The Kentucky Republican is unabashedly clearing a path to seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, with a series of early voting state visits, a beefed-up political operation and a deliberate plan to appeal to mainstream voters and raise his national profile. (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

GOP’s Rand Paul Raises Presidential Profile, Says He Is ‘Considering’ 2016 Run

Sen. Rand Paul says he’s only “considering” running for president. But he’s doing much more than mull it over.


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Obama Withdraws Appeals Court Pick

President Barack Obama withdrew his nomination of Caitlin Halligan to a federal appeals court Friday, handing a victory to Republicans in the Senate who twice blocked his pick for the key judicial post.


File photo of President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of defense and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It’s Personal And Business In GOP Fight Over Hagel

The fierce Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary is personal and business.


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Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach Earns Producer Of The Year GRAMMY Nomination

He had a good enough year to earn his first producer nod on the upcoming awards ceremony.