Two polls show Dick Durbin is in trouble. Don’t believe the hype.

Two polls show Dick Durbin is in trouble. Don’t believe the hype.

His opponent is an all-too-familiar name for the GOP.

Biden? Not running, maybe just strolling, in 2016

Biden? Not running, maybe just strolling, in 2016

The vice president is rousing his former aides -- maybe with an eye toward getting the troops in place for 2016?

This ad against Mary Landrieu is rough

This ad against Mary Landrieu is rough

Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) residency issue, in stark relief.

Republicans reclaim their status as the party of hawks

Republicans reclaim their status as the party of hawks

Republicans are already shedding their newfound non-interventionism.

Overblown claims about the VA

Overblown claims about the VA

Lawmakers said that 40 veterans died because they could not get an appointment. But that was not correct.

Why the government spent $3 million to study lesbian obesity

Why the government spent $3 million to study lesbian obesity

With 75 percent of lesbians overweight or obese, the study is “of high public-health significance,” according to a project summary.

8 questions — and answers — about the midterm elections

8 questions — and answers — about the midterm elections

With just nine weeks to go, key strategists weigh in on where things stand, and where they could go.

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Where’s the wave?

Where’s the wave?

A Senate slam dunk for Republicans hasn’t materialized.

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We realist’s vigilant cynicism

We  realist’s vigilant cynicism

We can’t afford to ignore realism in foreign policy.

Rick Perry makes a Twitter ‘oops’

An ‘unauthorized’ tweet was sent from the governor’s account Sunday night.

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A Market Basket of dignity

A Market Basket of dignity

A tale with a happy ending for Labor Day.

Obama sets his own pace in a world whirling with crises

Obama sets his own pace in a world whirling with crises

President’s deliberative approach to foreign policy draws fire as problems erupt in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and Gaza.

Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

The move would give the workers a pay bump while keeping the rates from automatically rising higher.

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Paul Ryan’s way forward

Paul Ryan’s way forward

The one-time vice president candidate rethinks “makers” and “takers.”

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Sexism in the Senate

Sexism in the Senate

Incidents, as described in a new book, aren’t surprising but aren’t destined to repeat themselves.

Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers

The move signals Obama’s intent to give the workers a pay bump while keeping the rates from automatically rising higher.

Who had the worst week in Washington?

Who had the worst week in Washington?

Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

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America’s real ice bucket challenge

America’s real ice bucket challenge

The coming fiscal disaster has crept into the short-term.

Justice Dept. inspector investigates DEA payments to Amtrak secretary

Justice Dept. inspector investigates DEA payments to Amtrak secretary

DEA agents allegedly paid an Amtrak secretary more than $850,000 for passenger information that the agency could have obtained for free.

Why Obama’s ‘We don’t have a strategy’ gaffe stings

Why Obama’s ‘We don’t have a strategy’ gaffe stings

The worst gaffe is the one that confirms pre-existing suspicions.

A VA employee, a crack house, and a lengthy firing process

A VA employee is still on the payroll more than a year after allegedly helping a patient purchase illegal drugs.

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Have we gone to war again?

Have we gone to war again?

Some questions on the Islamic State for President Obama and Congress.

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Lower corporate tax rates. Now.

Lower corporate tax rates. Now.

Obama should be taking the lead in reforming the tax code.

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Wanted by VA: More medical professionals

Wanted by VA: More medical professionals

Scandal has scarred agency’s reputation, but new secretary is pushing hard for new talent.

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The menace of anti-Semitism

The menace of anti-Semitism

Although some would like it to be so, Israel cannot be reduced to a David-and-Goliath tale.

VA launches ‘more robust’ version of GI Bill Comparison Tool

VA launches ‘more robust’ version of GI Bill Comparison Tool

The new version features a better benefits calculator and additional information pertinent to the veteran population, according to the VA.

An eye-popping chart that shows how campaign finance reform has failed

An eye-popping chart that shows how campaign finance reform has failed

More untraceable money is in the system than ever before. By a lot.

VA apologizes for using Oscar the Grouch to depict frustrated veterans

VA apologizes for using Oscar the Grouch to depict frustrated veterans

A VA benefits office used the image in a training guide for employees who were preparing for a town hall meeting.