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CIA Director David Petraeus, testifies before the US Senate Intelligence Committee during a full committee hearing on "World Wide Threats."  on January 31, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Petraeus sentenced: 2 years probation; $100K fine

By Theodore Schleifer, CNN
Gen. David Petraeus was once a widely celebrated military leader, a man who oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and was touted as a potential presidential candidate. On Thursday, he faces criminal sentencing in Charlotte, North Carolina, for removing and retaining classified information as part of his romance with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
2016 GOP foreign policy credentials

GOP field heavy on hawks, light on experience

By Stephen Collinson and Alexandra Jaffe, CNN
Republicans are reaching for a trusted trump card in their quest to take back the White House -- blasting Democrats as feckless on foreign policy. But the GOP's strategy carries significant risks, not least because its candidates, though bristling with hawkish rhetoric, are notably short of hands-on foreign policy experience.
Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during a roundtable discussion with members of the small business community at Capital City Fruit on April 15, 2015 in Norwalk, Iowa.

Flip-flop or not: Hillary Clinton's 8-year political evolution

By Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica
Clinton has clarified -- or cleaned up -- where she stands on a few touchstone issues of the Democratic Party like gay marriage and immigration. Far more complicated is her view on trade, where she's now taking a cautious approach on a sweeping Pacific trade agreement that she fully supported as secretary of state.

Can this Democrat really beat Hillary Clinton?

By Mark Preston, CNN; Video by Alexander Rosen
It's in Iowa where O'Malley must stake his ground. Failure here would almost certainly doom his campaign. But if he manages to do better than expected -- or even stage an upset -- O'Malley could emerge as a real challenger for Clinton.
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Can Rubio, Bush both compete for Latino vote?

By Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter
They're both Spanish-speaking Republicans from Florida. And they both want to be president. There's a battle brewing between Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush over who is best-positioned to help the GOP make inroads with Latino voters, a crucial voting bloc for the party if it hopes to win the White House in 2016.
McConnell answers questions from reporters at the U.S. Capitol in September 2007.

New Senate is just like the old Senate

By Stephen Collinson, CNN
The chamber can't even come together to pass a bill tackling the scourge of sex trafficking -- which has wide bipartisan support -- because it has become derailed in a partisan fight over abortion. The result is that President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, is being held up. If things were not bad enough, Lynch's confirmation process has degenerated into an ugly row over race.
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Live from New York: It's 'Hillary Clinton'

By Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter
Like no other political force, "Saturday Night Live" actress Kate McKinnon is seeping into the cultural bloodstream as the latest incarnation of Clinton. McKinnon is serving up a version of Clinton as an overly ambitious and calculating politician who, try as she might, can't quite seem to nail the role of a normal human being.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich prepares to speak at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 18, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Kasich walks familiar halls

By Elizabeth Landers, CNN
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican congressman, was back to a familiar stomping ground in Washington on Thursday to push for a balanced budget in Congress, attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner and vie for national media attention as he explores a potential 2016 presidential bid.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC waves a flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building June 24, 2013 in Washington DC. The high court is expected to rule this week on some high profile decisions including California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Majority oppose 'religious freedom' laws that could discriminate

By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say that businesses that provide wedding-related services should be required to provide those services to same-sex couples in the same way they would all other customers, even if they have religious objections.