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Welcome to 2015, where it's all about 2016

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Votes won't be cast until 2016, but the next White House occupant will have an extremely busy 2015.<p>A flurry of official entrances into the race could come this spring -- with all eyes on Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, and Republicans looking at a wide-open field that …

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10 things in 2015 that could affect 2016 campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a whole year of campaigning, positioning and politicking to go before the next campaign for president kicks off with the …

Story of the $72 million teen trader unravels

It didn't take long for New York Magazine's story on a 17-year-old stock whiz with a rumored net worth of $72 million to make a splash. But the story's juicy premise unraveled almost as quickly.<p>Jessica Pressler wrote the profile of Mohammed Islam, a senior at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, …

Contrasting Cruz and Warren-Pelosi Budget Battles: Why Democrats Have High Political Ground in 2016

Over the last week we have seen played out in the national political spotlight the fundamental reason why Democrats have the high political ground in 2016.<p>Senator Ted Cruz used every procedural move available to block Senate consideration of the "CRomnibus" appropriation bill that he demanded …

An 8-Point Guide to Discussions With People Who Support the CIA's Torture Program

The Senate Intelligence Committee's recent release of their report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program (aka the CIA Torture Report) has caused quite a public and political stir. And while most reasonable people would agree that torture is categorically immoral, I have been repeatedly …

Democrats divided on their path to 2016

In the six weeks since their repudiation in the midterms, Democrats have seen the opening of fissures within their once-disciplined ranks, marking the start of an internal struggle between now and the 2016 election over the ideological identity and tactical direction of the party.<p>The tension — …

Congress Passes Historic Medical Marijuana Protections In Spending Bill

Congress dealt a historic blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs Saturday with the passage of the federal spending bill, which contains protections for medical marijuana and industrial hemp operations in states where they are legal.<p>The spending bill includes an amendment that …

Ted Cruz Angers GOP as Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The Texas senator's procedural ploy blew up a legislative deal but backfired, as the government-funding legislation advances ahead of schedule.<p>The Senate passed a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night to stave off a government shutdown after days of high drama, legislative …

'Warning Shot': Sen. Warren On Fighting Banks, And Her Political Future

<b>Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET</b><p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren failed to stop a change in bank regulations last weekend, but she raised her profile yet again.<p>The Massachusetts Democrat tells NPR that her fight over a provision in a spending bill was a "warning shot." She intends to continue her fight against what …

Top staffers at RGA, DGA form consulting firm

Over the past four years, the men who ran the Republican and Democratic governors’ associations competed fiercely. Now, they’re going into business together.<p>RGA executive director Phil Cox and his DGA counterpart, Colm O’Comartun, are forming 50-State LLC, a bipartisan consulting firm that will …

6 worst right-wing moments of the week: Princeton mom says college rape is “clumsy hook-up melodrama”

<b>Susan Patton, a.k.a. "Princeton Mom" (CNN)</b><p>The inexplicably famous Ivy League parent questions rape victims, while Geraldo Rivera keeps saying racist things<p>Janet Allon<p>December 15, 2014 1:25pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><b>1. Michele Bachmann has a very cuckoo Christmas …

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

It is indeed the season. Yes, it's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill <i>actually get something done.</i> These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the …

Midterm Election Lessons, One Month Later

With the midterms one month in the rear view mirror, a number of lessons seem clear. For example, no matter how badly their candidates do, somehow the elitist, loser ideas of the Third Way crowd find their way back into the conversation. It's funny how unlimited corporate money can help in that …

PICTURES: The Euro Crisis Explained Through Angela Merkel's Wildly Expressive Faces

But it can be hard to navigate. To begin with, there's no clear start date. Some people go with early 2010, when the scale of Greece's public finance disaster became obvious, while others start in 2008, when the financial crisis kicked off.<p>There's also some dispute over the end date. To some, …

5 dangerous fantasies warping our foreign policy in the Middle East

Washington assumes the presence of U.S. troops will be a stabilizing force in the region, but why?<p>Andrew Bacevich<p>November 27, 2014 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>“Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a …

Does anyone want this job?

Who can follow Chuck Hagel? Who would want to?<p>At least two leading contenders have already ruled themselves out. Michèle Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense for policy who now runs the Center for a New American Security, dropped out Tuesday. And a spokesman for Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) …