Hillary Clinton: What's her 2016 plan?

  • 10 March 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Image copyright Getty Images

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

It's a quote from boxer Mike Tyson that has become a favourite of political players in the US.

Thanks to the growing controversy arising from her use of private email during her time as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton's presidential plans are disappearing in a flurry of punches. A controlled launch of her campaign in July is on the scrap heap, and an April announcement - on the heels of press conferences and damage control - seems more likely.

Now critics on the right and the left are landing blows that can't be easily dismissed - amounting to a rather abrupt reversal of fortune.

Just a few weeks ago, Mrs Clinton appeared to be riding high. She had built up considerable goodwill over the last six years. While her primary against Mr Obama was contentious, she played the good soldier after conceding defeat.

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Could Clinton emails shake up the 2016 Democratic race?

  • 3 March 2015
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Make no mistake, Tuesday's New York Times report on Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email account during her time as US secretary of state could turn into a major development in the 2016 presidential race.

This all stems from Mrs Clinton's position as the leading - only, really - candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. At this moment there are no realistic alternatives. If Mrs Clinton's electoral prospects sink, her party goes down with her.

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CPAC: Jeb Bush survives conservative grassroots gauntlet

  • 27 February 2015
Jeb Bush speaks at the 2015 CPAC conference. Image copyright Getty Images

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has the money, national profile and, yes, last name to mount a convincing campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

The one thing he didn't have was the support of much of the crowd during this week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

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CPAC: Scott Walker compares US union protesters to IS

  • 27 February 2015
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The Conservative Political Action Conference's new post-speech question-and-answer format claimed its first victim on Thursday evening.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had just finished giving a rousing speech touting his ability to enact a conservative agenda in his moderate state, including overcoming massive public union demonstrations against his education reform programme.

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Does Mike Huckabee want to be president?

  • 24 February 2015
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Contender or pretender - what can we make of Mike Huckabee?

The former Arkansas governor is at or near the top of many Republican primary polls, both nationally and in first-in-the-nation-voting Iowa. He's also making moves that appear to be clear indications that he intends to seek his party's presidential nomination.

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The Chicago election that could be bad news for Hillary

  • 23 February 2015
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Mayoral races in the United States rarely make headlines beyond the local papers, but on Tuesday Democratic eyes across the US will be glued to the race in Chicago. It could prove to be an important bellwether for those seeking the party's presidential nomination in 2016.

When President Barack Obama visited his hometown last week, he was ostensibly there to declare the Pullman Historic District as a National Monument.

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Recruiting race: College sport site profiles 11-year-olds

  • 20 February 2015
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As the world of college athletics gets increasingly competitive, parents and coaches are pushing to get kids on track to land a coveted full-tuition athletic scholarship as soon as possible.

But how early is too early?

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Hillary Clinton's grandmother gambit

  • 19 February 2015
Bill and Hillary Clinton hold their granddaughter, Charlotte. Image copyright AP

"Grandmothers know best."

Hillary Clinton attached that line as a hashtag to a tweet about the importance of measles vaccinations earlier this month. Given that Mrs Clinton's tweets are read like messages from the Delphic oracle, it has rekindled speculation that the former secretary of state will be leaning on her new grandmatronly status in her all-but-announced upcoming presidential campaign.

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Rand Paul and his Ron Paul conundrum

  • 16 February 2015
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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has a Ron Paul problem. Or maybe it's a Ron Paul opportunity.

Both sides of that particular coin were on display Friday, when Ron - Rand's father - spoke to the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC.

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2016 updates: Scott Walker 'punts' on evolution

  • 15 February 2015
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Image caption Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is caught off guard by evolution question

It has been just over 100 days since the 2014 US mid-term elections wrapped up with sweeping conservative victories.

Thirty-eight days ago, the new Republican Congress was sworn in, and two weeks later President Barack Obama addressed the body with his State of the Union address.

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