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Motorcycles and puppies: GOP contenders face off in Iowa

The attack ads and debates will come later. On Saturday, several Republican presidential contenders fought for an edge among motorcycles, puppies, war heroes and roasted pork, having swapped dark suits for blue jeans to meet Iowans eight months before they cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential primary.

Bush joins unwieldy race as new phase of GOP campaign begins

Jeb Bush stepped into the Republican race for president on Thursday, finally taking his place — after months of hints and relentless fundraising — amid an unwieldy field of GOP candidates unlike any in recent memory.

Rhode Island’s Chafee enters 2016 Democratic contest

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a third underdog challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Hastert indictment has Illinois hometown sifting memories

Before he was U.S. House speaker and second in line to the president, Dennis Hastert was known around Yorkville, Illinois, as Denny the coach, a beloved mentor to youths on the high school wrestling team and in local Scouting groups who organized trips to broaden the students' experiences.

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Former Md. Gov. O'Malley jumps into 2016 Democratic race

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.

Texas GOP moves to strip power from unit tied to Perry case

The Texas Legislature has voted to strip public corruption cases from a unit based in left-leaning Austin that was tied to former Gov. Rick Perry's indictment last year.

Rand Paul blames GOP hawks for rise of ISIS

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is blaming his own party for the rise of the Islamic State group.

Jury convicts ex-US Senate hopeful of violating election law

A South Dakota jury on Wednesday convicted former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth of election law violations.

Missouri GOP power shaken by scandal, tragedy

In many regards, Missouri Republicans have seldom been more powerful than they currently are, well positioned to carry out their part in the conservative movement sweeping the Midwest and South.

GOP prospects in Iowa agree to get tough with terrorists

Republicans wooing Iowa's most active party members called Saturday for a stronger presence in the world but ran the gamut in tone and just how tough to get with America's enemies.

GOP wrestling with too many 2016 prospects for a TV debate

Never have more than 10 candidates taken the stage for a televised Republican presidential debate.

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ABC faces credibility crisis over Stephanopoulos donations

George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign.

Paul tells tech-heavy crowd he's against NSA data collection

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sparked applause from a tech-heavy audience Saturday when he criticized the government's bulk collection of data but drew a more tepid response for his opposition to so-called net neutrality.

Brad Bradshaw running for Missouri lieutenant governor

Democrat Brad Bradshaw is running for Missouri lieutenant governor in 2016.

Senate OKs bill giving Congress review of Iran nuclear deal

The Senate muscled its way into President Barack Obama’s talks to curb Iran’s nuclear program, overwhelmingly backing legislation Thursday that would let Congress review and possibly reject any final deal with Tehran.