Republican presidential hopefuls may struggle to find a political balance

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. (Reuters)

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.

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Obama proposes new wilderness protections in Arctic refuge

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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, 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 over redaction of JFK airport audit

Inspector general rips TSA over redaction of JFK airport audit

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This is why Antonio Villaraigosa might want to think twice before running for Senate in California

His base is among the lowest turnout group in the state.

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BREAKING: Everyone is running for president in 2016!

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Disney cool on State Department pitch to use ‘Frozen’ to teach climate change

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The many ‘yes, buts’ of the Obama economy

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Can the Pentagon downsize its headquarters staff?

A new GAO audit finds that officials aren’t sure how many work at headquarters, making cuts harder.

Supremes protect federal whistleblowers

Supreme Court ruling protects federal air marshal whistleblower in case that had broad implications.

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The most talented governor you’ve never heard of

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Review confirms administration did not properly vet HealthCare.gov contractors

Review confirms administration did not properly vet HealthCare.gov contractors

An inspector general’s findings confirm problems that The Washington Post first reported in a pair of articles more than a year ago.

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The 5 best governors races in the country

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The massive scale of California’s drought, and how it informs the climate change debate

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McCain and his ‘illegitimate son,’ Lindsey Graham, now oppose closing Guantanamo

McCain and his ‘illegitimate son,’ Lindsey Graham, now oppose closing Guantanamo

Obama promised to shut down the prison in Guantanamo. It’s looking now like he may not be able to.

The decline of local news is threatening citizen engagement

The decline of local news is threatening citizen engagement

New research finds that when there is less coverage of House races, voters know and participate less.

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1700 private jets descend upon Davos ... and Jon Stewart shakes his head

The big topics at the World Economic Forum included climate change and economic inequality.

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This chart should make Mitt Romney think twice about 2016

This chart should make Mitt Romney think twice about 2016

Polls can only tell you so much this far out. But for Romney, they send a clear message.

House Republicans propose shrinking federal workforce

House Republicans propose shrinking federal workforce

One bill would reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition and cut service contracts. Another would trim the defense civilian workforce by 15 percent.

Rand Paul’s claim on Social Security disability payments doesn’t add up

Rand Paul’s claim on Social Security disability payments doesn’t add up

He said, “Over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts.”

Abortion bill episode reveals Republican rift

Abortion bill episode reveals Republican rift

A group of moderate House Republicans put their leaders on notice this week that they intend to steer a more pragmatic course on social issues — including abortion, same-sex marriage and immigration.

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Brown, Napolitano dig in their heels over tuition-hike spat

The University of California president is adept at political wrangling, but her push for funding faces long odds.

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High court protects federal whistleblowers

High court protects federal whistleblowers

Supreme Court backs fired air marshal in case that affects federal employee whistleblowers.

Jeb Bush visits Mitt Romney to discuss their plans for 2016

Jeb Bush visits Mitt Romney to discuss their plans for 2016

The former Florida governor and the 2012 GOP nominee would be rivals for establishment backing if they ran.

Obama won’t meet with Netanyahu during U.S. spring visit

Obama won’t meet with Netanyahu during U.S. spring visit

The Israeli leader’s planned speech strains ties and heightens fears that new sanctions could sink Iran talks.