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Is 2016 Ready for Hillary?, The Fight Against ISIS and Souring U.S. Relationship with Netanyahu

January 30, 2015
Hillary Clinton preps for 2016, and the U.S. fights ISIS as the group expands its reach.

Mitt Romney Bows Out of 2016, The Republican Congress Fights Old Fights, ISIS Hostage Situation Continues, and Obama Meets with U.S. Strategic Allies

January 30, 2015
As Mitt Romney drops out, who benefits? And the GOP Congress takes on Obamacare and Eric Holder.
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The Fighting Hawkeyes

January 30, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Covering the frantic Republican caucus in Iowa while simultaneously covering the drowsy Democratic contest is like stepping off of a moving walkway. You swing your arms and legs at the same quick pace, but you’re not moving fast anymore. The Republican candidates are scrambling for organizers, planning visits, and zooming around the country collecting money, while Hillary Clinton is the most dominant nonincumbent ever. Democrats like Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders are making moves, but few local activists even pretend that they are serious challengers to Clinton. Ready for Hillary is in the state and organizing all 99 counties, but all of that activity without any real competition is the difference between running in place and running for your life.
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How the Koch brothers turned into political power brokers

January 28, 2015
Potential presidential candidates for 2016 have started to court donors -- and vice versa. Charles and David Koch, influential libertarian billionaires, plan to spend nearly a billion dollars in the next election cycle. Matea Gold of The Washington Post joins Gwen Ifill to discuss their sway over American politics.
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House Democrats retake the House? It’s a long shot, but they’re getting ready to try.

January 29, 2015
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
President Obama’s popularity is on the rebound, and the Democrats’ race to replace him seems orderly and sane compared with the chaotic contest already dividing the GOP. Even in the minority, Senate Democrats still have enough leverage to slow, stall or kill Republican bills, and they are hopeful about retaking control in 2016.
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Sarah Palin and her onetime fans on the right: It’s so over

January 29, 2015
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
They’re over her. Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance has gone cold and the marriage is dead.
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Democratic Party is suddenly a fount of ideas

January 28, 2015
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
Only a few months ago, it looked as if Republicans had recaptured their old claim to be the party of ideas, especially on the economic issue that has seized the attention of most Americans: the stagnation of middle-class incomes.
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Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion on 2016 elections

January 27, 2015
Matea Gold | The Washington Post
A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the Republican primaries.
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GOP presidential candidates face delicate balancing act

January 26, 2015
Dan Balz, Robert Costa | The Washington Post
The most wide-open Republican presidential nomination campaign in memory had its unofficial opening here on Saturday at a gathering that highlighted anew the thorny path ahead for candidates as they try to attract support from the party’s conservative base without compromising their hopes of winning a general election.
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