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"All I was after was making sure the District had its own Hatch Act," Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat, said Wednesday. "There's confusion as to how the law applies to D.C." (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

House urges D.C. to loosen gun laws for troops

The House voted late Thursday to urge the District of Columbia to allow U.S. troops to carry personal firearms within the nation's capital — and the city's non-voting member of Congress is vowing a fight to try to block the move.

**FILE** Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, speaks April 5, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif. (Associated Press)

Paul's final moneybomb draws half a million

Rep. Ron Paul's final fundraising "moneybomb" on Thursday raised more than half a million dollars, giving the Republican presidential candidate money to continue his push to win delegates to the GOP's convention.

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks May 11, 2012, during a campaign stop at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company in Charlotte, N.C. (Associated Press)

Romney gives rundown of 'Day One' plans

With more than five months out from the election, Mitt Romney's presidential team released a new "Day One" television ad Friday in English and Spanish that spells out his plan to approve the Keystone oil pipeline, reshape the tax code and begin to repeal President Obama's health care overhaul — all on his first day in office.

Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Virginia Republican (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

GOP counters Obama push for vet vote

Republicans launched a preemptive strike against President Obama's planned launch of his effort to woo military voters, claiming that the Democrat's administration has failed to meet the needs of veterans.

Elizabeth Warren

Warren contributed to Native American cookbook

Elizabeth Warren contributed recipes for herbed tomatoes, spicy barbecued beans and crab with tomato mayonnaise dressing to a Native American cookbook decades ago — the latest in the saga of the U.S. Senate candidate's claims to Cherokee ancestry that were disproven this week.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, speaks at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Mich., on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Romney almost matches Obama's April fundraising

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that they've raised $40.1 million in April — nearly matching the $43 million that President Obama pulled in last month.

President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraiser hosted by singer Ricky Martin and the LGBT Leadership Council at the Rubin Museum of Art, Monday, May 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama team: Romney created wealth, not jobs

Even as President Obama's campaign pressed its attack on Mitt Romney's record as a venture capitalist, a campaign official went out of her way Tuesday to defend the industry that is contributing large sums of money to the president's re-election.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks May 16, 2012, at a campaign stop in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Associated Press)

Romney hits Obama over red ink

Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said Wednesday that President Obama has failed to follow through on his vow to end the kind of debt spending racked up during the George W. Bush years — creating a cloud of economic uncertainty that is hurting graduating college students, homeowners and seniors alike.

Elizabeth Warren

Boston Globe corrects claim of Warren's ancestry

The Boston Globe ran a correction in Tuesday's paper admitting an error in its reporting of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's ancestry in a May 1 article titled "Document ties Warren kin to Cherokees," saying they have no proof that the Democrat is part Cherokee as she has claimed.