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Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a campaign event, June 27, 2015, in Henderson, Nev. (Photo by John Locher/AP)

Jeb Bush calls for VA overhaul

08/17/15 06:44PM

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

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waves during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP)

Paul says he'll pay for GOP presidential caucus in Kentucky

08/17/15 05:20PM

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

Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the RedState Gathering, Aug. 8, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Scott Walker: End birthright citizenship

08/17/15 02:19PM

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

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Donald Trump's deportation plan would cost $100-200 billion

08/17/15 12:09PM

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

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Influence of wealthy donors becoming an issue in GOP primaries

08/17/15 08:21AM

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

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to fairgoers during the Iowa State Fair on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Iraq War questions dog Jeb Bush at Iowa State Fair

08/14/15 01:01PM

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

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the RedState Gathering, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Marco Rubio pledges to undo 'flawed' Iran and Cuba deals

08/14/15 10:12AM

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

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump gives the key note speech at the Republican Party Lincoln Day event in Birch Run, Mich., Aug. 11, 2015. (Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

Donald Trump takes a victory lap in New Hampshire

08/14/15 05:59AM

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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

Donald Trump: Democrats are 'having fun' while 'the world is burning'

08/13/15 01:13PM

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

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is interviewed for a television news station before speaking at the RedState Gathering, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

The summer of outsiders

08/13/15 09:56AM

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