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An Ode To The Also-Rans In American Politics
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Thanks to the current nomination calendar, U.S. presidential candidates (like Chris Christie, pictured at the 2015 Iowa State Fair) get lots of practice at flipping pork chops. Scott Olson/Getty Images News hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner gets emotional and wipes his face during a news conference on Capitol Hill in which he announced he would be resigning at the end of October. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Values Voter Summit attendees cheer Boehner's resignation
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Students protest the rising costs of college loans in Los Angeles in 2012. Citing bank bailouts, the protesters called for student debt cancellations. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Fact Check: Is Refinancing Student Debt Really Good Policy?
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the first Republican presidential debate Thursday in Cleveland. Bush touted his jobs record in Florida. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Fact Check: Candidates Don't Tell The Whole Stories In First Debate
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A supporter waves a Cuban flag in front of the country's embassy after it reopened for the first time in 54 years on July 20 in Washington, D.C. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a communist revolution. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, apologized Wednesday after making a joke about Joe Biden while the vice president was mourning the death of his son. Charles Dharapak/Associated Press hide caption

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had a tough week with his changing positions on the Iraq War and trying to explain whether he would have authorized it, knowing what we know now. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Former President Bill Clinton campaigns before the 2014 elections for former Sen. Mark Pryor, center, and Mike Ross, right, the Democratic candidate for governor. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Political Postcard: Still Love For Bill Clinton In A Place Called Hope
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