A less-crusty Sanders tests presidential waters

 Assessing a presidential run, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont visited Drake University in Des Moines during a visit to Iowa.

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The independent Vermont senator has begun to loosen up on the stump and soften his curmudgeonly demeanor.

House Speaker John Boehner says his chamber wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill.

Blame substantial, consensus negligible on Homeland Security

Some Republicans said the party should simply surrender and give the agency money without conditions.

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Graham plans two N.H. trips

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, will visit New Hampshire twice this month as he moves closer to a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Senator Barbara Mikulski announces retirement

The Democratic senator, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress, will not run for re-election.

Panel reportedly blames race woes on Ferguson police

A report criticizes the city for disproportionately ticketing African-Africans and relying on the fines to balance the city’s budget.

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