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Politics Aug 06Kansas GOP Sen. Roberts defeats tea party candidate
Three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts edged out Milton Wolf in Kansas' primary Tuesday night as mainstream conservatives dealt another blow to the tea party movement. A GOP businessman swamped a first-term Michigan congressman, upending his re-election bid.
Politics Aug 05Kansas GOP Sen. Roberts faces tea party challenge
Establishment conservatives look to beat down the latest tea party upstart as three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts faces a challenge from Milton Wolf in Tuesday's primary in Kansas, one of four states kicking off a busy month of contests to…
Politics Aug 01With deep divisions over immigration, House Republicans begin anew on border bill
WASHINGTON — House Republicans expressed optimism on Friday that a revised, $694 million bill addressing the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would win over reluctant conservatives and give a divided GOP a political win. Determined to head home…
Politics Aug 01Senate confirms John Tefft as new ambassador to Russia
WASHINGTON — After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America’s new envoy to Russia.
Politics Jul 31Congress in fight against clock to pass legislation before summer break
WASHINGTON — Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border…
World Jul 29Congress at odds over $225 million aid package for Israel
WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess. But the House and Senate are at odds…
Politics Jul 16Contraception ruling serves as political pitch
In an election-year pitch to female voters, Democrats on Wednesday pressed for legislation that would restore free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.
World Jul 09Senators demand another round of sanctions against Russia
WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican senators exasperated with the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine threatened on Wednesday to act unilaterally on new sanctions.
Politics Jun 25Thad Cochran wins Miss. runoff; edges tea party challenger
In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity.
Politics Jun 17In Congress, prospect of new Iraq fight turns hawks into doves
WASHINGTON — The prospect of the U.S. military returning to the fight in Iraq has turned congressional hawks into doves. Lawmakers who eagerly voted to authorize military force 12 years ago to oust Saddam Hussein and destroy weapons of mass…