Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll for Second Straight Year

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_730128e130.jpgUnited States Congress (WASHINGTON) -- For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., won the 2014 CPAC-Washington Times Straw Poll. The annual straw poll held Saturday at the conservative confab gauges who attendees favor to win the Republican nomination in the next presidential election. Paul, who addressed the crowd on Friday, won the annual straw poll with 31 percent of the vote.

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Texas Primary 2014: Six Things to Watch For

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_ae16f59086.jpgStockbyte/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The midterm election officially gets underway Tuesday as Texas hosts the first primaries in the country. The primary races in the Lone Star state will offer an initial glimpse at some of the key trends in the 2014 primaries, including the establishment vs. Tea Party fight and the newcomers who are trying to oust aging incumbents. The contests will also shed light on how the ascension of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has influenced politics in Texas.

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Kerry Lands in Ukraine with $1 Billion Aid Package

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_6493cd6bf3.jpgState Dept photo (KIEV, Ukraine) -- U.S. Secretary of State Kerry touched down in Kiev Tuesday to show American support for the country’s newly minted leaders -- the same leaders Russian President Vladimir Putin called “definitely not legitimate” in Tuesday morning’s press conference. Before the diplomatic discussions kicked off, Kerry paid a visit to the Shrine of the Fallen, a memorial set up to honor those killed in last month’s violence in the capital.

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Poll: Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Reaches 25-Year High

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_1286b176d6.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Anti-incumbent sentiment has reached a 25-year high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, with economic frustration damaging Barack Obama’s Democrats while the Republican Party labors under a broad view that it’s out of touch with the concerns of most Americans. The Republicans run evenly with the Democrats in congressional vote preference among registered voters, historically a strong position for the GOP given its advantage in midterm turnout.

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Boehner: I Won't Have a Problem Winning Another Term as Speaker

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_b07df8c71e.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (CINCINNATI) -- John Boehner says he’s a shoe-in to win a third term as House Speaker on the first day of the new Congress in 2015. That’s provided, of course, the Ohio Republican wins reelection in November and his party holds onto the House as it’s expected to. Boehner told the Cincinnati Enquirer Monday that if all the chips fall into place, “It won’t even be close” when the time comes to pick the next Speaker.

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