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Kerry: Netanyahu 'Welcome To Speak' In The U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 3:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sought to downplay the growing diplomatic rift between the United States and Israel, telling ABC's "This Week" that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "welcome to speak in the United States," and that the U.S. has "a closer relationship with Israel...

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Ben Carson Defends Obama But Not Evolution

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 1:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Ben Carson defended President Barack Obama Sunday against criticism that he was too inexperienced to be president. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Carson went on to suggest that certain scientific ideas, like evolution, are "just propaganda."

The retired surgeon and possible long-shot for the Republican presidential...

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House Majority Whip: 'No Deal' On Funding DHS Past Friday

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) on Sunday rejected the suggestion that House Republicans had made a deal with Democrats to pass a "clean" bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security next week, telling "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, "There is no such deal and there's...

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Scott Walker Denies Comparing Protesters To ISIS, Says Obama Loves America

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 10:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday made an effort to walk back recent controversial comments comparing union protesters to the Islamic State group and expressing doubt over whether President Barack Obama loves America.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Walker said he was "not comparing" union protesters to...

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Rand Paul Supporters Walk Out Of Jeb Bush Speech

(463) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 4:18 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A determined band of supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) walked out on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday as he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

A few dozen Paul backers -- many of whom donned red "Stand With Rand" T-shirts --...

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Donald Trump Still Not Convinced Obama's Birth Certificate Is Real

(592) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:09 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Real estate developer and reality TV host Donald Trump told a group of conservatives Friday that he questions whether President Barack Obama's birth certificate is real, resurrecting an old conspiracy theory that many Americans viewed as the low point of the 2008 presidential election.

Near...

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Marco Rubio Attempts To Win Back Conservatives On Immigration

(84) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:57 AM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Friday that the single biggest lesson he learned from the failure of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress in 2013 is that Americans will not accept proposals to deal with the undocumented residents in the U.S. until the border is secure....

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CPAC Conservatives Skeptical Of Another Bush

(308) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:10 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- When he speaks here Friday, Jeb Bush isn’t likely to win over many hearts and minds at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of activists and party leaders near Washington.

Establishment Republicans like the former governor of Florida rarely do so at an...

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Scott Walker Says He Can Take On ISIS Because He Took On Labor Unions

(1664) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 5:55 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday said his experience undermining labor unions in Wisconsin has prepared him to take on the threat of the Islamic State in the Middle East.

"If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the...

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Jeb Bush Makes A Big Hire For 2016

(53) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 11:48 AM

WASHINGTON -- Tim Miller, a rising star in the world of Republican political opposition research, has joined Jeb Bush's political action committee as a senior adviser. Miller co-founded America Rising, a GOP tracking group that digs up and distributes negative information about Democratic candidates. Miller is expected to...

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Jeb Bush's Foreign Policy Plan: More Military Spending Will 'Encourage Peace'

(1210) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will lay out a vision of American foreign policy on Wednesday aimed at pushing his nascent 2016 presidential campaign out of the shadow of his father and brother, two former presidents who waged overseas wars.

"I love my father and my brother...

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New Film Explores 'Washington's Wildest Week'

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- Once a year, Washington parties like it's Hollywood. Now this annual shindig, the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, is the subject of a new documentary. "Nerd Prom: Inside Washington's Wildest Week" will be released April 10, a few weeks ahead of the correspondents dinner. The film...

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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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