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Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.  Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Ongoing Health Care Troubles Give GOP A Much-Needed Boost

The health care law’s seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them to move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year’s elections.

11/10/2013

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said that he supports an increase in the country’s minimum wage, noting his own break from many other Republicans who oppose such a hike.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Romney Leaves Cruz Off List Of 2016 GOP Hopefuls

Mitt Romney isn’t including tea party favorite Ted Cruz among the Republicans’ most electable potential presidential candidates in 2016.

11/03/2013

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D.C. Replenishes Cash Reserve Fund After Shutdown

The District of Columbia government has replenished the reserve fund that it used to keep the city running during the federal shutdown.

11/01/2013

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., speaks to the media after a joint House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees briefing on Syria, on Capitol Hill, on Sept. 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. King Criticizes Republican Party While Speaking To Boy Scouts

Rep. Peter King wants even the Boy Scouts to know he’s upset with his Republican Party.

11/01/2013

Sean Penn: Tea Party, Ted Cruz Should Be Committed ‘By Executive Order’

Actor and “Ambassador-at-large for Haiti” Sean Penn said that “there’s a mental health problem in Congress,” and stated that Tea Party issues could be resolved by “committing them by executive order.”

10/29/2013

Democrats controlling the Senate proposed Tuesday to avoid future showdowns over the so-called debt ceiling by giving the president authority to authorize additional federal borrowing unless Congress can muster veto-proof margins to block him.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate Dems Look To Give President Automatic Debt Ceiling Authority

Democrats controlling the Senate proposed Tuesday to avoid future showdowns over the so-called debt ceiling by giving the president authority to authorize additional federal borrowing unless Congress can muster veto-proof margins to block him.

10/29/2013

File photo of the U.S. Capitol Building. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Consumer Confidence Plunges, Feds Given Worst Feedback In Survey History

Americans’ confidence in the economy fell this month to the lowest level since April, as many worried about the impact of a 16-day partial government shutdown. The decline could weigh on spending and economic growth.

10/29/2013

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the annual Ronald Reagan Commemorative Dinner on, Oct. 25, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa. (credit: Steve Pope/Getty Images)

GOP Establishment: Tea Party Is Over

A slice of corporate America thinks Tea Partyers have overstayed their welcome in Washington and should be shown the door in next year’s congressional elections.

10/29/2013

It's almost quaint to recall that soon after Mitt Romney lost to President Barack Obama, the Republican National Committee recommended only one policy change: endorsing an immigration overhaul, in hopes of attracting Hispanic voters. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

One Year After Romney Loss, The GOP Struggles To Find Party Leader

A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows.

10/28/2013

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says this month's partial government shutdown and his key role in it were a success: They got people talking.(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Cruz: Shutdown Got People Talking About Obamacare ‘Disaster’

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says this month’s partial government shutdown and his key role in it were a success: They got people talking.

10/26/2013

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