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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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A sign advertising the upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit outside the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2014.

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A sign advertising the upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit outside the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2014.

African View of U.S.: World’s Best

If African leaders like what they hear in Washington this week, some of their countries already had a pretty good feeling about the place heading into the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit playing out in the capital. How African nations view US...

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A woman takes a selfie as President Barack Obama's helicopter lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House on June 26, 2014.

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A woman takes a selfie as President Barack Obama's helicopter lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House on June 26, 2014.

Obama’s Approval Slump: Elders and Women Driving it Down

It’s not only the support that President Barack Obama is losing that should concern his party heading into the midterm congressional elections. It’s whose support he’s losing. Below the surface of the latest measure of the president’s job approval today,...

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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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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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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43.2%

President Barack Obama averaged a 43.2 percent approval rating during this year’s second quarter, according to Gallup. That’s one of the president’s worst showings during his 22 quarters in office, and just barely ahead of his average 42.4 percent approval...

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