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  • In this April 3, 2014, photo, clouds hang over the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    GOP Campaign Committee Has $31M to Hold House

    WASHINGTON—The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports... Read more

  • In this March 19, 2014 photo, Oregon Republican Senate candidate, State Rep. Jason Conger, right, speaks as fellow candidate Portland lawyer Tim Crawley, looks on, during a candidate forum in Lake Oswego, Ore. Republicans are making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in Oregon, a reliably Democratic state that hasn't elected a Republican to a statewide office in more than a decade. Republicans think they've found the right candidate in Monica Wehby, a children's brain surgeon who's raised more than $1 million and put her early opposition to the president's health law at the center of her campaign to help her party regain a Senate majority. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)

    GOP Making Bold Play for US Senate Seat in Oregon

    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore.—The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn’t been elected to... Read more

  • In this Feb. 23, 2013 photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett participates in the National Governors Association 2013 Winter Meeting in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Amid Budget Woes, Gas Drilling Tax Turns GOP Heads

    HARRISBURG, Pa.—Slapping Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry with a new tax has long been the currency of Democrats, and now an increasingly grim budget picture... Read more

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    James Toigo of Connecticut Shoots Squirrel, Gets Guns Taken Away Under New Gun Registration Law

    The case of James Toigo in Milford, Connecticut has come under scrutiny after several guns he legally possesses were taken by police after they responded to... Read more

  • Vice President Joseph Biden speaks at the TIME 100 gala celebrating the "100 Most Influential People in the World" at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday April 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Obama Praises Biden, But Doesn’t Endorse For 2016

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House. But Obama does say that Joe Biden “will... Read more

  • Cliven Bundy, right, and Clance Cox, left, stand at the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville Nev. Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

    Cliven Bundy Update: Nevada Rancher Explains Why He Refuses to Recognize Federal Authority

    Cliven Bundy, possibly the most famous rancher in the United States after his stand-off with federal officials, has come forward to explain why he doesn’t... Read more

  • Protesters shout anti- governmental slogans during a massive protest in Sofia, Friday, June 14, 2013. Several thousand people, organized through social media, gathered in front of government headquarters to protest against the appointment of media mogul Delyan Peevski, (unseen) as the head of the country's security service. Protesters accuse the government of ties with the oligarchy and demanded early elections to be called immediately.  (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova)

    US Oligarchy Study: United States Not a Democracy?

    A new study has found that the U.S. is an oligarchy, not a democracy. The study is going to appear in the fall 2014 issue... Read more

  • April 8, 2014, President Barack Obama signing executive actions, with pending Senate legislation, aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, during an event marking Equal Pay Day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Obama, Republicans Compete for Support Among Women

    WASHINGTON—After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an... Read more

  • Former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks at a GOP Freedom Summit, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Manchester, N.H. Several potential Republican White House contenders _ among them Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee _ headline a conference Saturday in New Hampshire, hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    ‘Obamacare’ Under Attack as Conservatives Eye 2016

    MANCHESTER, N.H.—Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama’s health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering... Read more

  • In this Nov. 21, 2013, photo newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican of Louisiana, waits to be sworn in at the Capitol in Washington. Louisiana voters say they're disappointed but not surprised by a video showing McAllister in an extramarital encounter with an aide. Several of the congressman’s constituents say he should not resign, though Gov. Bobby Jindal and some other Republican Party leaders suggest he should step down. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Voters Forgive Congressman Vance McAllister

    MONROE, La. — In a matter of days, Republican Vance McAllister has gone from being the unlikely congressman — a special election winner who trounced... Read more

  • From left Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are seen in file photos. The three are scheduled to headline a conference Saturday April 12, 2014 in Manchester, N.H., hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation’s leading conservatives gather for a New Hampshire summit thick with presidential implications. The summit comes as prospective presidential candidates begin to step up appearances in key states ahead of the 2016 presidential contest, even though New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation-presidential primary isn’t planned for another two years. (AP Photo/File)

