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** 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

Poll: Congress should not rush immigration reform

Three-quarters of voters say the Boston Marathon bombings should make Congress pause before pushing ahead with immigration reform, according to a new poll that seeks to gauge Americans' feelings as lawmakers begin debating the hot-button issue. Published April 24, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, tells reporters on April 22, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington that he objects to President Obama's decision to not prosecute the Boston Marathon bombing suspect as an enemy combatant. (Associated Press)

Graham: Boston bomb augurs more attacks

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that the Boston Marathon bombing provides Congress with a "good case study" into whether law enforcement officials need to be equipped with more tools to monitor people suspected of having ties to radical Islam. Published April 22, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said he is still torn on what to do with some of the enemy combatants in the war on terrorism captured overseas the U.S. holds. His father, Ron Paul, advocates closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. (Associated Press)

Paul father and son differ on issue of closing Guantanamo

Sen. Rand Paul may hope to inherit his father's political movement, but he is staking out different positions on issues of major importance to those followers, including saying Wednesday that he was not ready to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. Published April 17, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama visits the TransCanada Stillwater Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla., in March 2012. (Associated Press)

GOP starts end run on Keystone to force decision by Obama

House Republicans took the first step Tuesday toward forcing approval of Keystone XL pipeline, with a subcommittee passing a proposal that aims to green-light the massive project without President Obama's approval. Published April 16, 2013

Legal gay marriage no longer a 'losing proposition'

After South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson's embrace of gay marriage last week, activists who have made the issue a litmus test for Democratic Party officeholders are cranking up the heat on the three remaining holdouts among Democrats in the Senate. Published April 14, 2013

Joyce Tarnow, 74, of Florida displays a sign against amnesty in defiance of demonstrators Wednesday.

Immigration activists say it's time to deliver; thousands rally in D.C.

Thousands of immigrant rights activists rallied on the lawn in front of Capitol Hill on Wednesday, saying Hispanic voters delivered for President Obama last year and now want to cash in on his promise to legalize many of the estimated 11 million in the U.S. illegally. Published April 10, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, talks March 7, 2013, to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul to blacks: Give GOP a second look

Sen. Rand Paul urged a predominantly black crowd at Howard University on Wednesday to give the Republican Party a second look, saying the big government agenda that Democrats have pursued over the past four years has stunted economic growth and led to staggering levels of unemployment in the black community. Published April 10, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul (Associated Press)

Paul speech a test for 'new' GOP

Sen. Rand Paul is scheduled to speak Wednesday at Howard University in a high-profile visit that will test the tea party favorite's claim that his libertarian message can travel anywhere and help bolster the GOP's image on the national stage. Published April 8, 2013