The Iowa straw poll, once a kingmaker, fades into irrelevance for 2016

Few of the leading GOP contenders have expressed interest this year, and several are skipping the event entirely.

Veterans Affairs officials take time off from benefit claims to learn how to communicate with predators

Veterans Affairs employees were required to attend a training session with "Dateline" NBC's Chris Hansen.

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments

The Illinois Republican is accused of scheming to mask payments to cover up unspecified “prior misconduct.”

This was the week most of the Republican field decided to hate on Rand Paul. And he loved it

Some have even accused him of being to the left of Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

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How the recession changed the face of people using government assistance — in charts

It rose most among the unemployed, yes. But in basically every other demographic too.

What we know (and what we don’t) about the Denny Hastert indictment

Taking stock.

When the course of U.S. political history was altered — by license plates

A great anecdote about the 1988 presidential campaign.

7 things to know about Martin O’Malley

Seven things you might not know about the Maryland Democrat who is planning to run for president.

Why the Republicans can’t agree on a presidential candidate (and the Democrats have all but settled on theirs)

When no one wins the invisible primary, party activists get a chance to choose the nominee.

How the breach of IRS tax returns is part of a much bigger problem facing taxpayers

Martin O'Malley 'Guitar' | Campaign 2016

The day before he is expected to announce his candidacy for president, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley posted a video of himself playing 'Hail To The Chief.'

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America's Liberty PAC 'Sunday. Sunday. Sunday' | Campaign 2016

A super PAC supporting Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) released a WWE-style ad poking fun at other Republican contenders in the 2016 presidential election.

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Which agencies actually will respond to your requests for info — and which won’t

Some agencies will comply with the Freedom of Information Act, others. . .well. . . not so much

Cruz supports federal relief for Texas floods; voted against Hurricane Sandy funding

Said Sandy bill was laden with unrelated spending

How much does lunch with Sheldon Adelson cost?

It's not cheap.

Rand’s ready to rumble … in a WWE-style ad slamming his GOP rivals

A Paul Super PAC aims to hit Republicans and President Obama over NSA surveillance

Border patrol union says government can do better job on southern frontier

Hillary Clinton cites GOP quotes on equal-pay legislation out of context

Clinton misfires as she attacks some of her GOP rivals with quotes taken out of context.

Cruz: Universities that boycott Israel should lose federal funding

Cruz talked a lot about what a new president should do for Israel.

The Iowa straw poll, once a kingmaker, fades into irrelevance for 2016

Few of the leading GOP contenders have expressed interest this year, and several are skipping the event entirely.

Chris Christie finalizes his slow-motion flip-flop on Common Core

After months of hinting at an about-face, Christie is officially forswearing the Common Core academic standards he welcomed into the state five years ago.

Seeking to expand GOP appeal, Marco Rubio takes campaign to Nevada

The diverse early nominating state is a testing ground for his self-portrait as a new kind of Republican.

Clinton campaign still doesn’t have supporter e-mail lists from Obama or booster group

Legal hurdles and an abundance of caution have slowed any transfer or sharing of those lists, say campaign officials

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