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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.

Immigration reform advocates during the National Day of Dignity and Respect on October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Immigration reform advocates during the National Day of Dignity and Respect on October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles.

McCain: Immigration Can Level ‘Playing Field’ for Republicans

As attention returns to immigration legislation, one of its Senate advocates says it will take some public pressure to advance it through the House. “I’m hopeful that the business community in particular will be more active, and the evangelical community,...

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Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk prior to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing in Washington, D.C.

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Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk prior to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing in Washington, D.C.

McCain: Clinton ‘Very Strong Candidate’

Sen. John McCain knows a few things about presidential elections, although he first played humble when asked this morning in Chicago about Hillary Clinton’s 2016 prospects. “Being a loser, I’m not sure what I have to say would be very...

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor signs copies of her book during a Commonwealth Club of California event.

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor signs copies of her book during a Commonwealth Club of California event.

Hispanics See Lack of National Leader — 5% Name Rubio, Sotomayor

Three-quarters of Latinos in the U.S. say their community needs a national leader, and nearly two-thirds can’t name a single person when asked an open-ended question about who is the nation’s most important Hispanic figure. Those are some of the...

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Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 29, 2012.

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Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 29, 2012.

Huckabee Still Thinking About 2016

Some things seem to never change in the Grand Old Party. Sarah Palin is heading to Iowa next month to generate some buzz just ahead of her latest book release. And now Mike Huckabee says he’s thinking about running for...

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Fishing guide Captain Steve Friedman, second left, along with his family, Kristine Friedman, left, Benjamin Friedman, right, and friend Sam Kaufman participate in a floating protest asking the U.S. government to stop the shutdown and open the Everglades National Park on October 9, 2013 in Islamorada, Florida.

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Fishing guide Captain Steve Friedman, second left, along with his family, Kristine Friedman, left, Benjamin Friedman, right, and friend Sam Kaufman participate in a floating protest asking the U.S. government to stop the shutdown and open the Everglades National Park on October 9, 2013 in Islamorada, Florida.

Republicans at Record Low: Gallup Poll

The budgetary standoff in Washington appears to be taking a toll on the Republican Party, with the Gallup poll reporting that the party’s favorability rating has sunk to a record low. Just 28 percent of Americans rate Republicans favorably, the...

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First day of kindergarten in Silver Spring, Md.

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First day of kindergarten in Silver Spring, Md.

Parenting Toughest Job Around: Pew

The old adage about parenting being the toughest job around is proven out in a report released today that shows American moms and dads consider caring for their children more exhausting than their workplace. Parents with children younger than 18...

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Nithin Mathew, president of the California College Republicans, speaks at a town hall meeting with the state's Asian Republican leadership during the California Republican Party convention on Feb. 25, 2012 in Burlingame, Calif.

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Nithin Mathew, president of the California College Republicans, speaks at a town hall meeting with the state's Asian Republican leadership during the California Republican Party convention on Feb. 25, 2012 in Burlingame, Calif.

RNC Adds Hispanic Staff — Mission: Countering Democratic Advantage

The Hispanic and Asian payroll at the Republican National Committee continues to grow, as the party works to boost its standing with the nation’s growing minority voting blocs. The RNC is announcing today the hiring of seven additional Hispanic “engagement”...

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World War II veteran Arde Ramesbothom, center, of Kansas City, Missouri, and other veterans in his group are greeted and welcomed at the World War II Memorial on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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World War II veteran Arde Ramesbothom, center, of Kansas City, Missouri, and other veterans in his group are greeted and welcomed at the World War II Memorial on October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC.

RNC Offers to Fund WWII Memorial

The Republican National Committee is offering to pay to keep the World War II Memorial in Washington open during the government shutdown, an action the Democratic National Committee is calling a stunt. “The Obama administration has decided they want to...

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, left, speaks while her daughter Chelsea Clinton, listens during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York, on Sept. 26, 2013.

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, left, speaks while her daughter Chelsea Clinton, listens during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York, on Sept. 26, 2013.

Clinton Documentary Pre-Empted: Producer Says No One’s Talking

Updated at 12:43 pm EDT CNN’s planned documentary about Hillary Clinton which so angered Republican Party leaders that they voted to ban the network from 2016 presidential primary debates has been cancelled, according to the project’s director. In a blog...

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The Russian rocket Sputnik III is presented in Brussels during an international show in this 1958 file photo.

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The Russian rocket Sputnik III is presented in Brussels during an international show in this 1958 file photo.

RNC Technologists Slowly Gaining Ground on Tech Gap

The technologists working to improve the database tools and field organizing for the Republican National Committee briefed reporters in Boston today on their progress in trying to get the party into the modern era of campaigns. President Barack Obama’s two...

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