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Sen. Johnny Isakson enters the U.S. Capitol from the Senate subway Thursday.
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State Sen. Frank Lasee is strongly considering running for the open Senate seat. In an interview with Roll Call in Washington, D.C., the Republican legislator said he will likely announce his plans toward the end of the summer.
The House Ethics Committee on Friday afternoon confirmed that it is looking into possible ethics violations by Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) and two House staffers.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sen. Jim DeMint and a group of Palmetto State political insiders are organizing a presidential candidate forum for Labor Day weekend, according to Republican sources.
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A group of tea party activists organized by FreedomWorks stormed the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the Ronald Reagan Republican Center on Monday, calling for the ouster of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
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State Sen. Frank Lasee is strongly considering running for the open Senate seat. In an interview with Roll Call in Washington, D.C., the Republican legislator said he will likely announce his plans toward the end of the summer.
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he is “confident” President Barack Obama will meet with his Democratic Conference next Wednesday, even as a White House spokesman confirmed Obama had rejected a last-minute invitation from Senate Republicans to attend their Thursday lunch.
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Rep. Thaddeus McCotter plans to announce his 2012 presidential bid Saturday, USA Today and the Detroit News reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources.
The Jacksonville offices of Florida Sens. Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) received suspicious packages containing a white, powdery substance early this week.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the special election to replace ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner will be held on Sept. 13, the same day as local primaries in the Empire State.
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On the road to House Democrats’ goal of winning back the majority, North Carolina is now their biggest and most jarring speed bump.
Politics in the Senate took a turn for the absurd Thursday, as the GOP boycotted the Senate Finance Committee’s “mock markup” of trade legislation because they said it would make it difficult for them to start their July Fourth recess — which itself had been curtailed earlier in the day.
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The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert's super political action committee may raise and spend unlimited funds while also receiving airtime from his network, Comedy Central, but it avoided a broader expansion of airtime donations.
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June 30, 2011
Sen. Bernie Sanders enters the Capitol from the Senate subway on June 30.
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The National Mall might offer an iconic backdrop for the Fourth of July fireworks display, but it’s hard to be patriotic when you’re surrounded by thousands of people vying for a comfortable spot to watch.
Rep. Laura Richardson has reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills because of a host of ethics allegations that have swirled around her office, depleting her campaign account and creating substantial personal financial liabilities for the California Democrat.
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While most Washington influence efforts focus on Congress or the federal agencies, the nation's largest business lobby has been expanding its campaign to influence the Supreme Court.
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