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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee waits backstage before speaking during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Mike Huckabee says he will announce presidential plans in spring

- The Washington Times

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he won’t decide on a presidential bid until spring. But he basically threw his hat in the ring Sunday, shoring up his opposition to Common Core education standards and walking a fine line on immigration as the GOP primary season heats up.

'UNBREAKABLE BOND': Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama both said reports about more distant relations in the past year were "wrong." Mr. Netanyahu visited Mr. Obama in the Oval Office and talked with a group of reporters. (Associated Press)

White House again denounces Congress invite to Netanyahu

- The Washington Times

The White House sought the high ground Sunday in objecting to House Republicans’ decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without President Obama’s blessing, saying it is foolhardy to disrupt negotiations with Iran as the Islamic Republic seeks a nuclear weapon.

The conservative core of the Republican Party has long been leery of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, who are viewed derisively as establishment stalwarts. (Associated Press)

Boehner-McConnell retreat in Obama amnesty funding fight alarms conservatives

- The Washington Times

Conservatives saw it as raising a white flag when Republican congressional leaders pledged not to withhold funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, stoking fears that for the next two years House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will consistently surrender.

Carly Fiorina waves after speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

- The Washington Times

For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures after speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

At 2016 Iowa summit, some fresh GOP faces — finally

The 2016 GOP nominee is going to have to be a whole new breed of Republican. After back-to-back shellackings — first against a nearly unknown first-term U.S. senator, then to a highly unpopular president — the party has no choice but to go in a new direction, and that path does not lead back into the wilderness. The New Breed were on hand Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit.

Senator John McCain.  (AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN)

McCain: Iran “on the march”

- The Washington Times

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that Iran is “on the march” and that President Obama lacks a strategy to deal with the Islamic republic, ratcheting up a tense standoff between congressional Republicans and the White House.

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Afghan economic crisis looms as foreign aid dollars depart

- Associated Press

Afghanistan's fragile economy has lost around a third of its value in the past year as international aid organizations that poured in cash for more than a decade have drastically scaled back after Western forces effectively ended their 13-year war against the Taliban.

President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. (Associated Press)

Obama's wilderness designation plan for Alaska refuge draws lawmakers' ire

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.

Lobbyists spent record amount of $725K last year

Associated Press

Records from the Tennessee Ethics Commission show organizations lobbying the state Legislature spent a record $725,000 on 96 "wining and dining" events for lawmakers last year.

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Associated Press

Police bomb and dog teams searched two planes at Atlanta's main airport Saturday after authorities received what they called credible bomb threats made online, airport and military officials said.

U.S. President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, center, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Obama is the first American leader to be invited to attend India's Republic Day festivities, which commence Monday and mark the anniversary of the enactment of the country's democratic constitution. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Obama, Modi declare era of 'new trust' in US-India relations

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared an era of "new trust" in the often fraught relationship between their nations as the U.S. leader opened a three-day visit to New Delhi.

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 25 - In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 6, 2015, Tom Hudson shows off one of the first Des Moines-area public indoor shooting ranges at CrossRoads Shooting Sports in Johnston, Iowa. There will be three indoor ranges with retail and classroom space as well.  (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Rodney White)  MAGS OUT, TV OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

Indoor gun ranges opening in Des Moines suburbs

- Associated Press

The Des Moines-metro area's first public indoor gun range will open this month in Johnston, and a second indoor facility is already in the works in Clive.

Immigrant achieves American dream with Florence restaurant

- Associated Press

Businessman George John Poulos left an example of the epitome of the American Dream. His dream came in the form of the 301 Drive-In on West Palmetto Street in Florence, which he started in 1957.

New Hampshire considers ban on drones for hunting

Associated Press

While several states have already outlawed the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras as well.