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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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.

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.

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

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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.

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Hashtag #BlameTheIntern

Hashtag #BlameTheIntern

When it comes to public officials’ social media faux pas, it’s usually the interns who take the fall.

Former Ferguson resident finds a new calling: Activist

Former Ferguson resident finds a new calling: Activist

Keith Griffin has been returning each night since Aug. 9, becoming something of a leader on the streets.

The Ferguson police chief’s next move?

The Ferguson police chief’s next move?

Our Monkey Cage cartoonist peers into the future.

Answering question on Israel, Bernie Sanders tells townhall hecklers to ‘shut up!’

Answering question on Israel, Bernie Sanders tells townhall hecklers to ‘shut up!’

Sen. Bernie Sanders gets angry when constituents yell over him when he’s explaining his position on Israel.

In Ferguson, Holder promises ‘thorough and fair’ inquiry

In Ferguson, Holder promises ‘thorough and fair’ inquiry

The attorney general spoke of his own experiences of racial profiling.

On social media Claire McCaskill takes the lead in Ferguson

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has been visible in Ferguson, Mo. documenting what she sees and hears via social media.

Map: How much $100 is really worth in hundreds of metropolitan areas

Map: How much $100 is really worth in hundreds of metropolitan areas

A new map shows the real value of $100 in the nation’s metros.

Holder in Ferguson: ‘So let’s start here. Let’s do the work today.’

Holder, now the most high-profile variable on the ground in the St. Louis suburb, tells students of his experiences of racial profiling.

N.C. debates more than 100 fracking rules

N.C. debates more than 100 fracking rules

The state stands to earn millions in extraction taxes, but environmentalists are skeptical.

The Indiana lottery didn’t meet its revenue goals, but it still set a record

The Indiana lottery didn’t meet its revenue goals, but it still set a record

A private company that signed a 15-year agreement with Indiana’s lottery had to pay up $1.6 million to make up the difference between its revenue and its goal.

Gun sales are up near Ferguson

Gun sales are up near Ferguson

Interviews with store owners shows a spike near the unrest that quickly tapers off farther away from the town.