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Republican Abolishment Threats? Just ‘Politics,’ I.R.S. Chief Says

Shutting down the Internal Revenue Service -- a perennial punching bag for many conservatives – has become a rallying cry for Republicans who are thinking about running for president in 2016.

Clinton Team Nabs McAuliffe Adviser to Focus on Iowa

Sending an operative to Iowa like Michael Halle, who has ties with the Clinton loyalists Terry McAuliffe and Robby Mook, indicates a serious push in the caucuses there for Hillary Rodham Clinton's expected presidential campaign.

Verbatim: Pence Looks to Clarify Indiana Law

I've come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law doesn't give businesses the right to deny services to anyone." – Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, asking that a fix to the law be sent to him by the end of the week and saying "I abhor discrimination."

Today in Politics: Choosing Just the Right Stage to Set

The first week of April might be remembered as the final moments of pre-campaign calm.

‘Don’t Worry About It’ Approach on Iran May Haunt White House, G.O.P. Lawmaker Says

The administration probably regrets bottling up sanctions in the Senate, said Representative Ed Royce of California, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Jeb Bush Defends Indiana’s Religious Beliefs Law

Jeb Bush defended Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana and a religious freedom law the governor signed into law last week that critics are calling legalized discrimination.

Rubio Confirms Date of ‘Big Announcement’

The slow walk of candidates declaring they are running for president took another step forward on Monday with Senator Marco Rubio announcing plans to make a "big announcement" in a couple of weeks.

Clinton’s Effort on Israel Viewed Dimly by American Jewish Leader

Malcolm Hoenlein didn’t think Hillary Rodham Clinton's work on Israel as Secretary of State was all that constructive.

Verbatim: To Be More Like Ted

"What if we all carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?" — President Obama, speaking at the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston.

President Obama to Visit Kenya

President Obama's trip to Kenya this summer will be his first to his father's home country since taking office.

Today in Politics: Obama’s Countdown for His Ascent Predated Politics, Book Says

A new biography of Michelle Obama has Washington buzzing and the 2016 Senate race gets an early start.

Boehner Reflects on Bipartisan Support for Medicare Bill

In an interview that aired Sunday, Speaker John A. Boehner called the passage of the bill with bipartisan support last week "an opportunity that presented itself."

O’Malley Speaks Out Against Possible Dynastic Rematch for White House

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland has been promoting himself to Democrats as a potential alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 race for the White House.

G.O.P. Hawks Upset With Bush After Baker Speech on Israel

A flare-up over a speech on Israel by James A. Baker III could thrust Jeb Bush into conflict with some of the most hawkish voices in his party, including a constituency determined to demonstrate its strength in the primary.

Tammy Duckworth Expected to Challenge Senator Mark Kirk in Illinois

Representative Tammy L. Duckworth of Illinois is expected to announce next week that she will challenge Senator Mark S. Kirk in 2016, potentially pitting two candidates with personal stories of overcoming physical handicaps against each other in a race for President Obama’s old seat.

Schumer Shores Up Support for Replacing Reid as Party Leader

The official vote to replace Senator Harry Reid as Democratic leader is still nearly two years away, but that hasn't stopped Senator Charles E. Schumer from making his move.

Obama Praises Harry Reid in Call to Radio Station

President Obama took a few minutes on Friday to call into Nevada's National Public Radio station during an interview with Mr. Reid.

Verbatim: That Curmudgeonly Charm

A quote from President Obama on Friday regarding Senator Harry Reid.

Harry Reid Endorses Schumer as Next Minority Leader

After announcing his retirement in 2016, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, endorsed Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York to succeed him.

Cruz Is a Great Debater, but Not a Perfect One

He’s known as the Republican field’s great debater, but Senator Ted Cruz — a former Princeton debate champion — is not entirely undefeated.

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