The kiss that launched a thousand theories

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If not for a leaked video showing him passionately kissing a staffer, Rep. Vance McAllister might be one of the Republican Party’s ascendant stars right now. But who leaked the video? And can his political career recover from the scandal?

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For Republicans, super PACs are so 2012

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