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Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II  (Associated Press)

Cuccinelli: Focus is on jobs, 'can't worry' about other races

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said Monday his focus during this year's gubernatorial race will be jobs and the economy and that he "can't worry" about other races such as that of E.W. Jackson, the GOP's nominee for lieutenant governor, who has drawn unwanted attention for remarks he has made about abortion, gay people and President Obama.

** FILE ** Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican

Paul Ryan: Earned citizenship is not amnesty

Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee and an influential voice in the House of Representatives, says he favors earned citizenship for immigrants — a position that has put him at odds with many fellow conservatives in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat (Associated Press)

Security leaks expose rifts among lawmakers on spying programs

Senators from both parties offered competing views Sunday on how to balance the privacy and national security concerns raised by leaks by Edward Snowden, a former security analyst who reportedly is on the run from an arrest warrant issued by the United States after he disclosed sensitive information about the extent of American spying programs.

**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks at the 84th annual League of United Latin American Citizens convention in Las Vegas on June 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

Biden: Senators looking to change gun votes

Vice President Joseph R. Biden told the nation's mayors at a conference in Las Vegas that "at least five" senators have called him saying they want to find a way to change their votes on legislation to expand gun-purchase background checks that stalled in the Senate in April.

**FILE** Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat

Markey up big in Mass. Senate fight, new poll shows

Just days before the Massachusetts special election for the Senate seat of now-Secretary of State John Kerry, Democratic Rep. Ed Markey has a 20-point lead over Republican former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, according to a new UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll.