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Retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison refused today to soften any of the criticisms she leveled at Texas Gov. Rick Perry when she challenged him in last years GOP gubernatorial primary.
Rep. Connie Mack IV will enter the Senate race in Florida, the Republicans chief of staff confirmed to Roll Call late Wednesday.
George McGovern, a former presidential candidate and Senator, was admitted to a South Dakota hospital, the Associated Press reported today.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left Texas today to undergo intensive therapy in North Carolina through Nov. 4. The Arizona Democrat will receive treatment from a therapist who has worked with her for several months in Houston as she recuperates from a brain injury.
Rep. Michele Bachmann is looking for new campaign staff in New Hampshire after her team in the state quit last week, the Minnesota Republican said today.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) slammed the Obama administration today for deciding to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq this year, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton emphasized Americas commitment to the nation during a swing through the morning political shows.
The Iowa Republican Party will hold its caucuses on Jan. 3, according to the Des Moines Register.
Top members of Congressional intelligence and military panels today called for tougher sanctions against Iran in light of an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
House Republicans are looking for common ground between the jobs plan they introduced in the spring and President Barack Obama's proposal, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Sunday.
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to issue new subpoenas to the attorney general this week in his investigation of the Fast and Furious weapons program.
Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) won a special election for the office today, the Associated Press reported.
In response to Floridas decision to hold its presidential primary Jan. 31, Nevada Republicans voted Saturday to move up their caucuses and face the consequences of breaking party rules.
The FBI arrested a Democratic campaign treasurer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Loretta Sanchez last week on suspicion of mail fraud, officials said Saturday.
After Speaker John Boehner pushed back against President Barack Obamas request to convene a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, the administration conceded Wednesday to the Ohio Republicans recommendation to hold it the next day.
President Barack Obamas uncle was arrested last week on charges of drunken driving and is being held by federal immigration officials, multiple news outlets reported Monday.
Rep. Michele Bachmanns memoir will arrive in stores in November. The Minnesota Republican and 2012 presidential candidate has already written the untitled book, the Associated Press reported Monday.
Sen. John McCain predicted Sunday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is on the verge of falling from power.
Sen. John McCain was put on the defensive Sunday for comparing some of his GOP colleagues to hobbits during the debt ceiling debate.
A suspicious powder delivered to the offices of Alaskan lawmakers was not hazardous and the sender did not act maliciously, an FBI spokesman told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Packages containing white powder were delivered to the offices of Sen. Mark Begich (D), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) in Alaska on Monday.
GOP presidential contender Herman Cain said he felt very good Sunday about his fifth-place finish in the Ames straw poll, despite the fact that third-place winner Tim Pawlenty ended his campaign because of his disappointing finish.
Tim Pawlenty is withdrawing from the GOP presidential primary, the former Minnesota governor announced Sunday, a day after he placed a distant third in the Ames straw poll despite devoting much of his campaign time and resources to Iowa.
Rep. David Wu notified Oregons governor and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday evening that his resignation would be effective at 11:59 that night.
A man was arrested without incident Tuesday night after he jumped the White House fence, multiple news agencies reported.
Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who announced last week that he would step down effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis, released a video Monday to explain his vote in support of the $2.1 trillion deal to extend the nation's borrowing authority.