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Jeb Bush (Almost) Announces Candidacy

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives the keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington on Nov. 20, 2014. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, Bush took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gives the keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington on Nov. 20, 2014. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, Bush took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy...




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