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Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican

Lugar in danger for first time in years

Locked into a fierce GOP primary fight that has Democrats dreaming of an unexpected chance to pick up a U.S. Senate seat, Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana is struggling to deflect an onslaught of attacks by tea-party sympathizers trying to oust him in favor of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Published April 9, 2012

This artist rendering shows Deputy Solicitor General Edwin S. Kneedler speaking before the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteran)

Report: Obamacare mandate isn't really an issue

It's been squarely at the center of the policy and constitutional debates over President Obama's health care law, but some are arguing that the mandate to buy health insurance — and the penalties for people who don't — aren't hefty enough to matter in the real world anyway. Published April 8, 2012

Justices 'took off their chains' in health care questions

The past - case law, legal precedent and prior decisions - is usually a critical element of Supreme Court deliberations. But last week's oral arguments on President Obama's health care law indicate this court's nine justices are focused on another factor altogether: the future. Published April 1, 2012

A man who refused to be identified (left) shouts out at Janis Haddon (center) of Atlanta, Ga., and Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin (right) of Atlanta, Ga., in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as the nation's high court takes up arguments regarding President Obama's health care overhaul. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

Supreme Court split over scrapping entire health care law

Wrapping up a three-day marathon of oral arguments about President Obama's health care overhaul, the Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether the rest of the law can stand on its own if the justices were to strike down the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase insurance. Published March 28, 2012

"This is what Democracy looks like!" shout pro-Obamacare protesters, including Oni Hayward (center), with the group Our D.C. as she and other demonstrators march outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, while the court heard arguments on the personal mandate section of the Affordable Care Act. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Supreme Court justices challenge health insurance mandate

Getting to the crux of challenges to President Obama's health care overhaul Tuesday, the Supreme Court spent the second day of oral arguments grappling over whether the government can require Americans to buy coverage — and making clear that they want the government to show limits to the newfound power it seeks. Published March 27, 2012

Members of the tea party rally March 26, 2012, against the Affordable Care Act outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in D.C., as the court hears oral arguments on the challenges to the Affordable Care Act. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Supreme Court looks at tax issue in Obama health law

Kicking off three days of highly anticipated oral arguments over President Obama's health care law, zealous demonstrators on Monday swarmed the streets outside the Supreme Court while inside the justices considered whether they have the power to decide the case at all. Published March 26, 2012

High court's open-minded GOP appointees may give health care a chance

A curious thing about this week's Supreme Court hearings on President Obama's health care law is that while nobody doubts how the four Democrat-appointed justices will decide, there is no such certainty on how the Republican appointees will rule in the case, which will go a long way toward defining the scope and limits of government power in the 21st century. Published March 25, 2012

**FILE** House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, speaks Jan. 31, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

House repeals part of health care law

The Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to repeal a Medicare cost-cutting panel that was part of President Obama's health care overhaul, delivering a carefully-timed blow to his signature accomplishment one day before the two-year anniversary of his signing it into law. Published March 22, 2012

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (left) and University of Miami President Donna Shalala, who had Mrs. Sibelius' job in the Clinton administration, discuss the still-divisive Affordable Care Act at a community health center in Miami. (Associated Press)

On second anniversary, health care divide grows

President Obama's health care overhaul marks its second anniversary this week, and from the way Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are talking about it, you would think they are looking at two entirely different laws. Published March 21, 2012

** FILE ** Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, introduces a plan on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, to overhaul Medicare. The proposal would have the federal program competing with private plans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ryan strikes Democrats with third plan for Medicare

A year after House Republicans misfired on their plan to overhaul Medicare, they're going right back at it in the budget they proposed Tuesday, tweaking the details but signaling their willingness to engage in a political battle over entitlement reform — even in an election year. Published March 20, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington is pictured in March 2009. (Associated Press)

At two-year mark, health law's legacy is confusion

Two years after congressional Democrats squeezed out enough votes to pass President Obama's health care overhaul, confusion still reigns among the states, insurers and average Americans struggling to comply with the hundreds of pages in the law. Published March 19, 2012

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was one of the dignitaries on hand as President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. The Supreme Court will start hearing arguments on the law's insurance mandate on March 26. (Associated Press)

Legal precedents to clash as health care law goes to high court

As President Obama's health care law heads for an epic Supreme Court showdown this month, the administration and its opponents are struggling to convince the court that it can rule in their favor without upsetting years of precedent or opening the door to all sorts of mischief. Published March 12, 2012

** FILE ** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (Associated Press)

Feds release guidelines for 'health exchanges'

The Obama administration released more than 600 pages of guidance on Monday outlining a flexible framework for how states should go about setting up insurance exchanges under the new health care law. Published March 12, 2012

In this photo taken Jan. 31, 2012, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sunday, March 4, 2012, Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the House said he is throwing his support behind Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential race. He said Romney is the only candidate who has come out with "a bold pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Dropping symbolic votes raises a howl

Looking to clear space on the legislative calendar for more important work, House Republicans promised last year to ban purely commemorative legislation, like resolutions honoring sports teams or designating awareness days — but that seemingly innocuous move has left some groups frustrated. Published March 11, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, following the Democrats' weekly strategy session. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Stock Act remains stalled in Senate a month after House passage

Responding to a call by President Obama to ban insider trading for members of Congress, the House and Senate moved quickly last month to put together the legislation. But weeks later, lawmakers still haven't sent a bill to the president. Published March 6, 2012

** FILE ** Rush Limbaugh. (Associated Press)

Limbaugh apology garners bipartisan approval

Democrats and Republicans alike said Sunday that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was right to apologize this weekend for the inappropriate comments he made about a law school student who testified in support of the Obama administration's health care act. Published March 4, 2012

In this image made from Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, video provided by C-SPAN, Sandra Fluke, a third-year Georgetown University law student, testifies to Congress in Washington. Limbaugh drew fire Friday, March 2, 2012, from many directions for his depiction of Fluke as a "slut" because she testified before Congress about the need for contraceptive coverage. (AP Photo/C-SPAN)

Limbaugh apologizes for making slurs about Georgetown student

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh apologized Saturday for sexual slurs he made on the air about a Georgetown student who has become a public advocate for President Obama’s new contraception coverage mandate. Published March 3, 2012

Rush Limbaugh

Obama phones student called a 'slut' by Limbaugh

President Obama Friday telephoned the Georgetown University law school student who spoke out about contraceptive policy to express his disappointment at the "crude" and "reprehensible" comments directed at her by Rush Limbaugh, the White House said. Published March 2, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), Nevada Democrat, leads a March 1, 2012, news conference with fellow Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill after the defeat of a Republican effort to roll back President's policy on contraception insurance coverage. He is joined by (from left) Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state, Charles Schumer of New York and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois. (Associated Press)

Senate narrowly defeats contraception amendment

Senators narrowly rebuffed a Republican-led attempt Thursday to undo President Obama's new contraception mandate as the culture wars and charges of religious freedom violations spilled out onto the chamber floor and both parties vowed to make the vote an issue in November's elections. Published March 1, 2012