Perry seeks redemption in border standoff

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With tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant children streaming into Texas, the border crisis gives Rick Perry an animating issue placing him at the forefront of Republican politics.

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Chuck Schumer wants the U.S. to adopt a top-two primary system. But is it working?

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Newt’s nasty debt problem

Newt’s nasty debt problem

Two years after the 2012 campaign, Gingrich has barely made a dent in his $5 million in campaign debt.

Did Russian personnel help take down MH17?

Did Russian personnel help take down MH17?

History shows that covert efforts to provide sophisticated weapons to warring parties often slides into active participation: This suggests that Russians may not only have provided anti-aircraft weapons to Ukrainian rebels, but personnel to man them, too.

This is the best rap song about the Georgia Senate runoff you will hear today

This is the best rap song about the Georgia Senate runoff you will hear today

Happy Election Day! Here’s the song about Jack Kingston and David Perdue you never knew you wanted.

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The Democratic party, in 1 word

How liberals describe the Democratic Party.

Why MH17 won’t change relations with Russia

Why MH17 won’t change relations with Russia

Neither the U.S. nor Russia see anything valuable in their relationship with each other. This makes it likelier that the Ukraine conflict will continue.

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What 2014 is all about. You decide.

Public cynicism about politicians and Washington and low primary turnouts point to unpredictable election year.

Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to health law

Federal appeals court panel deals major blow to health law

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HUD settles case alleging housing discrimination against domestic violence victim

HUD settles case alleging housing discrimination against domestic violence victim

Many people might be surprised to learn that the Fair Housing Act and the Violence Against Women Act protect victims of domestic violence from being evicted or denied a lease.

How a budget debate in N.C. could hurt GOP Senate chances

How a budget debate in N.C. could hurt GOP Senate chances

State House Speaker Thom Tillis once again finds himself caught between two fellow Republicans.

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

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

A poll shows that 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

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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

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Perry seeks redemption in border standoff

Perry seeks redemption in border standoff

With tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant children streaming into Texas, the border crisis gives Rick Perry an animating issue placing him at the forefront of Republican politics.

Suspected Nazi war criminal hospitalized in U.S.

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First guilty verdict in Boston bombings

First guilty verdict in Boston bombings

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Weather helps firefighters battle Washington wildfire

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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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Democratic Party in one word

Democratic Party in one word

Here's how attendees at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit described the Democratic Party.

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?

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

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

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Texas Senate candidate: Cornyn only cares about photo ops with vets

Texas Senate candidate: Cornyn only cares about photo ops with vets

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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

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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.