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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.speaks with people at a restaurant in Las Vegas. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio seems to be moving toward a bid for the Republicans' presidential nomination, and late Sunday he joins Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky for an audience with the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Rand Paul’s foreign policy roils 2016 race, rivals attack as Obama light

- The Washington Times

Rand Paul’s views on foreign policy and limited military intervnetion set him apart from the other Republicans hungering for the presidency. They can be expected to slam him as an “isolationist,” and blind to the harsh realities of the international jungle. But his view of how the U.S. should deal with the rest of the world also offers a unique opening to appeal to voters who haven’t always leaned right

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on her nomination. Lynch defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally but she said they have no right to citizenship under the law. If confirmed, Lynch would become the nation's first black female attorney general. It is the first confirmation proceeding since Republicans took control of the Senate this month.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Loretta Lynch defends Obama immigration policies

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s nominee for attorney general argued Wednesday that she believes the president’s executive actions on immigration are legal, rejecting the notion that they were an attempt to provide unilateral amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks with the media at the Peppermill restaurant Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Las Vegas. Paul is a possible Republican presidential candidate. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Rand Paul reintroduces Audit the Fed bill

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday reintroduced legislation to force a government watchdog audit of the Federal Reserve, and the bill has its best chance yet of finally clearing Congress.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO, questions on of the veterans testifying at a special hearing held by the U.S. House committee on Veteran's Affairs, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) ** FILE **

FDIC attempts to end Operation Choke Point with letter, action

- The Washington Times

In an effort to put an end to Operation Choke Point — a financial task force that was created by the Obama administration to “choke out” businesses it finds objectionable like gun shops — the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued a letter Wednesday, saying all banks should examine their customer relationships on a case by case basis and not by industry operational risk.

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles in the rain as he arrives for Republic Day in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defends decision not to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu

- The Washington Times

President Obama blamed the upcoming Israeli elections for why he's choosing not to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March, saying such a meeting could create the appearance that the U.S. is interfering in Israeli political contests.

A demonstrator carries a gun gun on his back near the Capitol following a rally in support of open carry gun laws, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas lawmaker gets security detail, activists warned

- Associated Press

A House Democrat has been provided a security detail as part of the fallout from a tense Texas Capitol confrontation between the lawmaker and gun rights activists, whom more conservative state politicians urged to soften some of their rhetoric.

Lawyers, activists demand Sri Lankan chief justice resign

- Associated Press

Lawyers and rights activist on Wednesday demanded Sri Lanka's chief justice resign because he is being investigated for involvement in an alleged coup plot soon after this month's presidential election.

Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

- Associated Press

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

- Associated Press

The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press.

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

- Associated Press

The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom.

DC police have approved 8 concealed gun carry permits

Associated Press

Police in Washington say they have granted eight people permits to carry concealed firearms in public, the first to be approved since the city began accepting applications in October.