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It remains to be seen whose approach will be most beneficial in the presidential race as Sens. Rand Paul (left) and Ted Cruz remain in a statistical dead heat at about 5 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. They are hovering in the middle of the 16-candidate field. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul plays it cool while rival Ted Cruz plays with fire in Senate

- The Washington Times

Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have followed through on their promises to shake things up on Capitol Hill since arriving in Washington, but some political analysts say the recent intraparty warfare shows the two rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are split over the best way to give the government a face-lift.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, will be one of the keynote speakers at Thursday's National Whistleblower Day Lunch. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

A celebration of whistleblowers

- The Washington Times

Tell it like it is. Thursday is National Whistleblower Day, and time to party — or at least pause to celebrate those conscientious folk who have stepped forward to report waste, fraud and abuse.

"Listen, this is one member," House Speaker John A. Boehner said at his weekly press conference at the Capitol. "I've got broad support among my colleagues. And frankly, it isn't even deserving of a vote." (Associated Press)

John Boehner dismisses coup attempt, denies vote on his ouster

- The Washington Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner shrugged off an attempted conservative coup Wednesday, calling it “no big deal,” but the rebellion threatens to drown out Republicans’ message during Congress’ upcoming summer vacation and could stymy GOP plans for a big finish for 2015.

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Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, second right, reacts after the unveiling of a 24' x 10' tapestry depicting the island of Manhattan as a yellow submarine piloted by a waving John Lennon at Ellis Island Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in New York. Standing with Ono are Bono, right, and The Edge, of the Irish rock band U2, third from right.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Lennon honored with artwork showing him in yellow submarine

- Associated Press

Standing in front of artwork depicting Manhattan as a yellow submarine and John Lennon as the pilot displaying the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and other guests to honor her late husband Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday,July 29, 2015, to discuss Planned Parenthood.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Planned Parenthood seeks fed study of fetal tissue research

- Associated Press

Under fire for its role in providing fetal tissue for research, Planned Parenthood asked the government's top health scientists Wednesday to convene a panel of independent experts to study the issues surrounding the little-known branch of medicine.

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the impacts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on U.S. Interests and the Military Balance in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

- Associated Press

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.

In this May 7, 2015 photo, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., speaks during a My Brother's Keeper town hall at the School of the Future in Philadelphia. Fattah, an 11-term Democrat from Philadelphia, was indicted Wednesday, July 29, 2015, on charges that he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption

- Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off an illegal $1 million campaign loan with federal grants and charitable donations, funneled campaign funds toward his son's student loans and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a Porsche his TV anchor wife never sold, prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing a racketeering indictment against him.