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U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks during a rally to formally announce his presidential campaign at the Galt House hotel in Louisville, Ky., April 7, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty)

Is Rand Paul losing the primary to win the general election?

06/03/15 06:28AM

For the last six months, one of the top stories of the 2016 election has been Jeb Bush’s ambitious plan to “lose the primary to win the general,” as he once put it. When it comes to actually watching that two-part strategy in action, however, we may be following the wrong candidate. ... read more

50 subject one dollar note sheets are run through an intaglio printing press before the face is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., April 14, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty)

Money has too much of an influence in politics, Americans say

06/02/15 04:48PM

The 2016 presidential election will be defined by big money more than any other in recent history. Candidates are trying to line up billionaire mega-donors, and independent political groups, which are allowed to accept unlimited donations, are ready to shell out big bucks. In addition, some candidates, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, are... read more

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., greets supporters after announcing his bid for presidency, June 1, 2015, in Central, S.C. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/AP)

Lindsey Graham joins crowded 2016 presidential field

06/01/15 01:21PM

Warning that “the world is exploding in terror and violence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced a long-shot presidential campaign in his small home town on Monday predicated on aggressively confronting threats from the Islamic State and Iran abroad. ... read more

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham arrives onstage to formally announce his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Central, South Carolina June 1, 2015. (Photo by Christopher Aluka Berry/Reuters)

Lindsey Graham launches 2016 presidential bid

06/01/15 11:34AM

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham officially added his name to the growing list of Republicans seeking the White House in 2016 on Monday, focusing his message on the hawkish foreign policy positions that have made him a leading voice among the Senate GOP. ... read more

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