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Ben Carson, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, greets attendees as he tours the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Ia., Aug. 16, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty)

August 2016's winners and losers

08/31/15 09:38AM

This past weekend’s new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll of Iowa perfectly captures the presidential candidates who won August and the summer -- and those who didn’t. The winners on the Republican side: Donald Trump (who’s in first place in that Iowa poll at 23%) and Ben Carson (second at 18%). The winner on the Democratic side: Bernie Sanders... read more

The early morning sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty)

The United States of frustration: Poll shows voters are fed up

08/31/15 09:14AM

As the nation nears a presidential election dominated by political outsiders, a new poll reports vast voter dissatisfaction and frustration with the nation.Just 2% of Americans say they’re “very satisfied” with the way things are going in the U.S. A full 71% of Americans told Quinnipiac the were dissatisfied with the state of the nation; of that... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter at a campaign fundraiser at the home of car dealer Ernie Boch Jr. in Norwood, Mass., Aug. 28, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Donald Trump takes aim at Huma Abedin and 'perv' Anthony Weiner

08/29/15 12:53AM

Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on Hillary Clinton at a private house party on Friday night, taking particular aim at Clinton's aide Huma Abedin and Abedin's husband Anthony Weiner.Speaking to a boisterous audience of donors in the yard outside the home of car czar Ernie Boch in Norwood, Massachusetts, Trump hit Democratic... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waits to be introduced before speaking about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Former AG Michael Mukasey says he's wrong about Clinton emails

08/28/15 09:42AM

Former U.S. attorney general Michael Mukasey says he was wrong to suggest that if Hillary Clinton was ever convicted of destroying government records by erasing the contents of her email server, she would be legally unqualified for the presidency.The suggestion came Monday from Mukasey, a former federal judge who served as attorney general... read more

Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College on Aug. 26, 2015 in Ankeny, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

GOPer: Clinton getting 'pantsuit in a twist' over voter purge

08/27/15 11:39AM

A nasty spat between Hillary Clinton and Kris Kobach, Kansas’ top elections official, is offering a preview of the fights over voting that are likely to be a constant feature of the 2016 presidential race. It’s also providing a reminder of how Republican attacks on Clinton often can't resist playing off her gender. ... read more

In this May 26, 2015 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden listens to remarks to the media during a meeting between President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pablo

Is Biden stoking the fire -- or throwing cold water on it?

08/27/15 09:18AM

We heard Vice President Joe Biden talk about his thoughts on a 2016 run for the first time since the speculation took off earlier this month, and he sounded like a man who’s too personally wounded to jump into the presidential waters with both feet. In a conference call with DNC members yesterday to talk about the Iran deal, Biden said, “I'... read more

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at an event in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo by Susan Walsh/AP)

Could this be the poll Joe Biden was waiting for?

08/27/15 08:02AM

In a finding sure to pour fuel on intense speculation about a potential Joe Biden presidential run, a new national poll suggests Biden could be a stronger general election pick than Hillary Clinton for Democrats. Meanwhile, the poll finds Donald Trump has expanded his lead over the rest of the Republican field. read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty)

Has Donald Trump ever apologized?

08/26/15 04:44PM

‘Sorry’ really does seem to be the hardest word -- especially if you’re Donald Trump.As the blustery reality show host has dominated the early GOP presidential polls in spite of -- or perhaps, because of -- a variety of offensive statements aimed at women and minorities, many have demanded that the Republican presidential front-runner apologize.... read more

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addresses the "Road to Majority" conference in Washington, D.C., June 20, 2015. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Fiorina campaign slams debate process

08/26/15 10:41AM

Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign criticized CNN and the Republican National Committee on Wednesday for “rigging the game to keep Carly off the main debate stage.” CNN will host a Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Sept. 16. ... read more

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump walks to a news conference before his "Make America Great Again Rally" at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa, Aug. 25, 2015. (Photo by Ben Brewer/Reuters)

Trump: ‘I’m not a bully’

08/26/15 08:10AM

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump responded to the chaos that erupted at Tuesday night's Iowa press conference, in which Trump threw out a reporter who tried to question him on immigration, saying it was the reporter who was "totally out of line." ... read more

Miami-based Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, left, asks Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a question about his immigration proposal during a news conference on Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

In Iowa, Donald Trump takes on the world — and starts with the press

08/25/15 10:27PM

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The day began with Donald Trump going to war with the top conservative news outlet in America. It also included the campaign barring the state’s leading newspaper from the event over a previous grievance. Then Tuesday wrapped up with Trump’s security dragging the most prominent Hispanic journalist in the country from his press... read more