Iran Leader Says Politics Only Way to End Syrian War

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country has supported the regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad, said Wednesday that politics, not fighting, will bring the civil war there to an end. “What is of utmost importance is to understand that Syria doesn’t have a military solution,” Rouhani told NBC News’ Chuck Todd. “And the Syrians’ problems must certainly be resolved politically. […]

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Trump’s reversals move him closer to politics as usual

As he powered through his rivals in the Republican primary, Donald Trump sold himself as the “tell-it-like-it-is” candidate, a brash truth-teller whose policy pronouncements wouldn’t be swayed by the polls. “I’ve never wanted to learn the language of the insiders and I’ve never been politically correct,” he said recently. “But one thing I can promise you this: I will always […]

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Speaker Ryan to give address on ‘state of American politics’

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will deliver a speech on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the “state of American politics.” Ryan’s office did not offer details about the contents of the speech or say if it will be related to the presidential race. The Speaker has weighed in on the contentious GOP presidential primary on a few strategic occasions. Without explicitly mentioning Donald […]

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GOP, Dems use cheers, boos to express their politics

In a polarized Washington, President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address drew sharply different partisan reactions, with a few exceptions. The two parties made their feelings known Tuesday night with their cheers and their feet. Democrats cheered loudly when Obama mentioned fixing a broken immigration system, protecting children from gun violence and raising the minimum wage. Republicans remained […]

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Trump’s mix of business, politics makes for unorthodox bid

It can be hard to see where Donald Trump the business ends and Donald Trump the presidential candidate begins. When rivals level political attacks, the Republican front-runner’s company attorney threatens lawsuits on corporate letterhead. When his campaign needs event space, private businesses sometimes provide it free. The political novice’s use of corporate resources — both his own and those of […]

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One Slogan, Many Methods: Black Lives Matter Enters Politics

When the Democratic National Committee recently rejected adding a presidential debate focusing exclusively on issues affecting black people, it got divergent responses from two groups widely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Campaign Zero, whose agenda centers on ending police violence, quickly embraced the offer for a town hall forum instead and began working to arrange forums for Democratic […]

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President Obama Plays Politics in Economic Speech He Calls Nonpolitical

“I’m not going to tell you who to vote for,” the President said, “although I suppose it’s kind of implied” “This isn’t some official campaign speech or political speech,” President Obama declared Thursday in Chicago, in the middle of a nearly hour-long address that was, if nothing else, decidedly political. With 33 days until the midterm elections, the President was […]

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