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Hillary Clinton appears on the 'The Colbert Report' with Stephen Colbert in this April 17, 2008 file photo in Philadelphia.

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Hillary Clinton appears on the 'The Colbert Report' with Stephen Colbert in this April 17, 2008 file photo in Philadelphia.

Hillary Clinton: Name-Dropping

What a skit: Stephen Colbert was trashing Hillary Clinton’s memoir, “Hard Choices,” as one big festival of name-dropping. “There is no way on Earth one woman can be in so many places at once,” the host of The Colbert Report...

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A vendor sells Rand Paul for President buttons outside the Pottawattamie County Republican headquarters on August 4, 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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A vendor sells Rand Paul for President buttons outside the Pottawattamie County Republican headquarters on August 4, 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Rand Paul Repelled by House Republican Border Plan

Sen. Rand Paul, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, did the old dine-and-ditch yesterday in Iowa, showing just how repellent the House Republicans’ border plan will be for those in the party trying to appeal to a national audience....

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (C) speak with Romney's advisor Bob White (L) aboard the campaign bus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on Oct. 10, 2012.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (C) speak with Romney's advisor Bob White (L) aboard the campaign bus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on Oct. 10, 2012.

Romney, Christie: One Big Party

Looks like the friendship is back on. Mitt Romney is scheduled as a “special guest” at a 52nd birthday party in September for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to a message distributed by the New Jersey Republican State Committee....

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

Rick Perry Forms Federal PAC

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s weighing a White House bid in 2016, has formed a federal political action committee to aid fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 4 elections. RickPAC was created with the “goal of helping elect Republicans to...

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Rommney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Rommney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Romney 2016: Buchanan Says Why

Pat Buchanan, whom many will remember as one of the more extremist candidates to run for president in modern times, says mainstream America may be ready for Mitt Romney one more time. “The establishment Republican Party is seeing that Chris...

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

Kerry on Clinton: ‘No Doubts’

Written with Terry Atlas in New Delhi John Kerry wanted to be president. He was the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2004. Hillary Clinton wanted to be president. She lost the party’s nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. Both became secretaries...

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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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