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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney says she will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney says she will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary

Enzi: Consumers Should Have a Choice — Cheney Not Who He Had in Mind

Updated at 7:30 pm EDT, with Jim Rowley contributing Primary, the verb. It’s an action that chills the spines of incumbent congressmen comfortable within their party lanes, and suddenly flanked by someone who might stand between them and their base....

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida

Holder Seeks ‘Hard Look’ at Stand Your Ground Laws Like Florida’s

Attorney General Eric Holder, in a speech to the nation’s largest civil rights group today said it’s time to “take a hard look” at state laws that allow individuals who feel threatened to respond with force. Addressing an issue that...

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FreedomWorks members attempt to deliver a petition to the Republican National Committee on April 15, 2013

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FreedomWorks members attempt to deliver a petition to the Republican National Committee on April 15, 2013

FreedomWorks Disavows Cornyn’s Credit for Former Employee

FreedomWorks doesn’t want any trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, certainly not at a time when the agency was known to have targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny before granting them tax-exempt status. So when Sen. John Cornyn, a...

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Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on July 16, 2013 in Amman. Kerry was focused on advancing the peace talks amid turmoil in Egypt and Syria

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Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on July 16, 2013 in Amman. Kerry was focused on advancing the peace talks amid turmoil in Egypt and Syria

Kerry in Jordan: Cooler than D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry, making his sixth trip to the Middle East in five months, has set the expectations for this expedition quite low: On the plane over, #SecKerry made clear this could be a very low-key two days;...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C), walks with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) (R), after Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C), walks with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) (R), after Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Senate: Prayer, Pledge, Partisan Wreck Averted; Reid: ‘Way Forward’

Updated at 10:25 am EDT, with a deal in the air, and at 11:30, 11:45 am.  The Senate opened today with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. They assembled in public, unlike the closed-door session last night — the first...

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for U.S. President Barack Obama to speak in the state dining room of the White House in Washington, in 2010

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for U.S. President Barack Obama to speak in the state dining room of the White House in Washington, in 2010

Florida: Crist Donating to Democrats

Charlie Crist, the former Republican Florida governor who became a Democrat last year, is making political donations to Democrats whose support he could use in a campaign next year to reclaim his old job. Crist made political donations in the...

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Members of the Randolph Democratic Committee attended the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention on July 13

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Members of the Randolph Democratic Committee attended the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention on July 13

Massachusetts: Markey’s Would-Be (Dem) Successors Off to Races

Massachusetts election officials have set a Dec. 10 special election to determine a successor for ex-Rep. Ed Markey, who’s being sworn in to the Senate today. The determinative election probably will be the Oct. 15 Democratic primary. Five Democrats have...

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan waves before Gov. Pat Quinn's 2013 annual budget address at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan waves before Gov. Pat Quinn's 2013 annual budget address at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Madigan’s Opt-Out of Illinois Guv’s Race: Boosts Dems Quinn, Daley

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’s running for re-election, not for Illinois governor. You could almost hear the sigh of relief from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who was facing a potential Democratic primary challenge from one of the state’s...

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressing the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressing the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Chicago

Emanuel + Norquist = Immigration Reform

The unlikely pair of liberal firebrand Rahm Emanuel and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist today shared a stage and a message: the U.S. economy needs more immigration. Emanuel, Chicago mayor and former congressman and chief of staff for President Barack Obama,...

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