The Man Who Could Win the Senate for Republicans

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_56e09aaa6c.jpg Hugh Griffith/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Seven months into his first term in elected office, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is running for a chance to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in 2014, in a race that could very well determine the balance of power in the Senate. Cotton, 36, is young, confident, and the great bright hope of the GOP as they aim to take control of the Senate for the first time since 2007.

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Pentagon to Cut Furlough Days in Half

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_c8b9d97626.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Tuesday that the Pentagon has made the $37 billion spending cuts mandated by sequestration and can now reduce the total number of furlough days for civilian employees from 11 to six. The reduction means that the furloughs will end for most of the employees next week, as they have already done their six days.

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Romney Counsels Against Government Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_16e49c50aa.jpgNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images (WOLFEBORO, N.H.) -- Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney Tuesday night waded into the debate among Republicans on Capitol Hill over whether to allow a government shutdown to occur if the Affordable Care Act is not defunded, saying “there are better ways to remove Obamacare.” The idea is being promoted by several of the Republican Party’s rising stars -- Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio.

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Obama Targets Fannie, Freddie in Housing Finance Revamp

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_89fc41091c.jpgMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(PHOENIX, Ariz.) -- President Obama on Tuesday touted the housing recovery as he outlined his plan to overhaul the nation’s mortgage finance system going forward. Speaking at the epicenter of the housing crisis, the president laid out proposals to end the financial control of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the agencies that back up the nation’s mortgage system.

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Lindsey Graham Gets Another Challenger: State Sen. Lee Bright

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_2b9c684c82.jpgDouglas Graham/CQ Roll Call(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- He’s not officially in yet, but South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright looks like he will be Sen. Lindsey Graham’s next Republican challenger. The Republican from Spartanburg has not announced, but he is up with a new website declaring his intention to run for Senate. “As a South Carolina state senator, Lee Bright has earned the reputation for being the most conservative leader in the legislature,” the post reads.

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