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Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding

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An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention

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Republican Ed Gillespie announced Thursday that he's challenging Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner in November's election. Gillespie, a senior adviser to Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race, is shown here at Romney's election night rally in Boston on Nov. 6, 2012. Mike Segar/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race

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Trish Gallagher holds a sign for passing motorists to read during a demonstration in support of a higher minimum wage near a Burger King in Boston on Dec. 5. Massachusetts is one of several states considering a minimum wage ballot measure. BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida delivers a speech on reforming antipoverty programs on the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of the "War on Poverty." Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Sen. Rubio Proposes States Fight Poverty With Federal Funds

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Rubio Questions LBJ's Legacy On Poverty

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) greets supporters during a tea party rally in front of the U.S. Capitol in June. Paul was a rising star in the tea party movement this year, filibustering a CIA nomination in March. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight

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An auto worker tightens bolts on a Focus at a Ford plant in Michigan in October. Labor unions predicted in 1993 that NAFTA would send many U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico, and they continue to argue that the pact prompted a race to the bottom for workers. Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging

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Without Opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan Already Faces Re-Election Fight

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A Frustrating Year For Immigration Activists

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Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, planned to hold at least four field hearings on the Affordable Care Act, which he blames for increased health insurance prices. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Issa Takes Anti-Obamacare Campaign To The States

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John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, campaign in New York in 1960. AP hide caption

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How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign

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Supporters may be "Ready for Hillary," but NPR political reporter Don Gonyea isn't. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter

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Five Things That Have Gone The Way Of Blockbuster

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Mayor-elect Mike Duggan speaks at his election night celebration in Detroit on Tuesday. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Many Rooting For Down-On-Its-Luck Detroit And Its New Mayor

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