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Sen. Rand Paul

Inside the Beltway: A Ron Paul narrative

"Like sharks smelling blood in the water, the establishment is looking for any excuse to close in, declare this race over, and Mitt Romney the winner." (Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky describing certain Republicans in a fundraising message on behalf of "my dad," Republican hopeful Rep. Ron Paul). Published April 1, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will speak Saturday at a Faith & Freedom Coalition forum attended by presidential candidates.

Inside the Beltway: Bowling, brats and burgers for presidential hopefuls

Don't get poll fatigue just yet: The Republican presidential primary season stretches ahead with eight more primaries until the big finale in Utah on June 26. In the more immediate future, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Wisconsin are next at bat, on Tuesday. Published March 29, 2012

The Republican National Committee says Russian President Dmitry Medvedev should have a D after his name.

Inside the Beltway: In the streets

"Don't shoot me, I'm a congresswoman" and "Don't shoot me, I'm a pastor" are among the protest mottos to be seen at high noon Thursday when reactions to the shooting of Trayvon Martin get more vigorous, and more political. Published March 28, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney presses the flesh at a campaign stop on Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Moline, Ill. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Get Romneyfied

Love Mitt, surrender to Mitt: And so goes the rallying cry among Republicans who insist that the GOP nomination process end with Mitt Romney as the imperfect but inevitable candidate. Published March 27, 2012

Sen. Jim DeMint was a speaker at the "Hands Off My Health Care Rally," which was organized by Americans for Prosperity and 21 interest groups. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: An Elvis moment

An interesting alliance, perhaps: The Elvis Presley Holy Land Tour has been organized by Elvis Presley Enterprises and Israel Theme Tours, set to take 100 fans to Israel next year "to explore the Gospel side of Elvis Presley." Published March 26, 2012

A high-definition webcam at Cornell University follows the real-time nesting instincts of red-tailed hawk Big Red as she incubates three eggs and dines on voles. (Associated Press)

Inside the Beltway: Romney's chicken soup

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may have a cure-all for health care reform as the Supreme Court hears arguments about the constitutionality of the law on Monday. Published March 25, 2012

BIg thinker, statistician and maven of risk engineering Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the 2007 bestseller "The Black Swan," will appear at an upcoming Ron Paul fundraiser in Bel Air, Calif. (Photo courtesy Nassim Taleb)

Inside the Beltway: Lose-iana for Romney?

The short take on the Louisiana primary on Saturday: Pollsters predict that Mitt Romney will lose this one to Rick Santorum, who's already wooed the Deep South with much down-home success. Published March 22, 2012

Independent presidential hopeful Buddy Roemer is in Washington Thursday to talk campaign finance corruption with Jack Abramoff and former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter. (Buddy Roemer)

Inside the Beltway: The secular press

Not many headlines, it seems, are inspired by the Creator these days: Just 19 percent of Americans say reporters and the news media are "friendly" toward religion. Published March 21, 2012

Inside the Beltway: Digging through the GOP details

Exactly who loves Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum? Based on a sizable compilation of Republican voter data, Gallup analyst Lydia Saad says Mr. Romney generally has a four-point advantage in tracking polls, and enjoys "slight leads over Santorum among men, women, residents of the East and the South, and Republicans aged 55 and older. Published March 20, 2012

"The American Dream is still alive for those who pursue it," writes Sen. Marco Rubio in his forthcoming autobiography. (Sentinel Books)

Inside the Beltway: The Marco Rubio mystery

Political handicappers want to know: Did Sen. Marco Rubio bump the publication of "An American Son" up from October to June 19 because he's actually the vice presidential nominee? Published March 19, 2012

**FILE** This photo from Dec. 13, 2011, shows workers inside Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Associated Press)

Twitter, Facebook don't sway public's news interest

The impact of Twitter and Facebook is not particularly significant in the competitive news marketplace, according to Pew Research Center's annual "State of the Media Report" released Monday. Published March 19, 2012

It's politics heartland style. RIck Santorum final campaign stop Monday night before the Illinois primaries: Davis Brothers Pizza in East Peoria, founded in 1948.

Inside the Beltway: Tracking calories in Illinois

It's politics heartland style, and there's bacon involved: Republican president hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum may battle mano a mano for the attention of Illinois voters before the state primary Tuesday. But the pair is not battling calorie a calorie. Published March 18, 2012

Inside the Beltway: To drop out, or not to drop out?

Some insist that Republican hopeful Mitt Romney is a shoo-in for the party's presidential nomination. Always in need of a story, however, the contrary press continues to declare a close race between Mr. Romney and Rick Santorum. So weary Business Insider political analyst Michael Brendan Dougherty has news for people: "Get used to it. Romney is winning." Published March 15, 2012

** FILE ** In this Jan. 9, 2011 file photo, George Clooney stands outside a polling station in Juba, then capital of southern Sudan. Actor and human rights activist George Clooney made a quiet visit to a volatile border region between Sudan and South Sudan last week, ahead of testimony he's giving before a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Pete Muller, File)

Inside the Beltway: Clooney to get Capitol Hill cameo

No red carpet, but there are sure to be gawkable moments and a few screams Wednesday morning when a celebrity with a cause celebre comes to call on the U.S. Senate. That would be George Clooney, who has the lead role in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The script is based around the security and disposition of Sudan and South Sudan. Published March 13, 2012

Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a rally in Brandon, Miss., Sunday evening, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Inside the Beltway: Is Gingrich ready to pair with Perry?

Is Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich ready to declare Texas Gov. Rick Perry his running mate? Fox News political analyst Carl Cameron is convinced the Gingrich campaign is on the cusp of pairing the two in time for the Republican National Convention in August. Published March 12, 2012

Inside the Beltway: No geezers allowed in GOP race

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney turns 65 on Monday. Frequently attired in jeans and shirtsleeves, Mr. Romney is not embracing geezerhood, though he has 16 grandchildren. Neither is Rep. Ron Paul, 76, who would rather be pedaling a Cannondale bike; Rick Santorum, 53, who has a 3-year-old child; or Newt Gingrich, 68, who cultivates the dynamic statesman look with perfectly tailored suits. Published March 11, 2012

Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar-winning film "The Artist." ** FILE **

Inside the Beltway: Correspondents' Dinner going to the dog

He's suave, he's svelte, he's funny, he wears a nice tuxedo and he knows when to sit. What better guest, then, for the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner? He's Uggie — the canine star of the Oscar-winning film "The Artist." Published March 8, 2012

In this undated image released by HBO, Julianne Moore portrays Sarah Palin, left, and Woody Harrelson portrays campaign strategist Steve Schmidt in a scene from "Game Change," a film about Palin and the 2008 presidential race, premiering Saturday, March 10, at 9 p.m. on HBO. (AP Photo/HBO, Phil Caruso)

Inside the Beltway: 'Game Change' comes to Washington

The stars soon invade the nation's capital, complete with a red carpet, lights, maybe some action. HBO's ballyhooed "Game Change," a dramatic rendition of the 2008 presidential election, premieres Thursday evening at the glittering Newseum, right there on Pennsylvania Avenue, blocks from the White House itself. Published March 7, 2012

Facial images based on forensic reconstruction of skeletal remains of two sailors aboard the USS Monitor, a CIvil War-era ironclad ship that sank in 1862,  have prompted one federal agency to ask the public: do you know these men? (Images from NOAA)

Inside the Beltway: Bill Maher unleashed

Bill Maher still lobs insults, though he's now a leading figure in the controversy over Rush Limbaugh's untoward comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, for which he apologized. Twice. Published March 6, 2012