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.

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.

Obama discusses patriotism during Selma speech

President Obama delivers a speech from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., during the 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery.

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Obama discusses America's role as a world leader (2011)

During President Obama's speech about Libya, he discussed America's role as a world leader.

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Obama tells his story during his victory speech at Grant Park (2008)

President Obama talked about American exceptionalism through the prism of his own story.

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Hastert indictment is related to old allegations of sexual misconduct, law enforcement says

The former House speaker’s suspected misconduct dates to when he was a teacher and involved a male victim in Illinois, an official said.

Reagan discusses what it means to be American (1989)

In Ronald Reagan’s 1989 City on a Hill speech, he described his vision of American exceptionalism.

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Texas Roundup: Guns, border security and #ChubASong

Measures related to guns and border security all got one step closer to becoming law in these final days of the 84th Legislature, and Democrats succeeded in knocking a key bill for conservatives off of the calendar.

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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 slams Obama’s latest Cuba move: ‘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."

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

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