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Paul joins Democrats in bid to boost medical marijuana

Two Democratic senators and a possible Republican presidential candidate joined forces Tuesday to push a bill to remove federal prohibitions on medical marijuana in 23 states where it’s already legal.

Democrats deplore Republican letter to Tehran on nuke talks

Senate Democrats said Tuesday that the GOP letter about nuclear talks with Iran undercuts the U.S. at the negotiating table and threatens to torpedo bipartisanship on Capitol Hill when it comes to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

New low in relations between Obama, congressional GOP

Relations between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans have hit a new low.

Beyond Clinton, many 2016 hopefuls have used private email

Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to catch heat for her extensive use of a private email account to conduct official business while she was secretary of state. But the Democrats' 2016 presidential favorite isn't the only White House hopeful whose transparency has come into question.

Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told California Republicans on Saturday that the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pollsters, pundits and GOP donors.

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Scott Walker close second

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual presidential preference straw poll.

Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious the measure left President Barack Obama’s immigration policy intact.

Former US Rep. Todd Akin: I'm not running in 2016

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is putting an end to the rumors: He will not make another run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Wisconsin Senate passes right-to-work bill amid protests

The Wisconsin state Senate passed a right-to-work bill Wednesday with just enough votes to send it on to the Assembly, where the Republican majority is wider, keeping the measure on a fast track that could put it before Gov. Scott Walker for his signature next week.

Some Republican governors back Homeland Security showdown

Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn't also overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Comparisons to brother ‘interesting challenge’ for Jeb Bush

It’s a question Jeb Bush gets often, and will surely get again, over and over.

Bisexuals hopeful as 1 of their own becomes a governor

"LGBT" has become a household term amid sweeping advances for gay rights, and yet the "B'' sometimes seems like an awkward fit. The sudden advent of America's first openly bisexual governor may provide a chance to ease the awkwardness and broaden understanding of the bi community.

Shadow of Clinton war vote hangs over other 2016 contenders

In 2002, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cast a vote in favor of the Iraq war that would later come to haunt her presidential campaign.

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Local caterers lose business after ban on lobbyist meals for House committees

No appetite for change

Jokingly called a “company town” with state government carting the payroll, Jefferson City undoubtedly benefits from government-related business.

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Boehner challenges Senate Democrats to ‘get off their ass’

House Speaker John Boehner challenged Senate Democrats Wednesday to “get off their ass” and pass a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department and restrict President Barack Obama’s executive moves on immigration.