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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President Obama needs to get a suit like this, ASAP

Narendra Modi. Like a boss.

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Biden + Ellen = you know what to do.

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Court sends back ‘misapplied’ retiree health-benefit case

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8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

2016, immigration and “Mischievously Populist Christie.“

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Man mistakenly crashes drone at White House

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The Iowa Freedom Summit was not impressed.

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Rick Perry wins the all-important Iowa Twitter primary

Where “important” means “not important.“

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Obama moves to protect more of Alaska refuge

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Feinstein laments lack of Mideast policy ESP

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The GOP needs Donald Trump to go away. Now.

The GOP needs Donald Trump to go away. Now.

The carnival barker has become an even-more-unhelpful sideshow.

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The threat of drone attacks harming the White House or the president is very, very small

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The 2016 GOP field explained in one quote from their Iowa speeches this weekend

The most-telling snippet from each speech.

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Legislators seek to tighten security of visa waiver program

The Paris attacks and radicalization of some Europeans has prompted concerns about a threat to the U.S.

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18 states haven’t nominated a best political reporter yet. Come on people!

New York. Also, Pennsylvania. And Iowa!

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Sorry, federal workers. This concert was free to everyone — except you.

Sorry, federal workers. This concert was free to everyone — except you.

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

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Partisan divide in federal employee legislation

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Are family responsibilities keeping women out of politics?

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Republicans oppose raising taxes. Except, not really.

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

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Obama proposes new wilderness protections in Arctic refuge

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

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