Perry to send National Guard troops to border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces his plan. (Eric Gay/AP)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border within 30 days, because he says the federal government has not kept the state secure.

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No earmarks, but still plenty for lawmakers to take credit for

There’s a ban on earmarks, but some senators still find ways to boast about sending money home to their states.

What Russia and Israel have in common

What Russia and Israel have in common

New polling shows both America’s top foe and top ally are more unpopular than they have been in decades.

Moody’s: Washington might not see the marijuana tax windfall previously projected

Moody’s: Washington might not see the marijuana tax windfall previously projected

A slow start to sales, high taxes and easy-to-get medical pot may translate to lesser-than-expected revenues.

Where is the Obama administration housing the immigrant kids?

Where is the Obama administration housing the immigrant kids?

From airport hangars and big box malls to military bases and a central processing center, here is how the administration plans to shelter the kids.

Biden versus Gates: Foreign policy smackdown

Both Vice President Biden and former Defense Secretary Gates score points when they list each other’s failures.

Rick Perry seeks redemption in 2016

Rick Perry seeks redemption in 2016

Texas governor finds power in immigration crisis and hopes for a second chance from Republicans

Suspected Nazi war criminal hospitalized in U.S.

The 89-year-old was awaiting extradition to Germany.

First guilty verdict in Boston bombings

First guilty verdict in Boston bombings

The suspect’s friend Azamat Tazhayakov is convicted of impeding a police probe.

Weather helps firefighters battle Washington wildfire

Weather helps firefighters battle Washington wildfire

The Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington has charred about 379 square miles.

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In the Loop: What happened to the deficit talk?

In the Loop: What happened to the deficit talk?

It was such a big issue, but now all the chatter and media coverage appear to have disappeared.

Perry to send National Guard troops to border

Perry to send National Guard troops to border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border within 30 days, because he says the federal government has not kept the state secure.

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Progressives describe the Democratic Party in one word

Progressives describe the Democratic Party in one word

"Open." "Inadequate." "Confused." Here's how attendees at this year's progressive Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Mich., described the Democratic Party in just one word.

Why the MH-17 tragedy won’t moderate the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Why the MH-17 tragedy won’t moderate the Russia-Ukraine conflict

Hopes that the MH-17 tragedy will turn the conflict toward resolution are unlikely to be realized.

Who is to blame for Iraq’s problems?

Who is to blame for Iraq’s problems?

To understand the current situation in Iraq, look at U.S. policies prior to the 2003 invasion.

FEC tells congressional candidate to go ahead with reality TV show, but he can’t get paid

FEC tells congressional candidate to go ahead with reality TV show, but he can’t get paid

One long-shot candidate for Congress could be featured in a series about losing campaigns. FEC says that’s fine as long as he’s not compensated.

Does Rand Paul have a Ron Paul problem?

Does Rand Paul have a Ron Paul problem?

A controversial post from his father raises the longstanding question once again.

Vermont is the best covered state in the country. California is the worst.

There just aren’t enough reporters to cover big states anymore.

Obama announces $100 million expansion of ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

Obama announces $100 million expansion of  ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

President Obama announced more private investments aimed at improving the lives of young men of color

IG: $2.8 million Afghanistan produce facility sitting unused

IG: $2.8 million Afghanistan produce facility sitting unused

Report said the Defense Department didn’t identify a potential owner for the facility before constructing it. Afghan officials are still searching for one.

It’s virtually impossible to be a successful modern president

It’s virtually impossible to be a successful modern president

Just ask Barack Obama. Or George W. Bush.

Americans hate Congress. They will totally teach it a lesson by not voting.

Americans hate Congress. They will totally teach it a lesson by not voting.

Another big warning sign for Democratic turnout.

MH17 is not a game-changer

MH17 is not a game-changer

Putin still sees Ukraine as a crucial national interest after the MH17 tragedy. He is almost certainly prepared to endure the pain of sanctions.

No NTSB chair for Ukraine crash probe

The Senate is expected to approve Michael Lawson as ambo to U.N. aviation agency, but they might want to approve new head of U.S. safety board as well.

The food stamp wave may have crested

The food stamp wave may have crested

The monthly average in 2014 is down substantially from 2013.

Joe Biden is the most interesting politician who has no chance of becoming president

Joe Biden is the most interesting politician who has no chance of becoming president

The highlights from the New Yorker’s new profile of the vice president.

There are bats flying around the Vermont Statehouse

Bats that live in the Statehouse dome find their way to the rest of the building when the weather gets warm.

When do politicians respond to voters and when do they respond to markets?

When do politicians respond to voters and when do they respond to markets?

Research from 20 advanced capitalist democracies shows that while political parties have incentives to respond to voter preferences, they only do so when the national economy is sufficiently sheltered from the world economy.

One chart that shows Congress can actually get things done

One chart that shows Congress can actually get things done

Yes, it does occasionally happen.

Here’s why your Congress is so old

Here’s why your Congress is so old

Old people dominate politics. Blame incumbency, not age.

In the Hot Seat: Veterans Affairs Secretary nomination

In the Hot Seat: Veterans Affairs Secretary nomination

Senate has several Obama officials to testify and two confirmation hearings this week as the clock ticks down to August recess.

Benghazi, and Hillary Clinton’s misunderstood record as secretary of state

Benghazi, and Hillary Clinton’s misunderstood record as secretary of state

A new poll suggests Clinton’s tenure isn’t the great success it has been billed as.

Government data exaggerate the increase in terrorist attacks

Government data exaggerate the increase in terrorist attacks

Here’s why the government’s data are flawed, and what better data tell us.

Why the Ukraine separatists screwed up

Why the Ukraine separatists screwed up

Many insurgent organizations don’t have the internal institutions that would allow them to really use complex modern weapons systems. This helps explain why Flight 17 was shot down.

More Colorado voters report trying pot since it became legal

More Colorado voters report trying pot since it became legal

The increase is slight, but growing.

Hillary Clinton’s new book isn’t poetry. But the Amazon reviews of it sure are.

Hillary Clinton’s new book isn’t poetry. But the Amazon reviews of it sure are.

One shouldn’t let a Hillary Clinton book review on Amazon go to waste.

Want to reduce polarization? Give parties more money.

Want to reduce polarization? Give parties more money.

Campaign finance rules that empower political parties could lessen polarization.

Online sales tax is back — and it may have a shot

Online sales tax is back — and it may have a shot

Supporters of the proposal think they have found the perfect opportunity to force the issue in the House.

Six questions about the missing IRS emails, from IT experts

Six questions about the missing IRS emails, from IT experts

A group that runs the only worldwide certification program for IT asset managers posed six questions that federal investigators should ask.

In Russia, everybody loves Putin

In Russia, everybody loves Putin

The Russian president is more popular at home than any American politician could dream to be here.

Groups praise Obama on gay rights order

Gay rights groups are praising President Obama for his plans to issue an executive order Monday that would ban federal employment discrimination based on gender identify.