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GOP Incumbents Outraise Primary Challengers, but Loans Close Gap

59 min 16 sec ago
New fundraising reports show that some of the incumbent Republicans facing primary fights are so far raising more money than their GOP challengers.

Will Slowdown in Health-Care Spending Growth Persist?

2 hours 16 min ago
One of the biggest questions hovering over the federal budget – and, indeed, over the U.S. economy – is whether the recent slowdown in the pace of health-care spending growth will persist. Experts disagree. Here's a taste of the debate.

Seib Video: Three Reasons U.S. Hasn’t Imposed More Sanctions on Russia

2 hours 40 min ago
Many in Congress are calling for sectorwide sanctions on Russia in attempts to stop its further movements into Ukraine. In this video, Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib gives three reasons why sanctions have yet to be imposed.

Young Conservatives Group Pressures GOP on Gay Marriage

2 hours 52 min ago
A new effort is being launched to try to persuade the Republican Party to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage from the party’s platform, a steep climb that would require overcoming social conservatives who have dominated the GOP’s position on the issue.

Outside Donors Bankroll Kentucky Senate Race

3 hours 14 min ago
The high proportion of out-of-state money donated to the Senate campaigns of Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes raises questions about why well-heeled donors who probably don't spend much time in Kentucky would care deeply enough about a Senate race there to write a big check.

WashWire Daily Brief: Ukraine Uses Military Force, Outside Donors Play Big Role in 2014 Races

4 hours 7 min ago
The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

Donald Rumsfeld to IRS: My Taxes Are a Known Unknown

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:55pm
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made a splash on Tax Day by publishing a letter to the Internal Revenue Service claiming that he has no idea whether his tax returns are accurate.

Obama, Evangelical Leaders Discuss Immigration Overhaul

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:43pm
President Barack Obama met with evangelical leaders at the White House Tuesday to discuss overhauling the immigration system.

AFL-CIO Cites CEO Pay to Press for Raising the Minimum Wage

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:53pm
The AFL-CIO is using its annual pay figures for chief executives to press Congress to boost the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Biden Applauds City’s Resolve a Year After Boston Marathon Bombings

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:41pm
Vice President Joe Biden said that Boston, which endured a bombing a year ago, had become the face of America’s resolve.

Mitt Romney Stars in Ad in Heated Idaho Primary

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:45pm
Mitt Romney is making his first foray into the 2014 campaign airwaves, appearing in a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce television spot touting Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson in an increasingly heated Republican primary.

Montana House Candidate Puts Drones in Crosshairs

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:31pm
Anti-drone protesters just landed a brash new advocate in Matt Rosendale, a Republican running for Montana’s open House seat.

Who Will Pay More Tax for 2014?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:02pm
Now that you’re wrapping up your 2013 tax return, you might like to see what awaits in 2014. Here are five key takeaways from a recent detailed analysis by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation.

Michelle Nunn Raises $2.4 Million in 1st Quarter for Georgia Senate Race

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:01pm
Democrat Michelle Nunn, running for the open Senate seat in Georgia, raised $2.4 million in the first three months of 2014, more than the five GOP candidates vying to face her in November.

American Crossroads’ Fundraising Surges to $5.2 Million in March

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:22am
American Crossroads reported raising $5.2 million in March, more than it raised in all of 2013.

Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Ad Says Obama Policies ‘Simply Wrong’

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:45am
Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D., La.), in a new TV ad, distances herself from the Obama administration and touts her chairmanship of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Obama’s Statement on the Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:48am
President Barack Obama, in a statement marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, said the "most vivid images" were of "compassion, kindness and strength."

Seib Video: Some Good News for Democrats on Obamacare

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:22am
Democrats are breathing easier about the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, following three pieces of good news in the last week. Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib explains more in this video

Annapolis Hosts Croquet Showdown (Video)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:40am
Croquet is generally seen as a old-fashioned backyard lawn sport. However, for the residents of Annapolis, Md., it has become an annual interscholastic sporting tradition.

5 Things Northwestern Is Telling Other Football Schools About Unions

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:29am
Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro has been fielding questions from colleagues from around the country in recent weeks, and he answered some in a letter to other presidents of football schools.