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Tom Howell Jr.

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks past the honor guard as he arrives at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

Canada leader to bring up Keystone with Obama

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke Wednesday to officials with the TransCanada company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline, shortly before he meets with President Obama at the "Three Amigos" summit in Mexico. Published February 19, 2014

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the large opposition camp in Ukraine's capital that has been the center of nearly three months of anti-government protests on Tuesday, after at least nine people were killed in street clashes.  (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Sen. Marco Rubio condemns violence in Ukraine

Rubio on Wednesday urged the Obama administration "to use every diplomatic means at its disposal" to punish Ukraine officials involved in acts of violence amid continuing unrest in Kiev, the capital city. Published February 19, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks about a new drug abuse prevention initiative being started for the state at West Carrollton Middle School in West Carrollton, Ohio. Kasich seemed at first to relish the idea he'd be a one-term governor, having presumably alienated partisans, lobbyists, unions and voters as he made painful but necessary changes to government operations. More recently, the 61-year-old Republican has taken on a more conciliatory, politically moderate approach that observers say could be intended to position him for re-election in his perennially purple state or for a repeat run for president. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's lead over possible challenger tightens: survey

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich enjoys a positive job approval rating but hasn't been able to shake his possible Democratic challenger, the "largely unknown" Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, according to a Quinnipiac University survey. Published February 19, 2014

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., along with GOP leadership, speaks to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Stimulate job growth with Keystone XL, not minimum-wage hike: Sen. Thune

Sen. John Thune said Wednesday there is "low-hanging fruit" to stimulate job growth — the Keystone XL oil pipeline project for one — that would help Americans climb out of tough economic times without accepting a Democrat-led bid to increase the minimum wage. Published February 19, 2014

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi  (Associated Press)

Democrats file brief in Obamacare exchange subsidies lawsuit

Top Democrats who orchestrated the new health care law said they always intended for those in the health exchanges to be eligible for subsidies no matter whether they enrolled through a federal or state program — a key issue in an ongoing lawsuit over Obamacare. Published February 18, 2014

Committee member Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., listens to testimony before a Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on proposed nationwide drilling rules on hydraulic fracturing at the Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Rush for the exits: Rep. Holt latest to bow out of Congress

Mr. Holt, a former arms control expert at the State Department and research director at Princeton University, arrived on Capitol Hill in 1999 served as chairman of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel from 2007 to 2011. Published February 18, 2014

** FILE ** In this March 23, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama reaches for a pen to sign the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Report finds big gaps in Utah health coverage

Republican state lawmakers in Utah represent six of 10 state Senate districts and seven out of 10 House districts with the greatest share of people caught in the Obamacare "coverage gap" affecting states that refused to expand Medicaid under the health overhaul, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribute. Published February 18, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, speaks at a news conference on enrollment in affordable health coverage in Cleveland Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Sebelius pointed to in-person assistance available in the Cleveland area to help people choose and enroll in affordable coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Insurers lobby goes to bat for Obamacare

A major trade group for America's health insurers is supporting the Obama administration's defense against a lawsuit that questions whether Congress intended to let Obamacare tax credits flow to states that opted to let the federal government run their new insurance markets. Published February 18, 2014

**FILE** Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich listens to a question at a news conference at Fort Lee, N.J., City Hall on Jan. 9, 2014. Sokolich called it "appalling" that traffic jams appear to have been deliberately created at the George Washington Bridge for three days in September 2013. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in an attempt to avoid damage from a scandal that could undermine his presidential prospects, fired a top aide who apparently created traffic jams as part of a political vendetta. Christie denied any knowledge of the scheme. (Associated Press)

N.J. mayor won't cooperate with Christie attorneys over Bridgegate: report

The mayor of a New Jersey town at the center of the "Bridgegate" scandal overshadowing Gov. Chris Christie's second term said Tuesday he will not talk to lawyers hired by the governor to look into lane closures last September near the George Washington Bridge, according to a new report. Published February 18, 2014