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Clinton denounces Senate GOP letter to Iran

usatoday.com — Former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton harshly criticized Senate Republicans for their open letter warning Iranian officials that any nuclear deal reached with President Obama may be only temporary. "The recent letter from Republican senators was out of step with the best traditions of American leadership.

Q&A: The Clinton e-mail flap and 2016

usatoday.com — National security, health care, the economy....and e-mail archiving? Before last night, the latter didn't figure to be a significant issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, but after The New York Times reported late Monday that Hillary Clinton used a personal account for all her e-mail while serving as secretary of State, the topic has become front and center.

Marco Rubio: Hillary is ‘yesterday’

onpolitics.usatoday.com — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the most focused on national security of the potential 2016 field, said Friday that the administration's "Obama-Clinton" foreign policy means "our allies no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us.'' Rubio said it was his fifth appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but his first as a potential presidential candidate.

‘Passionate’ Christie wants a Jeb Bush town hall

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Don't call him short-tempered or hot-headed. Call him "passionate." That's how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie described himself before a full house of conservative activists at the CPAC gathering Tuesday, when conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham read off a list of the unflattering adjectives sometimes applied to Christie.

Conservatives to vet GOP 2016 hopefuls at CPAC

usatoday.com — A gaggle of potential Republican presidential candidates will pitch their 2016 credentials this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, but they'll find a new wrinkle at the best-known of GOP cattle calls. Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and others will for the first time have to answer questions from the audience, made up of the GOP's most conservative and libertarian activists.

Clinton backs Philly’s paid sick leave

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Could this be a clue to Hillary Clinton's 2016 platform? If there is one? On Thursday, the same day Philadelphia won the Democrats' next presidential nominating convention, Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a paid sick leave bill. And guess who likes it: Clinton tweeted her approval today.

Obama hams it up - again - for healthcare.gov

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Time was, presidents goofed around in videos and only the gang at the White House Correspondents Association dinner ever saw them. But now, all you need is Facebook and there's President Obama faking jump shots and sticking out his tongue in a video for Healthcare.gov called "Things Everybody Does but Doesn't Talk About."

Rand Paul asks Kentucky GOP for a caucus in 2016

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Sen. Rand Paul, with an eye on running for president, is asking Kentucky Republicans to swap the state's presidential primary for a caucus instead. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Paul sent a letter Feb. 9 to the state Republican committee asking for the change.

“Hillary’s Hiding” in plain sight

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Republicans think Hillary should be ready, already. A mobile billboard cruising Des Moines today accuses Clinton of "hiding" from voters. It's part of a "Hillary's Hiding" campaign launched by Republicans to give the impression Clinton can't be bothered to earn the Democratic nomination. "Hillary's hiding from you.

Deadline looming, Boehner lets loose

onpolitics.usatoday.com — House Speaker John Boehner boiled over Wednesday when he suggested Senate Democrats "get off their ass" and stop blocking a $40 billion Homeland Security bill that would derail President Obama's immigration programs. While the conversational mode of Capitol Hill is generally decorous - members of the opposite party are still referred to as "distinguished colleagues" - Boehner does sometimes let fly with language, particularly when there is a deadline closing in and he is being politically stymied.
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Mar 30, 2015

RT @MrWalterShapiro: For example of how newspapers can be more powerful than web or TV, here's tomorrow's Indianapolis Star front page. pic.twitter.com/eMpxBqCg47

Mar 30, 2015

Will '94 or '98 Jeb Bush show up in 2016? usat.ly/1Cq4ClW via @usatoday

Mar 27, 2015

Among the WiFi networks my phone just offered to connect to: "FBI Surveillance Van." #newyorkmoment

Mar 26, 2015

@stuartenyt Mr. Peanut probably the best of all time. P'bury Doughboy just doesn't do it for me.

Mar 26, 2015

@ccamia RT@jackshafer: Is that not deliberate? RT@ByronTau: For instance: why is it so hard for members of Congress to wear suits that fit?

Mar 26, 2015

How men communicate: "He’s from Jersey, and I’m from Jersey, so I said, ‘Jersey!’ ” nyti.ms/1HL7pe4 by @andrewkeh

Mar 26, 2015

RT @joelmsiegel: Really Big Apple: NYC population a record 8.5 million! And 3 boroughs among top 50 counties nationwide in pop gain fw.to/6r7yjfl

Mar 26, 2015

In which @GovChristie talks about himself, and only himself, for 9 minutes 41 seconds. facebook.com/video.php?v=10…

Mar 25, 2015

@stuartenyt Did you forget the #KoolAid pitcher-head? (apparently the Jan Brady of spokescreatures.)

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