New Hampshire could make or break Jeb Bush’s presidential aspirations

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush greets the audience in Nashua, N.H. (Reuters)

His father’s and brother’s Granite State experiences offer cautionary tales — and ways to win.

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Scott Walker stresses his discount attire and ‘regular guy’ credentials

Scott Walker stresses his discount attire and ‘regular guy’ credentials

He hopes the populist image will contrast with both Clinton and his better-heeled GOP rivals.

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Two decades after Oklahoma City bombing, the crime still sears workers

The terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building also changed Washington.

Army says combat benefits will accompany Fort Hood Purple Hearts

Army says combat benefits will accompany Fort Hood Purple Hearts

Compensation is a major about-face in a deadly attack once categorized as workplace violence.

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Attorneys general: Based on states’ records, justices should decide marriage

Attorneys general: Based on states’ records, justices should decide marriage

Maryland and Virginia officials say the issue of gay marriage cannot be left to the democratic process.

Is there a happy ending to Chuck Schumer-Dick Durbin buddy movie?

Is there a happy ending to Chuck Schumer-Dick Durbin buddy movie?

Their bromance has hit a rocky patch amid jockeying for leadership roles following Harry Reid’s retirement.

Big money in politics emerges as a rising issue in 2016 campaign

Big money in politics emerges as a rising issue in 2016 campaign

In D.C., a protester landed a gyrocopter. In New Hampshire, voters pushed White House hopefuls to take a stand.

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Senate races in 2016 look poised to set spending records

Senate races in 2016 look poised to set spending records

The playing field of large states as well as smaller states with costly media markets makes this inevitable.

Hundreds gather for 20th anniversary of deadly Oklahoma City bombing

Hundreds gather for 20th anniversary of deadly Oklahoma City bombing

Former president Bill Clinton said that after the attack, the city “chose farsighted love over hatred.”

Democratic rivals pitch themselves on Sunday TV as Clinton is represented by stand-ins

Democratic rivals pitch themselves on Sunday TV as Clinton is represented by stand-ins

Two possible alternatives to the Democratic front-runner make their cases.

Arizona is the best state in America, for having and harnessing the sun

Arizona is the best state in America, for having and harnessing the sun

Not only is Arizona one of the nation’s sunniest states, it’s among the best at putting those rays to good use.

Republican states are getting more partisan. Democratic states, not so much.

Republican states are getting more partisan. Democratic states, not so much.

A look at how state voting compares to the nation overall.

GOP contenders audition their attack lines on Clinton

GOP contenders audition their attack lines on Clinton

Her potential opponents face a tricky balance: being tough enough on her without looking sexist.

New Hampshire could make or break Jeb Bush’s presidential aspirations

New Hampshire could make or break Jeb Bush’s presidential aspirations

His father’s and brother’s Granite State experiences offer cautionary tales — and ways to win.

40 years later, story of a same-sex marriage in Colo. remains remarkable

40 years later, story of a same-sex marriage in Colo. remains remarkable

The events in 1975 led to the ‘exile’ of the couple after a ruling by Anthony M. Kennedy, now a pivotal justice as the Supreme Court decides a historic question.

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All politics are local? Think again.

How “negative partisanship” shapes the outcomes in House and Senate elections.

A couple of hours with Joe Biden, sketched

A couple of hours with Joe Biden, sketched

A new way to look at politics.

Rubio’s trail journey begins with a New Hampshire swing

Rubio’s trail journey begins with a New Hampshire swing

The senator was both deliberate and seemingly at-ease in his first campaign trip since announcing.

Why more Republicans should go on Adam Carolla’s podcast

Why more Republicans should go on Adam Carolla’s podcast

Further proof of Ted Cruz’s outreach.

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After misfire, Texas House Republicans give open carry initial approval

After misfire, Texas House Republicans give open carry initial approval

The Legislature is one step closer to allowing concealed handgun license holders in Texas to carry openly in public. The House gave tentative approval of the measure Friday evening after hours of debate and opposition from Democrats.

The GOP field flocks north: ‘Anyone can come back in New Hampshire’

The GOP field flocks north: ‘Anyone can come back in New Hampshire’

Republican presidential hopefuls flood New Hampshire, ready to state their case in a battleground state.

Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out.

The government has sharply reduced spending on travel and training for federal employees.

Behind Christie’s budget claims, a more controversial legacy

Behind Christie’s budget claims, a more controversial legacy

The N.J. governor closed budget gaps by borrowing, shifting money from trust funds and paring back tax credits.

State tax revenue up, but experts worry growth isn’t enough

State tax revenue up, but experts worry growth isn’t enough

Tax revenues rose by 2.2 percent last year, led by gains in rebounding sales taxes.

Justice lawyers make appeal to lift stay on Obama immigration actions

Justice lawyers make appeal to lift stay on Obama immigration actions

The administration asked a 5th Circuit panel to allow program to proceed as judge deliberates over states’ lawsuit.

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Texas Roundup: Measuring shark fin trade

Texas Roundup: Measuring shark fin trade

State lawmakers kept busy this week advancing a slew of items in both chambers – including a measure on the trade of shark fins. And they considered several controversial bills in committees.

Hillary Clinton: Risk-Avoider in Chief

Hillary Clinton: Risk-Avoider in Chief

Even voters aren’t getting much chance to ask the presumptive Democratic frontrunner questions.

Obama blasts Senate over stalled Lynch confirmation

Obama blasts Senate over stalled Lynch confirmation

The president called the stalled process for confirming Loretta Lynch, his pick for U.S. attorney general, an “embarrassing” example of the Senate’s “dysfunction.”

Questioning Rick Perry’s intelligence

Questioning Rick Perry’s intelligence

Here are 11 better ways that he could have answered the question: “Are you smart enough to be president?”

In defense of reporters chasing after Hillary Clinton’s van

In defense of reporters chasing after Hillary Clinton’s van

Why one reporter said she’s proud of running after the van.

Snopes.com has been debunking Clinton rumors since the Clinton years

Snopes.com has been debunking Clinton rumors since the Clinton years

What better way to rebut ‘90s rumors than a ‘90s website?

Marco Rubio cleans up Senate campaign committee before renaming it ‘Rubio for President’

Marco Rubio cleans up Senate campaign committee before renaming it ‘Rubio for President’

Before Marco Rubio made his Senate campaign committee his presidential one, he cleared the air with the FEC.

New Hampshire is not Iowa

New Hampshire is not Iowa

These two states start the nominating process, but they offer different tests for candidates.

Rubio just caught Jeb in a new Florida poll. Don’t start planning the inaugural just yet.

Rubio just caught Jeb in a new Florida poll. Don’t start planning the inaugural just yet.

A very different question leads to a very different result.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Medicaid expansion: No, yes, no, we’re suing

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Medicaid expansion: No, yes, no, we’re suing

First, he was opposed. Then he supported the expansion. Then he was opposed again. Now he’s suing.

Ted Cruz loves ‘The Simpsons,’ but he botched his favorite quote

Ted Cruz loves ‘The Simpsons,’ but he botched his favorite quote

And he said he likes to play video games to unwind.

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Tax Day brings on the laughs

Tax Day brings on the laughs

Late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver and others take on both the IRS and IRS-haters.