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The Bush Family Checklist

Jeb Bush is popular in conservative circles and is the third member of the Bush family to be seen as a presidential contender. (The last two were elected.) So is there some sort of How to Be President checklist somewhere in the Bush house? If so, it might look something like this.

Four Faces Of Conservatism: Possible Directions For The GOP

Is it the message or its delivery? That's one of the questions being debated as Republicans — like all parties out of power — plot their comeback. Some think they need to take a new tack on issues; others believe that the GOP's core conservative principles are still political winners.
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Analysis: Maryland To Make Final Vote On Repealing Death Penalty

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest in Maryland's death penalty issue, Virginia's governor's race, and D.C.'s upcoming special election.

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The Future Of The CIA

The future of the CIA and challenges facing the new director: Questions on drones, interrogation techniques and other clandestine operations.


CPAC Goes To Washington: Can They Rally And Rebuild?

Conservative leaders and activists are gathering in Washington this week for CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference. There's been a lot of focus on who was invited to speak — like Mitt Romney and Donald Trump — and who wasn't, like Chris Christie. Plus, President Obama is heading to the Middle East for the first time as president next week. Host Michel Martin talks politics with Mary Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report, and former Obama administration advisor Corey Ealons.
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President Obama's Middle East Trip: A Preview

President Barack Obama travels this week to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. Critical issues for the U.S. in the region.

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Analysis: Effects Of Sequester Hit Capitol, CPAC Sets Conservative Tone

One of the most visible effects of sequestration in Washington is the cancellation of White House tours and longer lines at the U.S. Capitol. CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings discusses that and the latest from CPAC.


Son's Coming Out Leads Sen. Portman To Reverse On Same-Sex Marriage

The Ohio Republican, who was on the short list of 2012 vice presidential possibilities, told reporters that he's now thinking about the issues as "a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have."