Peter King’s New Anti-Tea Party PAC

(b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_e1b7c28b35.jpgUnited States Congress (WASHINGTON) -- Seeking to unify anti-tea party forces, Rep. Peter King said Monday he is forming a new political action committee, “American Leadership PAC,” to promote an alternative to staunch conservative Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-K.Y. “I want to create a presence for those like myself who feel Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are out of touch with the American people,” King, R-N.Y, told ABC News in an interview.

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Congress Bottoms Out in New Honesty, Ethics Ratings

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3b4a7bd1d4.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Americans view members of Congress as some of the least honest and ethical professionals, according to the findings of a new Gallup poll. But there’s a bit of good news for congressional lawmakers, who’re at the bottom of the barrel in just about every measure of public disdain. One profession does rank lower: lobbyists.

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Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton Viewed Favorably in Iowa Poll

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_e31cf33763.jpgU.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (WASHINGTON) -- A new poll of Iowa voters shows Republican Congressman Paul Ryan holding a big lead in popularity among voters in the 2016 presidential race. Ryan, who was Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, has a 73 percent favorability rating among Iowa Republicans, according to the Des Moines Register poll.

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Kerry Returns to Vietnam on Climate Change Mission

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_b822ea9cf2.jpgUS Department of State (KIEN VANG, Vietnam) -- Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the remote waterways of Vietnam on Sunday to address a new battle in the region where he once served: the impacts of climate change. Speaking on a Mekong Delta market pier, Kerry said the rivers were one of the areas of the world most at risk of environmental damage. Rising sea levels and erosion are known to threaten the region, which is one of the world's largest producers of shrimp and catfish farms.

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U.S. Didn't Abandon Robert Levinson, John Kerry Says

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f00acc88a3.jpgFBI (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking exclusively to ABC’s Martha Raddatz for This Week, insisted that the United States had not abandoned former FBI agent Robert Levinson — the 65-year-old American who went missing in Iran seven years ago — and said he was personally involved in the effort to locate him. This week, Levinson’s family said he was working for a rogue CIA operation when he disappeared and accused the government of betraying him. Kerry rejected this narrative in his interview with Raddatz.

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