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  • Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, said the Obama administration must actively support major trade deals with Asian and European partners or "we're not going to be successful." Mr. Hatch is co-sponsor of a bill key to securing these deals. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    Hatch urges Obama action on free-trade deals with Asia, Europe

    The Republican co-sponsor of a bill key to President Obama's effort to swing major new trade deals with Asian and European partners warned Thursday that the agreements won't pass unless the administration supports them more actively.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, responds to questions and offers remarks during an interview in Washington on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Immigration reform bill clears committee hurdles, heads to full Senate

    The Senate immigration bill cleared the Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote Tuesday night, ducking — for now — big fights on guns, gay rights and how broadly the legalization is drawn, and leaving the 867-page overhaul mostly unscathed by conservative attacks.

  • Former IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman, whose term expired in November, will be on Capitol Hill this week to testify about the agency's extra scrutiny of tea party-related groups.
(Associated Press)

    Former IRS chief faces bipartisan ire on Capitol Hill

    As the IRS scandal gains traction and a bipartisan chorus on Capitol Hill demands more answers, the man who headed the agency at the time it was targeting conservative groups will be on the hot seat twice this week.

  • GOP still trying to take apart ‘Obamacare’

    President Obama's health care law passed Congress three years ago and remains almost entirely intact, but Republicans say they are still gathering support to dismantle it, betting that the overhaul will lose its political heft as Americans feel the brunt of its taxes and regulations.

  • Lew pressed by Senate, but he stays on track for Treasury post

    Jack Lew, President Obama's pick to head the Treasury Department, faced several uncomfortable moments over his brief stint in the private sector, but he emerged from a Senate hearing Wednesday apparently still on track for a relatively quick confirmation by the full Senate in the coming weeks.

  • House Ways and Means Committees Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, is leading efforts in the House to block the Obama administration from granting waivers to the welfare work requirement. (Associated Press)

    House GOP to try to block waiver of welfare work rule

    House Republicans will take one last shot at President Obama's executive authority before rushing home for November's elections when they vote this week on a bill blocking him from waiving work requirements from the bipartisan 1996 welfare reform law.

  • Karl Rove

    'Social welfare' funders sidestep rules of super PACs

    The political groups that injected millions of dollars into political races over the past two years may already be giving way to the rise of a new class of politically oriented nonprofits, organizations that have most of the same powers as super PACs, and one major advantage: They don't have to meet the same strict requirements for disclosing where their money comes from.

  • U.S. Sen. Scott P. Brown, Massachusetts Republican, says he is trying to keep taxes low to help businesses grow, while portraying Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren as a "jobs destroyer" who favors a heavier tax burden. But he has sided with Democrats, too, while in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Mass. Sen. Brown tries 
to straddle 
allegiance

    Persuading Massachusetts voters to elect a Republican to a full U.S. Senate term isn't easy, and it has left Sen. Scott P. Brown blazing a lonely trail in Washington, where he's spent much of the year voting with Democrats — or bucking both parties altogether.

  • Hatch

    After fight for political survival, tax reform could be Hatch’s legacy

    Rare is the tea party-tested Republican senator who hangs an image of the Kennedys' Hyannisport home over his desk and shows off the painter's personal inscription.

  • Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah has been put through a bruising campaign by Dan Liljenquist, a former state senator challenging the six-term incumbent in the state's Republican primary. Polls show Mr. Hatch still enjoying a sizable lead. (Deseret News via Associated Press)

    Utah challenger a thorn in Hatch's side

    If Dan Liljenquist falls short in Tuesday's Utah Republican Senate primary, it won't be for a lack of trying. The former state senator has waged a no-holds-barred campaign against six-term incumbent Sen. Orrin G. Hatch.

  • Sen. Orrin Hatch.  (Associated Press)

    After Lugar's loss, Hatch not taking Senate race for granted

    Orrin G. Hatch appeared to be coasting to victory in Utah's Republican Senate primary, and then Richard G. Lugar happened.

  • Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah got a boost in his bid for a seventh term from Sarah Palin, who endorsed the "lifelong conservative" in her SarahPac blog. (Associated Press)

    Tea-party target Hatch gets Palin's endorsement

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch's re-election bid Wednesday, calling the onetime tea-party target a "lifelong conservative" who has fought for a balanced-budget amendment and for conservative Supreme Court justices.

  • Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock speaks to supporters in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, after he defeated incumbent Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, in the primary. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Tea party favorite topples Lugar, Indiana's 6-term senator

    Tea-party-backed candidate Richard Mourdock defeated longtime Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana in Tuesday's GOP primary, ending the career of one of the chamber's two senior Republicans and giving Democrats a better chance at capturing the seat in November.

  • Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Associated Press/The Salt Lake Tribune)

    Hatch is denied easy GOP victory to keep Senate seat

    Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah will face a contested Republican primary for the first time in 36 years, but that's not necessarily bad news for the six-term senator.

  • Inside Politics: Democrats defend Obama after Hatch comment

    Democratic leaders on Wednesday dismissed Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch's warning to supporters that Democrats might attack the Mormon faith of Mitt Romney during the presidential campaign.

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