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Betty Ford Dies at 93
By Melanie Starkey | 9:59 p.m.
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Betty Ford and President Gerald Ford pose with President George W. Bush outside their California home in 2006. Gerald Ford died later that year.
Former first lady Betty Ford has died at age 93, CNN reported Friday, citing the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
Pelosi Reaffirms Democrat Stance on Entitlements
By John Stanton, Jessica Brady
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday returned to the Capitol from a meeting with President Barack Obama and reiterated her position that Medicare and Social Security are out of bounds as part of any debt limit deal.
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By Joshua Miller
Several challengers are moving toward running against Rep. Larry Kissell (D) in North Carolina’s 8th district, which is slated to become much more Republican under new lines.   
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A staffer in the Flagstaff office of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) who used his Twitter account to trumpet the downfall of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) resigned Friday after Roll Call discovered violent messages he tweeted.
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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: New-Media Mavens
By Neda Semnani
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), vice chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, on Thursday announced the winners of the House GOP New Media Challenge.
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Warren Talked With DSCC Midnight
Elizabeth Warren’s calendar sure looks like the schedule of a woman considering a Senate bid, or at least someone being courted by power players in Massachusetts and the Senate Democrats’ campaign operation in Washington.
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The IRS announced Thursday that it will suspend its examination of possible gift taxes owed for prior contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups, which are poised to be influential players in the 2012 elections.
House Democrats continued to dig in their heels against cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs Thursday as Congressional leaders and the White House continued to search for a bipartisan deal to increase the debt limit.
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Senate hopeful Connecticut Rep. Christopher Murphy (D) raised $925,000 in the second quarter and had $1.6 million in cash on hand at the end of June, Murphy campaign manager Kenny Curran said in a news release Friday.
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It’s only been six days since a draft North Carolina Congressional map was released, but vulnerable Rep. Brad Miller (D) has already picked up several challengers.
Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) won’t unveil his budget to the public this week after all, aides said Thursday.
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Congressional hopeful Patrick Murphy (D) raised an impressive $450,000 in the second quarter in his campaign for the seat held by Rep. Allen West (R) in Florida’s tossup 22nd district, a top aide told Roll Call on Thursday.
The House narrowly voted Thursday to ban financial assistance to rebel leaders in Libya, marking the first time the chamber has voted to impose any funding limitations on the U.S. military effort in the North African nation.
Senate Democrats, already divided on how to deal with Social Security, were caught off guard Thursday by a new push from the White House to include the senior safety net in a larger debt and deficit reduction deal.
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The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee holds a hearing July 7 on the economic risks of the United States defaulting on its debt.
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Crossroads GPS on Friday launched the second part of a $20 million advocacy campaign, going after President Barack Obama’s economic record and Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson (Fla.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) with new television ads.
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Missouri attorney Ed Martin released a poll Thursday showing him with a comfortable lead over former Ambassador Ann Wagner, his only GOP primary opponent for the open seat in Missouri’s 2nd district. The seat opened when Rep. Todd Akin (R) announced his bid for Senate.
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New York Assemblyman David Weprin will be the Democratic nominee in the 9th district special election, a well-placed Democratic source in the Empire State confirmed Thursday.
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