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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

McConnell: What Plays in Kentucky Stays in Kentucky

Facing a tough re-election fight in a state where college basketball by his own account is “the hottest issue,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell last week avoided endorsing either Louisville or Kentucky before their Sweet 16 encounter in the NCAA...

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Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, during the House Appropriations Committee to snack on during the markup of a fiscal 2012 interior and environment draft bill.

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Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, during the House Appropriations Committee to snack on during the markup of a fiscal 2012 interior and environment draft bill.

Simpson Bags NRA Backing in Idaho

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, whose Republican primary challenger is backed by the Club ForGrowth, today bagged the endorsement of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. David Keene, a former president of the National Rifle Association, delivered the group’s endorsement...

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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

Congress Tables Convention Cash, Offers to Kids’ Health Instead

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: The Senate took a brief time out from partisan sniping to abolish public financing of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic National Conventions and authorize spending the savings for pediatric medical research. Senate Republican Leader Mitch...

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Students prepare for a commencement on May 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Students prepare for a commencement on May 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Student Loan Bill: Thumbs Up From House Republicans

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog Senior Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee say they like what they hear about the bipartisan Senate deal on student-loan interest rates and predict a resolution before the August recess. The...

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Anti-abortion protesters pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Anti-abortion protesters pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Can Franks Turn Rape-Comment Uproar Into Campaign Cash?

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker Republican Trent Franks, the Arizona congressman whose comment about rape and pregnancy revived a political uproar that dogged Republicans in the last election, is trying to capitalize on the episode for campaign donations. Franks, sponsor of legislation to...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, conducts a ceremonial swearing-in with U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), center, and his mother Peggy Sanford, right, at the Capitol on May 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, conducts a ceremonial swearing-in with U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), center, and his mother Peggy Sanford, right, at the Capitol on May 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Sanford Takes Office, Declaring Himself ‘Humbled’ and Appreciative

Written with Greg Giroux Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor disgraced when he lied about his whereabouts to conceal an extramarital affair, found political redemption May 7 when South Carolina voters elected him to fill a vacant seat in Congress....

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