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New input: In upcoming GOP presidential debates, CNN has partnered with Salem Media, the nation's largest Christian and conservative news organization. (CNN)

CNN to divide Sept. GOP presidential debate into two parts

- The Washington Times

Soon after Fox News announced the formatting for the first 2016 GOP presidential debate in August, CNN and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library outlined the criteria for candidates to participate in the Sept. 16 debate in California, which will be divided into two parts -- one with candidates in the top 10 in recent public polling and another with candidates that fall outside the top 10.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Mike Huckabee to skip Iowa straw poll

- The Washington Times

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses, says he is skipping this summer's Iowa straw poll, citing the heavy concentration of staff and financial resources "playing to win" in the poll still requires.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures while speaking at a breakfast ahead of this afternoon's convening of the Georgia Republican Convention, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Athens, (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In N.H., Chris Christie forcefully defends Patriot Act, U.S. intelligence

- The Washington Times

Citing his post-9/11 experience prosecuting terrorists using tools like the Patriot Act, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday offered a forceful defense of U.S. intelligence and surveillance techniques, saying the ongoing debate over the subject is being dominated by "intellectual purists" worried about theoretical abuses that haven't occurred.