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.

A look inside Dennis Hastert's indictment

The Post's Chris Cillizza breaks down former House speaker Dennis Hastert's indictment on charges that he broke bank laws by withdrawing large sums of money and lying about it to federal authorities.

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Get ready for a hat trick of presidential campaign launches next week

And another one this weekend.

Jeb Bush on Cuba’s removal from the terror list: ‘Iran’s leaders are surely taking note’

Bush called the news "further evidence that President Obama seems more interested in capitulating to our adversaries than in confronting them."


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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.”

Dennis Hastert’s rise was based on being the no ‘skeletons’ guy — until this week

DEBRIEF | Hastert was elected House speaker in part because he could “withstand the scrutiny” at a tumultuous time.

Who had the worst week in Washington? Former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

The lawmaker turned lobbyist now faces a new role — as a criminal defendant.

Veterans Affairs brings in former ‘To Catch a Predator’ host for mandatory ‘compassion’ training

Veterans Affairs employees were required to attend a training session with Chris Hanser, a former "Dateline" NBC reporter.

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.

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.

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