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Julie Hirschfeld Davis

is a senior political reporter. She covered the 2012 campaign for Bloomberg News and previously covered the White House for the Baltimore Sun.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shakes hands with David Barron after his nomination hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Nov. 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shakes hands with David Barron after his nomination hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Nov. 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Cruz’s Picture-Perfect Nominee: Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz’s description of the ideal 2016 Republican presidential candidate sounds a lot like himself. The first-termer from Texas broke with fellow Republicans calling for the next nominee for the White House to come from outside Washington, arguing that...

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A Ken Cuccinelli supporter in Richmond, Virginia, on November 5, 2013.

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A Ken Cuccinelli supporter in Richmond, Virginia, on November 5, 2013.

‘Tea-Party’ Class of Governors Eyed: Democrats See 2014 Openings

Democratic candidates seeking to pick off Republican governors in 2014 need look no further than Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s playbook in Virginia for a template for victory, according to the head of the party’s gubernatorial campaign arm. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin,...

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, center, and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D), right, are introduced and take the stage during a campaign event for at VFW Post 1503, October 27, 2013 in Dale City, Virginia.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, center, and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D), right, are introduced and take the stage during a campaign event for at VFW Post 1503, October 27, 2013 in Dale City, Virginia.

McAuliffe’s Voter-Drawing Power: Obamas Closing Virginia Contest

In the run-up to Election Day in the Virginia governor’s race, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is getting boosts from current and former Democratic presidents who bring a hefty dose of star power to the task of turning out voters. Republican...

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Progress at the Mellon Auditorium on October 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Progress at the Mellon Auditorium on October 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Evidence-Free Zone’

She didn’t get to jump out of a birthday cake. Yet former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still managed to create buzz and add to the speculation over whether she will mount a 2016 presidential run when she made a...

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Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talk before a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate on Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va.

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Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talk before a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate on Sept. 25, 2013, in McLean, Va.

McAuliffe, Cuccinelli Find Rare Agreement: Trashing D.C.

In bitter sparring tonight between Virginia’s two gubernatorial candidates in their first and only televised debate, there was one glimmer of common ground — disenchantment with politicos in Washington. Both Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe...

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House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (R) arrives for a closed briefing by the administration for House and Senate members on Syria on September 9, 2013 in the House Visitors Auditorium of the Capitol in Washington.

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House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (R) arrives for a closed briefing by the administration for House and Senate members on Syria on September 9, 2013 in the House Visitors Auditorium of the Capitol in Washington.

Hoyer: Obama Can Act on Own in Syria

The second-ranking House Democrat says President Barack Obama has the authority to use military force against Syria without returning to Congress for authorization should diplomacy fail to compel Syria to surrender its chemical weapons arsenal. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of...

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after receiving the 2013 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center on September 10, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after receiving the 2013 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center on September 10, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jeb Bush + Hillary Clinton: ‘Wisdom of American People’ (IA, NH, SC)

For a few moments this evening, an outdoor gathering on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall conjured images of a 2016 presidential debate stage, with the most closely watched members of the nation’s two political dynasties — each viewed by their opposing parties...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 4

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 4

Christie’s Real Campaign Promise: ‘This is What You Get’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s communications staff is in charge today, wishing the boss a happy birthday with a light-hearted video about him for his nearly 400,000 followers. Today #ChristieComms has taken over this acct to share a video we...

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Matt Bevin announces he will run against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on July 25, 2013 at the Logsdon Community Center.

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Matt Bevin announces he will run against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on July 25, 2013 at the Logsdon Community Center.

Bevin-Backing PAC Targets McConnell

Since Louisville, Kentucky businessman and political novice Matt Bevin last week announced his intention to mount a primary challenge to Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, he’s faced questions about just how viable his run against the powerful leader and legendary fundraiser...

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Virginia gubernatorial hopefuls Republican Ken Cuccinelli, left, and Democrat Terry McAuliffe share a lighter moment after appearing  at a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Public Access Project, on May 30, 2013 in Richmond, Va.

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Virginia gubernatorial hopefuls Republican Ken Cuccinelli, left, and Democrat Terry McAuliffe share a lighter moment after appearing at a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Public Access Project, on May 30, 2013 in Richmond, Va.

Virginia Shadow-Boxing: Governor’s Race Growing Uglier

The Virginia governor’s race, the marquee contest of an otherwise mostly uneventful political year, is devolving into an increasingly ugly one. And at this point, the rivals aren’t even waiting for a punch to land before counter-punching. Republican Attorney General...

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