Perry Adds Republican Strategist, McCain Aide to Legal Team

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_2fa3ca8af5.jpgABC/Matthew Putney (WASHINGTON) -- Gov. Rick Perry has hired former aide to Sen. John McCain and longtime Republican strategist Steve Schmidt to work with his legal team following Perry's indictment. Perry, who has downplayed the charges against him, brought Schmidt on to work with his legal team on public relations. Schmidt is being brought in only to help handle the indictment, not as part of a potential 2016 presidential campaign.

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Kerry Praises Gaza Agreement, Hopes Cease-Fire is 'Durable and Sustainable'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_ad6f5ae5aa.jpgCredit: US Department of State (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement on Tuesday offering strong support for a cease-fire agreement reached between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Kerry has worked with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as Egyptian leadership who hosted negotiations in an effort to bring calm to the region. He said Tuesday that he hopes the new cease-fire will be "durable and sustainable," ending rocket and mortar strikes.

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Obama Administration Announces Contraception Coverage Compromise

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_709240470a.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration announced new steps Friday allowing for a compromise between religious nonprofits and companies and female employees seeking access to birth control. Under the terms, the companies will be able to opt out of paying for contraception while employees will still have access.

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Mitt and Ann Romney Take Ice Bucket Challenge

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_0e53f70d8c.jpgAl Bello/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney followed in the footsteps of thousands of Americans on Thursday by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. With a little help from former running mate Paul Ryan, Romney, clad in a suit and tie, was doused with cold water.

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Rick Perry Selling Double-Mugshot T-Shirts

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_dc8e40aa8a.jpgStewart F. House/Getty Images (AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry’s smiling mugshot now has its own t-shirt. RickPAC, Perry's political action committee, is selling t-shirts bearing the mugshots of Perry and Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County District Attorney at the center of the governor’s indictment.

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