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The first GOP debate is Thursday: Here's what you need to know

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 9:16am

Republican primary voters will get more insight this week into the presidential candidates vying for their party's nomination as the contenders prepare to square off in the first primary debate.

Close aide to VP's late son joins Joe Biden 2016 super PAC

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 10:20pm

A top political aide to Vice President Joe Biden's late son joined the super PAC working to recruit the elder Biden to run for president on Sunday, lending the group newfound credibility in the midst of fresh signs the vice president's aides are taking a close look at a 2016 campaign.

Proof of Trump's charity giving elusive

Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 6:22pm

Donald Trump, widely believed to be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country's most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings.

Graham says he can win New Hampshire - and McCain agrees

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 1st - 5:20pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he's confident he can win the Republican presidential primaries in New Hampshire and his home state of South Carolina, two of the first voting states in the nomination contest.

Christie, others turn to McCain's town hall playbook in 2016

Kathleen Ronayne and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 1st - 4:01pm

In the summer of 1999, John McCain didn't have many big names backing his campaign for president. He didn't have much money, either, and even resorted at one point to giving away ice cream to drum up a decent-size crowd.

Judge issues restraining order against anti-abortion group

Eugene Scott CNN  |  Posted  Aug 1st - 12:17pm

A federal judge in California issued a temporary restraining order Friday against the group that has released several undercover videos of Planned Parenthood leaders after it attempted to release secretly-recorded footage of a different abortion group.

Data: Nearly 5 dozen give a third of all '16 campaign cash

Julie Bykowicz and Jack Gillum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 1st - 10:03am

It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks.

Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform plan

Sergio Bustos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 8:00am

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is outlining a six-point strategy to bolster security at the nation's border and overhaul its immigration laws.

Clinton's presidential campaign airs its first TV ads

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 9:10pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Koch warns conservatives must demand smaller government

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 7:31pm

Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the weekend don't rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government.

Trump fires adviser after racially charged Facebook posts

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 2:01pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has fired a campaign aide after racially charged Facebook posts surfaced on the aide's account.