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  • TOUGH JOB: House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is "doing as well as any human being can do," according to Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, Virginia Republican. (Associated Press)

    John Boehner finds himself both the object of fury and sympathy on Hill

    No matter what budget agreement is eventually reached, House Speaker John A. Boehner is likely to fall short of his own debt-deal red line: that every dollar in new borrowing authority be matched by a dollar's worth of spending cuts.


  • Sen. Ted Cruz (Associated Press)

    Sen. Ted Cruz fights for his own victory with threat of government shutdown

    Sen. Ted Cruz has become a marked man in Washington, where his insistence that Republicans hold fast to defunding Obamacare — even if it means flirting with a government shutdown — has been derided from across the GOP political spectrum.


  • ** FILE ** This file photo taken July 28, 2010, shows a group of illegal immigrants waiting in line while being deported to Mexico at the Nogales Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    'Undocumented workers' are still 'illegal immigrants' to most Americans

    News organizations are debating what to call those who are in the U.S. illegally, but for voters the answer is in: They are "illegal immigrants."


  • Rubio

    ‘Cliff’ vote could haunt Republicans

    Tuesday's votes on the "fiscal cliff" agreement will reverberate all the way into the 2016 presidential campaign as potential Republican contenders split their votes on the tax deal.


  • ** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa. (Associated Press)

    ‘Cliff’ vote could haunt Republicans

    Tuesday's votes on the "fiscal cliff" agreement will reverberate all the way into the 2016 presidential campaign as potential Republican contenders split their votes on the tax deal.


  • Sen. Scott P. Brown leaves town quietly after losing his re-election bid last month in Massachusetts. He delivered a farewell address to the Senate on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

    Scott Brown makes quiet exit from Senate stage

    Sen. Scott Brown entered the chamber in 2010 as the tea-party darling who made Republicans relevant in Washington once again, giving them the 41st vote in the Senate that allowed them to filibuster President Obama's agenda.


  • Former President George W. Bush begins his speech, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, during the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Ga., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Ledger-Enquirer, Mike Haskey)

    Republican convention seeks a break from Bush's years

    The Republican convention may occasionally dip into the weeds this week, but it will do its best to stay away from the Bushes — as in former President George W. Bush, who still casts a long shadow over the party he led for a rocky eight-year tenure.


  • Rick Santorum turns to his wife, Karen, on Tuesday after announcing in Gettysburg, Pa., that he is suspending his run for president. Front-runner Mitt Romney said in Delaware that he will now start seriously pondering a list of vice-presidential prospects. (Associated Press)

    Santorum's exit shifts GOP race

    Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania put his presidential campaign on ice Tuesday, removing the final major hurdle for Mitt Romney to win the Republican nomination and turn his full attention to a general-election bid against President Obama.


  • **FILE** President Obama speaks Sept. 28 during a rally at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. (Associated Press)

    Obama to walk tightrope in State of Union

    A year after he directly took on the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address, President Obama finds himself Tuesday facing the tricky task of leading a post-Tucson push for civility, while trying to play some offense.


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