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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participates in a discussion during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

The presidential curse of being a Northeast governor

05/28/15 12:30PM

Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Thursday became the eighth Republican to formally declare a bid for the party’s presidential nomination in 2016, and the first sitting or ex-northeastern governor to officially jump in. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to become the second sometime next month. ... read more

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is shown the special treats at Main Street Bakery by owner Rosa Daniels, right, in Columbia, S.C. on May 27, 2015. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty)

The GOP’s 'Game of Thrones' is only going to help Hillary Clinton

05/28/15 09:16AM

If the GOP contest turns into a survival-of-the-fittest competition to get on the debate stage, that’s probably going to help Hillary Clinton. One, these candidates will seek to goose the conservative base as much as possible. And two, having the intramural attack season take place from June through April -- instead of the usual December through... read more

Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is reflected in a mirror as he departs after speaking to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, N.H. May 21, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

'Optimistic' Jeb Bush faces hard truths in New Hampshire swing

05/22/15 03:39PM

Jeb Bush has cautioned from the start of his presidential flirtation that he would only take the final plunge if he can “do it joyfully.” “In order to win a Republican has to be joyful, has to be hopeful, has to be optimistic,” Bush told a roundtable of business leaders in Portsmouth on Wednesday. That goal has never looked more daunting than it... read more

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a morning crowd at the Draft restaurant on May 21, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (Photo by Jim Cole/AP)

Skeptical Jeb Bush calls for climate 'debate' in New Hampshire

05/21/15 02:58PM

A day after complaining of “intellectual arrogance” behind the assumption that climate science is settled, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told msnbc he was upset that Americans with differing views on the issue were treated like “Neanderthals.” He did not say which voices had informed his own opinions on the matter, however. ... read more

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks to guests at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff on April 25, 2015 in Waukee, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Rand Paul says the Iraq 'surge' worked -- but which part?

05/19/15 09:06AM

While Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have struggled to articulate their views on Iraq, Rand Paul has offered the most direct answers of the 2016 Republican field. As he’s made clear for years and reiterated again last week, he not only believes the war was a mistake in retrospect, he was against it at the time as well. Within that framework, though,... read more