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Demonstrators disrupt presidential forum at Netroots event

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley arrived at the annual Netroots Nation convention hoping to impress some of the party's most influential liberal activists. Things didn't exactly go as planned.

Trump’s criticism of McCain overshadows issues in Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain's military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party's 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a "war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

For candidates, revoking Iran deal easier to pledge than do

Unhappy with President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran?

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Trump criticizes border policy as well as trade agenda

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump criticized U.S. immigration and trade policies on Saturday in speeches that veered from accusing Mexico of deliberately sending criminals across the border to professing respect for the Mexican government and love for its people.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Kinder to run for governor

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder plans to announce his candidacy for governor on Sunday, joining a burgeoning Republican field for what is shaping up as a wide-open 2016 primary.

Gov. Walker and Wisconsin GOP retreat on open records limits

In a sudden reversal amid a stinging backlash, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back open records laws.

Backlash over Wisconsin GOP plan to tighten open records law

Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.

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Beetem hears Dixon argument to keep his law officer’s certificate

One year to the day after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge, Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon was back in court in Jefferson City on Wednesday in a battle to keep his Missouri law officer’s certification.

GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

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Some in GOP fed up with Maine's bombastic governor

Republican Gov. Paul LePage's bombastic leadership style long ago alienated Democrats. Now even some in his own party are fed up, saying his high-profile antics have squandered his political capital.

Confederate flag sets off debate in GOP 2016 class

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue.

Gun rights still trumping gun controls in politics

There was little doubt that the gun lobby's dominance would continue in U.S. politics no matter the calamity. Even the most passionate advocates of stronger gun controls expected no different.

Obama, leading Republicans mounting rescue effort on trade

President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration’s trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor.

Trade loss an ominous sign for Obama in month of challenges

The trade defeat in Congress was an ominous sign in a month of challenges that could help determine President Barack Obama's standing for the rest of his second term.

Clinton kicks off 2016 bid, embracing chance to make history

Hillary Rodham Clinton formally kicked off her presidential campaign on Saturday with an enthusiastic embrace of her potential to become the first woman to win the White House, asking supporters gathered at an outdoor rally to join her in building an America "where we don't leave anyone out, or anyone behind."

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