CHARLESTON, South Carolina— Jeb Bush laid out his plan to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and improve health care access for veterans during a campaign swing through South Carolina on Monday."I'm spending a lot of time learning about these issues because I intend to be president to fix a system that needs to be more focused... read more
FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Republican Rand Paul says he has contributed $250,000 and pledged another $200,000 to pay for a proposed GOP presidential caucus in his home state of Kentucky next year.State GOP officials are scheduled to vote Saturday on rules for the proposed March 5 caucus.The state party's proposed switch from a primary to a... read more
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that he believes the children of undocumented immigrants shouldn’t automatically have a right to American citizenship if they’re born in the United States.Asked directly by MSNBC if birthright citizenship should be ended, Walker replied: “Yeah, to me it’s about enforcing the laws in this country. And I’ve... read more
Now that Donald Trump has called to deport all of the undocumented immigrants living in the United States, here's the natural follow-up question: How much would that cost?The answer: More than $100 billion — if not $200 billion.Back in 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deputy director Kumar Kibble said it costs $12,500 to... read more
As far as political truisms go, the notion that money is corrupting politics is about as banal as it gets. But the unprecedented scale of cash flowing into outside groups this cycle as a result of the 2010 Citizens United decision – much of it anonymous -- is becoming impossible to ignore, even within a Republican field that typically favors a... read more
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush took to the Iowa State Fair's famed soapbox on Friday where he faced more tough questions about his brother's presidency and current instability in Iraq.The soapbox is a rite of passage for candidates competing in the Iowa caucuses, and the crowd is often filled with Republicans, Democrats and... read more
Not long after the revelation that Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson participated in a study that used fetal tissue -- despite his claims that such research is never necessary -- Carson sought to distance himself from the work.
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Senator Marco Rubio linked the White House’s diplomatic efforts in Iran and Cuba in a speech to a hawkish think tank on Friday, arguing that President Obama’s outreach to the two countries were examples of “weakness and concession.”The twin efforts, a nuclear deal in Iran and normalized relations with Cuba, “represent the convergence of nearly... read more
When Donald Trump took his brash brand of conservatism to this summer beach town on Friday night, it wasn’t your typical New Hampshire political event. It felt a lot more like a rock concert -- complete with passion, cheers, and adoring fans. When Trump took the stage, he met boisterous applause, hoots and hollers, and a crowd clamoring to their... read more
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that his brother's successful overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein "turned out to be a pretty good deal" on Thursday while speaking at the APPS National Security Forum in Davenport, Iowa.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of “having fun” as foreign policy crises are erupting across the globe.In a fear-mongering video posted on his Instagram account, clips of a knife-wielding “Jihadi John”—the masked, ISIS executioner – is shown, along with a scene from the September 2012 attack at the U.S.... read more
Vice President Joe Biden is spending part of his South Carolina vacation calling close friends to discuss a potential 2016 race, a longtime Democratic operative and a source close to Biden who had an extensive phone call with him this week confirmed to NBC News.
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Of the 2016 candidates who can be said to be having a “moment” this August, all of them have something in common: They’re outsiders who upend what we traditionally think about politics. There’s Trump, who’s, well, Trump. Then there are Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, neither of whom have held public office before, showing signs of post-debate mini... read more