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Analysis: Jeb Bush strong in GOP debate but it may not matter

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Jeb Bush finally delivered a powerful debate performance. But it may not matter. The former Florida governor repeatedly took the fight to front-runner Donald Trump in Las Vegas Tuesday night as the Republican Party’s 2016 class met on the debate stage for the last time this year. Bush called the billionaire businessman “the chaos candidate,” insisted Trump couldn’t “insult his way to the presidency,” and dismissed Trump’s proposal to block all Muslims from entering the country as dangerous and “not…

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Rising Marco Rubio seeks to separate from GOP’s presidential pack

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Marco Rubio‘s “lean” presidential campaign is putting on weight. By every measure, the Florida senator’s bid for the Republican nomination has grown more robust in October, boosted again by a strong showing in Wednesday night’s debate. In preference polls and money flowing in, he’s ticking upward. The campaign’s fundraising, which lagged that of several competitors over the summer and early fall, just finished its best month yet. In the hours around the debate Rubio raised $750,000 online — more than…

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Donald Trump’s Republican critics pushing for GOP-backed takedown

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Don’t expect Democrats to take down Donald Trump. If the GOP’s baffled establishment wants to dismiss their party’s billionaire presidential front-runner, it appears they’ll have to do it themselves. Quietly pleased the brash real estate mogul and reality TV star has become the face of the modern-day GOP, Democrats who specialize in opposition research are holding their fire. Some leading Republicans, meanwhile, have grown increasingly concerned by Trump’s staying power, leading to fresh calls for an organized takedown campaign to…

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Debate stage drama: GOP awaits top 10 announcement

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They crowded the stage in New Hampshire for a debate-style faceoff. But the jam-packed Republican field will be narrowed considerably for the first formal debate of the 2016 primary season later in the week. On Tuesday, Fox News announces which 10 presidential hopefuls can participate and the exclusive club will feature notable omissions. All but three of the 17 major Republican candidates for president participated in a New Hampshire forum Monday night that was essentially a “debate lite.” Unlike Thursday’s…

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Jeb Bush’s new challenge: How to spend $114 million

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Jeb Bush has shattered political fundraising records with a $114-million haul in the first six months of the year, an extraordinary total designed to instill a sense of shock and awe into his Republican competitors. Now he has to figure out how to spend it. Bush and his allies reported Thursday they have collected more than $114 million through the end of June and reported $98 million in the bank, likely at least twice as much as his next closest…

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Jeb Bush on Confederate flag: S.C. will do ‘the right thing’

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Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue. Some still steered clear from the sensitive debate, even after the shooting deaths of nine people in a historic African-American church in Charleston further exposed the raw emotions about the flying the flag. Many see the Confederate flag as “a…

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