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Chris Christie to embrace underdog role as he launches 2016 bid

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When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enters the race for president this week, he’ll do so as an underdog. The launch of the Republican governor’s White House campaign is the culmination of years of groundwork that began even before his landslide re-election to a second term as governor in 2013, but one nearly felled by scandal and a descent from his standing as one of the nation’s most popular state leaders to a politician whose approval ratings have reached record…

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Ronald Reagan, MLK, rapper Minaj: 2016 candidates are name-droppers

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This is name-dropping season for the 2016 presidential hopefuls. They’re salting their speeches, interviews and tweets with mentions of everyone from the old standby, Ronald Reagan, to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., rapper Nicki Minaj and astronomer Galileo. It’s all part of a not-so-subtle effort to boost their own appeal by borrowing from the luster of others. Call it gilt by association. There’s a flip side, too: Republicans tossing out the names of Democratic foils to rile up…

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