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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 7, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker slams Obama on gun rights, foreign policy

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned Friday the nation's freedoms are under assault at home and abroad, telling gun rights advocates at the annual National Rifle Association meeting here that President Obama is neglecting his duty to stand up for constitutional rights of ordinary Americans — including when it comes to the Second Amendment. Published April 10, 2015

Former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and President Obama have not given up the fight for stricter gun control laws, but many Democrats in Congress are wishing the president would relent, having concluded that the issue is an electoral loser for them. (Associated Press)

Obama-Bloomberg gun control agenda worries Democrats heading into 2016

President Obama said this week that he hasn't given up on pushing for tighter gun controls, but many of his fellow Democrats in Congress are wishing he would drop it, having concluded that the issue is an electoral loser for them. If anything, they fear the politics are getting worse. Published April 9, 2015

Rand Paul enters presidential race, vows to 'take America back'

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday officially launched his 2016 presidential bid, casting himself as a different kind of Republican, while vowing to stand for liberty in what is shaping up to be a wide-open GOP nomination race. Published April 7, 2015

 Sen. Ted Cruz commenced his GOP presidential campaign at Virginia's Liberty University, reinforcing the importance of evangelical voters to him. (Associated Press) **FILE**

White House hopefuls launch campaigns at symbolic locations

When choosing where to become the first major presidential candidate to announce his campaign this year, Sen. Ted Cruz selected Liberty University — sending clear signals to both Christian GOP primary voters and his potential rivals that the Texan plans to zero in on social and religious conservatives. Published April 5, 2015

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes statements during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Debbie Hill, Pool)

Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman rips Iran nuclear deal

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday panned the nuclear deal that the Obama administration and other nations struck with Iran and pledged that the Jewish nation would continue to make its case publicly against the accord that has set the table for a final agreement this summer. Published April 3, 2015

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, rally against the legislation on the lawn of the Indiana State House. (Associated Press)

Religious freedom fight energizes conservatives, spurs backlash against GOP

The divisive battle over gay rights and religious freedoms that broke out this week in Indiana and Arkansas has thrust the nation's culture wars back onto the front page and exposed just the sort of rift on social issues that Republicans had been wary of as they set the table for their 2016 presidential contest. Published April 2, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

George Will challenges Ted Cruz's 'theory' for running

Conservative columnist George Will says that Sen. Ted Cruz's theory for running for the White House — that he can get "more votes from traditional Republican constituencies" — was "slain" by the outcome of the 1964 presidential race and simply doesn't add up. Published April 2, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton talks to a youngster during a visit to an early childhood development center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Clinton and New York City first lady Chirlane McCray joined forces with the city's deputy mayor in announcing a program to get parents to talk to their young children to enhance their development. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool})

RNC to launch 'Stop Hillary' campaign: report

The Republican National Committee plans to launch a "Stop Hillary" campaign that aims to politically attack the former secretary of state, the clear favorite to win the 2016 Democratic nomination should she enter the race, The Washington Examiner said. Published April 2, 2015