• Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner

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    Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he's "actively exploring" a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found.

    He takes nearly one-quarter --- 23% --- of Republicans...

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  • Obama marks end of combat in Afghanistan

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    Thirteen years and more than 2,000 American casualties after it began, the war in Afghanistan will conclude responsibly, President Barack Obama said on Sunday.

  • Graham suspects China involved in Sony attack

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    Sen. Lindsey Graham hinted at China's involvement in the North Korean cyberattack on Sony Pictures and called for additional U.S. action against North Korea to make the hermit kingdom "feel the pain that is due."

    "I can't imagine anything this massive...

  • Elder Bush remains hospitalized

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    Former President George H.W. Bush has improved, but will remain in the hospital through the weekend, his spokesman said Saturday night.

  • From Auschwitz survivor to presidents' tailor

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    Martin Greenfield is one of the world's most respected and accomplished tailors. Since emigrating from the former Czechoslovakia to America in 1947, he has dressed everyone from the Rat Pack and Leonardo DiCaprio to Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and B...

  • Official: US eyes dozens of Gitmo transfers

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    The Obama administration hopes to transfer dozens of detainees from Guantanamo Bay in the next six months as part of a stepped-up effort to reduce the population there, according to a U.S. official.

  • Time travel with Cuba's Frankenstein cars

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    New cars, in communist Cuba, which has been under a U.S. trade embargo since the early 1960s, are difficult and expensive to acquire.

  • Revenge of the Democratic techies?

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    The nerds are all right.

    The technologists who built the Democratic Party's data-driven approach to campaigning are saddened by the results of the 2014 midterms, a political drubbing that not even even the sharpest get-out-the-vote operation could pre...

  • Putin cancels holiday vacation for Kremlin

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    Vladimir Putin delivered a lump of coal in the Kremlin's stocking this year when he announced Thursday that he has canceled holiday vacations for members of the government.

    Russia's President delivered the bad news at a December 25 meeting he convene...

  • Elder Bush remains hospitalized

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    Former President George H.W. Bush, who was taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing shortness of breath, will remain in the hospital for at least one more night, his spokesman said Friday evening.

    Bush is in "high spirits and continues to make p...

  • 5 takeaways from Jeb Bush emails

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    A trove of emails from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's time in Tallahassee reveal a hands-on chief executive who was a prolific Blackberry user.

    Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, planned on releasing the tens of thousands of emails next...

  • Booker offers hairstyle advice to Paul

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    Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Rand Paul are a rare bipartisan Senate pair who have found areas of agreement, but one issue remains deeply divisive for the two self-described friends: Hair.

    Booker, whose bald head often stands out on the Senate f...

  • U.S. pays Alan Gross $3.2 million

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    The U.S. Agency for International Development has paid Alan Gross $3.2 million, settling a claim over the former contractor freed last week by Cuba after five years in prison, a spokesman for the federal agency tells CNN.

    USAID, the agency which overs...

  • Poll: Obama ends year on an upswing

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    Improving views of the economy have helped hike President Barack Obama's approval rating to a 20-month high, a new CNN/ORC poll showed Tuesday, as markets climbed to record levels at news of an economy in overdrive.

  • Play is verbatim DC sex scandals

    Political play satire Tail! Spin!

    Mark Twain first told us that truth can be stranger than fiction, which is of course true. But in this instance, it's funnier, too.

  • Christie faults Obama on Cuba and Sony

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    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sharply criticized President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba, saying he did not get enough out of the deal. In a one-two punch, Christie also charged the President with not being assertive in the w...

  • Grimm pleads guilty but won't resign

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    CNN

    After pleading guilty to a judge Tuesday on a felony tax evasion charge, New York Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican, pledged to reporters he would also stay in Congress.

    Grimm pled guilty in court to one count of tax evasion and was set to submit to a...

  • Poll: Americans side with Obama on Cuba

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    President Barack Obama is taking some heat from Republicans on Capitol Hill for reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, but a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday shows he has the public's backing.

  • 6.4 million enroll in Obamacare

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    Some 6.4 million Americans have signed up for Obamacare coverage for 2015, though millions of them were automatically renewed into their existing policies.

  • Final IRS report slams 'culture of bias'

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    The latest report from House Republicans on IRS targeting of conservative groups - their sixth - says the tax collection agency "systematically targeted" conservative groups over the course of two years and ties the behavior to a "culture of bias" am...

  • 'Obamaphone' may go broadband

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    The FCC wants to expand the "Obamaphones" program to include discounted Internet service for people living below the poverty line.

    As you'd expect, the plan is controversial.

    The federal phone service subsidy for low-income Americans, officially called...

  • Controversial VA projects waste billions

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    While veterans in recent years were dying as they waited for care at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, the VA has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on controversial projects across the country, according to government reports and members of...

  • Bachmann tells history of Hill ladies' room

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    When nature calls for male members of the House of Representatives, they only have to walk steps to answer.

    But for the some 100 female members, it's not so easy. The women have to walk off the House floor, through what is usually a sea of tourists i...

  • Obama drug pardons disappoint advocates

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    The Obama administration has consistently supported measures aimed at reforming mandatory minimum prison sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders. But President Barack Obama's recent decision to commute the prison sentences of only eight federal inma...

  • Christie: Bush's 2016 ambitions not a factor

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    Pool

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday night that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's steps toward a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination would have no bearing on his own decision about whether to jump into the race, a decision he will ...

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