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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at a campaign town hall meeting in Franklin, N.H., Nov. 13, 2015. (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Jeb Bush calls for US to lead war against ISIS

11/15/15 01:11PM

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush wants the United States to declare war on ISIS. Speaking on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Bush made clear that America has a responsibility to lead in the fight against radical Islamists. The former Florida governor listed a number of actions he thinks President Barack Obama should take, including declaring a no... read more

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the Sunshine Summit conference being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Nov. 13, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Hillary Clinton's 'radical Islam' answer strikes a nerve with GOP

11/14/15 11:33PM

  For Republicans watching the Democratic debate, the highlights could be condensed into two words: Radical Islam. Early in the debate, Secretary Hillary Clinton was asked about a longtime GOP complaint that President Obama’s refusal to describe America’s war abroad as a battle against “radical Islam” is a sign of weakness. While she described... read more

Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders (L), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley pose on stage ahead of the second debate in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 14, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Clinton fends off challenges over ISIS

11/14/15 09:54PM

DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Clinton pushed off challenges from rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley debate over the circumstances that led to the rise of the Islamic state in Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate. With the stunning terror attacks in Paris posing a grim backdrop to the debate, Clinton defended the Obama administration’s... read more

An empty debate room is seen before the start of the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino on Oct. 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

2016 candidates juggle tragedy with inevitable politics

11/14/15 12:31PM

In the wake of devastating terror attacks in Paris, presidential candidates juggled tragedy and politics as they continued on the campaign trail — with Democrats heading into a debate and Republicans attending the Sunshine Summit, a multi-candidate gathering in Florida. ... read more

Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during a town hall event at Bob Jones University, Nov. 13, 2015, in Greenville, S.C. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/AP)

Ben Carson avoids topic of race at Bob Jones University

11/14/15 12:03AM

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson largely avoided the issue of race during a town hall appearance Friday at Bob Jones University (BJU), a school that became a flashpoint in the 2000 GOP presidential primary over its longstanding ban on interracial dating. But based on interviews with nearly a dozen BJU students, about half of whom... read more

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Sunshine Summit conference being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Nov. 13, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

GOP event highlights party feuds and clashing immigration stances

11/13/15 09:00PM

The Republican Party’s immigration battles boil over on Friday, with Donald Trump’s mocking criticism of immigrants and attacks of authenticity dominating the a Republican summit in Orlando.Donald Trump decrying undocumented immigrants as criminals and Americans as “suckers” who have to “pay for” undocumented immigrants once in the U.S.;... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the Sunshine Summit conference being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Nov. 13, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty)

Ted Cruz turns on legal immigration

11/13/15 03:46PM

In a major reversal, Senator Ted Cruz proposed new restrictions on legal immigration on Friday after previously calling for a major expansion of visas for foreign workers. Under Cruz’s proposal, the government would freeze legal immigration levels so long as labor participation rates remain “below historic averages.” Republicans frequently cite... read more

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Sunshine Summit opening dinner on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Tom Benitez/Orlando Sentinel/AP)

GOP field brings feuds to Florida

11/13/15 08:12AM

All but one of the Republican presidential candidates will appeal to conservative voters in a key swing state this weekend, and they're bringing a growing number of inter-candidate feuds to the Sunshine State. ... read more

U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks at an Organizing for Action dinner on Nov. 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis/Pool/Getty)

Obama says Trump's deportation plan is unrealistic

11/12/15 07:46PM

President Barack Obama says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to deport millions of undocumented immigrants is unrealistic and would cost the nation hundreds of billions of dollars.In an interview Thursday with ABC News, Obama suggests imagining the images on screens flashed around the world as parents are dragged... read more

Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a "National Student Town Hall" at George Mason University Oct. 28, 2015 in Fairfax, Va. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

Can Bernie Sanders learn to let go?

11/12/15 07:08PM

No decision is too small for Bernie Sanders' involvement. He has written his own Facebook posts; he weighs in on restaurant choices for the office holiday party; and he has been known to art-direct his photo ops. ... read more