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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., a key moderate in the health care bill debate, explains why he would be voting "no" on the Obamacare replacement, Thursday, March 23, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Charlie Dent: Senate should lead Russia probe: Report

Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said Wednesday that the Senate should take the lead in the investigation into Russia's possible interference in the U.S. election now that the House probe has become too "paralyzed." Published March 29, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to deliver over million petition signatures demanding that President-elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "keep their hands off the American people's earned Medicare benefits." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Bernie Sanders sticks with 'independent' label, leaves door open to run as Dem in 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders has no plans to self-identify as a Democrat. Asked Wednesday whether he would have more credibility if he joined the Democratic Party after running for the party's presidential nomination and endorsing a candidate in the race to lead the Democratic National Committee, the Vermont independent said, "No, not necessarily." Published March 29, 2017

Protesters gather across the Chicago River from Trump Tower to rally against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act Friday, March 24, 2017, in Chicago. Earlier, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Obamacare's popularity on the rise: Poll

The popularity of Obamacare is on the rise, following the failure of President Trump and House GOP leaders to pass a bill that overhauls the nation's health care system, according to a new poll. Published March 29, 2017

In this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo, Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, and committee chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

McCain, Graham providing Democrats cover in Nunes controversy

Downplaying the idea that the criticism of Rep. Devin Nunes is a partisan witch-hunt, Democrats are pointing out that Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have also raised questions about the behavior of the House Intelligence Committee chairman. Published March 29, 2017

Liberal group running ads against Gorsuch nomination

A liberal group that was formed to fight for the confirmation of Judge Merrick G. Garland to the Supreme Court is now trying to derail President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. Published March 29, 2017

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. is pursued by reporters as he arrives for a weekly meeting of the Republican Conference with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nunes is facing growing calls to step away from the panel's Russia investigation as revelations about a secret source meeting on White House grounds raised questions about his and the panel's independence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Speaker Ryan backs Nunes in Russia probe

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he does not think that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes should step down from the panel's investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the U.S. elections. Published March 28, 2017

U.S. soldiers walk to get in to a U.S. military plane, as they leave Afghanistan, at the U.S. base in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan on July 14, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Lawmakers push for debate over military involvement in Afghanistan

Members of the House Armed Services Committee are calling on Congress to debate the military's role in Afghanistan, saying it is time for lawmakers to reconsider the costs associated with the nation's continued investment in the "black hole." Published March 28, 2017

Newly sworn-in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and his wife Lola, right, greets an Interior Department employee on the Interior Department's 168th birthday, Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Interior Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Matthew Daly) ** FILE **

Ryan Zinke touts Trump's 'all of the above' energy plans

Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke says President Trump's approach to energy policy will put the U.S. on a path toward energy independence and help advance the nation's interests across the globe. Published March 28, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference held at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats ad buy targets Republicans who backed Trumpcare

Democrats believe the GOP's failed health care bill is so toxic that they launched a series of digital ads Monday arguing that those Republicans who voted for the repeal-and-replace plan in committee will pay a political price. Published March 27, 2017