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Kerry Welcoming, but Wary of Netanyahu

March 2, 2015
Helene Cooper, Michael Gordon | The New York Times
Secretary of State John Kerry tried to lower the temperature on Sunday in the three-way fight among congressional Republicans, the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, saying that Mr. Netanyahu was welcome to speak in the United States.
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'Never go into these things without a plan'

March 2, 2015
Manu Raju, Jake Sherman, John Bresnahan | POLITICO
In December, at a meeting of the raucous Republican Study Committee in the basement of the Capitol, Georgia Rep. Tom Price made a recommendation he hoped would help resolve an uprising in his party over President Barack Obama’s immigration orders.
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Obamacare Faces Toughest Test in Supreme Court Challenge

March 2, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
The Supreme Court is preparing to hear a challenge to Barack Obama's signature healthcare policy that could deal it a crippling blow, if not a fatal one.
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A Singular Presence Among the G.O.P. Leadership

March 2, 2015
Ashley Parker | The New York Times
Representative Mimi Walters of California is the freshman class envoy to the Republican House leadership team, and she is the only Republican woman from her state in the House. So it is no surprise that she has already attracting attention.
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In Defense of Scott Walker

March 2, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Earlier this week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he wasn’t going to take the media’s bait. But his challenge isn’t avoiding taking the bait—it’s avoiding becoming the chum. After speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Walker soon found himself at the center of a feeding frenzy over an answer he gave about what he would do to stop the advance of ISIS.
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Uncompromising Reid still in command

February 27, 2015
Manu Raju, Burgess Everett | POLITICO
He only controls 46 seats, but Harry Reid is acting like he has 60. Reid’s uncompromising posture during the flap over homeland security funding and his emerging plans for an upcoming fight over immigration make clear he’s doing little to change the hardball style that defined his tenure as majority leader. This despite losing control of the chamber after last fall’s Democratic debacle and tamping down a coup among centrists seeking his ouster.
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What the DHS Standoff Reveals About the GOP Demographic Dilemma

February 27, 2015
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Although the congressional standoff over the Department of Homeland Security is being framed as a debate over national security, it is, at its core, the latest example of the GOP divide over how to tackle immigration reform. For a party that is already facing demographic challenges and shrinking Electoral College opportunities, the inability to come to agreement on immigration could have devastating consequences for 2016.
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Loretta Lynch One Step Closer To Attorney General

February 27, 2015
Carrie Johnson | NPR
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Loretta Lynch's nomination to be the next U.S. Attorney General on Thursday. Next stop: a full Senate vote on confirmation.
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GOP’s 2016 hopefuls test their messages on conservative activists

February 27, 2015
Robert Costa, Matea Gold, Jose DelReal | The Washington Post
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, seeking to sustain his momentum in the early race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, made a muscular appeal Thursday to the party’s conservative base — touting his blue-collar roots and casting himself as a leader tough enough to take on the world’s biggest challenges.
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