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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during an interview in Lebanon, Ohio, in this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Senate passes energy measure by voice vote after budget marathon

After the Senate gave approval to its budget plan early Friday morning, Sens. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, and Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, got a version of their energy efficiency legislation passed by voice vote. Published March 27, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

Huckabee, Jindal, Perry, Santorum scheduled for Iowa family event April 9

Several possible GOP presidential contenders are scheduled to appear at the FAMiLY LEADER's Southeast Family Leadership Regional Summit in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, on April 9, as potential candidates look to shore up their support among social conservatives in the early presidential state. Published March 27, 2015

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to be the next Senate Democratic leader

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who announced Friday he is not running for re-election in 2016, has endorsed Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York to replace him as Democratic leader and declared Friday that Mr. Schumer will indeed replace him in a little less than two years. Published March 27, 2015

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe  (Associated Press)

Bills to loosen gun restrictions among Terry McAuliffe's vetoes

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Friday that he vetoed legislation that would have limited the sharing of information on concealed handgun permit holders in a state database, one of 17 pieces of legislation passed during the 2015 legislative session he vetoed ahead of aSunday midnight deadline. Published March 27, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ted Cruz: 'I'll compromise with Martians'

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is pushing back against critics who say he won't compromise, joking that he'd strike a deal with Martians if the terms were agreeable. Published March 26, 2015

Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the New Yorker's Family Research Foundation legislative day event on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) ** FILE **

Rick Santorum: Not worried about support from GOP backer Foster Friess

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said the wide-open 2016 GOP presidential field would likely narrow into focus after about a few weeks of nominating contests, and that he's not concerned about the prospect of GOP backer Foster Friess, who boosted Mr. Santorum's candidacy in 2012, leaving him for someone else. Published March 26, 2015

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney told supporters that he will not make a run at the White House in 2016, leaving the GOP field wide open. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mitt Romney: Jeb Bush 'is one of those new faces'

Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he wasn't leaving out former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush when he said in late January that one of the "next generation" of Republican leaders may well emerge as being better able to beat the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Published March 26, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker puts on a cap given to him by a member of the New Hampshire Gun Owners Association while answering questions at a training workshop for the New Hampshire state Republican Party in the auditorium at Concord High School Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker lead GOP pack in New Hampshire

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are running first and second in an early look at the 2016 GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire, according to a Suffolk University poll released Thursday. Published March 26, 2015

FILE - In this March 19, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush visits the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta. In the Republican roar over Common Core, various myths are being peddled as fact. Even so, the 2016 GOP presidential prospects who are criticizing Common Core have a point _ if an overstated one _ when they dispute the notion that it is strictly a voluntary initiative that bubbled up from communities and states.  In complicated but unmistakable ways, the federal government does put pressure on states to live up to the standards. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Jeb Bush: Not 'appropriate' for adviser to speak to J Street

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he didn't think it was appropriate for former Secretary of State James Baker, who is advising Mr. Bush on foreign policy, to speak at the annual conference of the left-leaning J Street group earlier in the week, but also said he's "honored" to have Mr. Baker's counsel. Published March 26, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, formally initiated his candidacy, first by announcing on Twitter, and then going to evangelical Liberty University in Virginia to make a public televised speech. Mr. Cruz later did an hour on Sean Hannity's Fox News show. (Associated Press photographs)

Ted Cruz's spokesman: Obamacare decision still in the works

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first major Republican candidate to jump into the 2016 presidential race, raised some eyebrows by telling news outlets in recent days that he had plans to sign up for health insurance through Obamacare — a law he's repeatedly vowed to scrap. Published March 25, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Lynchburg, Va., to announce his campaign for president. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ted Cruz: My music preferences changed on 9/11

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first major Republican presidential candidate to announce a run in 2016, says that while he grew up listening to classic rock, his music preferences changed on 9/11. Published March 25, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (right) announced his candidacy for the White House on Monday, and fellow Sen. Rand Paul is planning an ambitious five-state, five-day rollout of his own starting April 7 in his home state of Kentucky. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Ted Cruz and I might differ on 'winnability'

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, says one difference between himself and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas might be "winnability" and that he is polling the strongest against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner for president in 2016. Published March 25, 2015