was seriously considering a run for president, pundits and political observers have questioned whether the well-connected Republican is conservative enough for a party that has drifted rightward in recent years.

Influential conservative columnist George Will wrote...

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Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Felony Tax Fraud

(520) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:53 PM

WASHINGTON - Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) pleaded guilty to one count of felony tax fraud on Tuesday.

Appearing in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Grimm's lawyers said the lawmaker would plead guilty to the fourth count of a 20-count indictment that federal prosecutors brought against the congressman...

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Sandy Hook Charities Find Generosity Of Strangers No Relief From Tough Choices

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:49 AM

WASHINGTON -- The outpouring began within hours of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School two years ago, which killed 20 first-graders and six adults. There would be hundreds of thousands of condolence letters, approximately 65,000 teddy bears, and tens of millions of dollars in donations.

The money flowed...

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Sandy Hook Anniversary Vigils Shine Light On A Nation Plagued By Gun Violence

(5) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 12:05 AM

This Sunday marks two years since 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, before turning his gun on himself. For the loved ones of gun violence victims across America, the anniversary of the tragedy serves as a grim...

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Architects Of CIA Torture Program Raked In $81 Million, Report Reveals

(129) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 7:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two psychologists were paid $81 million by the CIA to advise on and help implement its brutal interrogation program targeting detainees in the war on terror, according to the Senate torture report summary released Tuesday.

The contract psychologists are identified with pseudonyms -- Grayson Swigert and Hammond Dunbar...

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Sheldon Adelson Looks To Harry Reid For A Big Favor

(175) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire casino magnate and GOP sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson wants a big favor from Capitol Hill, and he’s looking to the top Democrat in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to help him.

Adelson, the chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp., is best known for spending tens of...

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Jeb Bush: GOP Must 'Lose The Primary To Win The General'

(366) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:21 PM

WASHINGTON - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Monday laid out a simple, yet very challenging strategy for a Republican who hopes to win the 2016 presidential election: A successful candidate, Bush said, must be willing to "lose the primary to win the general."

Speaking at a CEO...

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Diplomatic Dust-Up Means Big Bucks For Former GOP Congressman Connie Mack IV

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Relations between the United States and Hungary have deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, following news that the U.S. imposed travel bans on six Hungarian officials it believes are engaged in corruption.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban dismissed the U.S. evidence of bribery and tax fraud by members...

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Veterans Group Opposes Obama's Immigration Action Because Of ISIS

(28) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:19 PM

The head of one of the nation's largest veterans groups on Thursday said the threat of terrorist groups in the Middle East was the reason the group, the American Legion, opposes President Barack Obama's expected immigration action.

“At a time when ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are...

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Sen. Claire McCaskill Distances Herself From Obama, Senate Democrats

(441) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 5:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill reiterated on Sunday that she is unhappy with both the leader of her party in the Senate and with President Barack Obama's plan to take unilateral action on immigration reform. McCaskill's tone will likely help fuel speculation that she is considering a bid...

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Iran Is Your Enemy'

(605) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 4:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- Less than 48 hours before the start of final talks on Iran’s nuclear program, set to begin Tuesday in Vienna, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on American television to warn the Obama administration against agreeing to a deal to dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities.

“Iran is not...

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Romney: Don't Rule Out Sending U.S. Troops To Fight Islamic State

(417) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney on Sunday said the United States must remain open to sending U.S. troops to battle the Islamic State, something President Barack Obama has repeatedly assured the public will not happen.

Speaking on CBS "Face the Nation," the former Republican presidential nominee criticized Obama’s Middle East...

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Al Franken Explains Net Neutrality To Ted Cruz

(1446) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 12:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) responded on Sunday to a Washington Post op-ed in which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote that net neutrality is "Obamacare for the Internet."

Franken said Cruz “doesn’t understand” what net neutrality is.

“He has it completely wrong and he just doesn't...

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Romney: Democrats Lost Because They Weren't 'Proud' Enough Of Obama

(458) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 1:06 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney might have been forgiven for gloating a little about this week's election. A half-dozen GOP Senate candidates pulled a page from Romney's 2012 playbook and ran successfully as moderate, pro-business Republicans, helping the GOP take control of the Senate for the first...

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Joni Ernst Spokeswoman Resigned After DWI Arrest

(34) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Gretchen Hamel, a campaign spokeswoman for Iowa's U.S. Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, resigned last week after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated, known in Iowa as "operating while intoxicated." The arrest, on Oct. 29, was the second time in a month that Iowa police had charged Hamel with...

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The 2014 Elections Will Cost $3.7 Billion. Here Are 9 Better Ways To Spend That Money

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- The 2014 midterm elections have been described as among the nastiest and most negative in modern memory. They're also the most expensive. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that the total price tag for the 2014 election cycle will be at least $3.7 billion...

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