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Michigan race highlights Tea Party versus Establishment struggle

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (Reuters) - Over cocktails and chocolate-covered strawberries, a group of west Michigan Republicans gathered at a Tudor-style home in Grand Rapids and vented frustrations with Congressman Justin Amash and his Tea Party tactics that they blame for Washington’s gridlock.<p>U.S. …

Sen. McCaskill’s military sexual-assault bill is meatier than advertised

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s bill to overhaul — yes, overhaul — the way sexual-assault cases are handled in the military has routinely been described as more modest, conservative, watered-down and incremental than her Senate colleague Kirsten Gillibrand’s measure.<p>The legislation pushed by Gillibrand …

De Blasio Whipped by Horse Lobby

NYC’s new mayor is determined to get rid of Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages this year. The fact that the animal rights lobby savaged his …

Issa Apologizes to Cummings, but Accuses Him of 'Hissy Fit' (Updated)

<b>Updated March 7, 6:20 p.m. |</b> In an interview with his local newspaper, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa said he has apologized …

RNC questions timing of Clinton document release

<b>(CNN)</b> - The Republican National Committee alleged Friday that previously confidential papers from the Clinton White House were improperly withheld from the public for over a year and requested the National Archives provide its correspondence with the offices of Bill and Hillary Clinton regarding …

Republicans gain momentum in close fight for U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight months before the November 4 elections, Republicans have expanded the number of competitive races for U.S. Senate seats and have a growing chance of gaining control of that chamber and stalling Democratic President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda.<p>U.S.Sen. Mitch …

Union research document says Obamacare will hasten income inequality

As national Democrats prepare to run against the GOP on income equality issues, a giant union has issued a scathing Obamacare document that could …

Rethinking the 2016 GOP nomination contest

This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference cast a spotlight on the Republican Party’s prospective 2016 presidential candidates, and there is already an accepted storyline about how the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest will unfold.<p>As this narrative goes, it will be a fight …

Conservatives try to make criminal justice reform a signature issue

Many of the headlines after day two of the Conservative Political Action Conference were about Rick Perry’s well-received speech, in which he harped on what he deemed the “two Americas”: red-state America and blue-state America.<p>But as much as the Texas governor’s morning address impressed the …

Facebook, Twitter — and CPAC

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — #Help. #CPAC2014.<p>Republicans believe they got crushed in the tech race in 2012, so they called Facebook and Twitter to advise them on how to reboot their efforts for 2014 and 2016.<p>At a Conservative Political Action Conference panel on Friday, representatives from the two …

10 Religious Surprises in the US Congress

A Modern Orthodox Jew, a Buddhist and a Quaker walk into…the Capitol? No joke, the US Congress is filled with a host of representatives from all …

Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller

Maureen O'Reilly beams with pride as she shows a visitor around Grafton, N.H., a town so small it doesn't even have a traffic light.<p>"Have a look at this," O'Reilly says, pointing to a postcard view of hilly rural New England. "How beautiful is this? It's really pretty in the fall, really, really …

Ukraine's premier: 'We won't budge'

KIEV, Ukraine — As separatists in Crimea kept up pressure for unification with Moscow, Ukraine on Sunday solemnly commemorated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its greatest poet, with the prime minister vowing not to give up “a single centimeter” of Ukrainian territory.<p>“This is our land,” …

5 things we learned from CPAC

It would be a mistake to read too much into the speeches, breakout sessions and late-night parties that took place at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.<p>Thousands of right-leaning activists made the pilgrimage here this year, to a convention hall outside the nation's capital. They …

We are all right-wingers now: How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything

<b>(AP/Ron Frehm/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Reuters/Gretchen Ertl/AP/Toby Talbot)</b><p>Is the left enjoying a moment of triumph — or has a president with no bearings left the Tea Party in charge?<p>Thomas Frank<p>March 9, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>I used to talk to the political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr. a lot back in the …

A Senator's Long And Patient Recovery From Stroke

Two years ago, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois was paralyzed on his left side by a stroke. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to him about his recovery and his hopes for other stroke victims.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Two years ago last January, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk was getting ready for another …

Report: Top Obama aide leaving W.H.

A top White House official who has been with President Barack Obama since he first became a senator nine years ago is resigning.<p>Alyssa Mastromonaco is Obama's deputy chief of staff for operations and often described as the most influential person inside the White House who isn't well known outside …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

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How To Think

Sebastian Garcia made a mistake but he couldn't figure it out. At the 2011 National Junior High Chess Championship he was looking strong and heading …

$2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course will be free and online this summer

The Linux Foundation is putting its training materials up on edX's platform.<p>Earlier this week, The Linux Foundation announced that it would be …