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  • How Israeli spying on Iran nuclear talks might have backfired Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Indeed, the US learned of the Israeli spying as a result of its own spying on Israel. Rather, it’s the lengths to which the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went in its attempts to influence Congress to kill an emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Mr. Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer essentially treated Congress as home turf, with their aggressive actions suggesting that they appeared to think of Washington as their domestic political landscape. With a Republican-controlled Capitol Hill, it is no secret that much of Congress is closer to the Israeli view of Iran and its nuclear ambitions than to the White House view. More »

  • Ted Cruz: US presidential candidate praying to God and Ronald Reagan for White …
    Ted Cruz: US presidential candidate praying to God and Ronald Reagan for White … Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Rafael Edward 'Ted' Cruz, a first-term senator from Texas who wants to be president, has a simple plan: Be Christian – and talk about it a lot – and channel Ronald Reagan. Cruz, 44, polling right now in the low single digits in presidential polls, did both on Monday when he announced he is running for the White House. "There are people who wonder if faith is real," Cruz said at Liberty University. 'The Tea Party's power lies in a new breed of politician, underfunded, often inexperienced, emerging to take on the Establishment. More »

  • Cruz's fiery message has limited appeal to some in GOP
    Cruz's fiery message has limited appeal to some in GOP Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Ted Cruz gives a rousing speech. The former college debate champion can energize a crowd of 10,000 evangelicals at a basketball arena as easily as he can captivate a few dozen inside a New Hampshire cafeteria. He's proven in the Senate he's got the stamina to go on longer than anyone else to make his point. More »

  • Cruz targets conservatives as he starts White House run
    Cruz targets conservatives as he starts White House run Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights — and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him. More »

  • Partisan spat kills millions in New Mexico capital funding
    Partisan spat kills millions in New Mexico capital funding Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Partisan fighting kept New Mexico lawmakers from striking a deal on $270 million in public works projects, leaving a plethora of unfunded needs around the state as local officials scramble to figure out ... More »

  • Police: No clear motive in Missouri auditor's suicide
    Police: No clear motive in Missouri auditor's suicide Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The embattled chairman of the Missouri Republican Party gained some support Monday as police said they have no evidence of an anti-Semitic whispering campaign against a state auditor who killed himself. More »

  • Where They Stand: Ted Cruz on key issues of 2016 campaign
    Where They Stand: Ted Cruz on key issues of 2016 campaign Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his 2016 campaign for president Monday, hoping to energize the evangelical wing of the Republican Party and supplement his already strong support among tea party and grassroots conservatives. Here's a snapshot of where Cruz stands on issues likely to be debated during the GOP's presidential primaries. More »

  • Republican Ted Cruz Announces White House Run
    Republican Ted Cruz Announces White House Run Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has promised to "reignite the promise of America" as he announced his White House campaign, making him the first Republican contender to formally declare his candidacy. He set out his case in a speech on Monday morning at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was cheered as he spoke of repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare law, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, America's tax-collection agency, protecting gun rights and defending Israel. Mr Cruz has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles in his two years in the Senate. More »

  • White House Brief: Things to know about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
    White House Brief: Things to know about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first high-profile Republican to enter the 2016 race for president on Monday. Here's a quick snapshot with key things to know about Cruz. More »

  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz to run for US president in 2016
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz to run for US president in 2016 Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Conservative senator declares candidacy on Twitter, saying "I'm running for president and I hope to earn your support!" More »

  • Giuliani's fiery rhetoric clouds legacy of 'America's Mayor' …
    Giuliani's fiery rhetoric clouds legacy of 'America's Mayor' … Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A fully unleashed Rudolph Giuliani, free of electoral concerns and financial worries, has relentlessly criticized President Barack Obama in recent weeks, questioning the commander in chief's love of country while placing the blame for much of society's ills at the front door of the White House. More »

  • Walker pairs common-man pitch with GOP checklist
    Walker pairs common-man pitch with GOP checklist Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he chases the nation's highest office, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is selling himself as the ultimate common man: a church-going, leaf-raking, football-watching, penny-pinching, Harley-riding preacher's son turned union-busting governor. More »

  • Feds subpoena documents from Washington auditor's office
    Feds subpoena documents from Washington auditor's office Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Documents from the office of the Washington state auditor were turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice just days after federal Treasury agents searched his home, but what officials are looking for isn't yet known. More »

  • GOP donor backs anti-Semitic claims of auditor who shot self
    GOP donor backs anti-Semitic claims of auditor who shot self Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A prominent Republican donor stepped forward Thursday to back up assertions that Missouri's GOP chairman had made negative remarks about the religion of the state auditor, who killed himself amid perceptions he was the target of an anti-Semitic whispering campaign. More »

  • LaHood, ex-congressman's son, to vie for Schock's seat
    LaHood, ex-congressman's son, to vie for Schock's seat Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The son of former White House cabinet member Ray LaHood emerged as the leading contender Wednesday to replace U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, as two other potential candidates abandoned thoughts of seeking the seat that is coming open after a spending scandal forced the Illinois congressman's abrupt resignation. More »

  • Florida lawmakers approve presidential primary date change Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is maneuvering to give former Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio a big home state boost by holding a winner-take-all presidential primary under legislation that now awaits Republican Gov. Rick Scott's signature. More »

  • Ex-Connecticut Gov. Rowland sentenced to prison a 2nd time
    Ex-Connecticut Gov. Rowland sentenced to prison a 2nd time Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for a political consulting scheme on Wednesday, exactly one decade after he was ordered behind bars in an earlier scandal that forced him from office. More »

