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Republican Debate Turns Spectacle and Leaves Trump on Top

August 7, 2015 CLEVELAND—Donald Trump dominated the night, but the first prime-time Republican presidential debate of 2016 provided ample space for other contenders to make a mark on an uncomfortably crowded stage. In fact, the first 90 seconds of Thursday's explosive main event were more entertaining than all 90 minutes of the earlier...

Chris Christie's Maneuver to Put Himself Right of the 2016 Field

April 20, 2015 NASHUA, NH—When Chris Christie told his son he would be in New Hampshire this weekend, the kid's reply was exactly the kind of pointed retort that has made his dad famous. "Your new home state," the governor's son jabbed. As Christie has sunk in the polls and faded from the...

Meet the Senate Candidate Already Collecting a Congressional Pension

April 10, 2015 If Ted Strickland wins a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2016, he would, at age 75, be the oldest freshman ever elected to the chamber by popular vote. The Ohio Democrat would also arrive in Washington with something else unusual for a freshman senator: He's already collecting a congressional...

Rand Paul Says War Should Be a ‘Last Resort’

December 3, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul defended his desire to keep America disentangled from international conflagrations Tuesday, casting himself as a reluctant warrior who—as a likely candidate for president in 2016—could tap into a war-weary electorate. "If I'm ever commander in chief, I will not want to take the country to war," Paul...

Rand Paul, Reluctant Warrior, Makes No Promises on Increased Defense Spending

December 3, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul defended his desire to keep America disentangled from international conflagrations Tuesday, casting himself as a reluctant warrior who—as a likely candidate for president in 2016—could tap into a war-weary electorate. "If I'm ever commander in chief, I will not want to take the country to war," Paul...

Rand Paul Rips Hillary Clinton: Not 'Fit to Lead the Country'

August 4, 2014 MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky.—Sen. Rand Paul delivered an unusually harsh rebuke of Hillary Clinton in Kentucky on Friday night, declaring that his potential 2016 rival is not "fit to lead the country." Paul, who is laying the groundwork to run for president in 2016, began his speech by mockingly saying he...

Darrell Issa Subpoenas Top Obama Political Aide

July 11, 2014 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Friday he was subpoenaing a top administration official, David Simas, the director of the White House's Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, and demanding that he testify next week. Issa, who has been one of the Obama administration's fiercest critics...

Ethics Chair: House Will Reverse Itself on Disclosure of Free Trips

July 3, 2014 House Ethics Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said Thursday that his panel would undo its controversial decision to delete the requirement that lawmakers list free trips they receive on their annual disclosure reports. "We will reverse that decision," Conaway said during an appearance on a local radio talk show in his...

Pelosi Says Decision to Delete Reporting Requirement for Free Trips 'Must Be Reversed'

July 2, 2014 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that the House Ethics Committee's decision to stop requiring lawmakers to publish the free trips they take on their annual disclosure forms "must be reversed." But while Pelosi was quick to condemn the reduced disclosure, members of her own party had previously signed...

Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

July 1, 2014 It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers' annual financial-disclosure forms. The move, made behind closed doors...

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