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Paige Winfield Cunningham

Articles by Paige Winfield Cunningham

** FILE ** Rep. W. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, speaks during a news conference in Kirkwood, Mo., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is campaigning with the hopeful. (Associated Press)

Akin gets some good news as super PAC mulls funding

Missouri Republican Rep. W. Todd Akin is still flying mostly solo in his race for U.S. Senate, but some bright spots have appeared on his horizon as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich campaigned with him Monday and a conservative major super PAC confirmed it's seriously considering helping him out. Published September 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes pictures with California Highway Patrol officers before he boards his campaign plane in Los Angeles on Sept. 23, 2012. (Associated Press)

Romney backers try to push aside campaign 'distractions'

After a week of mopping up damage from Mitt Romney's remarks about the "47 percent," Republicans tried Sunday to push aside that issue and other controversies that have dogged their presidential candidate's campaign, insisting that "distractions" will not decide the election. Published September 23, 2012

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) speaks Sept. 21, 2012, as she looks toward Republican challenger Rep. Todd Akin during the first debate in the Missouri Senate race in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

Akin, McCaskill trade barbs in first debate

Besides attacking each other over Medicare, school lunches and the Iraq war, Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and GOP challenger Rep. Todd Akin spent their first debate Friday blaming each other for the gridlock in Congress that has stalled crucial pieces of legislation over the last two years. Published September 21, 2012

A 7-foot bronze statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass created as a gift to the U.S. Capitol from the District of Columbia is "homeless" because of a technicality: the statues in National Statuary Hall must originate in states.

Bill OK’d to put statue of Douglass in Capitol

For the District of Columbia, deprived of a vote in Congress, the U.S. Capitol remains a bitter place — but city residents finally are getting representation, of a sort. Published September 20, 2012

** FILE ** Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican, left, shakes hands with his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, right, on the set before their first debate as moderator Jon Keller, center, looks on, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Brown, Warren drop gloves in Mass. debate

Republican Sen. Scott P. Brown and his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, verbally pummeled each other for an hour in a debate Thursday evening, each trying to seize the title of middle-class hero and gain an advantage in their tight struggle for the Senate seat from Massachusetts. Published September 20, 2012

CBO raises estimate of those hit by Obama health care tax

Congress' official scorekeeper said Wednesday that 30 million people will be uninsured when President Obama's health care law goes fully into effect, including six million Americans who are expected to pay a tax penalty — about two million more than originally forecast when the law was passed in 2010. Published September 19, 2012

Akin has seven days to make call on campaign

Rep. W. Todd Akin has one week left to decide whether he's staying in the Missouri U.S. Senate race, and the Tuesday deadline holds fear and hope for the congressman who would face a barrage of new attacks from Democrats by staying but might win support of some conservative groups that have been sitting on the sideline. Published September 18, 2012

Akin, the ‘legitimate rape’ candidate, gets back on campaign trail

Beleaguered Republican W. Todd Akin hit the campaign trail last week for the first time since the infamous interview that put him at odds with his party's leaders and initially appeared to doom his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Published September 16, 2012

An unidentified man who lost his job two months ago after being hurt on the job works a Miami street corner to collect money for his family on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. The man said his unemployment check did not cover his costs of living. He added that his girlfriend works full time as a waitress. The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Poverty rate doesn’t rise in 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau reported some positive figures for the economy Wednesday, saying the poverty rate remained steady for the first time in three years and that the pool of Americans without health insurance diminished slightly, but the news was tempered with a decline in median household income and increases in income disparity since last year. Published September 12, 2012

** FILE ** In this June 28, 2012, photo Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling near the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Selling health care law tricky on campaign trail

President Obama's health care law has helped millions of Americans obtain insurance coverage, prescription-drug discounts and premium rebates — but with only part of the overhaul in place and widespread confusion about what it does, the administration is still struggling to sell it to voters. Published September 11, 2012

President Obama

Illegals not in health plan

Getting healthy young people to buy health insurance is key to making President Obama's health care overhaul work, but his administration is excluding roughly one million illegal immigrant youth allowed to remain in the country from the law's mandates and benefits. Published September 9, 2012

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Some red-state Democrats leave Charlotte off itinerary

While their colleagues are in Charlotte, N.C., this week for the party's national convention, many red-state Democrats are staying put to sweat it out on the campaign trail — and create some distance between them and their more liberal counterparts. Published September 5, 2012

Pro-lifers were pro-choice on would-be nominee

He wasn't their first, second or even third choice for president, but as pro-life leaders flocked to Tampa, Fla., this week for Mitt Romney's official Republican nomination, they insisted they had had a successful election year. Published August 30, 2012

Massachusetts Delegate Elizabeth Mahoney, center, talks with delegate Brandon Navom of Lowell, Mass., at the Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Massachusetts Republicans find Brown is their cup of tea

He won election as the tea party's first successful candidate two years ago, but Sen. Scott P. Brown is now running for re-election as a political centrist — and his fellow Massachusetts Republicans say that's just fine with them. Published August 29, 2012

Beau Davidson, a Nashville-based recording artist, will perform his song "Blessed" Wednesday evening, slotted between speeches by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Arizona Sen. John McCain, he told The Washington Times during an interview in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

GOP convention fights for star power

After being criticized for being too country music-heavy at their 2008 convention, the GOP put together a more diverse lineup this year, with a few leading pop artists and rock bands joining the southern performers. Published August 28, 2012

Another Ryan at RNC is a Paul devotee

Becoming the youngest member of the Republican National Committee will place Ashley Ryan firmly within the GOP establishment this week, but the 21-year-old Ron Paul devotee insists her party is about to make a fatal mistake. Published August 28, 2012

GOP also-rans say they are ‘on the team’ now

The GOP convention is a wistful time for the Republicans who failed to gain their party's presidential nomination earlier this year. Even as they pledge to play a supporting role for Mitt Romney, they try to carve out their own niche here in Tampa. Published August 28, 2012

Boehner

So whose House will it be?

Democrats expect to chip away at House Republicans' 49-seat majority in November, but GOP leaders insisted Monday that they've seized the advantage for the second election cycle in a row and will pocket four to eight more seats. Published August 27, 2012

Alaina Carnan of Lexington, Ky., works Aug. 21, 2012, in the Senate campaign office of Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, in Chesterfield, Mo. Akin has come under pressure to abandon his Senate campaign after his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (Associated Press)

Akin to continue Senate race despite GOP pressure to quit

Despite being dumped by nearly every major Republican over the last 48 hours, Rep. Todd Akin said Tuesday afternoon he's made a final decision to continue his bid to unseat Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. Published August 21, 2012