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Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

January 26, 2015
Ashley Parker, Alex Thompson | The New York Times
A prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith.

The State of the Union Impact at Home & Abroad and Potential 2016 Republican Candidates Head to Iowa

January 23, 2015
President Obama's State of the Union was met with pushback from the Republican-controlled Congress, but where is there room for compromise on the president's 2015 legislative agenda? Alexis Simendinger and Ed O'Keefe report on the president's proposals for community college and trade as well as the Republican opposition. It was also a busy week abroad, with diplomatic talks in Cuba, upheaval in Yemen and potential Iran sanctions. Michael Crowley reports on how President Obama is firing back at critics of his foreign policy. And the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are converging in Iowa for the Freedom Summit this weekend. John Dickerson is on the ground to preview the first cattle call for the increasing field of GOP candidates.
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Conservative Gathering in Iowa Offers Platform to Several Possible 2016 Contenders

January 23, 2015
Ashley Parker, Trip Gabriel | The New York Times
The largest gathering of potential Republican presidential candidates so far will descend on Iowa on Saturday to test their messages at a forum shaping up as the informal starting gun for the 2016 campaign.
Hillary Clinton
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The Elevator Pitch For 2016 Candidates

January 23, 2015
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
There are enough potential candidates for president (on the GOP side at least) that you need an Excel spreadsheet just to keep them all straight. Instead of a complicated algorithm, I've boiled each candidate down to his/her most basic elements. At the end of the day, these are the things more likely to define a presidential wannabe.
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Jeb Bush kept key roles in Florida firm amid signs of trouble

January 20, 2015
Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger | The Washington Post
After attending his second meeting as a board member for InnoVida, a Miami-based company that marketed prefabricated housing materials for use in disaster zones and other places in need, Jeb Bush had some follow-up questions.
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Renewed Relations with Cuba and Immigration & 2016

January 16, 2015
On the Webcast Extra, NPR’s Tom Gjelten details what the new Cuba regulations mean for the individual traveler. Robert Costa of The Washington Post explains how the GOP is using immigration as a strategy for 2016 and what to watch with potential Democratic candidates. Joan Biskupic of Reuters delves deeper into the Supreme Court and same-sex marriage -- focusing on one family at the heart of the Supreme Court's case.

European Terror Attacks, Nuclear Talks with Iran, Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court

January 16, 2015
Reverberations from the terror attack in Paris continued this week as dozens of arrests have been made, and Europe remains on heightened alert. Plus, nuclear talks with Iran continue, and President Obama is threatening to veto legislation imposing more sanctions on Iran saying they would derail progress. The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Republicans are meeting in California this week, while several have already started making moves towards a 2016 White House campaign. And in our Friday Focus, John Harwood of CNBC previews President Obama's State of the Union address.
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RNC set to issue rules to cut, regulate presidential debates

January 16, 2015
Dan Balz, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
Republican leaders on Friday plan to unveil new rules for presidential debates, marking the most aggressive effort yet by a national party committee to limit the number of forums and to shape the environment for the nominating season.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
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Rand Paul in the Land of the Free

January 16, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Rand Paul loves the free market, and in a one-day five-stop New Hampshire tour, the Kentucky senator dispensed his praise for it like water from an aspergillum. At Murphy’s Diner, when the morning hour matched the temperature on the street, he said the free market was the solution to shrinking the budget and strengthening the economy. At lunchtime, in the Quonset hut of the Londonderry Fish and Game Club, he preached to the standing-room-only crowd about “the freedom to own things.” In the library at the Founders Academy, a charter school with rules for proper behavior written on a yellow sheet on the wall and volumes of Shakespeare stacked like sandbags, he argued that market competition among states should replace Common Core education standards.
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