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.

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.”

How the breach of IRS tax returns is part of a much bigger problem facing taxpayers

Martin O'Malley 'Guitar' | Campaign 2016

The week 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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Rating the 2016 candidates’ many contortions on immigration

Who flip-flopped the most?

‘Funny or Die’ gives Rick Santorum a musical welcome to the 2016 race

The site isn't as nice to him as they were to Obama for his "Between Two Ferns" appearance.

Hillary Clinton: A woman ready to lead — because she followed?

Clinton does an awkward and complicated political dance in South Carolina to win back Obama supporters.

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.

Cruz: Universities that boycott Israel should lose federal funding

Cruz talked a lot about what a new president should do for Israel.

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.

Chris Christie finalizes his slow-motion flip-flop on Common Core

After months of hinting at an about-face, Christie is officially forswearing the Common Core academic standards he welcomed into the state five years ago.

Seeking to expand GOP appeal, Marco Rubio takes campaign to Nevada

The diverse early nominating state is a testing ground for his self-portrait as a new kind of Republican.

Clinton campaign still doesn’t have supporter e-mail lists from Obama or booster group

Legal hurdles and an abundance of caution have slowed any transfer or sharing of those lists, say campaign officials

USPS contract talks stall; federal unions have little to say on pot policy

Stalled USPS contract talks will not affect service. Federal labor leaders have little to say about OPM directive prohibiting use of weed by feds.

Pataki makes long-shot bid for presidency, joins cluttered GOP field

The former New York governor aims to position himself as a relative centrist in a right-leaning race.

Chris Christie, a onetime booster, now wants to dump the Common Core

N.J. governor joins other GOP presidential hopefuls in a revolt against the academic standards.

Sen. Ron Johnson does not think everything is awesome

"They're starting that propaganda, and it's insidious," Johnson said.

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