Politics and Government

Hillary Clinton continues her presidential announcement listening tour this week with stops in New Hampshire, site of her 2008 primary victory. But staffers back at Brooklyn campaign headquarters will be looking to knock down claims in a new book alleging Clinton did favors while at the State Department for big donors to her family’s foundation …

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The IRS is warning the public to be aware and it’s out with its “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2015. Topping the list: aggressive and threatening phone scams. The agency says to be wary of callers posing as IRS agents, threatening to have the taxpayers licences revoked, deported, or even arrested. The IRS says never …

Where Clinton and Rubio stand on economic policy

Hilary Clinton and Marco Rubio have very different ideas on economic policy. John Harwood tells us where their focus could be.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New York, March 10, 2015.

Hillary Clinton will enter the 2016 presidential race with the strongest chance to win the White House of any non-incumbent front-runner in decades, from either party. That doesn’t mean she will win. Her current strength within her own party is overwhelming. The most recent NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll showed that virtually all Democratic primary …

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Rand Paul

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced Tuesday morning on his website that he will seek the presidency. “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” a quote attributed to Paul says on his site. The Republican …

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Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma speaks at the State Capitol April, 2, 2015 in Indianapolis.

The fallout from Indiana’s religious freedom act continued on Thursday as businesses and organizations around the country reacted to a proposed legislative fix. At a press conference on Thursday morning, House Speaker Brian Bosma said the intention of the law would be addressed legislatively and would not allow for discrimination against any person or group. …

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Ted Cruz made no mistake in highlighting his opposition to a set of educational standards known as Common Core in his first presidential campaign speech. “Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core,” he said to applause from the Liberty University crowd on March 23, “imagine repealing every word …

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

This story is developing. Please check back for further updates. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday called for a quick change to his state’s new Religious Freedom law that had drawna storm of criticism from businesses, celebrities and activists. Pence defended the law in a nationally televised news conference—saying that he was “pleased” to have …

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The House and Senate are considering a step so improbable it deserves more public attention than it has gotten. They are considering a bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare. They may even approve it this week. Let me repeat: Congress may approve a bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare. No, it’s not a comprehensive answer to Medicare’s …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a concert and rally marking the first anniversary of the the annexation of Crimea.

A massive show of force by the Russian military on the anniversary of its disputed annexation of Crimea has raised questions about Moscow’s defiance over eastern Ukraine, and led to concerns that President Putin could be seeking more “foreign distractions.” With rising domestic problems in Russia and the prospect of more sanctions looming, the likelihood …

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In their initial budget proposals, House and Senate Republicans have displayed some notable intraparty divisions—over financing defense spending and overhauling entitlement programs, among others. But those shadings pale next to the stark, black-and-white contrast with the priorities in President Barack Obama’s spending plan. And that contrast will frame debate in the evolving 2016 race to …

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Sen. Lindsey Graham

Welcome back to debt ceiling drama! The nation’s borrowing limit is getting reinstated Monday, and the clock will start ticking toward possible default sometime in October or November when the Treasury runs out of “extraordinary measures” to keep paying the bills. Will the U.S. default? Almost certainly not. Will getting the debt limit raised (or …

Supreme Court hears Obamacare arguments

Supreme Court Justices heard arguments over a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act and they appear to be divided.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments about Obamacare on Wednesday in a case forcing justices to decide just how big a mess they are willing to create. That’s a political question, not a legal one. But it’s the biggest question posed by the challenge to the Affordable Care Act in the case of King vs. Burwell. …

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Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday evening and will return to work with just seven days to avoid it again. Just like last time, there is no reason to think Republicans will allow DHS to shut down and risk getting blamed for putting the nation’s security at risk. …