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New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown, a Republican, pounced on incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's support for a bill to spend nearly $3 billion on housing and caring for the illegal immigrant children and families surging into Texas, saying it was unfair to those following the law. (ASsociated Press)

Tea party group weighs backing Brown in N.H. Senate fight

- The Washington Times

The leaders of national tea party group are in New Hampshire meeting with the candidates running for the U.S. Senate and weighing whether to support former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown — or one of his rivals for the GOP nomination — ahead of the Senate primary next month.

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington.  Yellen gives the keynote speech to open the annual conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyo. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Fed’s Yellen: Depressed wages holding back workers

- The Washington Times

Top Federal Reserve officials have been surprised by the rapid decline in unemployment and improvement in the job market in the last year, but depressed wages are still holding back consumers and preventing a full economic recovery, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Friday.

**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

DHS saw no option but to free 169 illegals convicted of murder

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 murderers it let go from immigration detention last year, saying court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it’s promising a new system to better screen who gets let out.

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Judge: Cutler donors can increase contributions

- Associated Press

Supporters of Maine gubernatorial hopeful Eliot Cutler can increase the amount that they donate to the independent candidate seeking to unseat Gov. Paul LePage, a federal judge said Friday.

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

6900 haven't sent papers needed for insurance

Associated Press

Federal officials say about 6,900 Louisiana residents could lose insurance under the Affordable Care Act unless they send copies of citizenship or immigration papers to prove they're eligible.

Ryan says he'd love to see Romney run again

- Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP's former nominee at one point that the "third time's the charm."

Former SC lawmaker Viers to appear in court

- Associated Press

A former South Carolina lawmaker is scheduled to appear in federal court next week on charges that he helped a businessman hide assets, then lied about it to federal agents.

Illinois State Board of Elections member Harold Byers speaks to fellow board members during a meeting to certify the November ballot, including decisions on whether challenged Green and Libertarian candidates can be on the ticket Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers are hoping a referendum question on that issue will be included on the ballot, but it will require the state Supreme Court to take up the issue at the last minute and reverse two lower court decisions. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Rauner dealt double blows over Illinois ballot

- Associated Press

Illlinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner suffered a double blow Friday with the approval of a Nov. 4 ballot that does not include his referendum to limit the terms of Illinois lawmakers but features a Libertarian candidate which could undercut his draw of conservative votes.

Democrats mount low-key campaigns for Florida AG

- Associated Press

Two relatively unknown Democrats head into next week's primary for attorney general with the hope that their low-profile campaigns will be enough to win them the right to challenge Republican incumbent Pam Bondi.

Correction: Border Protest-Walk story

Associated Press

In a story Aug. 21 about a protester being arrested near the office of Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., The Associated Press reported erroneously that Fernando Garcia was arrested for refusing to leave Pearce's office. Police say he was arrested after refusing to leave the parking lot.

Democrats reframe debate on health care

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of repealing.

Texas panel considers political donations rule

Associated Press

The Texas Ethics Commission has moved forward with a measure to out secret campaign donors despite a pending federal lawsuit by a conservative group over whether the commission has the authority to regulate dark money disclosure.

U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister is doused as he takes the ice bucket challenge after qualifying for his re-election bid Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. The Republican congressman has drawn a crowded field of challengers after a cheating scandal earlier this year. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Rep. McAllister signs up for re-election, with ice

- Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister started his sign-up for re-election Friday the same as any other candidate, filling out paperwork and handing over cash to pay his qualifying fee. But he finished it quite differently, doused with ice.

Report: State agency broke hiring rules for years

- Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Transportation circumvented rules devised to keep politics out of state jobs and improperly hired more than 250 people in the last decade, accelerating the practice under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, the state's top investigator decreed in a report released Friday.