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Ted Cruz, the Great Debater … Sort Of

Ted Cruz was known as a formidable college debater at Princeton who could occasionally be tripped up.

Today in Politics: Labor Looks to Push Clinton to the Left

Hillary Rodham Clinton in coming weeks will get an aggressive push from one of the left's most important voting blocs: labor.

Jeb Bush’s Likely Campaign Starts to Take Shape

Jeb Bush is creating an elaborate political structure, with a fully staffed "super PAC" that will have its own media, direct mail and polling teams of a size that will rival his own campaign nucleus, people familiar with plan said.

First Draft Focus: Congratulations to a Nascar Champion

Kevin Harvick, winner of the 2014 Nascar Sprint Cup, was honored at the White House.

Jeb Bush, Not Yet a Candidate, Leads Fund-Raiser Rankings

Allies of Mr. Bush have joked that if he runs for president, he will use a strategy of “shock and awe” to overwhelm his Republican rivals, and when it comes to making his way around the fund-raising circuit, he is proving them right...

Senate Reaches Deal on Sex Trafficking Bill

An agreement is near on a sex trafficking bill that oculd clear the way for a vote on Loretta Lynch this week.

Clinton to Hold Five Fund-Raisers at End of April

Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold five fund-raisers in two days this month, low-key events in private homes hosted by a number of longtime supporters of hers — and one prominent 2008 Barack Obama backer.

Today in Politics: Hillary Clinton Will Always Have New Hampshire

Presidential candidates must pretend that they have a special connection to every state they visit, but it’s not hard to see that Hillary Rodham Clinton wishes they all could be like New Hampshire.

Clinton Calls Republican Criticism Just Partisan Distraction

Hillary Rodham Clinton, in New Hampshire on Monday, said questions about her email use and about foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation were just partisan distractions.

Koch Brothers Signal Support for Scott Walker

Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

John Kasich of Ohio Takes Step Toward Presidential Run

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio unveils a nonprofit group that will allow him to raise money as he considers running for president.

First Draft Focus: Pot Proponents in Washington

An activist with a marijuana cigarette behind the White House, letting passers-by know about the "happy 4/20 day, free joints!" – part of a protest-parade in Washington on Monday.

First Draft Focus: A Prince at the White House

President Obama with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, in the Oval Office on Monday.

The Civil War did not end at Appomattox

The American Civil War ended with the notorious assassination of a great man, but was that man Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr.?

Walker Run Could Bring Scrutiny to New ‘Super PAC’

The new "super PAC" supporting Gov. Scott Walker’s likely presidential campaign is raising eyebrows in his home state of Wisconsin.

Today in Politics: New Hampshire Shifts Its Focus to a Party of One

New Hampshire remains the center of the presidential race, as it says so long to the crowded Republican field and welcomes Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to Seek Re-election

Senator Joe Manchin III of the West Virginia, a Democrat known as a bridge between the parties, quieted speculation that he would abandon his seat to run for governor.

Sunday Talk Show Roundup: The Surrogates Are Loosed

Supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton made up the Democratic lineup, and Senator Marco Rubio, who has declared his candidacy, and Senator Lindsey Graham, who is considering doing so, were the Republican presence.

First in the Nation Forum: Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin addressed the "First in the Nation" candidate forum in Nashua, N.H.

At Candidate Forum, Walker Discusses Same-Sex Marriage of a Relative

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a likely Republican presidential candidate, addressed an issue on Saturday night that has been roiling his party in recent years: gay marriage.

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