Rep. Gowdy says he’ll bring prosecutor’s focus, fairness to Benghazi probe

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s got a late-night habit. Pizza. | 08/20/14 18:49:42 By - By Ali Watkins McClatchy Washington Bureau

GOP establishment wins again in Alaska, Wyoming

Tuesday was another big night for the Republican establishment, as its candidates won key races in Alaska and Wyoming. | 08/20/14 09:19:32 By - By David Lightman

Vulnerable Begich will learn challenger as Alaska voters head to the polls

Voters pick candidates Tuesday in Alaska and Wyoming, with Alaska’s Republican U.S. Senate primary the most eagerly anticipated. | 08/19/14 09:14:59 By - By David Lightman

Don’t re-elect most members of Congress, public tells Gallup

The public’s disdain for Congress remains overwhelming: Just 19 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve re-election, according to a new Gallup survey. | 08/18/14 13:28:01 By - By David Lightman

Rep. Tom Rice of S.C. is the man behind GOP’s Obama lawsuit

Behind the tangled web of partisanship surrounding Republicans’ impendinglawsuit against President Barack Obama, the quiet architect of the GOP’s assault on Pennsylvania Avenue has all but disappeared from the spotlight. | 08/16/14 00:00:00 By - By Ali Watkins

Rand Paul: Demilitarize Police

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for demilitarization of America’s local police forces in the wake of the heavily armed response to the protests in Ferguson, Mo. | 08/14/14 16:19:58 By - By Sean Cockerham

Rand Paul heading to Guatemala to do eye surgeries

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is just back from barnstorming Iowa, home of the earliest presidential caucus, and he’s heading next to eat barbecue in South Carolina, the first voting state in Dixie and a critical stop for Republicans who aspire to the White House. | 08/13/14 15:11:42 By - By Sean Cockerham

N.C. Sen. Hagan attacks challenger Tillis on education cuts

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on Tuesday accused her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis, of slashing funding for public education in North Carolina and argued that he’d hurt education further if he wins her Senate seat in Washington. | 08/12/14 17:09:14 By - By Renee Schoof

Obama’s standing among voters is hurting Democrats, poll finds

President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 08/11/14 18:27:14 By - By Anita Kumar

Florida senator set for Ukraine trip to review fast-changing conflict

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, is scheduled to travel to Ukraine, the war-torn nation battling pro-Russian supporters inside its borders and fearing masses of Russian troops outside. | 08/11/14 15:29:54 By - By Chris Adams

Despite tough primary, Sen. Pat Roberts’ path to victory in November smoother than opponents’

Pat Roberts may be hobbled after a tough Republican primary – which saw the U.S. senator win less than 50 percent of the vote – but he’ll still have the easiest path to victory in his four-way race in November, political scientists say. | 08/11/14 13:42:19 By - Bryan Lowry

Coal industry boosts Tillis’ campaign coffers

Money from coal companies has been fueling Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis’ race to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., including $21,100 from the nation’s largest privately owned coal company. | 08/08/14 07:49:22 By - By Renee Schoof

Lawmakers have competing ideas about expanding Yosemite

Two veteran California lawmakers are at loggerheads over how to expand Yosemite National Park. | 08/08/14 06:19:09 By - By Michael Doyle

National Guard’s dumping of NASCAR splits Congress

The Army National Guard’s decision Thursday to end its NASCAR sponsorship sent ripples across Capitol Hill, where lawmakers have slashed Pentagon spending while protecting bases and weapons systems in their states. | 08/07/14 18:38:54 By - By James Rosen

Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh drops election bid, dogged by college plagiarism case

Sen. John Walsh, the Montana Democrat dogged by revelations that he plagiarized large portions of his U.S. Army War College research paper, abruptly ended his election bid Thursday acknowledging that was unable to overcome the scandal. | 08/07/14 18:41:23 By - By William Douglas

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