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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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Kansas 4th District congressional candidate Ron Estes, right, and Sen. Ted Cruz who came to Wichita to campaign for Estes the day before a special election speak to the media during a news conference before their rally at Yingling Aviation, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Wichita, Kan. (Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Republicans focus on special election in Kansas

President Trump cut a last-minute robocall for Republican Ron Estes in the special election to fill Kansas' empty seat in Congress — raising the stakes in the race and fueling speculation over whether the contest has become too close for comfort for the GOP. Published April 10, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses an audience during a rally Friday, March 31, 2017, in Boston. Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., made a joint appearance at the evening rally in Boston as liberals continue to mobilize against the agenda of Republican President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Sanders to headline rallies with DNC Chair Tom Perez

Sen. Bernard Sanders and the head of the Democratic National Committee are set to appear at a series of rallies across the country, as part of the party's push to restore the 50-state strategy that it abandoned during the Obama presidency and reengage with voters at the grass-roots level. Published April 10, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Libertarian National Committee chair denounces Syria airstrikes

The head of the Libertarian National Committee on Friday condemned the Trump administration's missile strike in Syria, saying history shows that time and again the United States has failed when it tries to be the world's policeman and that it is "uncertain" who carried out the chemical attack that spurred the president to retaliate. Published April 7, 2017

The Pentagon. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

James Risch: Negotiating new military authorization easier said than done

Following the airstrikes in Syria, Sen. James Risch said Friday his preference would be for Congress to agree to a new authorization of military force, but said his experience has taught him that striking a deal is easier said than done and in this instance would have delayed military action for months. Published April 7, 2017

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talks with reporters after eating dinner with President-elect Donald Trump at Jean-Georges restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Mitch McConnell has talked with Mitt Romney about Senate bid

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Friday he has had conversations with Mitt Romney about running for the U.S. Senate in Utah and signaled that he could back the former Massachusetts governor if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides not to seek re-election. Published April 7, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., listens to testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017, on Russian intelligence activities. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Rubio: Removing Assad will hurt radical jihadists

Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that Syrian President Bashar Assad must go if the United States is serious about reducing the threat of radical terrorism in the Middle East. Published April 7, 2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch meets with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Coons and Collins urge preservation of legislative filibuster in the Senate

Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Susan Collins of Maine are calling Senate leaders to leave the legislative filibuster intact following a drawn-out partisan fight over the rules of the chamber that culminated this week in Republicans ending the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Published April 7, 2017

House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., center, and the committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., right, listen as committee member Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., left, questions FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, during the committee's hearing regarding allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Himes 'accepts' Trump's military strike in Syria

Rep. Jim Himes, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence committee, said Friday that he "accepts" the airstrikes that President Trump ordered to be delivered against a Syrian airbase, but he has concerns about what this means for U.S. foreign policy going forward. Published April 7, 2017

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., whose conservative GOP members derailed the Republican health care bill, leaves a closed-door strategy session with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and the leadership as they try to rebuild unity within the Republican Conference, at the Capitol, in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House conservatives prepare for upcoming fiscal fights

House conservatives say they want to see money for President Trump's border wall, a crack down on sanctuary cities and more cash for the Pentagon all tucked into an emergency spending bill Congress must pass later this month. Published April 6, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks with reporters about Democratic objections to the GOP agenda on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 30, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Nancy Pelosi: Donald Trump's defense of Bill O'Reilly is 'sickening'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it is "sickening" that President Trump has come to the defense of Bill O'Reilly following news reports that Fox News has paid five women millions to settle sexual harassment allegations leveled against their star commentator. Published April 6, 2017

House intelligence committee chair steps aside from Russia probe

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced Thursday that he is stepping aside from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election until he can clear himself of "baseless" ethics complaints filed against him by "left-wing activist groups." Published April 6, 2017