Rand Paul’s eye-opening summer recess

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The senator from Kentucky and possible Republican presidential candidate reveals his careful surgeon side during a trip to Guatemala.

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National digest: Aug. 21, 2014

New York family seeks probe of chokehold death; Fla. judge strikes down ban on gay marriage.

Non-white representation on America’s city councils

Non-white representation on America’s city councils

When a city is majority African American, it tends to have a majority African American city council.

Missouri governor withdraws Guard from Ferguson

Missouri governor withdraws Guard from Ferguson

The move is clearest sign yet that authorities believe the violent clashes between police and residents are subsiding.

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In the Loop: A name for Anthony Weiner’s restaurant

In the Loop: A name for Anthony Weiner’s restaurant

Rockaway Restoration Kitchen just wasn’t going to do, so Loop readers came to the ex-congressman’s aid.

Column

Vets’ preference for federal jobs confusing

Vets’ preference for federal jobs confusing

A report says that Congress should create a simpler vets’ preference program for federal jobs.

In Ferguson, a generational divide

Civil rights-era activists see big differences between their struggle and that of young protesters today.

What mugshot? Rick Perry gets back to work.

The Texas governor has a busy schedule in the upcoming week.

GAO: Guantanamo transfer for Bowe Bergdahl violated laws

GAO: Guantanamo transfer for Bowe Bergdahl violated laws

The administration violated its requirement to notify Congress and used unauthorized funds for the prisoner swap, review says.

Carl Weathers, others from entertainment industry support Calif. film subsidy bill

Carl Weathers, others from entertainment industry support Calif. film subsidy bill

A bill quadrupling tax incentives to keep film production in the state has the support of actor who played Apollo Creed.

QUIZ: Bob McDonnell trial or Hugh Grant movie?

QUIZ: Bob McDonnell trial or Hugh Grant movie?

Telling the difference between Hugh Grant and Bob McDonnell is a quiz for another day.

South Carolina has a teacher problem

South Carolina has a teacher problem

The state has about 4,000 teacher vacancies every year, while only 2,000 of its college graduates go into education annually.

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Campaign 2014: No On 46 'Risk'

Campaign 2014: No On 46 'Risk'

This ad released by No on 46 tells "the real story behind Prop 46," and slams trial lawyers for writing and paying for the measure.

The campaign for Ferguson’s good name

A former mayor has a new cause.

New York City wants to make all the costumed characters you pose with in Times Square register and wear ID

New York City wants to make all the costumed characters you pose with in Times Square register and wear ID

Times Square’s army of Mickey Mouses and Spider-Men would be regulated and required to wear identification, a first for the tourist area’s costumed characters.

Groups try to block vote of departing nuclear regulator, citing conflict of interest

Groups try to block vote of departing nuclear regulator, citing conflict of interest

Dozens of groups issued a letter calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to postpone the upcoming votes to avoid a conflict of interest.

What history tells us about who will win the Senate in 2014

What history tells us about who will win the Senate in 2014

Or: Pretty graphs that tell an interesting story.

Conspiracy theories aren’t just for conservatives

Conspiracy theories aren’t just for conservatives

Are all Americans created equal when it comes to fearing collusion and conspiracies? Yes, they are.

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Gov. Rick Perry on how to 'destroy' the Islamic State in Iraq

Gov. Rick Perry on how to 'destroy' the Islamic State in Iraq

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.), slammed the Obama administration's use of "limited" airstrikes in Iraq in response to the Islamic State. He proposed a new course of action involving "overwhelming force."

One of the nation’s most expensive ballot campaigns is heating up

One of the nation’s most expensive ballot campaigns is heating up

A ballot fight between doctors and trial lawyers in California could become the nation’s most expensive.

Why Michelle Obama should take on black women’s health

Why Michelle Obama should take on black women’s health

Having a prominent African-American woman like the first lady behind such an initiative would send a strong message.

Rand Paul’s eye-opening summer recess

Rand Paul’s eye-opening summer recess

The senator from Kentucky and possible Republican presidential candidate reveals his careful surgeon side during a trip to Guatemala.

The head of the DNC just bucked Obama on deportations. But why?

The head of the DNC just bucked Obama on deportations. But why?

Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) tried to walk back her candid comments on the risk to deported children.

African Americans aren’t in love with Obama’s response to Ferguson

African Americans aren’t in love with Obama’s response to Ferguson

While 60 percent approve of his actions, that’s not exactly a great number from his most loyal supporters.

Demilitarization is not an option. What is?

Demilitarization is not an option. What is?

High levels of gun ownership in American society will affect post-Ferguson police reform.

Ambassadors, diplomats and House members barred from #IceBucketChallenge

Ambassadors, diplomats and House members barred from #IceBucketChallenge

Federal ethics rules do not allow government officials to participate in the ALS charity challenge.

Does hyperpartisanship help women in politics?

Jennifer Lawless, who studies women and politics, says much of the conventional wisdom about gender and campaigns is flat-out wrong.

Lawsuit lessons from abroad

Lawsuit lessons from abroad

Israel’s experience with parliamentary lawsuits should give the U.S. House pause.

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly nominate NRA head Wayne LaPierre in latest #IceBucketChallenge

Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, says he hopes one day they and LaPierre can find more to agree upon.

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Rand Paul puts his eye doctor skills to use in Guatemala

Rand Paul puts his eye doctor skills to use in Guatemala

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is in Guatemala on a medical mission trip. In this video, Paul, a licensed ophthalmologist, checks the eyes of a patient and converses him via a translator.

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Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, then followed it up by challenging three others, including NRA President Wayne LaPierre.

QUIZ: TED talk or congressional hearing?

QUIZ: TED talk or congressional hearing?

Congress has been trying to make its job look sexier, one congressional hearing title at a time.

Mythical swing voter update

Mythical swing voter update

Our findings based on the 2012 Xbox survey are consistent with careful analysis of other polls including CBS/YouGov and Pew.

A rare sign of real economic confidence

A rare sign of real economic confidence

Amid a bunch of modest improvements, job security stands out.

Forty-three Republican Senate candidates got more votes than Dan Sullivan. And he won.

Forty-three Republican Senate candidates got more votes than Dan Sullivan. And he won.

36,000 voters might have just picked 1 percent of the Senate.

Being an IG: DHS inspector general discusses the role

Being an IG: DHS inspector general discusses the role

DHS Inspector General John Roth discussed his role as an independent watchdog during an interview this week.

Eric H. Holder Jr., in Ferguson, shares pain over racism

Eric H. Holder Jr., in Ferguson, shares pain over racism

The U.S. attorney general’s visit is the latest example of saying more on racial issues than Obama.

Eric H. Holder Jr., in Ferguson, shares pain over racism

Eric H. Holder Jr., in Ferguson, shares pain over racism

The U.S. attorney general’s visit is the latest example of saying more on racial issues than Obama.

Justice Dept. must provide list of ‘Fast and Furious’ documents

The documents are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed ATF probe in Arizona.

How wrong must you be in D.C. to never work again?

How wrong must you be in D.C. to never work again?

Even disastrously off-base results (for example, a predicted Eric Cantor win) don’t land pollsters out of a job.

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Campaign 2014: Ed Gillespie ‘We Can Do Better’

Campaign 2014: Ed Gillespie ‘We Can Do Better’

In his first television ad, Va. Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie shares his agenda for economic growth. The strategist and former lobbyist faces an uphill battle against U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), a governor turned senator who has a double-digit lead in the polls.