• Ben Carson: the most misunderstood candidate?


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    By Ben Carson's telling, he may be the most misunderstood candidate in the 2016 presidential race.

    The retired pediatric neurosurgeon has shrugged off a series of controversies over the past two weeks by claiming that the press simply misunderstood w...

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  • Ex-official: U.S. leadership needed in Syria

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    The Turkish downing of a Russian jet near the border with Syria on Tuesday underscores the need for increased American leadership in the Syrian war, according to Nicholas Burns, a U.S. career diplomat who served as under secretary of state.

  • Obama: We are all French now

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    It might be America's oldest alliance, but it has rarely looked more vibrant.

    French President François Hollande and U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to intensify their nations' military attacks on ISIS in Syria and Iraq at a White House m...

  • Turkish downing of Russian jet tests 2016 candidates

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    The Turkish downing of a Russian jet on Tuesday injected even more national security intensity into the 2016 presidential race ---and GOP candidates were quick to project strength.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush briefly touched on the incident during a ...

  • Congress wants billions from Fed's piggy bank

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    Congress wants to pull billions out of the Federal Reserve.

  • Obama sings on Coldplay's next album

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    Coldplay is set to give an amateur crooner from Washington, D.C., his big break.

  • Trump faces challenge on NH eligibility

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    A complaint alleging Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is not eligible to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot was dismissed Tuesday.

    Former state party chairman Fergus Cullen, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump's, appeared i...

  • Sanders won't tell union super PAC to stop

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    Bernie Sanders declined to disavow a super PAC spending money on his behalf in an interview with CNN on Monday and contradicted a statement his campaign made about the political entities he has long spoken out against.

  • Obama: Turkey has the right to defend itself

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    Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter plane shouldn't lead to further wartime escalation in the region, President Barack Obama insisted at a press conference Tuesday.

    But he maintained that Turkey had a right to defend its airspace and charged that Ru...

  • Is Syrian conflict linked to climate change?

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    Could terrorism and conflict be directly linked to climate change? "Absolutely," says Britain's Prince Charles in an interview with Sky News that aired on Monday.

  • Iowa poll: Cruz now Trump's chief rival

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    Ted Cruz has replaced Ben Carson as Donald Trump's chief GOP presidential primary rival in Iowa.

  • Clinton: Don't get swayed by GOP 'fear tactics and scare mongering'

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    Hillary Clinton asked voters here in Nevada on Monday to not be swayed by Republicans "fear tactics and scare mongering and inflammatory rhetoric" on terrorism.

    She told the fired up audience that she shakes her head at what Republicans are saying abo...

  • Trump: 'Many people jumped and I witnessed it' on 9/11

    Donald Trump speaks at a news conference Nov. 3, 2015, in New York City.

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    Donald Trump said Monday that he witnessed people jumping out of the Twin Towers on 9/11 from the view in his apartment.

  • Donald Trump's 9/11 celebration claim widely disputed

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    Donald Trump twice repeated over the weekend that he saw people cheering in New Jersey after the September 11 attacks -- but his claims are being widely disputed as false.

    GOP primary rival Ben Carson also said he witnessed the same, but his campaign ...

  • Rubio: Put U.S. attacks against ISIS on YouTube

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    There's one high-powered weapon that the U.S. needs to deploy against ISIS to really hit home, says Sen. Marco Rubio. YouTube.

  • Poll: Here's how angry the GOP is at government

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    A sustained outburst of anger and deep disdain for government that has shaped the Republican race for president and confounded the pundits is not going away.

    The spirit of insurrection that has powered "outsider" candidates like Donald Trump to the h...

  • Texas seeks delay in SCOTUS immigration case

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    Texas' attorney general on Monday asked the Supreme Court for a 30-day extension to file a reply brief in a move that could derail the Obama administration's attempt to get the court to hear an appeal on a major immigration case this term.

  • Trump won't rule out run as independent

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    Despite leading in the Republican polls, Donald Trump will out a run for president as an independent

  • Trump retweets racially charged crime data

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    Donald Trump retweeted an image Sunday that compares black-on-black murders to police killings.

    Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account highlighted a photograph featuring a dark-skinned man wearing a bandana, a dark shirt and military-style pants an...

  • Republicans split on guns for terror watch list members

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    Republican presidential contenders split Sunday on a proposal to ban individuals on a terror watch list from buying guns, with front-runner Donald Trump backing the measure and Ben Carson opposing it.

  • Trump on protester: 'Maybe he should have been roughed up'

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    Donald Trump suggested Sunday the half-dozen white attendees at his campaign rally on Saturday may have reacted appropriately when they shoved, tackled, punched and kicked a black protester who disrupted his speech.

    "Maybe he should have been roughed ...

  • Hillary Clinton to propose tax credit for caregivers

    Hillary Clinton, Nov. 14, 2015

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    Hillary Clinton will use a town hall in Iowa on Sunday to pitch a tax credit for up to $6,000 in expenses that fall on families "paying for, coordinating, or providing care for aging or disabled family members," according to a campaign aide.

    The tax c...

  • Bernie Sanders struggles in South Carolina

    Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa

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    The Vermont senator is playing catch-up to Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, and it's an uphill battle with fewer than a 100 days from South Carolina's Democratic primary.

  • Argentina elections: Triumphant Macri vows change

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    Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri is poised to become Argentina's next President after a runoff vote that marks the end of a political dynasty.

  • Polls: Donald Trump leads, Ben Carson slips

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    Donald Trump has a double-digit lead over Ben Carson in the Republican presidential race and voters say they prefer change over political experience, two new national polls show.


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