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** FILE ** Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kansas Republican. (Associated Press)

Ousted Republican lawmaker wants committee posts back

Rep. Tim Huelskamp has formally written to House Speaker John A. Boehner asking him to reinstate the Kansas Republican to the House Agriculture and Budget committees after he and three other Republican lawmakers were dismissed from their assignments last week.

Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Cole: Obama needs Boehner more

If President Obama wants to get anything done in his second term in the White House, he needs to cut a deal with House Speaker John A. Boehner on the "fiscal cliff," Rep. Tom Cole said Sunday.

** FILE ** Jim DeMint resigned from his U.S. Senate seat representing South Carolina to take leadership at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington-based think tank. (Associated Press)

DeMint eyeing a 2016 White House run?

The conservative website NewsMax has a story up on "the real reason" behind South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's announcement that he is leaving the Senate in January: to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid in 2016.

** FILE ** Sheldon Adelson. (AP Photo, File)

Adelsons gave $90M to Republican groups

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave at least $90 million to political committees this election cycle, including $39 million in the three weeks before the election, new records show.

**FILE** Rep. Justin Amash, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

Booted GOP lawmaker won't commit to supporting Boehner

GOP Rep. Justin Amash, who was booted from the Budget Committee this week as punishment for bucking the GOP party line, said Friday he won't yet commit to voting for Speaker John A. Boehner when the House holds its all-important organizational vote early next year.