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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

Paul: Crack Sentencing Part of Needed Justice Reforms

Sen. Rand Paul says he plans to introduce legislation today that would eliminate any disparity between crack and powdered cocaine in criminal prison sentencing. Paul, a Kentucky Republican and potential presidential candidate, made the announcement today during a speech at...

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State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, discusses his bill to dock parents' welfare payments if their children fail at school in Nashville, Tenn., on April 11, 2013.

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State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, discusses his bill to dock parents' welfare payments if their children fail at school in Nashville, Tenn., on April 11, 2013.

Obamacare Holocaust Blog Denounced by State Lawmaker’s Party

A Republican state senator in Tennessee says he’s standing by a blog posting comparing sign-ups for President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, despite a public rebuke from the head of the state’s Republican Party. State...

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Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, left, is greeted by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, during the Clinton Global Initiative CGI America meeting in Chicago on June 13, 2013.

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Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, left, is greeted by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, during the Clinton Global Initiative CGI America meeting in Chicago on June 13, 2013.

Emanuel: ‘Bill Clinton Moment’ Needed

The Republican Party has “been take over by a fringe” and needs a “Bill Clinton moment,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says. Emanuel, a former Democratic congressman,  chief of staff to President Barack Obama and veteran of the Clinton White House,...

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John Kasich, governor of Ohio, center, announces his state's choice for presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2012.

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John Kasich, governor of Ohio, center, announces his state's choice for presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Kasich Hopes to Rejoin ‘Old Dudes’ on TV

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has his sights set on returning to the media when his gig in politics is over. Kasich, a former congressman and Republican presidential candidate in 2000, hosted “Heartland with John Kasich” on Fox News from 2001...

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An equipment transporter secures a Caterpillar Inc. 627G Scraper after loading it for transport for road construction and drainage in Williston, North Dakota.

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An equipment transporter secures a Caterpillar Inc. 627G Scraper after loading it for transport for road construction and drainage in Williston, North Dakota.

Washington Gridlocked, Governors Not

The failure of Congress to pass a transportation bill and other unresolved business creates uncertainty for the states and the private sector, says Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican. “When there’s uncertainty in Washington, D.C., that uncertainty can affect our...

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Aaron Caldwell yells "shame" as people gather outside the Senate chamber at the state legislature while Senate Republicans gave their final approval requiring additional rules surrounding abortions in North Carolina, even as hundreds of protesters against the bill watched from the gallery in Raleigh, N.C., on July 3, 2013.

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Aaron Caldwell yells "shame" as people gather outside the Senate chamber at the state legislature while Senate Republicans gave their final approval requiring additional rules surrounding abortions in North Carolina, even as hundreds of protesters against the bill watched from the gallery in Raleigh, N.C., on July 3, 2013.

McCrory Ready to Sign Abortion Bill — N.C. Guv Breaks Promise: Critics

After threatening to veto legislation imposing new restrictions on abortion clinics, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said today he’ll sign a revised version. Opponents of the measure say the bill would shut down clinics and that the first-term Republican governor...

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

Ohio Gun-Law Strategy: Warning, This Product Could be Deadly

Two Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio are providing their own form of commentary on several provisions restricting abortion that their Republican colleagues included in the state’s budget bill. A day after Republicans who control the state legislature added a measure...

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President Barack Obama wears an OSU baseball cap after receiving an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony at Ohio State University on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

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President Barack Obama wears an OSU baseball cap after receiving an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony at Ohio State University on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

Obama’s Ohio Standing Slips

President Barack Obama captured almost 51 percent of the vote in Ohio to help him win re-election to a second term, but his approval rating in the Buckeye State has fallen to 40 percent–  with 57 percent saying they disapprove...

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John Kasich, governor of Ohio, center, announces his state's choice for presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention.

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John Kasich, governor of Ohio, center, announces his state's choice for presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention.

Ohio’s Kasich Accepting Medicaid Expansion Under ‘Obama-care’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, an opponent of President Barack Obama’s federal health care program, has joined Republican governors in states including Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico in saying he supports the state accepting the Medicaid expansion under the law. Kasich...

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