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FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Washington. Their party has seized the Senate majority. Now, an ambitious class of Republican senators faces unique challenges, and opportunities, in a GOP-led Senate under new pressure to govern amid the 2016 presidential race. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Libertarian Party lashes out at Rand Paul's new hawkish side

- The Washington Times

Some are not happy with Sen. Rand Paul’s recent resolution for a declaration of war against the Islamic State. "Everyone knows that you’re posturing to get the Republican nomination for president in 2016. But for this long-shot hope of winning the nomination, you have endorsed a roster of hawkish big government Republicans — from Mitt Romney to Mitch McConnell. And now you’re calling for sending our troops back to Iraq, which will be a death sentence for many of them," says Libertarian Party chairman Nicholas Sarwark in an open letter to the Kentucky Republican.

Jonathan Gruber poses in his home in Lexington, Mass., in this Feb. 8, 2011, file photo. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare 'architect,' agrees to testify before Congress

- The Washington Times

Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economics professor and key Obamacare adviser, has agreed to testify before the House oversight committee next month after critics unearthed a string of YouTube videos that depict him saying the "stupidity" of the American voter and legislative sleight of hand helped the contentious law make it through Congress.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Schumer plots comeback, says Obamacare a mistake in 2010

- The Washington Times

The Democratic Party can rebound from devastating loses in the midterm elections and triumph in 2016 by embracing its affinity for big government and offering big-government solutions to middle-class economic concerns, the Senate Democrats’ top political strategist said Tuesday.