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Paige Winfield Cunningham

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Pending health law ruling, GOP eyes substitutes

A key House Republican said Wednesday that GOP lawmakers are preparing a sweeping overhaul of health care in anticipation of a chance to pass something this summer after the Supreme Court rules on President Obama's health law. Published January 25, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with his wife, Ann, speaks at his primary election night reception at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Seniors a key constituency for Romney in Fla.

Needing to stanch the bleeding after South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney couldn't ask for a better state than Florida, which holds the next GOP primary and happens to have a lot of elderly voters — among whom Mr. Romney does very well. Published January 22, 2012

Coming off a disappointing performance in South Carolina, GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney will look to get back on track in the Jan. 31 contest in Florida, where seniors make up a third of the Republican primary electorate. (Associated Press)

Romney looks to rally in Florida

Needing to stanch the bleeding after South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney couldn't ask for a better state than Florida, which holds the next GOP primary and happens to have a lot of elderly voters — among whom Mr. Romney does very well. Published January 22, 2012

Inability to sway undecideds hurt Romney

Mitt Romney on Sunday downplayed his collapse in South Carolina's primary over the weekend, saying winner Newt Gingrich had "a good week." But the results of the vote show the former Massachusetts governor still hasn't overcome his problems with conservative voters searching for any candidate but him. Published January 22, 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry meets with audience members after a CafeMom town hall in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (Associated Press)

Perry woos South Carolinans one voter at a time

Sliding into a red vinyl booth, Rick Perry pulled out his Blackberry to show photos of his family to Stephanie Rawlinson, her husband and their two daughters. Published January 17, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, S.C., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney defers release of income-tax returns

Mitt Romney said Tuesday he will eventually release his income-tax returns, but acknowledged he likely pays a lower overall tax rate than many less-wealthy Americans. Published January 17, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama signs the health care bill at the White House in Washington on March 23, 2010, flanked by smiling supporters from the House and Senate as well as Victoria Reggie Kennedy (behind Mr. Obama's right shoulder), widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was a champion of the legislation. (Associated Press)

Eleven states, D.C. back Obama on health law

Eleven states and the District of Columbia are siding with the Obama administration in the legal battle over the constitutionality of the new health care law, as more than half the states prepare to challenge the law before the Supreme Court. Published January 13, 2012

"It's time for Trustmark to immediately rescind the rates, issue refunds to consumers or publicly explain their refusal to do so," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said of the company that refused to follow new federal regulations. (Associated Press)

Health insurer pushes back against order to justify raising rates

As the Obama administration told an Illinois-based insurer that it must publicly justify large premium increases in five states, officials admitted Thursday that the first company they tagged under new rate-review rules increased their rates anyway. Published January 12, 2012

Obama, health care foes prepare for high court

Inching closer to a landmark Supreme Court decision, President Obama's administration and opponents of his health care law are drawing the legal battle lines for a late March hearing when the justices will consider challenges to the embattled legislation. Published January 8, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama signs the health care bill at the White House in Washington on March 23, 2010. (Associated Press)

New briefs preview Supreme Court clash over health care

President Obama's administration and opponents of his health care law filed their first briefs on Friday, drawing the legal battle lines for a week of arguments in March in which the Supreme Court will scrutinize challenges to Mr. Obama's signature legislative achievement. Published January 6, 2012

IRS could face glut of health law tax appeals

A watchdog is urging the IRS to make sure it is prepared for an anticipated blitz of taxpayer appeals involving dozens of new tax credits and penalties under President Obama's health care law. Published January 5, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is introduced at a forum at Valley High School, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

GOP candidates try to impress Des Moines teens

A Des Moines high school was alive with presidential-campaign energy Tuesday morning, when Republican hopefuls Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and four of Mitt Romney's sons dropped by and tried to connect with teenagers. Published January 3, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks Jan. 1, 2012, to local residents during a campaign stop at the Daily Grind coffee shop in Sioux City, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Top Iowa Mormon shuns Romney to stump with Santorum

As GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum spent Sunday stumping in northwestern Iowa, it was he — and not rival Mitt Romney — who had Mormon Secretary of State Matt Schultz at his side. Published January 2, 2012

Sheri Meredith (third from right) of Des Moines, Iowa, listens to Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich speak at a campaign stop Sunday at the Junction Sports Bar & Grill in Marshalltown. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

In Iowa, 40 years at starting line of presidential race

Iowa is whiter, more rural and older than much of the rest of the U.S., but the small, middle-America state has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep a firm hold on its special claim as the first state to vote in presidential contests. Published January 2, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks with a reporter before starting a town hall meeting at the Button Factory Restaurant to discuss "faith, family, and freedom", Muscatine, IA, Thursday, December 29, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

Santorum singing new tune as Iowa caucuses approach

Rick Santorum stumped in Sioux City, Iowa, on Sunday afternoon, striking the tone of a frontrunner candidate anxious to take on President Obama after a Saturday poll indicated he could be closing in on second place. Published January 1, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign appearance at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Knoxville, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Poll shows possible second-place surge by Santorum

The most recent poll shows Mitt Romney continuing to lead in Iowa, trailed by Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, but the final days of polling indicate that Mr. Santorum's recent campaign surge may have catapulted him to second place. Published December 31, 2011

** FILE ** Texas Gov. Rick Perry looks at the crowd as he is introduced during a stop on his GOP presidential campaign in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Perry shifts focus from jobs to Job

Delivering stump speeches with more references to the Bible than to the economy, Rick Perry struck out at surging opponent Rick Santorum on Saturday while continuing to paint himself as the socially conservative candidate religious Iowans are looking for. Published December 31, 2011

Payroll tax deal extends 'Doc Fix'

Thursday's tentative deal on Capitol Hill to extend the payroll tax cut also freed another hostage — the so-called "Doc Fix" that Congress has enacted each year to keep a 1997 budget-cutting law from biting too deeply into physicians' payments, which doctors say would force them to stop seeing Medicare patients. Published December 22, 2011