Three More House Members Opt for Retirement

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_9dff389558.jpgOffice of Iowa Congressman Tom Latham (WASHINGTON) -- With polls showing public approval of Congress at record lows, three more House members have decided to retire. One of Speaker John Boehner's closest House allies, Republican Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa is the latest House member to announce his retirement. He represents a swing district, so Democrats could see a rare chance to pick up a Republican seat.

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Cruz Coloring Book Tops Amazon Best-Seller List

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_15497a10e1.jpgCourtesy Really Big Coloring Books Inc. (NEW YORK) -- It may be the oddest best-selling book out there: a coloring book for kids featuring a conservative politician. Politicians are not exactly a children’s draw. But U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to the Future is at the top of Amazon’s Children’s Coloring Books Best-Seller list.

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NSA Metadata Collection Violates Privacy: Federal Judge

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_76774c88d3.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A federal judge ruled in favor of two challengers to the NSA surveillance program Monday, finding that they will likely succeed in showing that the bulk collection program violated the Fourth Amendment. “The Plaintiffs have a substantial likelihood of showing that their privacy interests outweigh the Government’s interest in collecting and analyzing bulk telephony metadata and therefore the NSA’s bulk collection program is indeed an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon.

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Will Congress Complete Its 2013 To-Do List?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_ee67a1de1c.jpgiStock/Thinktock (WASHINGTON) -- The holiday season is upon us, and members of Congress are packing up and heading home for a long break. The House of Representatives passed a number of important items before it adjourned last week and set up a busy schedule for the Senate to tackle before the holiday vacation. But will everything get done before the last lawmakers leave Washington for the holidays this week?

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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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