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  • 113th Congress just barely avoids distinction of least productive in history

    18 December 2014, 4:42 pm

    The 113th Congress will just have to settle for being bad instead of the worst – at least as far as productivity is concerned.
  • McCain and Flake echo Goldwater and Arizona's independent tradition

    18 December 2014, 9:00 am

    Arizona sometimes seems like the Rodney Dangerfield of states, politically speaking, squished between the blue behemoth of California and the red swagger of Texas, a state seeking respect  whose votes have rarely, if ever, made the difference in a national…
  • Obama's Cuba decision follows change in attitudes in Florida

    17 December 2014, 9:19 pm

    For decades, the U.S. embargo on Cuba has been as much about domestic as foreign policy. In the end, a generational shift in the politics of one key state opened the way for the Obama administration to change half a century of efforts to isolate the island.
  • Martha McSally wins Arizona recount, ending lengthy 2014 campaign

    17 December 2014, 2:33 pm

    The long 2014 political campaign whimpered to an end Wednesday as Republican Martha McSally claimed the last official victory in an Arizona congressional contest whose results were delayed six weeks by a required recount.
  • Senate ends chaotic session with a late flurry of votes

    16 December 2014, 11:59 pm

    A turbulent lame-duck session of Congress came to a sudden end Tuesday as the Senate rushed to clear a lingering tax bill and some key presidential nominations in a late-night flurry of final votes.
  • Jeb Bush shakes up GOP race for president, could face divisive fight

    16 December 2014, 8:35 pm

    Making plain what he has vaguely hinted, Jeb Bush instantly scrambled the still-early 2016 presidential race Tuesday by announcing he would form a political action committee allowing him to explore a possible White House bid.
  • Jeb Bush poses new hurdle to Marco Rubio's road to the White House

    16 December 2014, 6:54 pm

    Jeb Bush's first step toward a possible White House bid appeared to instantly complicate one Republican's 2016 calculations more than others: Marco Rubio.
  • Keystone XL pipeline teed up as first debate in the new GOP Senate

    16 December 2014, 4:27 pm

    Votes to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will be the first of the new GOP-controlled Senate, the incoming majority leader promised Tuesday, as Republicans sought to move past internal divisions and confront President Obama.
  • Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' presidential run

    16 December 2014, 11:57 am

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday that he has decided to "actively explore" a 2016 presidential run and will create a political action committee next month to help "facilitate conversations with citizens across America." 
  • Majority in U.S. say CIA interrogation methods were justified

    15 December 2014, 4:16 pm

    Just over half of Americans say they believe the interrogation methods the CIA used against terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were justified, polling data released Monday showed.

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