House members may decide control of Senate

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), right, campaigns for Senate.

Despite the record levels of unpopularity of Congress, both parties are fielding members of the House as candidates in races that will probably determine which party controls the Senate in November.

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White House, senators near deal on surveillance reform

White House, senators near deal on surveillance reform

Compromise bill would end NSA collection of Americans’ phone records.

House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis

House Republicans unveil plan to deal with border crisis

But the proposal could get upended by the political forces that have long divided GOP lawmakers.

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In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

In the Loop: Rubio isn’t saying Clinton’s old, but ...

The senator, clearly looking toward a potential 2016 matchup, piles on the 1990s references.

Migrant children put state, local leaders in bind

Migrant children put state, local leaders in bind

Around the country, the challenge of housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American migrant children is forcing an emotional, uncomfortable and politically treacherous conversation on policymakers at every level.

Obama tax policies reduced inequality gap, analysis shows

Obama tax policies reduced inequality gap, analysis shows

Based on tax policy, Obama slightly increased the income of the poor and reduced the income of the rich.

Plagiarism is a pretty minor political crime. But it matters for Sen. John Walsh.

Plagiarism is a pretty minor political crime. But it matters for Sen. John Walsh.

Plagiarism isn’t a career-ender, but Walsh’s career was already in serious jeopardy. And this hurts.

Scott Walker is tied with his challenger in a new poll. Just wait until the campaign starts.

Scott Walker is tied with his challenger in a new poll. Just wait until the campaign starts.

Yes, they’re tied. But very few people know his challenger.

BYU grads basically run Utah’s government

BYU grads basically run Utah’s government

In a not-surprising fact, the bulk of Utah’s elected officials hail for the Mormon school, and most are Republicans.

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands

A Dutch mayor called Wednesday for Russian President Putin’s daughter to be deported from the Netherlands.

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

IRS chief says agency no longer probing missing e-mails

John Koskinen offered little new information about the matter, saying he doesn’t want to interfere with an inspector general’s investigation.

The most important sentence President Obama uttered Tuesday

The most important sentence President Obama uttered Tuesday

Anxiety is the dominant emotion among the public these days.

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Joe Biden goes to the white board

Joe Biden goes to the white board

In this White House video, Vice President Biden takes the pen and discusses the importance of transportation infrastructure investment in America.

For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one

<b>For White House interviews, it’s never one-on-one</b>

A press staffer almost always attends when reporters sit down with administration officials.

Fathers’ rights initiative makes N.D. ballot

Parents would be given equal custody, barring extenuating circumstances.

Senate panel approves VA secretary nominee

Senate panel approves VA secretary nominee

The unanimous voice vote came one day after Robert McDonald told the committee, “I desperately want this job, because I think I can make a difference.”

Can a hashtag #BringBackOurGirls?

In May, the online conversation about Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls was all over Twitter. The digital chatter has faded, but Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) is determined to get it the girls back into the headlines.

How California is trying to convince 38 million people to use less water

How California is trying to convince 38 million people to use less water

“The goal of doing this is not to fine people, it’s to get people to conserve more water.“

At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said.

At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said.

Few have offered help, most have lodged complaints.

House members may decide control of Senate

House members may decide control of Senate

Despite the record levels of unpopularity of Congress, both parties are fielding members of the House as candidates in races that will probably determine which party controls the Senate in November.

Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Common Core might be the most important issue in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Trying to explain the complex debate surrounding the much talked about policy.

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NRA kicks off 'Trigger the Vote' registration campaign

NRA kicks off 'Trigger the Vote' registration campaign

The National Rifle Association announced the kickoff of its 2014 “Trigger the Vote” voter registration campaign with a new ad, “Father and Son."

Rubio PAC: Remember the Macarena? Then you remember the Clinton presidency.

Rubio PAC: Remember the Macarena? Then you remember the Clinton presidency.

Sneak preview of 2016: Sen. Marco Rubio fundraises off tying Hillary Clinton to the 1990s.

Glenn Beck appears in theaters to attack Common Core

Glenn Beck appears in theaters to attack Common Core

Conservative media commentator leads simulcast strategy session to kill the national academic standards.

The story of the Georgia Senate runoff, in maps and charts

The story of the Georgia Senate runoff, in maps and charts

As usual, it all came down to turnout.

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Can a hashtag #BringBackOurGirls?

Can a hashtag #BringBackOurGirls?

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Campaign 2014: David Perdue: 'Outsider'

Campaign 2014: David Perdue: 'Outsider'

In his first campaign ad, David Perdue, who defeated establishment favorite Rep. Jack Kingston to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia on Tuesday, used crying babies - lots of them - as a memorable metaphor for bad behavior in Washington.

Is there a role for NATO in Ukraine?

Is there a role for NATO in Ukraine?

With Ukraine at its doorstep, NATO faces a unique opportunity to resolve a crisis in its neighborhood.

Liberals’ pick for 2016: Biden, Clinton or Warren?

Liberals’ pick for 2016: Biden, Clinton or Warren?

It’s never too early to speculate on Democrats’ 2016 presidential picks. So speculate we did.

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Gov. Patrick tears up while talking immigration

Gov. Patrick tears up while talking immigration

At a press conference on Friday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) recalled times when the U.S. had given shelter to refugees and invoked lessons from his faith to explain why he supports sheltering children who come to the U.S. alone.

What’s behind Michele Bachmann’s 2016 tease

What’s behind Michele Bachmann’s 2016 tease

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Why Michele Bachmann should <br>run for president  — in 2 charts

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Voter turnout in primary elections this year has been abysmal

Voter turnout in primary elections this year has been abysmal

Even among states that have tried to make it easier to vote, turnout has dropped from the last midterm primaries.

Why Germans are angry about U.S. spying

Why Germans are angry about U.S. spying

There is a palpable sense of betrayal in Germany over this, across the political spectrum.

Why jogging or going to church can get you arrested (in Burundi)

Why jogging or going to church can get you arrested (in Burundi)

Recent moves by Burundi’s political leaders threaten citizens’ right to assemble, stifle opposition ahead of 2015 election.

Hillary Clinton’s deeply corporate start to her 2016 campaign

Hillary Clinton’s deeply corporate start to her 2016 campaign

Clinton is relying on PR that offers all of the emotion of a focus-grouped ad from a fast food chain.