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The Republican Party (also called the GOP, for “Grand Old Party”) is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, it dominated politics nationally for most of the period from 1860 to 1932. There have been 18 Republican presidents, the most recent being George W. Bush. Currently the party’s platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S. political spectrum. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Report: Hastert was concealing prior sexual misconduct with another man

Friday, May 29, 2015
Dennis Hastert
The indictment against Hastert accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct." [...]

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Rick Santorum announces second White House run

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum, an aggressive advocate for conservative family values and longtime opponent of LGBT rights, launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence - and focus on social issues - in a changing Republican [...]

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Lindsey Graham: I’m running for president ‘because I think the world is falling apart’

Monday, May 18, 2015
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
The third-term senator told CBS he will make his official campaign announcement June 1 in his hometown of Central, South Carolina. [...]

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GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina softens stance on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Carly Fiorina
Fiorina told a blogger Monday that she didn’t support a Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but in 2010, however, Fiorina supported such an amendment. [...]

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Mike Huckabee launches second White House bid

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Mike Huckabee
Huckabee and his aides say his second run would pitch the candidate as an economic populist and foreign affairs hawk who holds deeply conservative views on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. [...]

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Carly Fiorina announces presidential campaign with jab at Hillary Clinton

Monday, May 4, 2015
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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her run for president, calling herself the "best person for the job" while taking a shot at Hillary Clinton, accusing her of being untrustworthy. [...]

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Poll: Majority of Republican voters would attend a same-sex wedding

Friday, May 1, 2015
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A majority of U.S. Republicans would attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. [...]

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Republicans block Colorado bill on transgender birth certificates

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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A Senate committee voted 3-2 Wednesday to reject a bill to allow people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without getting surgery. All three Republicans on the committee voted against it. [...]

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McConnell, Cruz among 57 Republicans urging Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage

Friday, April 3, 2015
Mitch McConnell (left) and Ted Cruz
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz are among 57 Republicans in Congress who are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Indiana religious freedom debate exposes Republican divisions

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
“I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a March 30, radio interview. He said the law was "simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs.”
The backlash over a religious freedom law in Indiana has the GOP's leading White House contenders in a messy clash that highlights the party's opposition to same-sex marriage and threatens to inject social issues into the early stages of the 2016 presidential primary season. [...]

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