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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz conceded that his rallying push to defund “Obamacare” by shutting down the federal government still lacks the votes necessary for success in Congress. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Government Shutdown Splits Possible 2016 GOP Contenders

A clear divide over President Barack Obama’s health care law separates the emerging field of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates.


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Congress Looks To Relax Mandatory Prison Terms

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this week on minimum sentences. The committee is considering two bills, each sponsored by a liberal Democrat and a tea party Republican, which would allow judges to waive mandatory minimum sentences in many circumstances, particularly for some drug crimes. Wednesday’s hearing is the first step in legislation that advocates and lawmakers in both parties say stands a chance of winning enactment by the end of the year.


File photo of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senator Targets Military Law Over Sexual Assault

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped force the military to allow gays in its ranks, is determined to upend laws governing how the armed services handle an epidemic of sexual assaults.


A new poll finds that Wisconsin representative and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is the most popular politician among Republicans. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Gallup: Christie More Favorable Among Dems Than GOP Voters

A new poll finds that Wisconsin representative and 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is the most popular politician among Republicans.


Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference on June 13, 2013 at the Capitol Hill Club on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rand Paul: ‘Here A Scandal. There A Scandal. Everywhere A Scandal.’

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took political potshots Saturday at President Barack Obama, saying his expertise at “the blame game” allowed him to win re-election to a second term even though he did a “very poor job” in the first.


File photo of Sen. John McCain. (credit: Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

McCain Accuses Tea Party Colleagues Of Pushing Dems Too Far

A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers is in full view again with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of using tactics that might tempt Democrats to change Senate rules that now protect the minority party.


File photo of Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker. (credit: Andy Wong-Pool/Getty Images)

Walker To Court Iowans, Stoke 2016 Talk

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is gearing up for re-election next year, his third race in four years. But the Republican’s courting of out-of-state donors and conservatives, his plans to visit Iowa this week and his refusal to say whether he would serve out another full term if elected suggest he might be seeking a much bigger prize — the presidency.


File photo of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Rand Paul Considering 2016 Presidential Bid

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he is considering a presidential campaign in 2016 but will not make a decision before next year.


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rand Paul Talks GOP, Black Voters at Howard University

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, says in a speech at Howard University that he hopes black voters will be more open to the Republican Party.


Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a leading anti-interventionist within the GOP ranks, was steadfast in his opposition on Tuesday, saying he was unlikely to back even a narrow resolution giving Obama the authority to respond militarily to the Syrian government. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Sen. Rand Paul to Speak at Howard University

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at Howard University.





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