  • Netanyahu victory gets muted response from West
    Netanyahu victory gets muted response from West Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Western governments gave a muted reaction Wednesday to the re-election of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid fears that his increasingly hardline stance has fatally undermined the Middle East peace process. More »

  • US politician who charged $40,000 Downton Abbey office makeover to taxpayers …
    US politician who charged $40,000 Downton Abbey office makeover to taxpayers … Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Aaron Schock had also posed for Men’s Heath magazine. More »

  • General Election 2015: Ukip could form coalition with Tories and DUP
    General Election 2015: Ukip could form coalition with Tories and DUP Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-European Union, UK Independence Party (Ukip) said on 17 March his party could form part of a coalition government with the Conservatives and Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. "The DUP have got eight seats in Westminster at the moment, they're going to come out with eight, maybe nine, next time round, and there would be some points... we're different parties, but in those circumstances, there would be some points of agreement between us and the DUP, particularly on the referendum and the need to make border controls a really important issue,'' he said. Farage believes Ukip could contribute over 10 seats to a possible coalition total. More »

  • Connecticut Ex-Gov. Rowland to be sentenced in campaign scam Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    When former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland is sentenced for a second time, federal prosecutors are expected to urge a judge to impose a nearly four-year prison term that they said in court documents would ... More »

  • Walker aide quits after questioning Iowa's role in campaign Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national political operation resigned late Tuesday after drawing heated criticism from the head of the Iowa Republican Party for questioning the state's early role in the presidential nominating process. More »

  • Aaron Schock resignation: Did 'Downton Abbey' tastes do him in? Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Until recently the wunderkind of the Republican Party, Rep. Aaron Schock (R) of Illinois is about to be an ex-congressman. Congressman Schock, still in his early 30s and already in his fourth term, announced Tuesday that he is resigning, effective March 31. More »

  • The GOP Battles Over War Spending
    The GOP Battles Over War Spending Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    House Republicans writing the party's annual budget proposal this year found themselves with an impossible circle to square. Conservative spending hawks insisted that the GOP stick to the budget ceiling Congress imposed four years ago, while the party's other hawks—those who prioritize a robust national defense above all else—demanded that the plan pour more money into the Pentagon as it fights a new war against ISIS. "This is a war within the Republican Party," the always-understated Senator Lindsey Graham told The New York Times. "You can shade it any way you want, but this is war." "This is a war within the Republican Party. More »

  • Budget fight: Obama claims the upper hand over Congress
    Budget fight: Obama claims the upper hand over Congress Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats an advantage despite their status as a weakened minority. But while Obama retains full use of the bully pulpit, his leverage over matters of government spending may prove limited. More »

  • Is revolution afoot in Irish politics? Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Unemployment tops 11 percent, though government spending on social programs has held steady. On St. Patrick's Day, government ministers have, as is traditional, jetted off to sell Ireland on the international stage, hoping to drum up goodwill off the holiday. The pressure threatens the longstanding dominance of Ireland's political duopoly – leading party Fine Gael and its bitter opponents Fianna Fáil. More »

  • Obama's Critique of Young People Who Want Legal Marijuana
    Obama's Critique of Young People Who Want Legal Marijuana Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Every so often, President Obama is confronted with young Americans who favor legalizing marijuana. Obama fleshed out his belief that young voters care too much about legalization in a sit-down that Vice published this week. Maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana. If a genie appeared to a young person and said that with a single wish they could either legalize marijuana, end climate change, assure a strong economy, or bring about a peaceful planet, it would indeed be wrongheaded to prioritize legal marijuana. More »

  • Obama claims the upper hand in budget fight with Congress
    Obama claims the upper hand in budget fight with Congress Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Bolstered by a spate of upbeat economic news, President Barack Obama is claiming the upper hand in the budget fight unfolding in Congress, aiming to exploit recent Republican stumbles to give Democrats ... More »

  • Transportation officials protest proposed $41 million cut Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    A $41 million cut to the state's highway fund, as proposed by House budget writers, would make roads more dangerous and result in more than 300 layoffs, transportation officials said Monday. "Passing ... More »

  • Wisconsin's Walker: Sons ditching college for fall campaign
    Wisconsin's Walker: Sons ditching college for fall campaign Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Scott Walker's children plan to skip college next fall to talk about their dad with New Hampshire voters, but the Wisconsin governor has stopped short of formally saying he is running for president. More »

  • NC faces the perils of punting a primary early in calendar
    NC faces the perils of punting a primary early in calendar Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans are tired of being in the back of the line when choosing presidential nominees. But their decision to leapfrog toward the front in the primary season could cost the state its influence in GOP politics and sets up a Carolinas clash with its neighbor. More »

  • Ted Cruz tells NASA chief to focus less on climate change and more on space … Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Senator Cruz, (R) of Texas, became the new chair of the Senate's subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness when the Republican Party took control of the chamber in January. "In your judgment, what is the core mission of NASA?" Cruz asked Bolden, according to the National Journal. "Our core mission from the very beginning has been to investigate, explore space and the Earth environment, and to help us make this place a better place," Bolden said. "That's what inspires little boys and little girls across this country," Cruz added. More »

  • The convergence of three fundamentalisms
    The convergence of three fundamentalisms Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Muslims do not have a monopoly on either fundamentalism or extremism. More »

  • Missouri GOP chair defends himself against calls to resign Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party mounted a public defense of his reputation Thursday as several state lawmakers called for his resignation over his alleged involvement in an anti-Semitic whispering campaign against a state auditor who killed himself. More »

  • Kochs say no to Dems' probe into climate research funding Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last ... More »