    Conservatives Renew Attack on Obamacare as They Gather for Summit

    BOSTON — President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation’s leading conservatives gather for a New Hampshire... Read more

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    Drudge Report Slammed as ‘Recklessly Hyping’ Cliven Bundy Standoff by Liberal Organization

    Drudge Report has been criticized by a liberal blog over the portrayal of the standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and federal authorities. Drudge Report,... Read more

  • Krissy Thornton, right, looks at blood from a taser wound on Ammon Bundy near Bunkerville, Nev. Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Bundy was tasered by Bureau of Land Management law enforcement officers while protesting the roundup of what the BLM calls "trespass cattle" that rancher Cliven Bundy grazes in the Gold Butte area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

    Cliven Bundy Ranch Dispute: Huge Difference Between Coverage by Conservative and Liberal Media

    The Cliven Bundy ranch dispute has gained a lot of attention but is getting hugely different coverage from conservative and liberal media outlets. Bundy is... Read more

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delivers the keynote speech at the opening of the University of Colorado's annual Conference on World Affairs, in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Kathleen Sebelius Resigning From Top HHS Post

    WASHINGTON— Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by... Read more

  • This Feb. 4, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss/center) speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections can’t seem to reach an official party line on that the old Washington practice of writing the federal budget to benefit the folks back home. Sure, top Republicans like Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell - now Senate minority leader - and Cochran begrudgingly banned so-called earmarks more than three years ago. They were reacting both to the tea party’s rise and a push from conservative House Republicans like Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, now a House Appropriations subcommittee chairman. Cochran is flanked by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark./at left), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich). (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Election-Year GOP Split Over Home-State Projects

    ATLANTA—Republicans can’t seem to reach an official party line this election year on the old Washington custom of using the federal budget to benefit the... Read more

  • President Barack Obama smiles as he stands with Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, after speaking to the media, Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama: Republican Budget Would Shrink Opportunity

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says the Republican budget proposal would shrink opportunity and make it tougher for hard-working Americans to get ahead. In his weekly... Read more

  • Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, followed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, where they talked about the Supreme Court decision in the McCutcheon vs. FEC case, in which the Court struck down limits in federal law on the aggregate campaign contributions individual donors may make to candidates, political parties, and political action committees.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Big Donors May Give Even More Under Court’s Ruling

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday erasing a long-standing limit on campaign donations will allow a small number of very wealthy donors to give even... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited a call center at United Way of Greater Austin Friday, March 28, 2014, in Austin, Texas, to highlight local efforts to enroll consumers in affordable health coverage, just three days before the March 31 enrollment deadline.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)

    Obamacare ‘Sign-ups’ Are Hindered in Texas by Opposition, Sebelius Says

    AUSTIN, Texas—Political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn’t helped enrollment numbers that lag behind expectations as next week’s deadline to sign... Read more

  • This photo taken March 19, 2014 shows Chris Jankowski the architect of the GOP’s gerrymandering effort in Virginia posing in the Gallery of the Virginia House of Delegates at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. They can recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, but Democrats will face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year’s midterm elections, regardless of the political climate in November. The playing field is tilted decidedly in favor of Republican candidates and it will be for much of the decade. That’s because Republicans built the field when they drew new boundaries for House districts in key states after the 2010 census. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    GOP Has a Built-In Advantage in Fight for US House

    WASHINGTON—Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House... Read more

  • In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith, of Huntsville, Ala., talks with reporters at the Democratic Party state headquarters in Montgomery, Ala., after signing up to run for governor. Griffith says he would repeal the state immigration law that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed and replace it with a law that doesn’t put so many regulations on businesses. (AP Photo/Phillip Rawls, File)

    Griffith Rebuilding Democratic Base

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Democratic candidate for governor Parker Griffith is a lot like Republican Gov. Robert Bentley. Both are 71, Republican Robert Bentley and Democrat Parker Griffith... Read more

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