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Trump Steps Up Feud With GOP Senator

September could be make-or-break for his campaign

(Newser) - Headaches at GOP headquarters will not have been eased by Donald Trump's escalating feud with another party member: Arizona's "weak and ineffective" Sen. Jeff Flake. The party "needs strong and committed leaders, not weak people" like Flake if it is going to stop illegal immigration, Trump... More »

Amid Pressure, Brewer May Veto Ariz. Anti-Gay Bill

Business leaders, GOP backers urge veto

(Newser) - Jan Brewer is likely to veto a bill that would allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to gay people for religious reasons, sources tell NBC News . The move comes in the wake of intense pressure from a host of sources—including three GOP senators who voted for the bill. "... More »

Georgia Reps: Time to Revoke 17th Amendment

Scrap the direct election of senators, they say

(Newser) - GOP state representatives in Georgia say it's time to end direct elections of national senators, the Douglas County Sentinel reports. Instead, state assemblies should pick senators, as it was before the 17th amendment, says Kevin Cooke, a sponsor of a bill calling on Congress to take action. "This... More »

Bachmann Could Actually Lose

Politico looks at tight and 'nasty' races

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann's path to re-election has gotten a lot bumpier than you might expect, reports Politico . It digs into the Minnesota rep's bid to hang onto her seat against a challenge from hotel exec Jim Graves , and finds that even with "off-the-charts" name recognition, more than... More »

Quayle Shot Down in Arizona Primary

Schweikert, Flake win GOP primary battles

(Newser) - Ben Quayle has become the first freshman House Republican to fall in the primaries. In a fierce race caused by redistricting in Arizona, Quayle was defeated by fellow freshman Rep. David Schweikert. Schweikert attacked his rival, the son of former vice president Dan Quayle, as part of the establishment, and... More »

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl Retiring

Possible replacement: Gabrielle Giffords?

(Newser) - Three-term Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl will not seek re-election next year, sources tell Politico and Fox News . The 68-year-old is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference today. Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, was elected to the Senate in 1994 after four terms in the House, and... More »

Photo Doesn't Make Me a Slut: Meghan McCain

Overreaction part of 'infuriating' double standard on racy pix

(Newser) - Meghan McCain can’t believe the “immediate and nasty overreaction” to her post of a “funny and silly” self-portrait. She admits that posting a photo showing off her cleavage “is not the smartest thing I have ever done. But it’s just not worth the drama it... More »

'We Ran Into a President With Some Serious Game': Rep.

Obama in great shape at White House hoops

(Newser) - President Barack Obama and a few members of his cabinet played basketball tonight at the White House with a handful of House members, two of them Republicans. "We ran into a president with some serious game," said Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. Obama had "a sweet crossover move"... More »

Best Members of Congress

There are "public servants." Then there are people who actually serve.

(Newser) - It's easy, and usually fun, to bash members of Congress. But what about those who deserve praise? Esquire picks some favorites, starting with Rep. Henry Waxman of California; the Democrat has long been the sole member not only criticizing the Bush team's missteps but actually investigating them. Then there's principled... More »

Renegade Rep Pummels Pork

Arizona Republican is on a one-man crusade against pet spending

(Newser) - Congressman Jeff Flake is waging a one-man war against earmarks, slice the size of the federal budget and scare colleagues away from pet projects. When the Arizona Republican rises to speak, the Los Angeles Times reports, the whole House “grimaces”—bracing for an attack on the pork barrel.... More »

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