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One Good Chart: Summer Abroad

Privately sponsored foreign trips taken by House members or their staff, 2008-13.

Dead Letter

Writing your lawmaker? Save that stamp.

Rand Paul's Audacious Outreach

He wants to change the way Republicans court black voters. But first he has to sell his party on the new approach.

People

Joel Beauvais, Terri Cooper, Jason Scism, Stephanie Moore.

Why We Should Bring Back Summer Pell Grants

Although a full Pell award more than covers two semesters at community colleges, students in accelerated programs often need to take out loans. 

Voters Are Less Sexist Than You Think

Did gender really play a role in Christine Quinn's New York City mayoral primary loss? 

Why Won't Tommy Franks Talk About the Turmoil in Iraq?

Franks, as much as anybody involved in Bush's Mideast campaigns, departed the national scene with his leadership in question. 

Two Candidates, Same Name: The Odd Case of Alaska's Dan Sullivans

Yes, there are two people named Dan Sullivan running for statewide office in Alaska this year.

The Gay Advocates of Gun Rights

Challenging stereotypes about the NRA: "It's not just Christian, redneck, Bible-thumping old white men."

The New Rick Perry

He's hardworking, he's bipartisan, he's recasting himself for 2016.

New Poll Shows New Face Leading Race to Replace Gary Peters

Former House members usually have the inside track in primaries, but a new poll from a group supporting a state rep puts Hansen Clarke behind in his comeback attempt.

Full Text of John Kerry, Ban Ki-moon Statement on Gaza Cease-Fire

The U.S. and U.N. have "assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza."

Judge: U.S. Search Warrants Apply to Emails Stored on Foreign Servers

A district court judge ruled Thursday that Microsoft must comply with law-enforcement demands even for user data stored on servers in Ireland.

The House Is Not Happy With Kevin McCarthy for Delaying Recess

After GOP leadership pulled a border bill and suggested more votes could come, the House let McCarthy hear it.

Ex-Leaders Urge More Russian, Western Dialogue to Avert Ukraine 'Escalation'

Former top Russian and European diplomats are asking their countries' leaders to ramp up cooperation, not eschew it, to resolve a major rift over Ukraine.

The IMF Wants Your Gas to Be More Expensive

Fuel prices don't accurately reflect their environmental impact, the international body says in a new report.

After Delay, House GOP Plans Second Try on Border Bills

Unable to wrangle support, Republicans had to put off votes on immigration measures.

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New Poll Shows New Face Leading Race to Replace Gary Peters

Former House members usually have the inside track in primaries, but a new poll from a group supporting a state rep puts Hansen Clarke behind in his comeback attempt.

Full Text of John Kerry, Ban Ki-moon Statement on Gaza Cease-Fire

The U.S. and U.N. have "assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza."

Judge: U.S. Search Warrants Apply to Emails Stored on Foreign Servers

A district court judge ruled Thursday that Microsoft must comply with law-enforcement demands even for user data stored on servers in Ireland.

The House Is Not Happy With Kevin McCarthy for Delaying Recess

After GOP leadership pulled a border bill and suggested more votes could come, the House let McCarthy hear it.

Ex-Leaders Urge More Russian, Western Dialogue to Avert Ukraine 'Escalation'

Former top Russian and European diplomats are asking their countries' leaders to ramp up cooperation, not eschew it, to resolve a major rift over Ukraine.

The IMF Wants Your Gas to Be More Expensive

Fuel prices don't accurately reflect their environmental impact, the international body says in a new report.

After Delay, House GOP Plans Second Try on Border Bills

Unable to wrangle support, Republicans had to put off votes on immigration measures.

The CDC Just Raised Its Warning Level for U.S. Travel to Three African Countries

Here's what that means.

Russia May be Deploying Missile Tied to Treaty Violation

A U.S. analyst says Russia may be putting a new type of missile into launch-ready position, despite its link to an intensifying nuclear feud with Washington.

Should the Government Be Worried About Stoned Drivers?

Congress is looking into the effects of intoxicated driving, but the jury’s still out on how to best police it.

Meet the 22-Year-Old Who Is Closing the Summer Achievement Gap

Karim Abouelnaga, the founder of Practice Makes Perfect, explains how he became obsessed with the knowledge kids lose during long vacations.

Pakistani Leader Said Intent on Developing New Nuclear 'Understanding' with India

As new peace talks approach, Nawaz Sharif's government is said to eye a "very comprehensive proposal" with India on easing atomic-arms tensions.

Eric Cantor Just Delivered His Last Floor Speech as House Majority Leader

The No. 2 House Republican will officially step down from his post at midnight Thursday.

Syrian Defector Brings Torture Photos to Congress

The former photographer for the Syrian military police said an additional 150,000 people could be killed.

Air Force Defends Shielding Nuclear Force from Service Cutbacks

Air Force brass on Wednesday defended their decision to spare nuclear-arms personnel from the force cutbacks happening in other parts of the service.

CIA Admits to Hacking Senate Computers

In a sharp and sudden reversal, the CIA is acknowledging it improperly tapped into the computers of Senate staffers who were reviewing the intelligence agency's Bush-era tort...

A (Qualified) Salute to President Obama's Style

Style matters in politics, and a fresh one might help Obama break out of his malaise.

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