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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.


U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2014.

Obama Foundation Online for Library

Every president needs a library. A Barack H. Obama Foundation has been created to start the fundraising and logistical work needed for an eventual presidential library for America’s 44th president with the goal of selecting a site in early 2015....

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Fans of both teams visit Super Bowl Boulevard in New York on Jan. 30.

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Fans of both teams visit Super Bowl Boulevard in New York on Jan. 30.

Super Bowl Rivals Almost Exactly Equal in Size (Population Wise)

Whether Super Bowl XLVIII will be a close game remains to be seen. What is known is that Seattle and Denver are two pretty evenly matched cities, population wise. As it’s prone to do for special events, the U.S. Census...

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Older people exercise to the morning radio calisthenics broadcast at a park in Tokyo, Japan.

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Older people exercise to the morning radio calisthenics broadcast at a park in Tokyo, Japan.

Americans Less Worried than Asians About Aging: Pew Global Poll

The world is getting older. To be more precise, the proportion of the global population estimated to be 65 and older is projected to triple to 1.5 billion by 2050, according to a new survey by the Washington-based Pew Research...

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State chairman of Montana, wears a tie decorated with elephant mascots at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 30, 2012.

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State chairman of Montana, wears a tie decorated with elephant mascots at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 30, 2012.

Republicans’ 2016 Calendar Seeks Order

The Republican Party wants to do things both sooner and later in 2016. Later comes in the form of what’s being billed as stronger enforcement mechanisms to keep states from pushing their presidential nominating caucuses and primaries earlier and earlier...

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Former Arkansas governor and FOX new personality Mike Huckabee signs copies of his book at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference.

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Former Arkansas governor and FOX new personality Mike Huckabee signs copies of his book at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference.

Huckabee’s Female ‘Libido’ Line ‘Offensive’ to Women: White House

Updated at 3:42 pm EST Mike Huckabee was trying to argue that Democrats have narrowcast women as only caring about issues related to birth control as he spoke today to members of the Republican National Committee in Washington. It ended...

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A manufacturing facility in Oakland, California.

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A manufacturing facility in Oakland, California.

GOP Governors Say They Should Get Credit for Improving Economy

As President Barack Obama prepares to speak this afternoon about an improving U.S. economy, Republican governors are trying to claim some credit, too. Citing November state unemployment rates released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Republican Governors Association...

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President Barack Obama speaks about health care at the Prince Georges Community College on Sept. 26, 2013 in Largo, MD.

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President Barack Obama speaks about health care at the Prince Georges Community College on Sept. 26, 2013 in Largo, MD.

Youth Break with Obama: Harvard Poll

The nation’s youth, a group that twice rallied behind President Barack Obama at the ballot box, is failing to support his signature domestic achievement. More than half of those 18 to 29 years old say they disapprove of Obamacare and...

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