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**FILE** Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (AP Photo)

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence calls Sen. Jeff Flake a 'strong conservative'

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that Sen. Jeff Flake is a "strong conservative," putting him at odds with some voices in the GOP who have hammered the Arizona Republican's reluctance to embrace a government shutdown in order to stop funding for Obamacare. Published August 30, 2013

President Barack Obama holds a National Security Council meeting in the Situation Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama may go solo with Syria strike; U.S., British lawmakers voice opposition

President Obama and his top aides tried to rally support Thursday for retaliatory strikes in Syria, saying they remain convinced that the Assad regime used chemical weapons, but hopes for an international coalition took a major hit when the British Parliament voted against military action. Published August 29, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Sen. Ted Cruz: Congress must have say on Syria before Obama acts

Sen. Ted Cruz joined the growing chorus of lawmakers who are calling on President Obama to follow the Constitution and to call Congress back to Washington in order to debate the nation's response before he responds to the suspected chemical attacks on citizens in Syria. Published August 29, 2013

In this image taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, center, speaks during a debate on Syria, in Britain's parliament, London, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo / PA)

U.K. PM Cameron loses Syria war vote

The British House of Commons rejected a proposal from British Prime Minister David Cameron that would have paved the way for British military action against Syria — effectively ending the nation's chances of getting involved in a US-led strike against President Bashar Assad's regime. Published August 29, 2013

British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London to be driven to Parliament for a debate and vote on Syria on Aug. 29, 2013. (Associated Press)

Cameron to skeptical Brits: Syria is not Iraq

Looking to assure the public that military action against Syria would be different from the nation's involvement in the Iraq war, British Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that it is clear the situations are different because President Obama supports military action against Syria. Published August 29, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in 2010 at the White House.

Obama: MLK would like Obamacare

President Obama says that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "would like" the Affordable Care Act that is set to kick in this fall and that has become a top target of Republicans. Published August 28, 2013

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to the media outside 10 Downing St. in London, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) ** FILE **

British P.M. David Cameron plans to push for U.N. Resolution on Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans Wednesday to push the United Nation's Security Council to adopt a resolution on Syria as the United States and the international community moves closer to launching a strike against the government of President Bashar Assad. Published August 28, 2013

President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama struggles to justify Syria attack to skeptical Americans, Congress

The White House on Tuesday began to lay out a public justification for a possible bombing of Syria, saying the nation's use of chemical weapons is a threat to U.S. interests — a scenario that opens the door to military strikes that wouldn't require authorization from Congress or the United Nations. Published August 27, 2013

**FILE** Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivers the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

Palin endorses push to defund Obamacare

Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has thrown her support behind the effort to defund Obamacare, saying the "beast must be stopped." Published August 27, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Sen. Bob Corker predicts military strike against Syria

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Monday that he expects U.S. will be involved in some sort of military response to the suspected use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Published August 26, 2013

** FILE ** Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a ceremonial signing of a water fund bill on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's job-poaching pitch targets Missouri

Looking to lure more employers to his state, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running commercials in Missouri in which he touts the business-friendly climate that he has helped carve out and dings the Show-Me State's Democratic governor for blocking tax cuts Published August 22, 2013


Hillary Clinton is winning the name game for the 2016 presidential election

A slow August in political news has created a vacuum that the press and pundits are filling with Clinton-watch: the guessing game as to whether Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president in 2016, when she might announce and what effect her proto-campaign is having on President Obama's ability to govern. Published August 20, 2013