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When asked about school shootings, Jeb Bush says: ‘Stuff happens’

President Obama and Democrats quickly condemned comments made Friday by Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who said that there isn't always a useful government solution to mass shootings and other crises because "stuff happens." Speaking at an event in Greenville, S.C., Bush's comment came in the midst of expansive answers about the Second Amendment and […]

President Obama says Syrian leader Assad must go

In his first remarks on Syria since Russian air strikes began, President Obama advocated talks to forge a coalition government from Syria's warring factions, but he warned that Syrian leader Bashar al Assad must leave office at the end of any transition negotiations. "The problem here is Assad and the brutality he has inflicted on […]

Democratic tracker gets inside Rubio town hall where pro-Bush tracker was booted

As the rivalry between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio has been intensifying on the campaign trail, so has the competition between operatives and allies -- and Democrats who are eager to stir the pot. The tensions spilled into public view following a Rubio town hall Thursday in Iowa, where a pro-Bush tracker was asked to […]

Was Donald Trump scheduled to take questions from a Hispanic group next week? The answer depends on who you ask.

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce canceled a question-and-answer session with Donald Trump that was scheduled for Thursday in Washington after the candidate said Friday that he had never agreed to appear at the event. Trump will instead hold a political rally in Las Vegas that day. "I never agreed to do an event," Trump said in a […]

Tom Steyer wants to make an example of the pope-boycotting congressman

NextGen Climate Action, the PAC created by Tom Steyer to move the dial on green issues, is working to make Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) suffer for his well-covered boycott of Pope Francis's speech to Congress. In a poll of Gosar's rural, red district provided to The Washington Post, 59 percent of voters disagreed with Gosar's […]

In break with White House, Clinton advocates Syria no-fly zone

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton broke with the White House she used to serve by advocating additional international air power to protect civilians in the multi-front war in Syria. “I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to try to stop the carnage on the ground and from […]

Rand Paul’s long, hard week of explaining why his campaign isn’t over

If Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has his way, this will be the last week for a while when he can say he's still running for president and see that statement reported as news. On Monday, he was fending off a quote from anonymous "GOP strategist" who said he might drop out soon; on Tuesday, it […]

Full text: Obama’s remarks about mass shooting at Oregon community college

President Obama on Thursday, visibly frustrated, addressed the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Here is the full text of his remarks: There's been another mass shooting in America -- this time, in a community college in Oregon. That means there are more American families -- moms, dads, children -- whose lives have […]

At end of fundraising quarter, O’Malley seeks to lessen role of money in politics

While the media focused Thursday on the latest fundraising totals from the two leading Democratic presidential candidates, another hopeful, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, sought attention for a plan he unveiled to reduce the role of money in politics. Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders tells Latino lawmakers: Undocumented immigrants should benefit from Obamacare

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders supports allowing some of the nation's undocumented immigrants to obtain health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, he told Democratic lawmakers on Thursday. The Vermont senator,...Show More Summary

Obama on mass shooting: ‘Somehow, this has become routine’

President Obama said Thursday evening that the "routine" nature of mass shootings in America will continue unless the country's politics changes. "This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America," said the president, who was visibly frustrated as he delivered a statement on Thursday's mass shooting […]

Rubio to host donors at Las Vegas ‘strategy summit’ next week

Marco Rubio plans to huddle with top donors at a two-day strategy summit in Las Vegas next week where he and his team are expected to lay out their plan for the months ahead in the Republican presidential primary. The gathering is slated to come amid a new and critical phase for the Florida Republican […]

Where is Ben Carson from?

Ben Carson is one of the leading Republican candidates for president -- but unlike most of his fellow contenders, he has never held elected office. Perhaps that's why so many people don't seem to know what state the candidate hails from. Carson ranks fourth among the top five 2016 candidates most searched for in Google […]

How old is Hillary Clinton?

Most voters already know a lot about Hillary Rodham Clinton: her daughter's name, who's she's married to, what her last job was, her typical outfit of choice, etc. But what voters don't seem to know -- at least those using Google -- is the former secretary of state's age. Clinton is the second most searched-for candidate in […]

Rand Paul raises $2.5 million in second quarter

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will report around $2.5 million in donations to his presidential campaign, a dip from his first quarter, though his campaign is emphasizing that more money started to roll in recently. "Not only are we in for the long haul but we’ve seen an uptick in crowds and support," said Paul's spokesman […]

With debate field shrinking, Cruz and Paul jostle for space

Yesterday morning, on the final day of fundraising for the quarter, the campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) announced a "Liberty Leaders" coalition -- with special annotation. Of the 25 backers listed, 14 were former supporters of Ron Paul, whose son Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) happens to be running for president. Shawn Dietz, a backer from […]

Ted Cruz seeks to harness new weapon in 2016 money race: Small-dollar bundlers

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To reduce taxes, Donald Trump plans on ‘tremendous’ budget cuts

As Donald Trump promised to dramatically cut federal income taxes for all Americans earlier this week, one question kept popping up: How exactly would the Republican presidential hopeful pay for these massive cuts? Trump has said his tax cuts for individuals and corporations would immediately spark dramatic economic growth -- perhaps as high as 6 percent […]

Is Bernie Sanders Jewish?

What religion is Bernie Sanders? It's one of the questions Google gets most frequently about the Democratic candidate for president. While the self-described socialist from Vermont has spoken frequently about his upbringing, you can't believe everything you read: In June, a radio host mistakenly stated during an interview with Sanders that he had dual citizenship with […]

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