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John McCormick

is a national political reporter looking forward to the 2016 presidential campaign, which will be the fifth he's covered. He's also reported for the Des Moines Register and Chicago Tribune.

Barack Obama, candidate for the United States Senate, Illinois, delivers his keynote speech to the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, on July 27, 2004.

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Barack Obama, candidate for the United States Senate, Illinois, delivers his keynote speech to the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, on July 27, 2004.

Obama’s Debut, Ten Years After — ‘I’m LeBron, baby!’

Even for Barack Obama, July 27, 2004, was a remarkable day. Ten years ago this Sunday, that’s when Obama moved from being an obscure Illinois state senator to a rising Democratic star who would win the presidency just four years...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets guests in the Starlight Ballroom on July 17, 2014 in Davenport, Iowa.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets guests in the Starlight Ballroom on July 17, 2014 in Davenport, Iowa.

Christie Plays Iowa, Clinton Jersey

Written with Terrence Dopp Bob Kazimour had a direct message for Chris Christie. “You’re the only one on the list right now that can win,” the retired Cedar Rapids business owner told New Jersey’s governor.”Alright,” Christie responded, as he worked...

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Chairs before the start of a Tea Party Express rally for Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel on June 22, 2014 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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Chairs before the start of a Tea Party Express rally for Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel on June 22, 2014 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Red vs. Blue? Pew Finds Eight Colors

Tim Russert, the deceased anchor of NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, is often credited with coining the phrases “red state” and “blue state” to explain the U.S. political divide. The reality is much more complex, according to a study released...

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Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre gives some passing pointers on June 9, in Lauderdale County, Miss.

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Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre gives some passing pointers on June 9, in Lauderdale County, Miss.

Cochran’s Ad Advantage Narrows as Brett Favre Arrives

Brett Favre and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have arrived on Mississippi’s crowded political airwaves to try to boost Sen. Thad Cochran. He needs the help. Cochran has so far been the biggest single broadcast television advertiser during Mississippi’s Republican runoff...

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People march through downtown Los Angeles supporting immigrant rights during a May Day march on May 1, 2014.

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People march through downtown Los Angeles supporting immigrant rights during a May Day march on May 1, 2014.

Latino Job Growth Driven by U.S.-Born

For the first time in nearly two decades, immigrants no longer account for the majority of Hispanic workers in America, a Pew Research Center report released today shows. That distinction comes as the Latino U.S.-born workforce continues to rapidly expand,...

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Copies of Hillary Clinton's new book, 'Hard Choices' at a Dulles International Airport bookstore on June 10, 2014 in Sterling, Virginia.

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Copies of Hillary Clinton's new book, 'Hard Choices' at a Dulles International Airport bookstore on June 10, 2014 in Sterling, Virginia.

Clinton’s Hometown History Lesson: Lincoln Was What?

Republicans are mocking Hillary Clinton for a slip-up in history she made today about one of the most famous figures from her home state of Illinois, the Land of Lincoln. Speaking in her hometown of Chicago, Clinton was discussing the...

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President Barack Obama, center, with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in this April 11, 2010 file photo in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama, center, with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in this April 11, 2010 file photo in Washington, DC.

Emanuel to Clinton: ‘Dead Broke, Really?’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former top adviser to both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, chided Hillary Clinton today for comments this week about her family’s financial struggles in the 1990s. “I’ve been reading lot about the kickoff of...

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