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Why Republicans Need to Nominate Ted Cruz

Why Republicans Need to Nominate Ted Cruz

It is increasingly apparent the GOP needs to nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president next year.

Schumer and Reid Like the Lay of the Land in Senate Races

Senate Democratic leaders are not being shy about their chances to move a handful of desks across the aisle and take back the chamber’s majority.

Stewart Mills Launches Rematch Against Rick Nolan

Minnesota businessman Stewart Mills announced his second challenge to 8th District Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan Tuesday morning.

Select Caption on Benghazi | Capitol Quip Winner

Congratulations to this week’s winner, and thanks to the readers who contributed captions to our Capitol Quip contest.

Renee Ellmers Says She's Praying for Those Who 'Bear False Witness'

Besides House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers may have had the roughest week in Washington.

McCarthy's Future Won't Affect GOP's Hold on His Seat

Updated 6:30 p.m. | In the immediate aftermath of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s sudden and shocking decision to bow out of the race for House speaker, the California Republican said he intends to stay in Congress and keep his current job as majority leader.

Congressman's Ex-Wife Eyeing Challenge to Barbara Comstock

No Democrat has entered the race against freshman Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock. But there’s a new recruit whose name may be familiar to Washington.

House Republicans' Chaos Could Hurt GOP Fundraising

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s shocking decision to drop his bid for speaker Thursday could cause problems for House Republican fundraising, multiple Republican strategists told CQ Roll Call.

Judge Drops Multiple Charges Against Jesse Benton

A federal judge in Iowa has tossed most of the charges against longtime Paul family advisers Jesse Benton and John Tate.

Walter Jones Says Rumors Helped Prompt Letter

Rep. Walter B. Jones acknowledged to CQ Roll Call Friday that he wrote a letter asking leaders to attest they had not committed any embarrassing misdeeds in part because he had seen rumors published of an affair between fellow North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

New Florida Map Likely to Benefit Democrats

After years of litigation, a Florida circuit court judge recommended Friday that the state Supreme Court adopt a new congressional map proposed by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause of Florida — one of the final steps in a prolonged legal battle that will likely net Democrats a few more House seats in 2016.

Darrell Issa Considering Speaker Run, Disses Chaffetz

Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday morning he might become a candidate for speaker and sharply criticized the performance of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, his successor as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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