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(CNN) - In 1965, a 40-year-old William F. Buckley, Jr. ran for mayor of New York City - a race he arguably never intended to win. In fact, when asked what he'd do if he won he replied, "Demand a recount."
But 10 years after founding the National Review and one year after establishing Barry Goldwater as the conservative nominee for president, Buckley saw that the often-times colorful mayoral election was a useful vehicle for him to elevate his brand and promote conservatism on a national platform.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin grabbed America's attention with his New York Times op-ed arguing against military intervention in Syria, particularly with the final paragraph where he disputes American exceptionalism.
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute join hosts Newt Gingrich and Van Jones in the Crossfire tonight to debate Putin's Syria plan and his take on the United States.
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Author, documentary filmmaker, historian, Speaker of the House (1995-1999), and 2012 Republican presidential candidate
Fmr. Obama Deputy Campaign Mgr. and W.H. Sr. Adviser, founder of Precision Strategies, fmr. Sr. Adviser to Maj. Leader Reid and Sen. Kennedy
Conservative columnist for New York Daily News, contributing editor at Townhall Magazine, commentator and author
Former Special Adviser for Green Jobs under President Obama, co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, author and attorney
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