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John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul (Photo by Morry Gash/AP)

Three major takeaways from the GOP debate

11/11/15 01:07AM

After the fireworks at the last debate, Tuesday’s meeting was a friendly walk through the park. Fewer candidates meant more speaking time and more substantive exchanges, but there was no debate-defining moment and no obvious winner. Still, there were the seeds of some larger stories that will follow the field on the trail the next few weeks.... read more

Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks with members of the media in the spin room after the Republican Presidential Debate on Nov. 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wis. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Rand Paul veers to the right on climate

11/11/15 12:06AM

When it comes to climate change policy, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was once thought to be the most progressive Republican in the hunt for president, a candidate who accepts the science of global warming and supports the need to regulate the emissions causing it.  But he never actually endorsed those policies and late in the second hour of the... read more

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks with members of the media in the spin room after the Republican Presidential Debate on Nov. 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wis. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Ben Carson laughs off biographical scrutiny

11/10/15 10:08PM

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he had no problem being vetted by the media during Tuesday night’s debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as long as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton receives the same treatment. ... read more

Chris Christie makes a point as Mike Huckabee listens during Republican presidential debate at Milwaukee Theatre, Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee. (Photo by Morry Gash/AP)

Electability versus purity in GOP kids table debate

11/10/15 08:36PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sold himself as the electable savior; a combative Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sold himself as the true conservative; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee pitched himself as a blue-collar hero; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum tried to take a page from all three in a feisty Republican undercard debate on... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to guests at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Oct. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Sanders' long independent streak comes back to haunt him

11/10/15 12:35PM

For decades, Bernie Sanders’ independence served him well as he won election after election in Vermont, first to become mayor of the state’s largest city and then to become the longest-serving independent member of Congress in American history. But now, as he tries to win the first real partisan primary of his life, his complicated relationship... read more

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

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio gear up for war

11/10/15 10:08AM

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio gear up for warBenjy SarlinThe long simmering rivalry between former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio is at a crossroads.After the New York Times reported that a pro-Bush super PAC, Right to Rise, was weighing a $20 million all-out advertising assault on Rubio, Rubio’s campaign responded with a web ad... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to guests at a campaign event on Nov. 3, 2015 in Coralville, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

A reminder: The FBI isn't finished investigating Clinton's emails

11/10/15 09:19AM

Another Bush-vs.-Rubio fight sets the stage for tonight's GOP debate: Tonight's fourth Republican presidential debate picks up where the last one left off -- with Jeb Bush in desperate need of a strong showing, and with his team (this time his Super PAC) picking a fight with Marco Rubio. The Right to Rise Super PAC "has filmed a... read more

Republican presidential candidates take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)

Five things to watch in Tuesday’s GOP debate

11/10/15 06:57AM

After last month’s bitterly contentious Republican CNBC debate, everyone -- moderators included – will be under the microscope like never before in Tuesday’s Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate. As voting nears, the GOP front-runners are facing tougher questions about their backgrounds and records while the lower-tier candidates are under... read more