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"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek (Associated Press)

Politics in 'Jeopardy!'

Gang way, here comes "Power Players Week," a title which could warrant just a passing glance from notables in the nation's capital: Every week is power players week here.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (Associated Press) ** FILE **

DOJ dismisses leniency request for Border Patrol agent

Months after Rep. Duncan Hunter asked the Justice Department to consider leniency for Border Patrol Agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr., who was convicted of using excessive force in arresting an illegal immigrant, the Obama administration has brushed that request.

President Obama talks Feb. 21, 2012, at the White House about the importance of the payroll-tax cut and jobless-benefits extension compromise that bi-partisan House and Senate conferees reached the previous week. He is joined by people who posted comments on the White House web site about how the tax cut would affect them. (Associated Press)

Obama to face critics at AIPAC conference

President Obama plans to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy conference in Washington on March 4, the day before his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House announced Tuesday.

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks Feb. 20, 2012, at the Kent County Lincoln Day Dinner in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Associated Press)

Bigfoot goes after Santorum in new Paul ad

The Ron Paul presidential campaign released a new television ad Tuesday morning claiming that rival Rick Santorum sold out conservatism with a variety of "not groovy" votes in Congress — even likening the former Pennsylvania senator's claims to the conservative mantle to the myth of Bigfoot, the legendary sasquatch.

**FILE** Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

Rep. Upton: Payroll-tax cut a win for everybody

GOP Rep. Fred Upton says President Obama isn't the only one who can claim a political victory from an extension of the payroll tax holiday and renewed unemployment benefits, stating that Republicans pushed just as hard as the president and his Democratic allies for the package.

**FILE** President Obama speaks May 10, 2011, about immigration reform at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso, Texas, during his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. (Associated Press)

Obama reverses progress on illegal immigration

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. was actually dropping at the end of the George W. Bush years — but that progress has stopped under President Obama, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies.