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30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress next week has further strained an already tense relationship with President Barack Obama.

And a number of top Democrats --- including Vice President Joe Biden, whose job...

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Hoyer calls McCarthy a 'coward,' apologizes

Tempers flared on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday night when the No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer, called House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy a "coward."

McCarthy had just updated members on plans for a vote on a three-wee...

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GOP isn't sold on a woman in the White House

Republicans know women will be crucial to winning the presidency -- they're just not clamoring for a woman to be in the White House.

Conservative women gathered here at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference bristled -- sometimes vehement...

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Walker blames media for comparing workers to terrorists

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his home-state battles against labor unions prepare him to take on terrorism -- but he denies he's comparing the two.

Walker drew attention at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday with his response...

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Christie uses CPAC to position himself against Bush

Last May, in a radio interview, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said it would be "stressful" to campaign against Jeb Bush if both men run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

"Because I consider Jeb a friend," Christie said. "And he's b...

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6 Republicans to watch in DHS fight

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's push to move past the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security could put several fellow Republicans in a tough spot.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, could soon hold a vote on legislation that ...

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Cruz fails to derail Attorney General nominee

President Obama's nominee to be attorney general cleared a key hurdle on her way to confirmation Thursday, gaining support from three Republicans.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-8 to move Loretta Lynch's nomination to the full Senate floor fo...

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WH gets confrontational toward Netanyahu

The White House has significantly lowered the level of representation it is sending to the annual conference of a large pro-Israel lobbying group, as tensions between the U.S. and Israel continue to mount.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.S....

Get ready for lawsuits over net neutrality

Comcast is firing warning shots over the FCC's historic decision Thursday.

The agency passed new Internet regulation prevent network owners -- like AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon -- from discriminating against what kind of traffic runs ...

Candidate forum held in Jacksonville

A candidate forum in Jacksonville where the dozens of men and women running for office in Duval County met Thursday evening to try and make their mark on voters.

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IRS watchdog updates on Lerner investigation

The IRS watchdog investigating the disappearance of Lois Lerner's emails told a congressional panel on Thursday night they are looking into the possibility of criminal activity.

Lerner was the IRS official at the center of allegations that the Interna...

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Conservatives party like it's 2016

Conservative Republicans, bullish on their prospects in 2016, are gathered at their vast annual conference to road test the long list of potential candidates promising to win them back the White House.

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Leaders gather for CPAC 'boot camp'

In a tightly packed room at the Conservative Political Action Conference, more than a hundred conservatives sat down in rows or leaned against the walls to hear a half-dozen political operatives teach the basics of their trade and share one hard trut...

Balance Of Power In Congress

America awoke to a new political dynamic Wednesday with sharper dividing lines in an already divided government, forcing President Barack Obama to recalibrate his approach and giving Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.

Republicans took over formerly Democratic Senate seats in seven states, including GOP-leaning Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. That number also included three states that figured prominently in Obama's two victorious presidential campaigns: Iowa and Colorado, where he won twice, and North Carolina, where he won in 2008. Republicans needed a net gain of six seats in all to win back the majority for the first time since 2006.

In the House, Republicans were on track to meet or exceed the 246 seats they held during President Harry S. Truman's administration more than 60 years ago.

Voters expressed bitterness with a sluggish economic recovery and the nation's handling of foreign crises. Nearly two-thirds of voters interviewed after casting ballots said the country was seriously on the wrong track. Only about 30 percent said the nation was headed in the right direction.

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