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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses attendees during Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on June 2, 2015. (Associated Press)

Mike Huckabee: Crony capitalism stifling 'fair tax'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that Congress is reluctant to pass a "fair tax" because lawmakers are in bed with a deep-pocketed "donor class" that is reaping benefits from the current tax code. Published June 2, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, has long been a critic of the Patriot Act's far-reaching surveillance powers and the fight over its reauthorization has helped him carve out a unique space among the 2016 GOP presidential candidates. (Associated Press)

Paul's push against Patriot Act carries risks, rewards

Sen. Rand Paul's high-profile push to scrap the Patriot Act carries both risk and reward for his 2016 presidential prospects, according to GOP analysts, who say that the battle is helping him solidify his libertarian-leaning base, but also could further alienate voters that already have questions about his world view. Published May 31, 2015

The crowded field of Republicans planning presidential bids for 2016 continues to grow as former New York Gov. George Pataki announced his plans Thursday at a town hall in Exeter, New Hampshire to jump into the race. (Associated Press)

Barbs could get ugly in crowded 2016 Republican field

Expect stinging attacks to be the norm as analysts say the 20 or so Republicans planning presidential bids are going to resort to them as they try to carve out space within the crowded field, and try to win attention from primary voters by trying to knock front-running candidates off the top of the hill. Published May 28, 2015

Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

George Pataki, former New York governor, announces White House bid

Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Thursday launched his long-shot bid for president, vowing to reduce the size of the federal government and use military force if necessary to "defeat and destroy" the growing threat of Islamic militants in the Middle East. Published May 28, 2015

"ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately," said Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul. "And most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rand Paul breaks from GOP rivals with jab at 'hawks'

Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that the "hawks" within his own Republican Party helped arm the Islamic State terrorists who are now threatening the U.S. and its interests in the region, reigniting a fierce GOP debate over the nation's role in the world. Published May 27, 2015

As workers watch from a staircase, former Sen. Rick Santorum announces he is entering the Republican presidential race in Cabot, Pennsylvania. He vowed to cut government spending and "revoke every executive order and regulation that costs American jobs." (Associated Press)

Rick Santorum launches presidential bid, vows to be champion of American workers

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania on Wednesday launched his second bid for president, vowing to be a warrior for working-class Americans, in part by pursuing an immigration policy that ensures American workers and their wages are protected from annual increases an unskilled foreign labor. Published May 27, 2015


Rick Santorum expected to join crowded GOP 2016 field

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is expected Wednesday to dive into the 2016 GOP presidential race, where he will hope to prove that his second-place finish from four years ago was more than a flash in the pan. Published May 26, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to supporters in Hope, Ark., as he announces that he is seeking the Republican nomination in the 2016 race for president in this May 5, 2015, photo. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Mike Huckabee signs his own 'Pledge to the People'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday signed his own "Pledge to the People" in which he vowed to push a populist agenda that aims to help every American climb the economic ladder. Published May 14, 2015

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton speaks during the Freedom Summit the Freedom Summit in Greenville, S.C., on May 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

John Bolton takes pass on White House bid

John Bolton announced Thursday that he is not running for president, but vowed to make sure that national security issues are front and center in the 2016 campaign. Published May 14, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Freedom Summit, Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

GOP 2016 hopefuls descend upon South Carolina

A slate of 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls paid their respects over the weekend to the voters of South Carolina, who have shown -- outside of their 2012 Newt Gingrich preference -- a knack for getting behind the party's eventual nominee. Published May 10, 2015