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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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David Axelrod ** FILE **

David Axelrod: 'Organized policy from the beginning' to thwart Obama

Echoing a sentiment floated by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tuesday, former White House adviser David Axelrod said Wednesday that the kind of obstacles President Obama is facing pales in comparison to those that dogged former President George W. Bush. Published January 29, 2014

There were some exceptions, particularly in the Senate, where the newly minted legislative team of Sens. Dean Heller (left) and Jack Reed hooked up. The Nevada Republican and Rhode Island Democrat made waves over the last two months by partnering to try to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits, with Mr. Heller bucking many in his own party to work with Democrats.

Fewer shows of bipartisanship for Obama’s speech

Three years after an assassination attempt on then-Rep. Gabrielle Gifford brought members of Congress together, fewer lawmakers crossed the aisle Tuesday night, leaving the chamber once again a partisan seesaw. Published January 28, 2014

Va. Democrats assume control of state Senate, change rules

Virginia Democrats asserted control of the evenly divided state Senate on Tuesday and organized as a majority, tipping the balance of power away from Republicans and casting a toxic pall over Capitol Square after the GOP vociferously registered its complaints. Published January 28, 2014

Nancy Pelosi is outraged: 'We did not treat President Bush this way'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Tuesday that a large segment of the GOP is "anti-government, anti-science, and anti-Obama" and that while Democrats opposed much of President George W. Bush's agenda, Republican obstruction to President Obama is "something quite stunning." Published January 28, 2014

** FILE ** In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Chris Christie's numbers take a hit in wake of bridge controversy, poll shows

More people now think New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is mostly not telling the truth about whether he knew of subordinates directing lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, according to a new poll that shows Mr. Christie's numbers taking a hit in the wake of the scandal. Published January 28, 2014

** FILE ** President Barack Obama has lunch with members of the congressional leadership in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, May 16, 2012. The president served hoagies from Taylor Gourmet, which he purchased after a small business roundtable earlier in the day. Seated, clockwise from the president, are: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Speaker John Boehner.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Americans say the state of our union is...pretty darn weak

Americans hold a deeply pessimistic view of the country in a new poll released ahead of President Obama's State of the Union Address, with more than six in 10 saying the country is headed in the wrong direction and 70 percent dissatisfied with the economy. Published January 28, 2014

** FILE ** This Jan. 16, 2014, file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Immigration protester, GM CEO to sit with Michelle Obama Tuesday night

A 23-year-old who was one of the "core fasters" in a recent demonstration on the Mall to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform and the CEO of General Motors will be among those seated with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday night at President Obama's State of the Union Address. Published January 28, 2014

** FILE ** In this Jan. 21, 2014, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie waves as he stands with his wife Mary Pat Christie during a gathering for his swearing in for his second term in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

RGA raises $50 million in 2013

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) raised more than $50 million in 2013 and has $50 million on hand, dwarfing both totals from four years ago. Published January 27, 2014

** FILE ** This Sept. 3, 2013, file photo, shows Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, called for Radel to step down following his recent cocaine conviction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP Rep. Trey Radel, caught in cocaine sting, resigns Florida seat

Rep. Trey Radel, the freshman Florida Republican who was caught trying to purchase cocaine in a sting operation in Washington, D.C. in October, resigned from Congress Monday, setting up another special election to fill a vacancy in the GOP-controlled House. Published January 27, 2014

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ron Paul: Private credits, homeschooling are the real answers for education

Former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, devoted his weekly column to "National School Choice week" from Jan. 26-Feb. 1, arguing that private tax credits and homeschooling — not federal programs — are two ways to give parents true control over a child's education. Published January 27, 2014

** FILE ** Rirchard DeCoatsworth sits with first lady Michelle Obama at the president's State of the Union speech in 2009. (Associated Press)

Michelle Obama to host marathon bombing survivors and an Okla. fire chief Tuesday

First lady Michelle Obama will host two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings; the Moore, Okla. fire chief; a gay professional basketball player; a young tech intern; and the 2013 District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Teacher of the Year at Tuesday's State of the Union Address, the White House announced Monday. Published January 27, 2014

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark Herring smiles during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., in this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo. Herring has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it, his office said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

VA's top law official won't enforce voter-approved gay marriage ban

Saying it's "time for the commonwealth to be on the right side of history and the right side of the law," Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday he will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage in federal court. Published January 23, 2014

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his wife, Maureen, listens during a news conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.  McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday on corruption charges after a monthslong federal investigation into gifts the Republican received from a political donor.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

McDonnell's wife at center of federal corruption case

When reports surfaced that former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell had accepted an engraved Rolex from a wealthy businessman, some questioned the judgment of the clean-cut former prosecutor whose ascendance to higher office was unquestionably possible — if not downright probable. Published January 22, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

A conservative-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, accusing him of violating the chamber's code of conduct by pushing to help a politically connected Las Vegas casino project get visas for foreign investors. Published January 21, 2014