In a debate that had been pared down from nine candidates in December to seven last night, several candidates for the Republican presidential nomination who faced each other in North Charleston, South Carolina, on January 14 became increasingly combative.

 

Anticipating that Fox Business Network would exclude him from the main primetime Republican debate and relegate him to the "undercard" debate, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “I won’t participate in anything that’s not first tier because we have a first tier campaign.”

President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on the evening of January 12, and — as journalists who had been given advance press releases about the speech predicted — he avoided legislative proposals for the present Congress and focused on four “big questions” about the future.

The Clintons would love to resurrect the "war on women" theme to shore up the female vote. But should they do so, promises Donald Trump, their past will come back to haunt them.

Hillary Clinton is well known for staging events and using children who will ask her softball questions. And a good example of this phenomenon was provided just last week at a New Hampshire town hall.

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