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THE TAKE | Whit Ayres’s “2016 and Beyond” outlines how Republicans can elect one of their own as the next president, but can the senator from Florida translate that advice into action?

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Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqis need ‘will to fight’ to defeat Islamic State

Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqis need ‘will to fight’ to defeat Islamic State

His comments, in the wake of Ramadi’s fall, reflect the frustration in parts of the Obama administration.

Rand Paul’s budding relationship with Mitch McConnell starts to fray

Rand Paul’s budding relationship with Mitch McConnell starts to fray

Paul is running to “defeat the Washington machine,” including his fellow senator from Kentucky.

GOP’s fight for 2016 nomination likely to drag on longer than party desires

GOP’s fight for 2016 nomination likely to drag on longer than party desires

A crowded field and the rise of super PACs could mean there’s no nominee until late spring.

Defense secretary: Iraqis showed ‘no will to fight’

Defense secretary: Iraqis showed ‘no will to fight’

Ashton Carter, in an interview with CNN, rejected calls for sending U.S. ground troops into Iraq to fight Islamic State militants. He also said U.S.-led airstrikes have been effective.

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

74 years young.

As ‘SEC primary’ takes shape, will presidential contenders show up?

As ‘SEC primary’ takes shape, will presidential contenders show up?

Southern Republicans have not been pleased with recent nominees, so they’re bumping up their primaries.

For Hillary Clinton, having Beyoncé’s support doesn’t hurt. But does it help?

For Hillary Clinton, having Beyoncé’s support doesn’t hurt. But does it help?

Hillary Clinton’s campaign seemed quite pleased to tell its supporters -- twice -- that it has Beyoncé ‘s support.

Senate rejects compromise bill on surveillance

Senate rejects compromise bill on surveillance

The measure would have ended the NSA’s bulk collection of private phone records. Senators aren’t convening again until May 31, just hours before the legal authority for the existing program expires.

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Senate blocks bill on surveillance program

Senate blocks bill on surveillance program

The Senate did not take any action to extend or replace a controversial surveillance program set to expire at the end of the month.

Obama wins trade victory in the Senate

Obama wins trade victory in the Senate

Democrats set aside labor concerns and join Republicans in support of the president’s agenda.

Republicans’ Josh Duggar problem

There’s no shortage of photos on the Internet of Josh Duggar posing with GOP elite. And that’s a problem now.

Where Washington’s Jewish elite worship

Where Washington’s Jewish elite worship

A look at the elite Washington synagogue that has hosted presidents all the way back to Ulysses S. Grant.

Clinton says she’s not running for a ‘third term’ of her husband or Obama

Clinton says she’s not running for a ‘third term’ of her husband or Obama

Clinton is attempting a balancing act in how she treats the legacies of former president Bill Clinton and the current president.

Hillary Clinton: ‘No role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground’ in Iraq

Hillary Clinton: ‘No role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground’ in Iraq

The Democratic frontrunner disagrees with many Republicans calling for a return of ground forces to assist the Baghdad government in its fight against the Islamic State.

E-mails shed light on Clinton’s leadership style

E-mails shed light on Clinton’s leadership style

DEBRIEF | To assuage concerns that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign would be a repeat of the chaotic operation she ran in 2008, her advisers have often pointed to her time at the State Department. But a trove of newly released e-mails suggests that, while serving as secretary of state, she remained unable to separate her longtime loyalties from the business at hand.

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Texas Roundup: Cannabis oil, execution drugs and fracking bans

Texas Roundup: Cannabis oil, execution drugs and fracking bans

Texas lawmakers endorse allowing epilepsy patients to use cannabis oil for treatment. Gov. Greg Abbott wastes little time signing the "Denton fracking bill" into law.

Rick Santorum’s got a point: Nothing helps poll numbers like winning

Rick Santorum’s got a point: Nothing helps poll numbers like winning

He was at 4 percent when he won Iowa.

Obama: Israel’s government should live up to the nation’s founding ideals

Obama: Israel’s government should live up to the nation’s founding ideals

The president told the congregation at a Washington synagogue that he has “high expectations” for Israelis.

Quiz: Which Bush said it?

Quiz: Which Bush said it?

Do you know your H.W. quotes from your Jeb quotes?

O’Malley has trips planned to Iowa and N.H. after ‘special announcement’

O’Malley has trips planned to Iowa and N.H. after ‘special announcement’

The former Maryland governor is scheduled to hit the trail quickly after telling voters he’s in.

Clinton targets GOP Congress as 2016 bid starts to kick into higher gear

Clinton targets GOP Congress as 2016 bid starts to kick into higher gear

Her remarks in New Hampshire hint at the contours of the full-scale campaign to come.

The four levels of access to Hillary Clinton

The four levels of access to Hillary Clinton

Donors are at the top.

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Comedians jab Obama’s Twitter

Comedians jab Obama’s Twitter

From his bio to a conversation with Bill Clinton, hosts have a lot to say about Obama’s Twitter account.

The long-term rise of the urban American west

The long-term rise of the urban American west

New Census numbers show the continuation of a stunning long-term trend.

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More money, more e-mails, more problems for Hillary Clinton

More money, more e-mails, more problems for Hillary Clinton

Each week seems to bring more distracting news for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, from previously undisclosed payments to the Clinton Foundation to the e-mails she wrote about the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. What does it all mean this time? The Fix's Chris Cillizza explains.

Money and time are running out for VA’s Denver hospital

Money and time are running out for VA’s Denver hospital

Senate is expected to vote on lifting spending cap by $100 million, but that only buys three weeks more for project that is already $1 billion over budget.

How do you (try to) stop fast-track trade authority? With three separate filibusters.

How do you (try to) stop fast-track trade authority? With three separate filibusters.

People thought trade might be an area of consensus under divided government. Maybe not.

Senate panel backs allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

Senate panel backs allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

A Senate panel supports a proposal that would allow VA to recommend medical marijuana for everything from back pain to depression to flashbacks.

That time Mike Lee accused Chris Christie of ‘political pornography’

That time Mike Lee accused Chris Christie of ‘political pornography’

“I think Mr. Christie should be ashamed of himself.“

Why these women protested police brutality, topless

The group wanted to highlight how police treat black women.

Why would Hillary Clinton join LinkedIn? Is it even still a thing?

Why would Hillary Clinton join LinkedIn? Is it even still a thing?

LinkedIn: the untapped social network for politics.

Republicans are not pleased with the Republicans running Congress

Republicans are not pleased with the Republicans running Congress

Only about a third of Republicans think leaders are keeping campaign promises.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s training video for Capitol police on bathroom breaks

Officers have left their guns in the bathroom three times this year so far.

Presidential outreach to American Jews: A brief history

Presidential outreach to American Jews: A brief history

President Obama makes a rare visit to a U.S. synagogue on Friday.

Clinton’s claim that it takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than in Canada or France

Clinton’s claim that it takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than in Canada or France

This factoid is based on serious data, but the more you dig, the less relevant it becomes.

Is Obama weighing a Cuba visit sometime soon?

The White House press secretary says a visit could come before the end of his term in office.