Congressman Declares Bid to Win Tom Coburn's Senate Seat

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_62900ad55e.jpgrabbit75_ist/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- At least one Republican is not wasting any time setting his sights on the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn. Congressman James Lankford announced Monday he will seek the GOP nomination for Coburn's seat in the primary to be held this June with the general election set for Nov. 4. In a statement, Lankford said, "I am willing to wage a hard-fought campaign for the opportunity to continue Dr. Coburn’s conservative legacy."

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Sarah Palin Chides Obama for Playing Race Card

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_a0c5b84648.jpgEthan Miller/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by admonishing President Obama. Among other things, the president said how some people dislike him because he is an African-American while others may give him too much slack for that very same reason. In her Facebook post, Palin displayed a photo with an inscription from King that read, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

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Christie Discusses White House, Bridge Scandal in Interview

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_d658346d60.jpgJeff Zelevansky/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Before the latest headache for New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie broke last weekend, he suggested in an interview that he's not ruling out a run for the White House. Christie told Yahoo last Friday that he is "readier" for a possible presidential bid than he was in 2011 when the governor became one of the darlings of the Republican Party. In spite of all the clamor for him to get into the race at the time, Christie bowed out early and threw his support to eventual 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

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Report: NSA Collects 200 Million Texts Daily

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_e52233e14c.jpgpressureUA/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama prepares to announce his changes to U.S. spy programs, the British media is reporting that as many as 200 million text messages are stored daily by the National Security Agency. The information is the latest bombshell from The Guardian, which has been publishing previously classified intelligence leaked to the British newspaper by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden since last spring.

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Tom Coburn Leaving Senate at End of 2014

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_954fd13f23.jpgUS Senate (WASHINGTON) -- The conservative Republican senator known as "Dr. No" is saying "No" to finishing out his term, which is supposed to end in 2016. Due to a recurrence of prostate cancer, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn announced on Thursday that he will leave Capitol Hill when the 113th Congress concludes in December 2014.

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