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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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CORRECTS ID FROM JOHN MARA TO STEVE TISCH - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, left, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Giants executive vice-President Steve Tisch, right, talk before an NFL football game between the Giants and Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Plenty of room for fat cat donors to cozy up to Christie in race against Jeb, Mitt

Republican donors say Chris Christie won't be squeezed out of the Republican presidential race even if Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush dive in because there is plenty of money to go around among the three men viewed as the establishment's candidates and the New Jersey governor has advantages the other two don't have. Published January 20, 2015

So far, the GOP does not have much enthusiasm for a possible third run for the White House by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (Associated Press)

Prospect of a 2016 Romney bid fails to inspire GOP

Mitt Romney has shot to the top of GOP primary polls, but the potential for his third presidential bid isn't playing as well among Republican Party leaders and activists who are no longer sold on him, and say he's far from a shoo-in to win their nomination again. Published January 15, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker (Associated Press) **FILE**

Chris Christie, Scott Walker go global in State of the State addresses

Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker managed to carve out space in their respective State of the State addresses this week to delve into international affairs, signaling the importance global politics is expected to play in the 2016 GOP nomination race. Published January 14, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: 'I will be standing here in one year'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vowed Tuesday in his annual State of the State Address that he would still be "standing here in one year" — a promise sure to raise questions about his presidential aspirations in 2016. Published January 13, 2015

"A complete and thorough audit of the Fed will finally allow the American people to know exactly how their money is spent in Washington," said Sen. Rand Paul, who is proposing legislation. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Time to rethink opposition to judicial activism

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that conservatives should not be so fast to attack the courts, saying judges have played an important role in defending the rights of individuals fighting against government overreach. Published January 13, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Ryan says he will not run for president in 2016. Ryan, of Wisconsin, was the Republican candidate for vice president in 2012. There had been much speculation about his ambitions for 2016. But Ryan says in a statement issued Monday that he wants to focus on his work in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Paul Ryan: I'm not running in 2016

Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, announced Monday that he will pass on a 2016 White House bid, saying he wants to focus instead on his job as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which puts him in charge of writing all tax laws. Published January 12, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

Ted Cruz: Move White House to Rio Grande Valley

Sen. Ted Cruz, a likely 2016 presidential contender, said Monday that Congress should think about moving the White House to the nation's southern border, suggesting it would be an eye-opening experience for President Obama, who the Texas Republican said has violated the Constitution by unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Published January 12, 2015

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney laughs while speaking to members of the business community at the Boise Centre in Boise, Idaho, on Oct. 22, 2014. (Associated Press/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green) **FILE**

Mitt Romney tells donors he is considering 2016 presidential bid

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told donors Friday he is considering another run for the White House — a move that could further unsettle the emerging GOP presidential field and create a glut of competitors vying for the backing of establishment Republicans. Published January 9, 2015

Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, will retired in 2016.  (Associated Press)

Barbara Boxer announces retirement for 2016

Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a combative career that saw her become one of the country's chief progressive champions. Published January 8, 2015

Mike Huckabee says he will not consider a White House bid unless he is convinced he can raise $50 million, up sharply from previous campaigns. (Associated Press)

GOP presidential candidates will need $50 million for primaries

It looks like $50 million will be the ante that Republican presidential candidates will have to prove they can raise in order to show viability in the primary contests, according to strategists and fundraisers, signaling the beginning of what is expected to be the most expensive nomination race in history. Published January 7, 2015