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Sean Lengell was a staff writer for The Washington Times.

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** FILE ** Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Michael McCaul: Boston bombing suspects had help

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says evidence suggests the two brothers accused of the Boston bombings had help planning the attack — and he says he has concerns about a possible "wider conspiracy" stretching overseas. Published April 28, 2013

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who is the Republican candidate for the state's open House seat, held a "debate" Wednesday in Charleston, S.C., with a life-size poster-photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because Mr. Sanford says his Democrat opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, has refused to agree to multiple debates. (Courtesy of

Former S.C. Gov. Sanford 'debates' a fake Pelosi

As if the race for South Carolina's open House seat wasn't colorful enough already. Republican candidate Mark Sanford, who, while serving as the state's governor in 2009, was caught in a bizarre extramarital affair, held a "debate" Wednesday with a life-size poster-photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Published April 24, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Angus S. King Jr., Maine independent. (Associated Press)

Maine Sen. King: Don't blame the FBI for Boston bombings

Maine Sen. Angus King says the FBI is getting a bad rap on its investigation off the Boston bombings, saying it doesn't appear the agency mishandled an earlier inquiry of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev after Russian officials warned he could be dangerous. Published April 24, 2013

This undated photo obtained from his Facebook page shows Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, according to neighbors. Curtis was arrested April 17, 2013, at his home in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line. He is accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to to national leaders. (Associated Press

Charges dropped against suspect in ricin mailings

Authorities have dropped charges against a Mississippi man accused of sending letters laced with the poison ricin to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a judge, while FBI agents searched another man's house in connection with the case. Published April 23, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, addresses the state Legislature in Helena on Jan. 10, 2013. (Associated Press/The Independent Record)

Montana Sen. Max Baucus won't seek re-election

Montana Sen. Max Baucus said Tuesday he won't seek a seventh term next year, saying he wants to spend the next year and a half on Capitol Hill focused on serving his constituents and chairing the powerful Senate Finance Committee without the distraction of running for re-election. Published April 23, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, tells reporters on April 22, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington that he objects to President Obama's decision to not prosecute the Boston Marathon bombing suspect as an enemy combatant. (Associated Press)

Graham: Boston bomb augurs more attacks

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that the Boston Marathon bombing provides Congress with a "good case study" into whether law enforcement officials need to be equipped with more tools to monitor people suspected of having ties to radical Islam. Published April 22, 2013

** FILE ** Agents of the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives check suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for explosives and give him medical attention after his capture in Watertown,

Bombing suspect an 'enemy combatant,' GOP lawmakers say

A handful of Republicans on Capitol Hill on Monday ramped up their push to have Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev denied a defense attorney and treated as an "enemy combatant" in the name of national security. Published April 22, 2013

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 16, 2013, before the House Budget Committee hearing on President Obama's fiscal 2014 federal budget. (Associated Press)

Spending cuts alone won't save economy, Treasury head says

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress on Tuesday against taking drastic austerity measures to lower the nation's ballooning debt, saying the federal government also must spend money on job growth-related programs for the economy to fully recover. Published April 16, 2013

Travelers wait in security checkpoint lines before boarding planes at Reagan National Airport in Washington on Feb. 25, 2013. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Man stopped at Reagan airport with loaded gun

Security officers at Reagan Washington National Airport stopped a Virginia man from boarding a plane Friday after authorities discovered he was carrying a loaded gun. Published April 15, 2013

**FILE** President Obama applauds in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 18, 2013, during his announcement that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez (right) for Labor secretary. (Associated Press)

Obama's Labor pick Thomas Perez abused power, GOP lawmakers say

Republicans have ramped up attacks on President Obama's pick to head the Labor Department, releasing a scathing report that says Thomas E. Perez abused his power and negotiated a dubious deal while serving as head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Published April 15, 2013

**FILE** Protesters hold signs outside a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform field hearing on a National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing Co., in North Charleston, S.C., on June 17, 2011. (Associated Press)

GOP hoping to hold National Labor Relations Board in limbo

While the Senate's Democratic rulers will ignore a Republican bill passed by the House last week aimed at conditionally shuttering the National Labor Relations Board, the upper chamber's GOP minority is determined to keep the panel in limbo until a dispute over President Obama's "recess appointments" is resolved. Published April 12, 2013

Margaret Thatcher

English soccer bodies shun Thatcher tribute

A move by soccer's ruling bodies in England not to order clubs to observe a moment of silence for the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at matches this weekend has some in the country crying foul. Published April 10, 2013

Blind dissident says U.S. can’t let China keep lying

Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who was at the heart of a major diplomatic tug-of-war between Beijing and Washington a year ago, on Tuesday accused the Chinese government of breaking a promise not to harm his family. Published April 9, 2013