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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chairwoman of the Tea Party Caucus, listens at left as while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference with Tea Party leaders about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Tea party groups join with GOP in IRS protest on Hill

Republican lawmakers joined forces Thursday with tea party leaders on Capitol Hill, calling for a thorough investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny and demanding that the Obama administration come clean about what it knew about the scandal. Published May 16, 2013

"History is filled with stories of political comebacks ... and [Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican] has the capability to rehab her image and change the focus to her work instead of these other issues," said Keith Keith Appell, a GOP consultant.

Michele Bachmann back in the headlines

Nearly 18 months after she faltered on the snowy fields of Iowa in the GOP presidential primary, Rep. Michele Bachmann is making a return to the headlines this week, sponsoring the bill to repeal President Obama's health care law and giving a forum to tea party groups who say the IRS led politically motivated audits against them. Published May 15, 2013

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ron Paul: Benghazi a result of U.S. 'interventionism'

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul criticized Democrats and Republicans Monday for ignoring what he sees as the true cause of the Benghazi attacks: their mutual support of military interventionism overseas and its unintended consequences. Published May 13, 2013

Paul, Jindal lay groundwork with GOP in early voting states

Laying the groundwork this weekend for likely White House bids, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reached out to Republican voters in the two states that open the presidential nomination race — sounding the unofficial starting gun of the 2016 campaign. Published May 12, 2013

**FILE** Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal criticizes House budget negotiations in Baton Rouge on May 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

Jindal's New Hampshire speech sparks 2016 talk

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote address Friday at a Republican fundraiser in New Hampshire — an appearance that is renewing speculation that he is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid. Published May 10, 2013

**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, meets with the press at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

Boehner demands release of Benghazi emails

House Speaker John A. Boehner called on President Obama to release unclassified emails that apparently show the State Department knew more than it let on following the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead. Published May 9, 2013

** FILE ** Migrants ride on top of a northbound train toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Juchitan in southern Mexico on Monday, April 29, 2013. Migrants crossing Mexico to get to the U.S. have increasingly become targets of criminal gangs who kidnap them to obtain ransom money. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Two-thirds of senators to vote on U.S.-Mexico border without having seen it

Border security is a key sticking point in this year's immigration debate, but only a little more than one-third of senators have been to the southwestern border during their time in office to get a firsthand look at the security situation, according to a survey of the chamber's members by The Washington Times. Published May 7, 2013


As buzz mounts, Ted Cruz's White House eligibility again questioned

Ted Cruz's address at the annual South Carolina Republican Party dinner Friday helped feed growing speculation that the freshman senator from Texas is eyeing a run for the White House in 2016 — and raised yet another round of questions about his eligibility to serve in the Oval Office. Published May 5, 2013

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize that [Emily's List] wants Hillary Clinton to be the next president," says GOP consultant Ron Bonjean. The group's "Madam President" effort aims to put the first woman in the White House.

Emily's List believes U.S. ready for a woman in White House

A national group that focuses on electing pro-choice women to office launched a "Madam President" campaign Thursday that aims to put the first woman in the White House — an effort that coincides with a poll showing Hillary Rodham Clinton as the overwhelmingly favorite to win the Democratic nomination in 2016. Published May 2, 2013

**FILE** Former first lady Barbara Bush (Associated Press)

Barbara Bush on talks of Jeb 2016 bid: 'We've had enough Bushes'

Jeb Bush's older brother, former President George W. Bush, says the former Florida governor should run for the White House in 2016. Their mother, however, says forget about it — it is time to give another family a shot. . Published April 25, 2013


Rand Paul sticking with drone stance after 'mistaken' comment

Sen. Rand Paul's scramble this week to clarify his remarks on whether drone killings should be allowed on American soil underscores a key challenge facing the ambitious Kentucky politician: translating his libertarian principles into clear policy positions. Published April 24, 2013