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John Solomon

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Republican presidential candidates John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul appear during Republican presidential debate at Milwaukee Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee. (Associated Press)

Winners and losers in Republican debate

The fourth Republican presidential debate showcased a vastly different economic vision for America than President Obama and the Democrats striving to succeed him on everything from taxes and the minimum wage to immigration and job training. And it produced some clear winners and losers. Published November 10, 2015

Marco Rubio argued that the child tax credit was not a transfer payment but a repayment of taxes paid, including payroll taxes imposed on all workers. He said that the tax credit should be viewed as an investment in families and in their children's futures. (Associated Press)

Winners and losers from the third GOP debate

The third Republican debate produced plenty of fireworks and managed to put the moderators and the larger news media on trial. Here's our instant assessment of who won, who held their own and who lost. Published October 28, 2015

Ben Carson's campaign shrugged off the Club for Growth's findings, dismissing its methods and conclusions. (Associated Press)

Ben Carson raises money … during debate

Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon turned GOP presidential front-runner, found a way to multitask Wednesday night, fielding questions in a televised debate while raising money simultaneously across the Internet. Published October 28, 2015

Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who led a U.S. security assessment team in Libya in 2012, said he takes little satisfaction in having been right. "The gulf between the real world, when you are working in the danger zone, and what goes on D.C. is insane," he said in an interview Monday with the Times. "They don't listen to people on the ground. It's just a broken system." (Associated Press)

Benghazi security assessment by Green Beret stands test of time

When Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, a Green Beret, first told Congress that security at the Benghazi consulate had been woefully inadequate before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack there, top State Department officials working for Hillary Rodham Clinton strongly disputed his assessment. Published October 19, 2015

A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames on September 11, 2012. (Reuters)

Benghazi memos recovered from compound detail staff security worries

In the final weeks before the deadly Benghazi attack in September 2012, State Department officials serving in the tumultuous Libyan city had increasing worries about safety, reaching out repeatedly to the CIA and Libyan government for extra security and dealing with landlord and guard issues that raised additional red flags, according to documents recovered from the burned-out compound. Published October 19, 2015

Democratic presidential candidates (from left) former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee take the stage before the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Winners and losers in the first Democratic debate

There were four winners and four losers in the first Democratic presidential debate of 2016, which is fairly impressive since there were only five candidates on stage. Published October 13, 2015

A Libyan military guard stands in front of one of the U.S. Consulate's burnt out buildings in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 14, 2012. (Associated Press)

State Department lags on post-Benghazi security reforms for high-risk diplomatic posts

More than three years after the Benghazi tragedy, the State Department is rejecting one of the recommendations from its internal watchdog to improve security at its high-risk diplomatic posts, and hasn't yet completed other high-priority reforms recommended by independent experts, according to an internal progress memo. Published October 8, 2015

New evidence suggests Iran and Hezbollah colluded to hide a suspect in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 U.S. servicemen and wounded hundreds. (Associated Press)

Bill Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran’s terrorism

Bill Clinton's administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews. Published October 5, 2015

Huma Abedin, long-time aide of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, was paid by a private firm to help stage an event with former President Bill Clinton. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, paid by firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State

While still working at the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton confidante Huma Abedin was paid by the private consulting firm Teneo Holdings to help stage a star-studded reception that included her boss' husband, Bill Clinton, along with George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as speakers just days after the Benghazi tragedy, The Washington Times has learned. Published September 29, 2015

Huma Abedin, a longtime assistant to Hillary Rodham Clinton, has been under investigation for a $33,000 payout from the State Department. (Associated Press)

Huma Abedin, top Clinton aide, formally investigated by feds for embezzlement

Federal investigators formally investigated top Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin for the crime of embezzlement after confirming she took a "Babymoon" vacation and maternity time at the State Department without expending her formal leave, resulting in thousands of dollars of pay she wasn't entitled to receive, The Washington Times has learned. Published September 9, 2015

Since the revelation this spring that Hillary Rodham Clinton had a private email server where she conducted some official business, the State Department has been busy reviewing some 30,000 emails in that account for possible release to both the House Select Committee on Benghazi and a federal court handling a FOIA lawsuit. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton emails: Safe provided to lawyer among irregularities seen in review

When State Department officials first discovered that Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal email account contained classified information, they did not seize the thumb drive containing her digitally archived inbox but rather provided her attorney a special safe to secure the device, according to interviews and documents. Published August 16, 2015

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Republican debate scorecard

The winners, the losers and those who treaded water in the opening 2016 Republican presidential-primary debate. Published August 6, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Associated Press/File)

Hillary Clinton emails: U.S. intelligence preparing for massive breach of classified data

The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday. Published July 30, 2015

Upon announcing his presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he would work with Congress to repeal Obamacare if elected in 2016. (Associated Press)

Mike Grebe named to head Scott Walker campaign

Every successful presidential candidate has a political whisperer, the one adviser with the stature to both channel the candidate's message and say "no" when it needs to be said. Published July 13, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. Kerry hosted five of his predecessors in a rare public reunion for the groundbreaking of a museum commemorating the achievements of American statesmanship. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sexual harassment complaints at State Department soar under Clinton, Kerry

In a disclosure that could have political implications for election campaigns, the State Department's chief watchdog reported Thursday that worker harassment complaints have nearly tripled inside the department during the tenures of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John F. Kerry -- but the department still doesn't have mandatory training for all employees. Published June 18, 2015