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FILE - This June 29, 2014 file photo shows Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaking in Louisville, Ky. Grimes has released her first attack ad, mischaracterizing Sen. Mitch McConnell’s voting record on overhauling Medicare. In the ad, a retired coal miner asks how he and his wife are supposed to afford the extra $6,000 in Medicare costs that McConnell voted for. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Mitch McConnell: Alison Lundergan Grimes peddling Obama Medicare lies

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign released a new television ad Wednesday that ties his Democratic opponent to President Obama and pushes back against the "shaky claims" that the Kentucky Republican voted to increase Medicare premiums on today's seniors. Published July 9, 2014

Karl Rove, a personable fellow who was deputy chief of staff in George W. Bush's White House and is sometimes credited with being the genius of George W.'s success, turns out to be a big fan of "rectal feeding," as used by the CIA to persuade terror suspects to spill their secrets.  (Associated Press/File)

Rove-founded group funds attack ads against Dem senators in Colo., Ark.

Crossroads GPS, a group co-founded by Karl Rove, announced Tuesday that it is putting nearly $900,000 into attack ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats in Colorado and Arkansas, knocking them for their support of the Obama administration's policies. Published July 8, 2014

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Rand Paul hires veteran New Hampshire operative for PAC

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky announced Tuesday that he is beefing up his political action committee in New England by hiring Mike Biundo, a seasoned GOP operative from New Hampshire, home to the nation's first presidential primary. Published July 8, 2014

**FILE** Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts speaks Nov. 8, 2013, at a campaign appearance in Overland Park, Kan. (Associated Press)

Milton Wolf accuses Pat Roberts of severing ties with Kansas

Milton Wolf started running a radio commercial Tuesday that dings Sen. Pat Roberts for spending more of his time out of the state, as part of his ongoing effort to paint the veteran lawmakers as out of touch with Kansas and desperate to reconnect with voters ahead of the state's primary. Published July 8, 2014

FILE - This May 29, 2014 file photo shows Sarah Palin speaking in New Orleans, La. In an interview, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed that shortly after Palin was nominated as the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, the Obama campaign proposed that Clinton go on the attack against her. Clinton said she refused. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Sarah Palin calls for Obama impeachment

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, said Tuesday that it is time for Congress to impeach President Obama. Published July 8, 2014

**FILE** A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas, on June 25, 2014. Since October, the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector has made more than 194,000 arrests, nearly triple that of any other sector. Most are from Central America, and many are children. (Associated Press)

Obama to blame for surge of illegal immigrant children: poll

A new poll shows that almost half of likely U.S. voters say that the Obama administration is responsible for the increase in illegal immigrant children from Central America that are trying to cross into the United States. Published July 7, 2014

**FILE** Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends a news conference of the Genesis Prize Foundation in Jerusalem on May 22, 2014. (Associated Press)

Bloomberg's gun control group to vet candidates ahead of election

A gun-control group funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to start vetting congressional candidates ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, as it looks to ramp up pressure on lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws. Published July 7, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida favors a more aggressive U.S. military campaign to combat Islamic militants in Iraq. (Associated Press)

ISIL's rise forces GOP 2016 hopefuls to weigh in on intervention

The rise of Islamist guerrillas in Iraq is forcing 2016 GOP presidential contenders to pick sides in the ongoing debate over whether the invasion of Iraq was worth it and whether the U.S. should re-engage in the Arab nation's mounting problems. Published July 2, 2014

Tea party-backed State Rep. Joe Carr hopes to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican who is backed by the GOP establishment. Tea party groups are supporting a number of Senate and House races across the country, in including some Kansas and Georgia. (Associated Press)

Tea party still has election hopes as chances dwindle

Looking to rebound from a heartbreaking loss in Mississippi's Senate primary, national tea party groups say they still hope to score a few victories to bolster their ranks as they prepare for policy battles on Capitol Hill. Published July 2, 2014

** FILE ** State Sen. Chris McDaniel has yet to concede victory to Sen. Thad Cochran. His campaign says it wants to investigate "irregularities" in the primary race as it considers whether to pursue a legal challenge. (Associated Press)

Chris McDaniel, True the Vote challenge Mississippi primary vote

A conservative group filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday challenging the outcome of the bitter Mississippi GOP Senate primary, saying that investigators should take more time to determine whether election laws have been broken and whether illegal ballots were cast. Published July 1, 2014

Bills in the Senate is still as a statue in the Capitol Rotunda, but Republicans hope to get things moving if they win control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Polls suggest they have a solid chance. (Associated Press)

GOP homing in on Senate, ready to push policies

Having beaten back all of the tea party challengers so far this year, Senate Republicans have assembled a field of candidates well-poised to hold their own seats and make a run at the at least six Democrat-held seats needed to flip control of the chamber and start calling the shots in the upper chamber. Published June 29, 2014

** FILE ** Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Huckabee endorses Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election bid

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday endorsed Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election bid in a new campaign ad, saying he is ready to step into the ring and fight against anyone who challenges the veteran lawmaker's conservative credentials. Published June 27, 2014