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    Kevin McCarthy drops out of speaker race

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner, a shocking move that throws the House into chaos.

    The move came without warning as House Republicans were in a closed-door meeting to select their nomine...

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Oklahoma may have used wrong drug in execution

Death penalty lethal injection

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin released a statement Thursday saying that the Oklahoma Department of Corrections may have used the wrong drug for the execution of Charles Warner that occurred in January.


Carson defends Murdoch over 'real black president' tweet

Ben Carson on CNN

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended Rupert Murdoch on Thursday over an inflammatory tweet suggesting that Carson would be a "real black president."


Rupert Murdoch: Ben Carson would be a 'real black president'

Rupert Murdoch, July 2015

Rupert Murdoch, one of the world's most powerful media moguls, posted a tweet Wednesday night that seemingly questioned whether President Obama is a "real black president."

The tweet ricocheted around the web and was widely denounced.

Murdoch's tweet...


Boehner cancels 'Tonight Show' appearance

Boehner quitting Congress

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has canceled his appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" in the wake of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the House Speaker race, a network spokesperson told CNN.


Ben Carson says the darndest things

Carson Tapper

Ben Carson is at it again.

Carson struggled in an interview on Wednesday to explain whether he would support hiking the debt limit -- the latest in a series of instances in which his comments have raised questions about his understanding of key polic...


Trump trademarks 'Make America Great Again'

Donald Trump smiling

Need more proof Donald Trump is bringing his business savvy to the campaign trail? He has already trademarked his "Make America Great Again" slogan.

Yes, Ronald Reagan may have said it first, but Trump is the one asserting his commercial rights to the...


Sheryl Crow set to perform at CNN Debate

Sheryl Crow

Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the first Democratic primary debate being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 13.


How Republicans will choose the next speaker

Boehner podium

House Republicans will cast secret ballots on Thursday to elect their party's nominee to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, who is resigning at the end of the month.

Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-F...


Sanders says some GOPers are feeling the Bern

Bernie Sanders, September 6, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is staking out ground to Hillary Clinton's left, but he said Thursday he's also winning over support from Republicans who identify with his impassioned criticism of income inequality.

"You'd be surprised there are more than...


FBI helped thwart nuclear plot in Moldova

Caution radioactive

The FBI helped Moldovan authorities three times in the last five years to thwart potential smuggling of nuclear and radioactive material, a Moldovan interior minister said Wednesday.

The cases in the former Soviet republic involved sting operations, a...


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