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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures while speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Cutting federal spending should be Congress’s top priority: TWT/CPAC poll

- The Washington Times

Conservatives say reducing federal spending should be the Republican-led Congress’s top priority this session, beating out confrontations with President Obama over his immigration executive actions, Obamacare, and the Keystone XL pipeline, according to The Washington Times/CPAC flash poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum pauses as he speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Santorum: ‘Commander in chief is not an entry-level position’

The Washington Times

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania pitched himself as a battle-tested conservative who stands for “the little guy” at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, saying foreign experience is key for someone to square off against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.

President Barack Obama meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, to discuss the ongoing response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and Liberia's recovery from the deadly virus.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama meets Liberian president, cheers win against Ebola

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Friday hosted Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the Oval Office, praising her leadership in successfully combating the Ebola outbreak and vowing that the U.S. would keep fighting the deadly disease elsewhere in West African.

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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, Veronica Ramirez, originally from Mexico, holds her 15-month-old son, Lora, while waiting in line to apply for a municipal identification card on the first day they were available at the Bronx Library Center, in the Bronx borough of New York. A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register. City officials have scrambled to keep up with the demand.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NYC ID program starts off with a bang

- Associated Press

A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register.

Report: RI lobbying laws complicated, out-of-date

Associated Press

A report by the Rhode Island secretary of state's transition committee recommended raising registration fees for lobbyists and increasing fines for those who fail to register.

Charter schools' influence on Pennsylvania politics

- Associated Press

It's no secret that Harrisburg is a hive of lobbyists, each representing industries and interests that spend millions to persuade state lawmakers to bend laws in their favor.

Captivity may stress polar bears, but Arctic poses problems

- Associated Press

Koda, the 10-year-old male polar bear at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, emerges from a cubbyhole atop the 6,000-square-foot enclosure he shares with 14-year-old Kobe. He steps out to a nearby ledge, his head bobbing and swinging from side to side. He then backs into the cubbyhole, head still weaving, only to return a moment later. He repeats the display, again and again - a 930-pound predator responding to an unheard audience's call for encores.

Kansas state Reps. Broderick Henderson, left, and Valdenia Winn, right, both Kansas City Democrats, confer following the chamber's session, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Legislators have debated numerous bills ahead of the midpoint of their annual session. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmakers pass raft of bills before deadline

- Associated Press

Kansas legislators have reached the midpoint of their annual session having advanced gun-rights and teacher collective bargaining proposals but having left measures to legalize medical marijuana, expand the Medicaid program and restrict fracking to languish.

Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges

- Associated Press

The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students arrived wearing keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while in the front row, a young man sat draped in the Israeli flag. As the meeting opened, a student government officer reviewed the rules of debate, warning physical confrontations would not be tolerated. "We want this to be safe for everyone," she said.

Tuscaloosa to consider air gun ban proposed by NAACP

- Associated Press

The president of the local chapter of the NAACP is asking the Tuscaloosa City Council to consider regulating air guns as a way of preventing possible mistaken-identity shootings of children.