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Sean Lengell was a staff writer for The Washington Times.

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"I'm sick and tired of waiting until the deadline. We're going to wait until the last day and dare each other not to do it," said Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, on Thursday regarding student loan interest rates.

GOP tests Democrats on college loan issue

Senate Republicans used a parliamentary move Thursday to force Democrats into a battle with President Obama over government subsidies for student loans, upping the stakes in the fight with less than three weeks to go before interest rates rise. Published June 13, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

John Boehner demands answers on NSA, phone records

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday called on the Obama administration to provide answers regarding a government-sponsored surveillance program of U.S. telephone customers, even though Congress apparently has received frequent updates on the secret probe. Published June 6, 2013

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (left), 47, listens June 6, 2013, in Trenton, N.J., as Gov. Chris Christie announces that Chiesa will temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat that opened up this week after Frank Lautenberg's death. (Associated Press)

N.J. Gov. Christie picks state A.G. to fill U.S. Senate seat

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday tapped Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the state's Republican attorney general and a longtime adviser, to the Senate seat left open by the passing earlier this week of Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, sending Mr. Chiesa to Washington just in time for high-profile legislative scraps over immigration and taxpayer-funded farm subsidies. Published June 6, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (center) leaves the Park Avenue Synagogue after a funeral service for Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg in New York on Wednesday. Mr. Lautenberg died Monday. Special primary and general elections will be held this year to choose a replacement. The vacancy presents an opportunity for many in the state. (Associated Press)

Booker not a shoo-in to succeed Lautenberg

When New Jersey Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg announced in February he wasn't running for re-election next year, the path seemed cleared for Newark Mayor Cory Booker to waltz into the seat. The energetic and telegenic Democrat has strong ties with his party's leadership, and his populist governing style made him one of the most popular politicians in the Democratic-leaning Garden State. Published June 5, 2013

House panel advances measures to ax public campaign financing

A House committee Tuesday approved measures to end public financing of presidential campaigns and national party conventions, as backers say the programs have lost support among voters and candidates and are a waste of taxpayer money. Published June 4, 2013

Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

Democrat leaves race after Bachmann exit

Two days after Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said she wouldn't seek re-election next year for her Minnesota House seat, her primary Democratic challenger has indefinitely suspended his campaign. Published May 31, 2013

President Obama walks out of the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 31, 2013. (Associated Press)

Another ricin-tainted letter mailed to Obama

Yet another ricin-tainted letter was mailed to President Obama, the third such poisoned letter sent to the White House in recent weeks and part of a batch of suspicious mail sent from Spokane, Wash. that also targeted a federal judge and a post office in that city, the FBI said. Published May 31, 2013

**FILE** During the execution of a search warrant, members of the joint federal hazmat team, FBI and local law enforcement gather in front of the Osmun Apartments in Spokane, Wash., on May 18, 2013. The search warrant is in connection with ricin-laced letters intercepted at a Post Office facility in Spokane earlier in the week. (Associated Press/TheSpokesman-Review)

Obama received ricin-tainted letter

The Secret Service on Thursday said a suspicious letter mailed to President Obama was similar to letters suspected of being laced with the deadly poison ricin sent last week to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his gun control group. Published May 30, 2013

** FILE ** Attorney General Eric Holder listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice." (Associated Press)

Media shunning Holder's off-record meetings

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder's plans to make peace with the media upset over his department's surveillance of journalists has run into problems, as several news organizations have refused invitations to meet with him unless the meetings are conducted on the record. Published May 30, 2013

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II  (Associated Press)

In race for Va. governor, 'unfavorable' is winning

A new poll shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II by 5 percentage points in the Virginia governor's race, though both candidates are having a tough time winning the hearts of voters. Published May 29, 2013

**FILE** Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee testifies in support of same-sex marriage before the state House Judiciary Committee at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

Rhode Island Gov. Chafee becomes a Democrat

Republican-turned-independent Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has again switched his political affiliation — this time to the Democratic Party. Published May 29, 2013

President Obama pauses while talking about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. He was interrupted multiple times by hecklers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Priebus: Obama lying or incompetent on scandals

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said President Obama's denial that he was involved directly with the IRS's targeting of conservative groups and other ongoing Washington scandals shows he is either lying or incompetent. Published May 28, 2013

Columnist Ernest Istook says Congress, on its own, has clear authority to arrest and jail former IRS official Lois Lerner until she testifies. (Associated Press)

Lois Lerner second IRS figure removed amid scandal

The woman at the center of the IRS scandal was put on paid administrative leave Thursday, marking the second agency official to be removed over the inappropriate scrutiny of conservative groups. Published May 23, 2013

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. Published May 20, 2013