Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaks to guests gathered at the Point of Grace Church for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff on April 25, 2015 in Waukee, Iowa.
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In Case You Missed It: 5 great stories from the week of May 25

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Gigantic 2016 field turns onetime GOP stars into also-rans 
by Benjy Sarlin

Three Republican long shots are announcing their runs for president this week. In another year, they might have had a chance.

What’s behind the GOP’s silence on the Duggars? 
by Emma Margolin

Of the long list of prominent Republicans who have, at the very least, mugged for a photo with Josh Duggar, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was – until Thursday – the only presidential hopeful to have said anything about the allegations.

The presidential curse of being a Northeast governor 
by Aliyah Frumin

Having “Republican governor of a Democratic state” on your resume isn’t exactly a boon for GOP presidential contenders.

Texas keeping thousands from registering, voting group alleges 
by Zachary Roth

Thousands are being disenfranchised via chronic failures in Texas’s registration system that are “systematically undermining the right to vote,” Democrats say.

The 25 best things we learned from Bernie Sanders’ book 
by Alex Seitz-Wald

A slap across the face, a tiger butt costume, and a socialism-inspired softball team in the “People’s Republic of Burlington.”

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In Case You Missed It: 5 great stories from the week of May 25