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Fit for the feisty: a new shirt for the "We are the Future" rally for Rep. Ron Paul in Tampa on August 26. (Image from the Ron Paul Presidential Committee)

Inside the Beltway: Tea party war drums

It's no mere movement anymore as the political campaign escalates. The "tea party army" has emerged, and organizers are framing their activities in near dire terms. Published August 9, 2012

Inside the Beltway: The Palin mystery

There are nine governors and former governors set to entertain the Grand Old Party when the Republican National Convention gets rolling in Tampa, Fla. a mere 17 days from now. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — despite her vigorous message, cool shoes, Supergirl T-shirt, and knack for transfixing any and all media — is not on the roster. Yet. Published August 8, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Veep madness

Wide-eyed and salivating, hundreds of journalists dream of being the chosen one who breaks the news of Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate, even before word goes out on his campaign's fancy new "Who will be Mitt's VP?" phone app. Published August 7, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Not in the script

"The president's top celebrity supporters have benefited from outsourcing, Hollywood-style," says ABC News political correspondent Jon Karl, who points out that President Obama's uber-fundraisers in Tinseltown regularly shoot movies that are supposedly set in the U.S. in overseas locations, rather than on American soil. Published August 6, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Remembering August 6

"A most sobering anniversary: August 6. It marks the most serious and heaviest loss of life for our SEAL community in their illustrious service to our country," says Rep. Scott E. Rigell, who reminds the nation of the helicopter crash one year ago in the Wardak province of Afghanistan that killed 25 members of Navy SEAL Team 6, along with five U.S. Army National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, one civilian interpreter, seven Afghan commandos and a military working dog. Published August 5, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaks to local residents during a campaign stop at the Pizza Ranch restaurant, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in Manchester, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Inside the Beltway: Perryfied

The bodacious victory of Ted Cruz in the Texas Republican primary has somehow fired up Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose own right-hand man lost to Mr. Cruz on Tuesday by 14 fat percentage points. But the ever-canny Mr. Perry has ridden the Cruz victory like a bronco, tamed his own presidential disappointment and framed the Lone Star State in heroic terms. Published August 1, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Ron Paul's not done yet

The dedicated fans of Rep. Ron Paul are determined to make a big noise at the Republican National Convention, and the Texas Republican is raising money to get them there. Published July 31, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Red meat politics

Those lawmakers had a beef: Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Charles Grassley of Iowa have celebrated their first "Meat Monday," intent on providing a savory comeuppance to the U.S. Department of Agriculture after it encouraged its employees to boycott meat on Mondays, just to be all nice and eco-conscious. Published July 30, 2012

Inside the Beltway: The Polish Connection

Certain powerful voting blocs will track Mitt Romney's goodwill visit to Poland on Monday with keen interest: A very friendly audience awaits him in that nation, along with some potential election benefits. Published July 29, 2012

** FILE ** This July 26, 2012, file photo shows Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Drumstick politics

Deep-fried controversy continues: "Chick-fil-A Day" looms Wednesday, organized by Mike Huckabee and some 219,000 fans of the embattled restaurant chain after its CEO Dan Cathy condemned gay marriage, prompting multiple boycotts and much political posturing. Published July 26, 2012

Inside the Beltway: ‘2016’ arrives in Washington

There's a low-key advance screening of "2016: Obama's America" in the nation's capital Wednesday night. The documentary film opens nationwide Friday, providing an alarming vision of the life in the U.S., should President Obama be re-elected and his particular "dream" replace that of the Founding Fathers. Published July 24, 2012

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Inside the Beltway: Gary Johnson's White House hopes 'a matter of karma'

Hey, Gary E. Johnson's still standing, still touring: the Libertarian presidential hopeful, in fact, is quite cheerful these days, having drawn 5 percent of the national vote in multiple polls. The phenomenon has prompted Mr. Johnson to insist he be included in presidential debates with President Obama and Mitt Romney, which begin Oct 3. Published July 23, 2012

Led by Reps. Trent Franks and Heath Shuler, the bipartisan International Religious Freedom Caucus seeks to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Arab world. (Image from International Religious Freedom Caucus)

Inside the Beltway: In God they trust

The crowd stood below a monumental eagle and the words "In God We Trust" at a gathering recently in the grand foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building to address a visceral but oft neglected issue on Capitol Hill: religious freedom. Published July 22, 2012

Inside the Beltway: 600 Hours

The Government Accountability Institute has analyzed how much time President Obama actually spent in economic meetings of any kind during his first 1,257 days in office, based on the official White House calendar and the daily presidential calendar compiled by Politico. Among other things, the analysis found that Mr. Obama spent less than 4 percent of his total time in economic meetings or briefings and that there were 773 days (72 percent), excluding Sundays, in which the president had no economic meetings. Published July 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks July 18, 2012, during a campaign event in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Big, bold Romney

The new-and-improved, less-kind, less-gentle Mitt Romney has emerged on the public's radar following his vigorous speeches in Pennsylvania and Ohio that dashed President Obama's theories on employment and the economy right onto the dais. Published July 18, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Wooing Florida

After campaign visits to Ohio and Texas this week, President Obama returns to Florida. Again. When Air Force One ascends into the skies Thursday, it will be the president's third visit to the Sunshine State since June 22. Published July 17, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Rifles for Romney?

"Everything you love about America, all the freedoms our forefathers fought for. All of it is under attack by Barack Obama. But the media won't tell you that," says National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre in an new video salvo from the group aimed at the 2012 presidential campaign. Published July 16, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Veepapalooza

Mitt and Marco, Mitt and Bobby, Mitt and Condoleezza. Guessing when and where Mitt Romney will reveal his choice of running mate now fixates journalists, strategists and voters. It's almost as popular a pastime as trying to figure out how many golf games President Obama has played since he took office. Published July 15, 2012