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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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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes the hands of a line of women stationed to welcome his arrival, accompanied by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, right, at State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Obama steps up aid to save Africa's animals

President Obama issued an executive order Monday targeting the illegal trafficking of elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns and other products from protected animals in Africa, saying the poaching and trafficking is threatening the continent's iconic wildlife and must be stopped. Published July 1, 2013

** FILE ** In this June 26, 2013, file photo, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, Fort Worth Democrat, stands in pink tennis shoes on a nearly empty Senate floor as she filibusters in an effort to kill an abortion bill in Austin. (Associated Press)

GOP lawmakers in Texas take another swing at stricter abortion limits

Days after a Democrat-led filibuster helped kill new abortion restrictions, Republican Gov. Rick Perry and GOP lawmakers plan to take another swing at the politically charged issue when they return to Austin on Monday for a second special legislative session. Published July 1, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

Same-sex marriages still divisive in GOP

The Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage this week exposed growing fissures among Republicans, with some social conservatives issuing a call to arms in defense of traditional marriage and others warning it is time for the party to soften its rhetoric on the politically charged issue. Published June 27, 2013

President Obama pauses during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Obama administration has lost two-thirds of Supreme Court cases

President Obama celebrated the Supreme Court's decisions Wednesday on gay marriage, but overall it has been a rocky term before the court for his administration, winning just more than a third of the cases in which it was involved. Published June 26, 2013

A new White House video reveals that climate change is much on President Obama's mind (image from the White House)

Obama to push unilateral action against climate change

President Obama says he will renew his push to combat climate change, beginning with a speech Tuesday — but he will find his options more limited than during his first term when temperatures appeared to be on the rise, along with momentum for curbing greenhouse gas emissions at home and abroad. Published June 24, 2013

"It will be harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money," Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said in Israel while stating his belief that the U.S. cannot keep borrowing money so it can keep writing checks to other countries.
(Associated Press)

Rand Paul's call to end foreign aid concerns Israel

Sen. Rand Paul's call to end U.S. foreign aid, including to Israel, set off a debate not only within Mr. Paul's Republican Party in America, but also among Israelis, for whom decades of U.S. financial backing have become an accepted norm. Published June 17, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 6, 2013, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee as lawmakers examine the budget for the Justice Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Eric Holder tells Senate panel: Congress has been briefed on NSA snooping

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder said Thursday that members of Congress have been kept up to speed on the National Security Agency's collection of millions of telephone records and that he would be willing to discuss the issue further in additional closed-door briefings. Published June 6, 2013

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (left), 47, listens June 6, 2013, in Trenton, N.J., as Gov. Chris Christie announces that Chiesa will temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg's death. (Associated Press)

N.J. Gov. Christie picks state A.G. to fill U.S. Senate seat

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday tapped Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the state's Republican attorney general and a longtime adviser, to the Senate seat left open by the passing earlier this week of Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, sending Mr. Chiesa to Washington just in time for high-profile legislative scraps over immigration and taxpayer-funded farm subsidies. Published June 6, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (Associated Press)

GOP Sen. Graham says he's 'glad' NSA is collecting phone records

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he is "glad" that the National Security Agency is collecting millions of telephone records — including his own — from one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies in an attempt to combat terrorism. Published June 6, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. Marco Rubio: Immigration bill does not have votes to pass

Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that there aren't 60 votes to pass the immigration bill he wrote and that the Senate will have to embrace even stiffer enforcement in order to win voters' confidence and sway lawmakers reluctant to repeat the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty. Published June 4, 2013

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

GOP talks up school choice as good policy and good politics

A Republican Party still reeling from the November elections is hoping that advocating for school choice can help the GOP recapture moderate voters, arguing that the issue provides a natural link between their limited-government philosophy and the average voter's desire for good local schools. Published May 29, 2013

** FILE ** New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands with President Obama. (Associated Press)

Chris Christie balances short-term gains with long-term questions

In yoking himself to President Obama on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie likely helped himself with the New Jersey voters he's wooing for re-election this year — but their public embrace could come back to haunt the Republican if he seeks the GOP's presidential nod in 2016. Published May 28, 2013