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Ryan to seek speakership if he’s unity candidate

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if he emerges by week’s end as their consensus candidate — a bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House. Ryan spoke to the House GOP behind closed doors and said if all factions can share his vision and he can get the endorsement of the major caucuses, then he will “be all in.”

Missouri gubernatorial candidates raise millions of dollars

A Republican and a Democrat expected to run for Missouri governor raised more than $1 million apiece in recent months that could be spent on what’s turning out to be an expensive race.

Sen. Blunt touts $4.4M for election, rival Kander at $1.6M

Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he hauled in nearly $1.3 million in contributions during the past three months as he builds toward an expected re-election campaign.

Debate day-after: Sanders raises cash, Clinton camp pleased

Bernie Sanders' campaign said it raised nearly $2 million from the first Democratic debate of the 2016 race, and social media metrics showed he was the most-searched candidate on Google and most-discussed on Facebook and Twitter.

Clinton, Sanders clash on guns, economy, foreign policy

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over U.S. involvement in the Middle East, gun control and economic policy in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, outlining competing visions for a party seeking to keep the White House for a third straight term.

Fiorina makes distortion of Planned Parenthood a centerpiece

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.

Trump defends 2nd Amendment following Oregon shootings

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday channeled 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending Second Amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead.

Trump gives Putin an ‘A’ on leadership

One day after President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin made little headway in their standoff over Syria at their first formal meeting in more than two years, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is agreeing with Putin on his backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Long-term budget talks ahead for Obama, GOP lawmakers

Having dodged the immediate threat of a government shutdown, congressional Republican leaders are looking ahead to talks with President Barack Obama on a long-term budget pact.

Soul-searching in House as McCarthy tries to lock up top job

Stunned and divided, House Republicans sought a way forward Tuesday as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to bring them together after Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation.

House, Senate negotiators reach deal on defense policy bill

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a $612 billion defense policy bill that maintains restrictions on transferring terror suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and challenges the administration on the budget, drawing a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

Boehner's departure raises question: Can House GOP be led?

The gulf between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans has grown so wide that it just swallowed up the speaker of the House and may threaten the entire Republican Party and Congress itself.

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Former Navy SEAL Greitens running as Republican for governor

Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, a political newcomer who was once courted to run for Congress as a Democrat, on Saturday launched a Republican campaign for Missouri governor in 2016.

Officials: More work emails from Clinton's private account

The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials said Friday, adding to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner’s unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government.

Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, said she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats in her fight against same-sex marriage.