Don Gonyea Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., and travels throughout the United States covering elections and the country's political climate. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at NPR.org.

The Pope And Obama Share A Knack For Inspiring The Young

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At CPAC this year, even Sen. Rand Paul's cardboard cutout was drawing attention. The Kentucky lawmaker was leading in the straw poll among attendees Friday. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov hide caption

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CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters in front of federal court in Washington on Feb. 12. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting

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Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan

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American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations President Richard Trumka addresses members during the quadrennial AFL-CIO convention at Los Angeles Convention Center in Sept. 2013. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday. Christie was in town to raise money for the Republican Governors Association. PAUL BEATY/AP hide caption

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Gov. Christie Promotes GOP Despite Scandal At Home In N.J.

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Presidents past and present were on hand for the opening ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas in April 2013. Kevork Djansezian/AP hide caption

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Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library

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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is seen at the Jan. 24 RNC winter meeting in Washington. Priebus celebrates the achievements of black Republicans in a series of new radio ads designed to honor Black History Month. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Mike Huckabee, left, sits with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus before Huckabee spoke at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington on Thursday, Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding

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Visitors crowd the Las Vegas Strip to celebrate the new year. Glenn Pinkerton/AP hide caption

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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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