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Ohio man accused of threatening to kill Boehner

AP

AP

An Ohio bartender with a history of psychiatric illness was indicted last week on a charge of threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink, according to records made available Tuesday.

A grand jury indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio on Jan. 7 identified the accused man as Michael R. Hoyt, a resident of Cincinnati.
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GOP in charge eager to move on Keystone XL, Taxes

AP

AP

Republicans’ resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that’s been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama’s health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations.

Democrats suffered an electoral drubbing in Tuesday’s midterms, and Republicans regained control of the Senate and widely expanded their majority in the House. In command in both chambers in January, Republicans maintained that they have to show they can govern or else voters will show them the door.
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Sour Mood rippling across Country Election Day

AP

AP

It’s only fitting: Check in with voters at Our Mother of Sorrows church in Louisville, Kentucky, to get a sense of the sour mood rippling across the country this Election Day.

Seventy-four-year-old Jim Brinley, casting his ballot for Republicans, thinks an over-reaching government is “ruining us” and wants to “get back to government as it should be.”
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RNC recommends Cleveland for 2016 convention

ABC

ABC

A Republican National Committee panel is recommending Cleveland to host the party’s 2016 presidential convention.

The Republicans’ site selection committee on Tuesday reviewed bids from Cleveland and Dallas. Both cities went into Tuesday’s final session as strong contenders and with loyal advocates.
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Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton is a ‘Big Proponent of the Surveillance State’

Getty

Getty

Sen. Rand Paul offered a possible preview of the 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday.

The Kentucky Republican argued that the GOP could win over young voters and independents by opposing the National Security Agency’s surveillance powers, and took a swipe at possible Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
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Obama Once Again says he will act without Congress

Fox News

Fox News

President Obama vowed Tuesday to use the power of the pen to chip away at his agenda in 2014, making clear he’ll sidestep Congress “wherever and whenever” he can while also lowering his sights for what is achievable at this stage in his presidency.

In his State of the Union address, Obama stopped short of proposing any sweeping new initiatives. He renewed his call for Congress to approve an immigration overhaul “this year,” but for the most part narrowed his focus to smaller-ticket items he’s vowing to do on his own.
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AP

AP

A Republican critic of the Obama administration’s drone policy succeeded Wednesday in blocking a vote on John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director over questions about the possible use of the unmanned weapons against American citizens.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., mounted a filibuster against President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the spy agency and he demanded that Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder issue a statement making clear that drones would not be used in the United States to kill terrorism suspects who are U.S. citizens.
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AP

Just about everybody agrees Washington is a gridlocked mess. But who’s the man to fix it? After two years of brawling and brinkmanship between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Mitt Romney to break the stalemate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

Romney’s message – a vote for Obama is a vote for more gridlock – seems to be getting through. Almost half of likely voters, 47 percent, think the Republican challenger would be better at ending the logjam, compared with 37 percent for Obama.
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AP

Mitt Romney launched a full-speed fall campaign for the White House on Thursday with a prime-time speech to a unified Republican convention and a nation divided politically as it struggles in a weak economy.

Though Romney has been pursuing the presidency for the better part of a decade, his acceptance speech was an important chance to introduce himself and forge a connection with millions of Americans who feel they need to know him better.
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