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Santorum speaks to followers

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Santorum staffing up in South Carolina

Rick Santorum is expanding his nonprofit to the all-important early primary state of South Carolina, a move that's certain to heighten speculation over his potential presidential run.

South Carolina GOP strategist Jon Parker confirmed to CNN he plans ...

Obama, D-Day 70th anniversary

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Sequester that everyone hates is hard to replace

There's one thing Democrats and Republicans agree on: It's time to get rid of the forced spending cuts known in Washington as the sequester.

But reaching a deal on the next question -- what exactly to replace the cuts with -- will require yet another ...

Lindsey Graham presidential run

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Graham: 'I'm tired of just complaining'

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he is testing the waters on a presidential run because he is sick of hearing himself complain.

"I complain a lot and also have some solutions. I'm tired of just complaining and now ready to try to lead. Whether or not there is...

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Klan leader 'just might' run against Scalise

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke suggested on Wednesday he might primary Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, after Scalise distanced himself from an event hosted by Duke's white nationalist group.

During an interview on the Jim Engster Show,...

US soldier, Afghanistan

U.S. Army

Key data on Afghan reconstruction withheld

The U.S. military has, for the first time, classified key data about reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, in a move that has frustrated one government watchdog and left the public in the dark on billions in spending.

The agency tasked with overseein...

Bowe Bergdahl release

Taliban video

Pentagon: Bergdahl detainee returned to fight

The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location i...

Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay

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WH: No, Castro, you can't have Gitmo back

Just over a month after the release of American aid worker Alan Gross from a Cuban prison ushered in a new era between Washington and Havana, the relationship is facing a new chill.

Keystone Pipeline

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Senate passes Keystone XL measure

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to clear construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

The vote was 62 to 36. Nine mostly centrist Democrats joined with R...

Obama

Pool

Obama to rally Democrats in Philly

After giving up on his controversial plan to end 529 college savings plans, President Barack Obama will attempt to draw a new battle line with congressional Republicans over automatic spending cuts that remain baked into the nation's budget.

Missouri Capitol

Pay raise for Missouri lawmakers, state officials blocked

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials will not receive a raise.

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