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Is there room for a third-party candidate?

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March 22, 1996
Now that Donald Trump is the last Republican standing in a 17-candidate field and the party's presumptive nominee, some in the GOP establishment are talking about the possibility of an independent candidate mounting a campaign to carry the conservative message. 2012 nominee Mitt Romney is among the high-profile Republicans pushing such a run. But the deadline to make a decision for a serious run is coming up quickly. In fact, some state filing deadlines to be on the ballot have already passed.
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Continuing to fight for the Democratic nomination

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May 23, 2008
With less than a month left until the last presidential primary, Hillary Clinton holds a nearly-insurmountable delegate lead over her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. As her campaign frequently points out, her nearly-300 pledged delegate lead is greater than the less-than-200 delegates she trailed Barack Obama at the same point in 2008. Despite the long odds, Clinton refused to suspend her campaign until every state voted, which is one of the reasons Clinton hasn't publicly called for Sanders to get out.
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China's Cyber Spying

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May 28, 1999
Threats of state-sponsored cyber spying from China are nothing new. In 1999, Congress released a report alleging China was responsible for years of espionage and stealing U.S. nuclear secrets. As Haynes Johnson explained on Washington Week, the threat didn't come from traditional spies, but was a threat "in cyberspace." "It's about computers," he said.
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Anita Hill testifies at Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings

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October 11, 1991
In October 1991, the nation watched as law professor Anita Hill recounted the sexual harassment she faced from Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas when they worked together at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charges Thomas denied. On Washington Week, Gloria Borger described Hill's hours-long testimony "astonishing."
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1998 Capitol Hill Shooting

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July 24, 1998
In July 1998 a gunman killed two Capitol Police officers in the deadliest shooting incident at the Capitol. On the day of the shooting, the Washington Week panelists reflected on the security inside the Capitol where "once you're through [security], you can run into Ted Kennedy or Newt Gingrich."
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What Obama looks for in a Supreme Court nominee

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May 1, 2009
President Obama nominated Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, his third nomination as president. In 2009, just 102 days into his first term, President Obama was tasked with naming his first nominee to the Supreme Court when Justice David Souter announced his plans to retire. Empathy was one of the chief qualities Obama was looking for in a potential nominee, as NBC News' Pete Williams explained on Washington Week.
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Pete Williams in 2010: Merrick Garland the "safer choice"

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May 14, 2010
When President Obama made his last Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan in 2010, NBC News' Pete Williams said Merrick Garland, Obama's newest pick, would have been an "even safer choice."
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Antonin Scalia on the Second Amendment

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February 17, 2016
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last week at the age of 79, was known for his colorful language in his written opinions and dissents from the bench. His most important majority opinion may have been in the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which ruled that banning handguns violates the Second Amendment. On the June 27, 2008 edition of "Washington Week," Linda Greenhouse, then-New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, and NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams discussed Scalia's majority opinion and the ruling's meaning for the future.
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Record Turnout at the Iowa Caucuses in 2008

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February 1, 2016
Every four years, voters in Iowa are the first to make their choice for president known. This year Clinton is trying to prevent an upset like 2008 when Barack Obama turned out new caucus-goers in record numbers to take first place.