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Marco Rubio and Scott Walker both delivered foreign policy addresses today. As Daniel Larison details, Rubio vowed to get a lot tougher on China than Obama has been, while Walker vowed to get a lot tougher on ISIS than Obama has been. Anyone else notice a pattern here? With the GOP candidates falling […]

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In an epic read, Philip Rucker and Robert Costa report that the hostility between Donald Trump and the Bush family goes back decades: In a 35-minute interview this week with The Washington Post tracing his history with the Bushes, Trump unleashed a hailstorm of scorn. He found 33 ways to skewer the family — […]

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The suspected perpetrator of today’s horror in Virginia has met his end: The suspect in the fatal shooting of two television journalists during a live broadcast in Southwest Virginia died Wednesday afternoon at a Washington area hospital after reportedly shooting himself during a chase on a highway west of the city. Authorities say Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of […]

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Support for the Iran deal just keeps on piling up: Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), an influential member of Democratic leadership, endorsed the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday in a lengthy statement that voiced some doubts of the plan’s efficacy but gave a strong overall backing for the outline. Murray became the 29th Democrat in the […]

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The White House vigorously stirs the pot on the the will-Joe-Biden-challenge-Hillary-Clinton question: The White House on Monday said President Obama may offer an endorsement in the Democratic primary, which could pit his former secretary of State against his vice president. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the party’s nomination, but Vice […]

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Janell Ross explains why, despite what Republicans may think, the “anchor baby” — the baby born in the U.S. so its parents can become citizens — is a myth: For illegal immigrant parents, being the parent of a U.S. citizen child almost never forms the core of a successful defense in an immigration court. […]

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Something tells me Jeb Bush would like to have a day when he doesn’t get roped in to talking about some issue on Donald Trump’s terms: A feistier, combative Jeb Bush said Thursday that he doesn’t believe the term “anchor babies” is offensive and blamed Democrats for perpetuating the idea that it’s a loaded […]

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Rejoice, history buffs, because the argument over Hillary Clinton’s emails is reaching into the past: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is stepping up its response to the email controversy by pointing to fresh evidence of dysfunction and arbitrariness in the nation’s system for designating and safeguarding classified information. Show More Summary

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Just in: Dem Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed have announced their support for the Iran deal: “If Iran cheats, they will be isolated, international sanctions snap back, and we will have better intelligence, a broader coalition, and a stronger case for swift, forceful action,” said Reed, ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.  […]

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Amy Chozick and Eric Lichtblau report that Hillary Clinton is starting to change her mind on the whole super PAC thing: In May, amid concerns about the lack of high-dollar donations for Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Cecil, a Clinton confidant, took over Priorities USA Action. Mrs. Clinton has also become more comfortable with the group’s […]

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• Jeb Bush meets the voters, and it’s no cakewalk: When Jeb Bush stepped up onto the fabled soapbox at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, fairgoers pelted him with questions about the legacy of his brother, a former president. And his father, another former president. And one of his foreign policy advisers, Paul Wolfowitz, […]

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• Philip Rucker and Robert Costa report that something strange is happening in Iowa: Donald Trump is mounting an actual campaign. For many Americans, the Trump presidential campaign amounts to a billionaire talking endlessly, and entertainingly, on television. But here in Iowa, it’s another story. Trump is trying to beat the politicians at their own […]

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Here’s the latest move in the conflict over Planned Parenthood: The Obama administration has notified states that have taken steps to halt Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood Federation of America that they may be in conflict with federal law, government officials said. Federal law requires that Medicaid beneficiaries may obtain services, including family-planning care, […]

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Boy, the Affordable Care Act really is a disaster: When the Affordable Care Act took effect in October 2013, there were 14 states in which more than 1 in 5 adults lacked health insurance; today only Texas remains, according to data released Monday. At the other end of the scale, only five states’ populations […]

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• Things are getting more tense in Ferguson, Mo.: A man who was shot and critically injured by police here after authorities said he opened fire at officers was in critical condition Monday, his father said, as questions remained about what sparked the gunfire amid protests marking the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of […]

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More news from Barack Obama’s horrific fiscal stewardship: The budget deficit for 2015 is expected to drop to roughly $425 billion, according to a report released Friday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). That’s down from the $486 billion the CBO projected in March. If it drops to $425 billion by the end […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest Democratic senator to announce her support for the Iran nuclear deal. This is a really big get for the deal’s proponents: Gillibrand is from New York, and this sets up an interesting situation for the other Senator from that state, Chuck Schumer, whose vote is being watched on all […]

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A big victory for voting rights in court, at an appropriate time: A federal appeals court struck down Texas’ voter ID law on Wednesday in a victory for President Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. Justice Department to fight a wave of new ballot-box restrictions […]

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There’s an important anniversary coming up Thursday, and President Obama is going to make the most of it: President Obama will call for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act on its 50th anniversary Thursday, the White House said. Obama will hold a teleconference to commemorate the landmark legislation and call for its renewal, […]

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New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan takes a harsh view of the Times’s screw-up on the Hillary Clinton email controversy, concluding that complaints about the paper’s coverage of Clinton in general are legitimate: I agree with this sentiment from a reader, Evan Hannay, who is troubled by some of the Clinton coverage: “Hillary deserves […]

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