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George Pataki still is not running for president

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There are a number of Republicans who are “testing the waters” regarding a potential run for the presidency in 2016, and some of them are in New Hampshire this weekend. That would include South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, and George Pataki, the former three-term governor of New York (1994-2006), who was making his eighth trip to New Hampshire since September. Speaking at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in…

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Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton favored by American voters in 2016, CBS poll shows

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Jeb Bush continues to lead the field as best-known presidential hopeful tested in a new poll of Republican voters released Monday by CBS News. Behind Bush is former Gov. Mike Huckabee, followed by U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Respondents could choose as many names as they wanted. Showing the biggest movement in the past month is Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy during the survey. Thirty-seven percent of Republican voters would consider voting for him now, while only…

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Bill Day’s latest: the ‘Cruzzard’ takes flight

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At Virginia’s Liberty University, Ted Cruz made it official. The Texas senator declared his long-awaited White House bid on Monday with a passionate 30-minute speech, calling to “reignite the promise of America.” Cruz, a Tea Party firebrand, became the first in a soon-to-be-very-crowded Republican field with an event at the bastion of Christian conservatism; an irony not lost on either side of the aisle, including editorial cartoonist Bill Day. Cruz’s campaign – most certainly a long shot – seeks to mold…

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In Iowa, Jeb Bush defends Common Core school standards

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday night he is standing by his support for the Common Core school standards rejected by a segment of the GOP’s most conservative members, including other potential presidential candidates. “Raising expectations and having accurate assessments of where kids are is essential for success, and I’m not going to back down on that,” Bush said during a congressional fundraiser in suburban Des Moines. Common Core standards are a set of voluntary reading, language arts and…

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Jeb Bush dares to piss off CPAC crowd

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In what appeared to be the most anticipated moment at CPAC 2015, Jeb Bush went into the lion’s den this afternoon and seemed to emerge not only unscathed, but actually stronger in the process. Although some of his responses regarding immigration garnered boos, they weren’t substantial, and were drowned out by the cheers when it came to discussing other issues in a nearly 25-minute  stand-up interview with Sean Hannity. “The simple fact is there is no plan to deport 11…

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Florida legislators under pressure to alter school testing

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For nearly 2 million Florida public school students, the next few weeks could be a crucial moment in their education. The state is undertaking one of the biggest changes in its classrooms since former Gov. Jeb Bush pushed through his signature A+ school grading system nearly 16 years ago. Students will switch this spring to a new test based largely on Common Core standards, and it’s a test that most will do on a computer instead of paper. What happens…

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