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5 Reasons Cruz Announced His Candidacy Early

Cruz has not been the buzz candidate so far in the GOP's 2016 discussions — nor the media's. In fact, he has seemed at times a bit of a faded rose, a skyrocket that has spent much of its sparkle.
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2016 Presidential Campaign Has Its First Official Candidate

Republican Ted Cruz jumped into the race for the presidency, announcing his intentions in a tweet shortly after midnight Monday. Cruz is the first major candidate to outright declare he is running.
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The Time A Cartoonist Was Told To 'Lighten Up' A Character

Artist Ronald Wimberly uses a cartoon essay to tell us this story: He was drawing a Marvel character who's Mexican and African-American, so he drew her brown. But his editor had different ideas.
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What If Everyone In America Had To Vote?

President Obama called the idea of mandatory voting potentially "transformative." That's true, and Democrats might love it, but it's not likely to happen.
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Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election is likely to cause President Obama more headaches when it comes to dealing with Republicans, the Iran negotiations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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Starbucks Campaign Already Inspiring Awkward Conversations About Race

Video blogger and DJ Jay Smooth was on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about Starbucks' "Race Together" campaign, which has already birthed a very public, cringeworthy conversation about race.
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Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Fox's hip-hop drama Empire ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.
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Why Federal Budgets Aren't What You Think They Are

Congressional Republicans' budget is expected to be released Tuesday, but a federal budget is not really a budget at all.
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Does Success Of HBO's 'The Jinx' Herald New Form Of True-Crime TV?

HBO's docu-series The Jinx ended Sunday with murder suspect Robert Durst seeming to admit guilt. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says that moment may also have created a TV genre with its own set of rules.
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The Rules Don't Apply To Hillary Clinton ... Or Any Of The Other Un-Candidates

A unanimous ruling from the Federal Election Commission reaffirms that Hillary Clinton is, in fact, not a candidate for president — yet.

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