The risk to Rand Paul’s White House hope: Dad

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Ron Paul has embraced a role as libertarianism’s prophet of doom. That might work against Rand Paul’s efforts to line up support for a potential 2016 bid.

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‘Quadcopter’ drone found at White House

In the latest White House security breach, the Secret Service said the compound was locked down after a two-foot-wide device was found.

This concert was free to everyone except federal workers

This concert was free to everyone except federal workers

The Small UAV Coalition hosted a free OK Go concert last week, but federal workers were asked to pay to comply with government ethics rules. Does that make sense?

What, exactly, is Hillary Clinton’s strategy to get voters excited about her candidacy?

What, exactly, is Hillary Clinton’s strategy to get voters excited about her candidacy?

2016 is starting to look like 2012, which is not good news for Democrats.

Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

With the GOP now running the House and Senate, federal employees don’t need to guess which party will prevail.

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Are family responsibilities keeping women out of politics?

Women are particularly sensitive to spending time away from home.

Federal offices remain open today

Federal offices remain open today

Federal employees in the Washington region can work from home or use unscheduled leave on Monday, but their offices are open.

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Republicans oppose raising taxes. Except, not really.

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Democrats, Republicans divided over which agencies they like

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Does Obamacare use federal subsidies   for elective abortions?

We check if the claim by anti-abortion lawmakers correctly portrays abortion coverage.

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Abraham Lincoln auction includes lock of hair

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GOP’s presidential race grows ever more packed

According to Politics1.com, there are now an astonishing 25 potential candidates for the party’s nomination.

The risk to Rand Paul’s White House hope: Dad

The risk to Rand Paul’s White House hope: Dad

Ron Paul has embraced a role as libertarianism’s prophet of doom. That might work against Rand Paul’s efforts to line up support for a potential 2016 bid.

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Congress’s divide shows in fed worker bills: Democrats give, GOP takes away

Several cuts have already been proposed by Republicans in the early days of this new Congress.

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Handicapping the Hispanic vote for 2016 GOPers

In Texas, specifically.

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Obama proposes new wilderness protections in Arctic refuge

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Obama moves to protect more of Alaska refuge

Obama moves to protect more of Alaska refuge

The move to protect 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will spark a battle with Alaska Republicans.

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The state of the unions: Membership is up, but density still drops

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SunZia energy plan wins federal approval

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Republican presidential hopefuls may struggle to find a political balance

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Obama officials speaking more openly on racial tensions, reform

Obama officials speaking more openly on racial tensions, reform

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Supreme Court will review drug protocol used for lethal injection

One week after allowing an Oklahoma execution, the justices agreed to review the procedure.

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99Rise releases video from Supreme Court chambers

99Rise, a group opposing the Citizens United decision, released video of its members disrupting the Supreme Court on the morning of the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

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GOP drops ‘civil rights and human rights’ from subcommittee name

Sen. John Cornyn takes gavel of Judiciary subcommittee. And changes its name.

Bush promises ‘adult conversations’ on issues

Bush promises ‘adult conversations’ on issues

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush gave a preview of his likely presidential campaign in a speech that criticized Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress alike as ineffective and overly partisan.

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President seeks mayors’ support for domestic agenda

Obama told them that cities are “often the place where change happens fastest.”

Judge strikes down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban

Judge strikes down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban

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Inspector general rips TSA for redactions in JFK airport audit

Inspector general rips TSA for redactions in JFK airport audit

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This is why Antonio Villaraigosa might want to think twice before running for Senate in California

His base is among the lowest turnout group in the state.

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BREAKING: Everyone is running for president in 2016!

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QUIZ: Which ‘worst president of all time’ is this?

History is littered with the worst presidents of all time.

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Disney cool on State Department pitch to use ‘Frozen’ to teach climate change

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There’s good economic news. There’s also needed (and unneeded) context.

Can the Pentagon downsize its headquarters staff?

Can the Pentagon downsize its headquarters staff?

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Supremes protect federal whistleblowers

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The most talented governor you’ve never heard of

Meet Brian Sandoval.