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Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, rally against the legislation on the lawn of the Indiana State House. (Associated Press)

Religious freedom fight energizes conservatives, spurs backlash against GOP

The divisive battle over gay rights and religious freedoms that broke out this week in Indiana and Arkansas has thrust the nation's culture wars back onto the front page and exposed just the sort of rift on social issues that Republicans had been wary of as they set the table for their 2016 presidential contest. Published April 2, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

George Will challenges Ted Cruz's 'theory' for running

Conservative columnist George Will says that Sen. Ted Cruz's theory for running for the White House — that he can get "more votes from traditional Republican constituencies" — was "slain" by the outcome of the 1964 presidential race and simply doesn't add up. Published April 2, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton talks to a youngster during a visit to an early childhood development center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Clinton and New York City first lady Chirlane McCray joined forces with the city's deputy mayor in announcing a program to get parents to talk to their young children to enhance their development. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool})

RNC to launch 'Stop Hillary' campaign: report

The Republican National Committee plans to launch a "Stop Hillary" campaign that aims to politically attack the former secretary of state, the clear favorite to win the 2016 Democratic nomination should she enter the race, The Washington Examiner said. Published April 2, 2015

In this March 24, 2015, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calls on an audience member to ask a question during a town hall meeting at the Hanover Township Community Center in Whippany, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Chris Christie backs 20-week abortion ban

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely 2016 presidential contender, said this week that he backs a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — putting him on the same page as his potential rivals for the GOP nomination. Published April 1, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid defends false claims on Mitt Romney taxes in exit interview

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada gave an exit interview with a bang, defending making his false claim that Mitt Romney hadn't paid taxes, expressing pride in his reputation for pork-barrel spending, and saying he only ran for re-election in 2010 to spite his critics. Published March 31, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Pence has signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Mike Pence: Religious liberty law has been grossly misconstrued

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his decision to sign a bill that aims to protect religious liberties, but it has sparked an intense backlash from opponents who fear it opens the door for discrimination — particularly against gays and lesbians. Published March 31, 2015

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., walks off the stage after speaking at the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Lindsey Graham creating buzz in Iowa, state party chair says

The head of the Iowa GOP said Monday that Sen. Lindsey Graham is creating some buzz in the first-in-the-nation caucus state and making the sort of moves that would suggest the South Carolina Republican is serious about running for president in 2016. Published March 30, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rand Paul opposes GOP budget, says it's 'irresponsible' to add to debt

Sen. Rand Paul used last week's battle over the federal budget to reinforce his image as the top fiscal hawk in the 2016 presidential field, calling out his colleagues for demanding more military spending without showing how they would pay for it. Published March 29, 2015