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Democrats see chance to reclaim House

Democrats have the "wind at our backs" and are poised to make a run at winning control of the Republican-held House in the November elections, said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel.

** FILE ** In this Sept. 15, 2011 file photo, Rep. Todd Platts, Pennsylvania Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Platts is leaving Congress after 12 years, saying he's a believer in term limits. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

GOP Rep. Platts to retire

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Todd R. Platts announced Tuesday he won't seek a seventh term this year, saying he wants a more "family friendly" schedule.

**FILE** President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the Let Freedom Ring Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Jan. 16, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama campaign still in search of a slogan

President Obama, who told an interviewer last month his re-election campaign is still searching for a slogan, got a suggestion Monday night during a celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday: "Buses are still a-coming."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House tight-lipped on Iran warning

Choosing his words carefully, White House spokesman Jay Carney reacted cautiously to a Friday New York Times story that said the Obama administration is relying on a secret channel of communications to warn Iran that closing off the Straits of Hormuz would be a “red line” that would provoke an American response.

White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks Jan. 12, 2012, during the daily briefing at the White House. (Associated Press)

White House jabs back on auto bailout

White House spokesman Jay Carney Thursday predicted a robust debate “when the time comes” over the records of President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on company restructuring and job losses.

Screen capture of www.whereintheworldisjohnboehner.com website

Dems rip Boehner, Cantor for overseas trips

Democrats, who for days have criticized the top two House Republicans for leading overseas trips instead of working to extend the expiring payroll cuts, have upped the ante with a new website: www.WhereInTheWorldIsJohnBoehner.com.