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Ohio Gov. John Kasich won a landslide re-election to a second term last year, proving his popularity in a state considered pivotal for a Republican presidential candidate to win. (Associated Press)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich to test 2016 waters on trip to New Hampshire

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will make a foray to New Hampshire this week, testing whether another GOP governor with a reputation for compassionate conservatism and the potential for broad appeal can find a place amid the crowded 2016 presidential field. Published March 22, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul claimed former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton believes she and her husband are "above the law." (Associated Press)

Rand Paul emerges as the harshest GOP critic of Clinton emails

Sen. Rand Paul has emerged as the chief Clinton critic within the likely 2016 Republican presidential field, firing barbs against the former secretary of state and her husband as he tries to lead the attack on Democrats' presidential front-runner. Published March 16, 2015

Several of the GOP's 2016 presidential contenders, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, are hopeful that providing the public with access to their voluminous emails will head off any issues such as the one plaguing former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who admitted to using a private email address and is thus far refusing to turn over her server to investigators. (associated press)

Republicans weighing 2016 run facing Clinton email trap

Current and former Republican governors considering 2016 presidential runs say that they have abided by their state laws when it comes to personal emails that included government business — putting them in the same boat as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has defended her use of a secret email account by insisting she complied with federal laws. Published March 15, 2015

Iowa Republican Party members listen during a Jan. 10, 2015, meeting at the party headquarters in Des Moines to discuss whether the state party should carry on with a presidential straw poll. Despite criticism from some prominent Republicans, the Republican Party of Iowa's central committee unanimously voted to keep the event going. (Associated Press/The Des Moines Register, Charlie Litchfield) **FILE**

Iowa GOP moves 2015 straw poll to Boone

The Republican Party of Iowa announced Thursday that the 2015 straw poll will be moving about 20 miles down the road from Ames, Iowa, to Boone. Published March 12, 2015

Although he's down in presidential polls, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told town hall meeting Tuesday that he's "still standing." Using the event to cement his no nonsense image, Mr. Christie continued to tout his budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year. (Associated Press)

Slipping in polls, Chris Christie uses town halls to cement image

Tanking in presidential polls and juggling economic and political problems at home, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held his 130th town hall Tuesday, hoping his retail-politics approach can salvage his state budget and give him a boost nationally. Published March 10, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

GOP presidential hopefuls split over federal biofuels mandate

Less than a year out from the Iowa caucus, the likely GOP presidential contenders are staking out opposing views over Uncle Sam’s role in the alternative energy industry, making it the latest dividing line in the early jockeying among the party’s White House hopefuls. Published March 8, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Ted Cruz: Don't let 'anti-science zealotry' shutdown GMOs

Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that the nation should push back against the "hysteria" over food made with genetically modified organisms, saying these innovations in science should be celebrated for the positive impact they've had both at home and abroad. Published March 7, 2015

"We object to Common Core because the federal government has no right imposing curriculum, imposing content standards in local classrooms when these decisions have always been made by local parents, by teachers, by local leaders," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the CPAC conventiongoers, sparking applause from the crowd. (Associated Press)

Common Core opposition unites 2016 hopefuls at CPAC, with Jeb Bush lone outlier

Likely GOP presidential contenders' calls to scrap Common Core are evoking frustration among Republicans who support the education initiative at the state level: They say the learning standards are not a power grab by the federal government and express concern that the political aspirations of a few could thwart educational improvements for millions of children nationwide. Published March 1, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pauses while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pence: It's time to 'dramatically increase defense spending'

Capping the the second to last day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that it is time to rebuild the nation's military to confront bad actors around the world and to protect the nation. Published February 28, 2015

Iraqis hold a protest a day after Islamic State militants posted an online video showing them smashing rare ancient artifacts in a museum, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The protesters held a banner denouncing the destruction of the artifacts and call upon the Iraqi government to protect archeological sites in the country. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Islamist terrorism biggest threat to U.S. national security: TWT/CPAC poll

Conservatives say Islamist terrorism is the biggest threat to U.S. national security, trumping the dangers of more traditional enemies such as Iran or Russia, according to The Washington Times/CPAC flash poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Published February 27, 2015

Possible 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida listens to questions as he speaks to area residents in Hollis, N.H., on Feb. 23, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sen. Marco Rubio knocks 'Obama-Clinton' foreign policy

Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday the nation must play a larger role in confronting bad actors on the world stage, blaming the "Obama-Clinton" foreign policy for making the nation less safe. Published February 27, 2015