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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Ted Cruz made no mistake in highlighting his opposition to a set of educational standards known as Common Core in his first presidential campaign speech. “Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core,” he said to applause from the Liberty University crowd on March 23, “imagine repealing every word …

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

This story is developing. Please check back for further updates. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday called for a quick change to his state’s new Religious Freedom law that had drawna storm of criticism from businesses, celebrities and activists. Pence defended the law in a nationally televised news conference—saying that he was “pleased” to have …

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The House and Senate are considering a step so improbable it deserves more public attention than it has gotten. They are considering a bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare. They may even approve it this week. Let me repeat: Congress may approve a bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare. No, it’s not a comprehensive answer to Medicare’s …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a concert and rally marking the first anniversary of the the annexation of Crimea.

A massive show of force by the Russian military on the anniversary of its disputed annexation of Crimea has raised questions about Moscow’s defiance over eastern Ukraine, and led to concerns that President Putin could be seeking more “foreign distractions.” With rising domestic problems in Russia and the prospect of more sanctions looming, the likelihood …

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In their initial budget proposals, House and Senate Republicans have displayed some notable intraparty divisions—over financing defense spending and overhauling entitlement programs, among others. But those shadings pale next to the stark, black-and-white contrast with the priorities in President Barack Obama’s spending plan. And that contrast will frame debate in the evolving 2016 race to …

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Sen. Lindsey Graham

Welcome back to debt ceiling drama! The nation’s borrowing limit is getting reinstated Monday, and the clock will start ticking toward possible default sometime in October or November when the Treasury runs out of “extraordinary measures” to keep paying the bills. Will the U.S. default? Almost certainly not. Will getting the debt limit raised (or …

Supreme Court hears Obamacare arguments

Supreme Court Justices heard arguments over a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act and they appear to be divided.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments about Obamacare on Wednesday in a case forcing justices to decide just how big a mess they are willing to create. That’s a political question, not a legal one. But it’s the biggest question posed by the challenge to the Affordable Care Act in the case of King vs. Burwell. …

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Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday evening and will return to work with just seven days to avoid it again. Just like last time, there is no reason to think Republicans will allow DHS to shut down and risk getting blamed for putting the nation’s security at risk. …

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The FCC’s proposed net neutrality regulations are widely expected to be approved Thursday by a three-to-two vote along partisan lines. The battle between Internet companies and Internet service providers has heated up ahead of the vote, with CEOs on both sides weighing in—including Netflix’s Reed Hastings, for one, in favor, and Comcast’sBrian Roberts, for the …

Net neutrality vote

The FCC is expected to approve rules that insure Internet providers treat all content equally.

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A woman pays for her groceries using a food stamp program at a supermarket in West New York, N.J., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

The Republican-controlled House Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday begins two days of hearings on the nation’s food stamp program, and they’ll be watched closely by more than just the hungry. Observers expect the committee to step up efforts to restore work requirements, seek to close certain loopholes and look to review the current level of …

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Republican congressional leaders once again confront their core problem: taming a conservative base unwilling to recognize limits on its popularity and power. This time, the issue is funding for the federal Department of Homeland Security. Republican lawmakers have withheld it as a pressure tactic in hopes of reversing President Barack Obama’s recent immigration order. Since …

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President Barack Obama has long since passed the point when Congress would readily enact policies he favors. But by dissecting the forces underlying middle class income stagnation, he seeks to shape what Washington does about it—now or later. That’s the significance of the 2015 Economic Report of the President released by the White House on …

Obama calls on tech companies to fight cyber crime

President Obama tells tech CEOs that they must come together to battle one of the biggest threats to business, cyber crimes.