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Education debates draw both Bush, Clinton

Their presidential plans may be uncertain but one thing is clear: Jeb Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton keep bumping into each other. Bush and Clinton were taking the podium Monday at a higher education conference in suburban Dallas organized by Bush, the former Florida governor who is the brother and son of Republican presidents. The former secretary of state, whose husband, Bill Clinton, served two terms in the White House, is the leading Democratic contender in 2016 if she runs for president again. As both Clinton and Bush weigh their options, the conference offers a bipartisan twist for the two
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Will Hillary Clinton run for President? She hasn’t decided

Hillary Rodham Clinton told a group of enthusiastic college students Saturday that she is “very much concerned about the direction of our country” but was still deciding whether to pursue another presidential campaign. During a forum at the Clinton Global Initiative University, Clinton fielded a question from Vrinda Agrawal, a student at the University of California, Berkeley who asked, “If you don’t represent women in politics in America as a future president, who will?” More than 1,000 students roared with approval and applauded while former President Bill Clinton smiled, whispered into TV host Jimmy Kimmel’s ear and clapped along. The
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Unions ‘all-in’ governor’s race in Illinois

The candidates for Illinois governor laid out their vastly different visions Wednesday on how to revive the state’s lagging economy, as national labor unions and other outside groups with much riding on the outcome began making their presence felt and promised to keep doing so through the November election. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and wealthy Republican businessman Bruce Rauner won their primary races Tuesday, setting up what’s expected to be one the hardest fought and most expensive races in the nation. Quinn, who has made a political career as a populist and defender of the middle class, has increased taxes
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Master politician Bob Strauss dead at 95

Bob Strauss could work with anybody — Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Soviets, Israelis and Arabs. Playing the game and making the deal made his day. Of Strauss’ many accomplishments — earning a fortune in postwar investments, co-founding an international law firm, leading the Democratic Party, running one successful presidential campaign and surviving the loss of another — being welcome on either side of the political street might have been the achievement he most treasured. A Strauss specialty was what he called “the art of making things happen instead of just tilting at windmills.” A little sign he had kept
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GOP leaders meet to try and resolve education discord

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and two top Tennessee Republicans are meeting at an upscale Nashville hotel Wednesday to discuss education policies that have caused divisions within the GOP around the country — including within the Tennessee General Assembly located across the street. Bush, whose potential presidential aspirations have been the subject of intense speculation, is being joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander and Gov. Bill Haslam at the event, hosted by business groups that support Common Core standards spelling out what math and reading skills students should have in each grade. An increasing chorus of critics sees the standards as
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Reviving a lagging economy a key issue in Illinois

The race for Illinois governor is shaping up as a battle of vastly different visions on how to revive a lagging economy in one of the Midwest’s last Democratic strongholds. While the incumbent Democrat has increased taxes and pushed for raising the minimum wage, the multimillionaire Republican facing him this fall wants to curtail government unions and run President Barack Obama’s home state like a business. By winning the Republican primary Tuesday night, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner advances to a November matchup with Gov. Pat Quinn expected to be one of the hardest fought and expensive in the nation. As
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Can Democrats avoid damage from Obamacare?

President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls. The defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by Republican David Jolly in a special election last Tuesday has raised anxiety levels for Democrats as they struggle to hold on to control of the Senate in November and pick up seats in the Republican-held House of Representatives. Paramount on the Democrats’ list of concerns about November is the need to ensure that
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Paul Ryan to try and soothe over racist remarks

Republican Representative Paul Ryan on Friday agreed to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus after members of the group branded his remarks about inner-city poverty this week “highly offensive”. The controversy began on Wednesday after Ryan said on William Bennett’s talk radio show, “Morning in America,” that there was a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value of work.” Representative Barbara Lee of California, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, called Ryan’s remarks a “thinly veiled racial attack.” “Let’s
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Republicans credit Obamacare in Florida House election

The Republican Party’s leadership was quick to claim their win in Tuesday’s special congressional election on Florida’s west coast as a landmark victory over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, according to political analysts. But local Florida analysts say the narrow result was more likely a reflection of the district’s voter make-up, low turnout, and a Democratic challenger lacking in charisma, than public opposition to the president’s signature healthcare legislation, popularly known as Obamacare. “In the end, it looked just like the divided country, and the (Republican) district that it is,” said Susan MacManus, a political analyst and professor at
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Republicans pump money, resources into Colorado races

The Republican National Committee is pouring resources into Colorado, adding more than a dozen staffers as a new Senate candidate and sagging poll numbers for Democrats raise GOP hopes of ending the party’s decade-long drought on top-of-the-ticket wins in the state. The additions come after Republicans got a top-tier recruit to challenge Sen. Mark Udall and a prominent former Congressman entered the crowded primary to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper. The RNC is hiring 11 new field workers, as well as a director of Hispanic outreach and two additional Hispanic field staffers. That will increase the party’s national staff in the
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