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Lindsey Graham Is for Real

May 19, 2015
Molly Ball | The Atlantic
He may be one of the longest shots of the 2016 Republican field, but Graham, who has always relished a fight, is perfectly serious about his ambition to be president.
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Try, Try Again

May 19, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Republican presidential candidates are having trouble answering hypothetical questions about what they would have done in Iraq. First Jeb Bush stumbled last week when asked, knowing what we know now, if he would have launched the same war his brother did. Then on Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio spent the morning going around the mulberry bush with Fox’s Chris Wallace. Wallace wanted Rubio to explain how he could say the Iraq war wasn’t a mistake because Saddam Hussein was removed from power while also saying that knowing what he knows now he wouldn’t authorize such a war. Rubio’s position: It was not a mistake—and he will never repeat it.
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The Right Baits the Left to Turn Against Hillary Clinton

May 18, 2015
Ashley Parker, Nick Corasaniti | The New York Times
For months now, America Rising has sent out a steady stream of posts on social media attacking Mrs. Clinton, some of them specifically designed to be spotted, and shared, by liberals.
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Jeb Bush: No constitutional right to same-sex marriage

May 18, 2015
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush reiterated in a new interview that he doesn't believe that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
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Why Presidential Candidates Must Answer Hypothetical Questions

May 18, 2015
Michael Scherer | Time
One big word hides more than it reveals in presidential politics.
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Marco Rubio’s Foreign Policy, GOP's Evolving Iraq War Stance and #FreeJason

May 15, 2015
Marco Rubio speaks on Foreign Policy, Congress battles to come over the Patriot Act & defense spending and 2016 GOP hopefuls comment on the Iraq War.

Senate Compromises on Trade Bill, Amtrak Crash Renews Infrastructure Debate, Jeb Bush's Iraq Stumble and Obama Meets with Arab Allies

May 15, 2015
Liberal Democrats and President Obama disagree about trade, funding U.S. transportation infrastructure and Jeb Bush distances himself from George W. Bush.
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Jeb Bush tries to settle Iraq issue, but comparisons to brother will persist

May 15, 2015
Ed O'Keefe, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
Jeb Bush on Thursday sought to untie himself from a week of rhetorical contortions over a deeply unpopular war his brother began, saying at a campaign-style stop here that he would not have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq had he known about the intelligence failures at the time.
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Why Hillary Needs Obama

May 15, 2015
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Every presidential election is a response to the current president, even when the current president isn’t seeking re-election. If people don't like the guy in the White House, it’s almost impossible for a member of his party to be elected to succeed him. Even when voters are happy with their incumbent president, it’s not always a guarantee of success for the party’s nominee. Voters are often looking for a change in style as much as substance (see: Bush v. Gore, 2000). This is why we should spend as much time checking in on President Obama’s job approval ratings as we do the polling data of the potential presidential candidates.
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