The risk to Rand Paul’s White House hope: Dad

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Ron Paul has embraced a role as libertarianism’s prophet of doom. That might work against Rand Paul’s efforts to line up support for a potential 2016 bid.

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‘Quadcopter’ drone found at White House

‘Quadcopter’ drone found at White House

The Secret Service said it questioned a person who called to “self-report” the incident and determined that it was the result of “recreational use” of the drone.

8 reasons Jeb and Mitt were wise to avoid Iowa this weekend

8 reasons Jeb and Mitt were wise to avoid Iowa this weekend

The Iowa Freedom Summit was not impressed.

Paid parental leave for federal workers proposed

Federal employees would be eligible for six weeks of paid leave for purposes related to the birth or adoption of a child, under legislation introduced Monday by a group of House Democrats.

Rick Perry wins the all-important Iowa Twitter primary

Rick Perry wins the all-important Iowa Twitter primary

Where “important” means “not important.“

Obama moves to protect more of Alaska refuge

Obama moves to protect more of Alaska refuge

The move to protect 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will spark a battle with Alaska Republicans.

Feinstein laments lack of Mideast policy ESP

Feinstein laments lack of Mideast policy ESP

The ranking Democrat on Senate intelligence panel laments that the “future is unknown” in Yemen.

The GOP needs Donald Trump to go away. Now.

The GOP needs Donald Trump to go away. Now.

The carnival barker has become an even-more-unhelpful sideshow.

The threat of drone attacks harming the White House or the president is very, very small

The threat of drone attacks harming the White House or the president is very, very small

Yes, drones can fly precisely. But they can’t really do much damage.

The 2016 GOP field explained in one quote from their Iowa speeches this weekend

The 2016 GOP field explained in one quote from their Iowa speeches this weekend

The most-telling snippet from each speech.

Legislators seek to tighten security of visa waiver program

Legislators seek to tighten security of visa waiver program

The Paris attacks and radicalization of some Europeans has prompted concerns about a threat to the U.S.

18 states haven’t nominated a best political reporter yet. Come on people!

18 states haven’t nominated a best political reporter yet. Come on people!

New York. Also, Pennsylvania. And Iowa!

Trump vs. Rove: Battle of the titans?

Trump vs. Rove: Battle of the titans?

Will Karl Rove be the latest in a long line to rile Donald Trump and get under his sensitive skin?

Sorry, federal workers. This concert was free to everyone — except you.

Sorry, federal workers. This concert was free to everyone — except you.

A group that hosted OK Go went too far trying to help workers comply with ethics rules.

What, exactly, is Hillary Clinton’s strategy to get voters excited about her candidacy?

What, exactly, is Hillary Clinton’s strategy to get voters excited about her candidacy?

2016 is starting to look like 2012, which is not good news for Democrats.

Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

With the GOP now running the House and Senate, federal employees don’t need to guess which party will prevail.

Are family responsibilities keeping women out of politics?

Are family responsibilities keeping women out of politics?

Women are particularly sensitive to spending time away from home.

Federal offices remain open today

Federal offices remain open today

Federal employees in the Washington region can work from home or use unscheduled leave on Monday, but their offices are open.

Republicans oppose raising taxes. Except, not really.

Republicans oppose raising taxes. Except, not really.

A primer for the upcoming tax debate.

Democrats, Republicans divided over which agencies they like

Democrats, Republicans divided over which agencies they like

In a Pew Research survey, Republicans favored the CIA and Defense Department most, while Democrats gave high marks to a bit of everything.

Does Obamacare use federal subsidies for elective abortions?

Does Obamacare use federal subsidies   for elective abortions?

We check if the claim by anti-abortion lawmakers correctly portrays abortion coverage.

Abraham Lincoln auction includes lock of hair

Abraham Lincoln auction includes lock of hair

A lock of President Lincoln’s hair was among the items sold at a Dallas auction.

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GOP’s presidential race grows ever more packed

GOP’s presidential race grows ever more packed

According to Politics1.com, there are now an astonishing 25 potential candidates for the party’s nomination.

The risk to Rand Paul’s White House hope: Dad

The risk to Rand Paul’s White House hope: Dad

Ron Paul has embraced a role as libertarianism’s prophet of doom. That might work against Rand Paul’s efforts to line up support for a potential 2016 bid.

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Congress’s divide shows in fed worker bills: Democrats give, GOP takes away

Congress’s divide shows in fed worker bills: Democrats give, GOP takes away

Several cuts have already been proposed by Republicans in the early days of this new Congress.

Handicapping the Hispanic vote for 2016 GOPers

Handicapping the Hispanic vote for 2016 GOPers

In Texas, specifically.

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Obama proposes new wilderness protections in Arctic refuge

Obama proposes new wilderness protections in Arctic refuge

President Obama announced that the Interior Department released a revised conservation plan to better sustain and manage Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The state of the unions: Membership is up, but density still drops

The state of the unions: Membership is up, but density still drops

It’s up because jobs were up. As a percentage of all jobs, it keeps dropping.

SunZia energy plan wins federal approval

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Republican presidential hopefuls may struggle to find a political balance

Republican presidential hopefuls may struggle to find a political balance

If they’re too centrist, primary voters might question their conservative bona fides. If they skew too far right, general-election voters might be scared off.

Obama officials speaking more openly on racial tensions, reform

Obama officials speaking more openly on racial tensions, reform

With the task force’s deadline fast approaching, top officials have been insistent: Reform will happen.

Supreme Court will review drug protocol used for lethal injection

Supreme Court will review drug protocol used for lethal injection

One week after allowing an Oklahoma execution, the justices agreed to review the procedure.

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99Rise releases video from Supreme Court chambers

99Rise releases video from Supreme Court chambers

99Rise, a group opposing the Citizens United decision, released video of its members disrupting the Supreme Court on the morning of the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

GOP drops ‘civil rights and human rights’ from subcommittee name

GOP drops ‘civil rights and human rights’ from subcommittee name

Sen. John Cornyn takes gavel of Judiciary subcommittee. And changes its name.

Bush promises ‘adult conversations’ on issues

Bush promises ‘adult conversations’ on issues

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush gave a preview of his likely presidential campaign in a speech that criticized Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress alike as ineffective and overly partisan.

President seeks mayors’ support for domestic agenda

President seeks mayors’ support for domestic agenda

Obama told them that cities are “often the place where change happens fastest.”

Judge strikes down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban

Judge strikes down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban

Two women from Mobile sued to have their marriage, performed in California, recognized by the state.

Inspector general rips TSA for redactions in JFK airport audit

Inspector general rips TSA for redactions in JFK airport audit

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said he suspects that TSA wanted to “conceal negative information” about computer security at New York airport.