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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a  restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

Chili Cheese Dog for Christie, $2.5 Million for Bruce Rauner

Maybe Chris Christie was just trying to own his own political narrative when he ordered a jumbo chili cheese dog with onions and a large vanilla shake. There certainly were lower-calorie options on the menu at a Portillo’s in downtown...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden  in Washington on April 2, 2013.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on April 2, 2013.

2016: The Competency Election

If 2000 was the decency election, and 2008 the change election, 2016 could become the competency election. If each presidential election for an open White House offers the American public a new course — specifically in reaction to the most...

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

Paul: Crack Sentencing Part of Needed Justice Reforms

Sen. Rand Paul says he plans to introduce legislation today that would eliminate any disparity between crack and powdered cocaine in criminal prison sentencing. Paul, a Kentucky Republican and potential presidential candidate, made the announcement today during a speech at...

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas.

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas.

Cruz: Losing ‘Vampire Vote’ — Amused at Leftist Blood-Suckers

“Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list,” Sen. Ted Cruz says. Sunday night, the Republican with eyes on a White House bid...

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden on June 30, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden on June 30, 2014.

Biden as President: Has What Obama Lacks?

Joe Biden, Barack Obama says, would make a great president. The president then goes on to enumerate all the skills his vice president possesses for the top job, which rings with an awkward accounting of all the political skills and...

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin.

Hillary Clinton: ‘I Like My Life’

“’It would be wholly personal,” Hillary Clinton says of the possibility of not running for president. “I like my life right now.” First things first, says the grandmother-to-be, who says she wants to try that on for size before deciding...

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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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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

Britton Hill: A New Bush Hurdle?

Britton Hill is the highest hill in Florida. That’s surely not saying much in a state where the tallest elevation reaches 345 feet above sea level — the lowest high-point of any American state. Even Washington, D.C., has a higher...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C.

Warren: ‘Billionaires or Students?’

A day after a group formed to draft Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2016, the Massachusetts senator riled up student activists with a speech at a Washington conference on her bill that would let them refinance loans...

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Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, left, and Senate candidate Joni Ernst during the grand opening of the Scott County Republican Headquarters on June 4, 2014 in Davenport.

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Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, left, and Senate candidate Joni Ernst during the grand opening of the Scott County Republican Headquarters on June 4, 2014 in Davenport.

Iowa Restless: 2014, 2016 in Play

In Iowa, the hog-cutting candidate for Senate — a woman in a state that never has sent a female representative to Congress — is running neck-and-neck with a Democratic congressman seeking an open Senate seat. The governor of New Jersey, a...

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