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After his strong debate performances, after the endorsements he's picked up and after Jeb Bush's weakened position, Marco Rubio looks to be the Republican frontrunner -- at least in the "establishment" bracket of the GOP race. And there's the emerging perception that, if the early contests started t...
22:56 The simple reason the Senate has been keeping its health-care plan a secret25
01:30 G.O.P. Rift Over Medicaid and Opioids Imperils Senate Health Bill21
13:51 Supreme Court to hear major Wisconsin case on electoral maps23
16:42 A small-town American left Belleville, Ill., and turned his weapons on Washington49