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  • Republican senators dig in against primary challenges from tea party

    Republican senators dig in against primary challenges from tea party
    PEARL, Miss. — Sen. Thad Cochran is a portrait of the genteel Southern politician, known for three-piece suits, a shock of white hair and shoveling billions of government dollars back to his impoverished home state to repair levees, construct research facilities at Ole Miss and bolster catfish farms.
  • Democrats' chances in this fall's Senate elections just turned a little bleaker

    Democrats' chances in this fall's Senate elections just turned a little bleaker
    In a column last weekend, I warned that the Democrats’ chances of keeping control of the Senate this year look increasingly bleak. That wasn’t a value judgment on my part, merely an assessment of the political landscape. Some readers were...

    A keep-the-bums-in mood may prevail in midterm election

    A keep-the-bums-in mood may prevail in midterm election
    After a highly contentious, hugely unproductive session, members of the most unpopular Congress in history will face voters this year and, very likely, win reelection in overwhelming numbers. It is a paradox of these discontented times. Participants...

    Boehner criticizes GOP groups again, but also wants to move on

    Boehner criticizes GOP groups again, but also wants to move on
    On the day after declaring war on the conservative groups that helped propel his party to power in the House, Speaker John Boehner on Thursday was advancing a two-pronged strategy—delivering another brush-back pitch at them while arguing that...

    L.A.-area congresswoman wades into catfish fight

    L.A.-area congresswoman wades into catfish fight
    WASHINGTON — Lucille Roybal-Allard has taken up an unlikely cause for a congresswoman from Los Angeles' landlocked Eastside: catfish. She is among the leaders of an effort to reel in a new federal catfish inspection program that she says threatens...