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The horses are out of the gate. With Sen. Ted Cruz's Liberty University speech, the Texas conservative became the first candidate to officially announce he’s running for president in 2016. It's now only a matter of time before other contenders add their names to the list, but the question many are asking is: When will that be?

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Capitol Hill: Era of show horses vs. workhorses

Several members of Congress in recent years have gained prominence by performing what might be described as stunts, as opposed to doing the nuts- and-bolts work of crafting and passing legislation.

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