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Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Rand Paul agrees with calls from S.C. leaders to remove Confederate flag

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky broke his silence Tuesday on the Confederate battle flag controversy in South Carolina, saying he agrees with the calls from Gov. Nikki Haley and other elected leaders for the flag to be pulled down from a monument at the state Capitol. Published June 23, 2015

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Pro-Rand Paul PAC attacks Jeb 'Bailout Bush'

A pro-Rand Paul Super PAC is out with a new "Bailout Bush" digital advertisement Monday that criticizes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his position on the 2008 Wall Street bailout and accuses him of taking a bailout of his own when his father was president. Published June 22, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Social-issues voters doubt Jeb Bush' viability

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will have a difficult time gaining traction among the religious conservative voters who make up a sizable chunk of the Republican primary electorate, attendees said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference last week, designed to give social-issues voters a chance to test the Republican Party presidential hopefuls. Published June 21, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks about education reform at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on June 11, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Chris Christie: U.S. needs leadership

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday reached out to social conservatives, saying a lack of leadership from the Obama administration and members of Congress has made the nation less safe and less fiscally sound. Published June 19, 2015

"Sadly, the American dream is dead," Donald Trump said from atop an American flag-filled stage inside his iconic Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City. "But if I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again." (Associated Press)

Donald Trump makes 2016 White House bid official, vows to save U.S.

Donald Trump ended years of flirtation and jumped into the presidential campaign Tuesday, casting himself as the ultimate maverick and vowing to use his turnaround-artist powers, honed on his own financial resurrection, to rescue the nation from clueless politicians "selling this country down the drain." Published June 16, 2015

American Renewal Project founder David Lane said he doesn't want to force pastors into politics but is looking for those who feel a calling. "If they are not called to run, we don't want them to run," he said. "We want people to discern whether God is calling them to run. If that happens, we are going to flood grass-roots-level conservatives into the public square."

David Lane's American Renewal Project mobilizing pastors to run for office

The way the Rev. Mike Gonzalez sees it, the United States has turned away from God, and Christianity is under attack. The situation is so dire, Mr. Gonzalez says, that he is considering taking the plunge from the pulpit into the political arena, hoping to return the nation to the "Judeo-Christian values" he says the founders intended. Published June 15, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waves as he takes the stage as he formally announced he is joining the race for president with a speech, Monday, June 15, 2015, at Miami Dade College in Miami. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Jeb Bush emphasizes economy, not family name, in making 2016 bid official

Vowing to "disrupt" Washington's political culture, Jeb Bush officially entered the Republican presidential race Monday, saying he would focus on economic growth and pursue the same fiscal policies he used as a two-term Florida governor to balance budgets, lower taxes and create jobs. Published June 15, 2015