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Donald Trump (left) and Ted Cruz react during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Winners and losers in the fifth Republican debate

The fifth Republican presidential debate Tuesday night displayed the undeniable impact of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, with a heavy focus on terrorism that played to the strengths of a handful of candidates. And the Las Vegas venue produced some clear winners before Americans ease into the holiday celebrations. Published December 15, 2015

John Kasich has made his record of balancing the federal budgets when he was a congressman and of balancing the budget in Ohio the cornerstone of his campaign. He has promised to do it again if elected president and to do it in eight years. (Associated Press)

John Kasich wants new tax system for offshore profits, smaller government

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, fighting to rise in the Republican presidential race, says he would allow U.S. companies to repatriate without penalty trillions of dollars they have earned and kept offshore and then create a new system ensuring Americans aren't double-taxed on foreign profits. Published November 1, 2015

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham as she pounds her fist as she testifies on Jan. 23, 2013 at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. (Associated Press)

The Benghazi Guide: Fact and fiction

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton will face the House Select Committee on Benghazi in one of the more highly anticipated congressional hearings of the year. Published October 21, 2015

Carly Fiorina's calm and firm grasp of policy, her coy counterattacks on Donald Trump and her forceful presentation of specific ideas made a clear case she belongs on the main stage going forward. (Associated Press)

Republican debate winners and losers

With Ronald Reagan's library serving as a hallowed backdrop, the second Republican presidential debate Wednesday night produced plenty of sharp exchanges, clear policy solutions and some clear winners and losers. Published September 16, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (Associated Press) **FILE**

Clinton emails contained spy satellite data on North Korean nukes

One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton's private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites. Published September 1, 2015

FBI examining foreign travel of Tennessee shooting suspect

The FBI is closely examining the foreign travels of the man who gunned down four Marines in Tennessee, in particular a trip he made last year to Jordan to see if he came into contact with any Islamist extremists, a law enforcement official said Saturday. Published July 18, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made clear that he plans to distinguish himself in a crowded field of 15 to 17 candidates by embracing conservative policy prescriptions, regardless of their perceived popularity in the media and polls. (Associated Press)

Scott Walker promises to turn back the clock on taxes to Reagan era

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Jumping into a crowded 2016 presidential field, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vowed Monday to return federal tax rates to their levels under Ronald Reagan, eliminate the sequester cuts restraining Pentagon spending and tackle federal budget deficits by reforming entitlement programs and returning money and power to the states. Published July 13, 2015

Ben Carson plans to assemble an all-star team of corporate and economic experts after his announcement Monday to help him devise specific, detailed, goal-oriented plans to reshape and resize government, trim costs and create a more fair tax system. (Associated Press)

Ben Carson joins 2016 race, supports flat tax and $2 trillion stimulus plan

Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon turned political sensation, will formally launch his improbable bid for the Republican presidential nomination Monday from the same streets of Detroit where his rags-to-riches story began six decades ago as a black child raised by a single mother in poverty. Published May 3, 2015

Mario Cuomo, whose son Andrew is New York's reigning governor, rose to national prominence in 1984 with his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention assailing Ronald Reagan. (Associated Press)

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, ‘Hamlet of the Hudson,’ dies at 82

Mario Cuomo, the golden-tongued son of Italian immigrants who rode his liberal views and hard-nosed political acumen to the pinnacle of Democratic politics as New York's governor but repeatedly shunned a run for the White House, died Thursday at the age of 82. Published January 1, 2015

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans' health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals are "dishonorable" and will be not be tolerated by his administration.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biggest losers … Big O, big government and big labor

Americans spoke with a vengeance on Election Day 2014. They no longer trust big government to solve their deepest worries. They're tired of the war on women narrative, too. They still want their economy fixed and don't mind their governors taking on public unions, either. Published November 5, 2014

Paul Ryan debates with Rob Zerban at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Kenosha News, Sean Krajacic)

Paul Ryan: Voters reject ‘incompetence of big government’

Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president in 2012, said the GOP gains in Tuesday's election were fueled by voters finally experiencing the inability of a big federal government to deliver on President Obama's promises. Published November 4, 2014