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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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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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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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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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Rick Perry, governor of Texas.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas.

Paul vs. Perry: Never Eye-to-Eye

Leave it to Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, to comment on Rick Perry’s eyeglasses. “Apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly,” Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky eyed...

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) takes the stage during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference on June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) takes the stage during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference on June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Paul Eyes 2015, Booker Digs Les Mis: Meet Newest Odd Couple

Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, offers his “bromance” with  Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, as perfect for television. “We’ve asked about a reality show, ” Rand joked last night, wearing his cowboy boots and jeans. “We’ve asked...

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Hillary Rodham Clinton listens as Jeb Bush speaks before the presentation of the 2013 Liberty Medal in Philadelphia.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton listens as Jeb Bush speaks before the presentation of the 2013 Liberty Medal in Philadelphia.

Bush-Clinton, Read My Lips — ‘Hard Choices’ Redux

First Bush, then Clinton. Then Bush, and now Clinton again? The scenario itself is not new. Hillary Clinton faced it before, in 2008 (in today’s edition of look how young they all looked): Yet the first time the nation confronted...

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