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Did anti-Semitic comments force candidate to suicide?

Missouri’s auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state’s most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month. But in his final days, Tom Schweich described having knots in his stomach over what he thought was an anti-Semitic whisper campaign by a GOP consultant who now runs the state party. His intensity had served him well in the past — he was proud of exposing corruption in his four years as auditor. But his tendency to fixate on issues also sometimes made
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Is a lapse in DHS funding that big of a deal?

Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about. Numerous House Republicans say it’s preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days, at least, if that’s the cost of undoing a White House immigration policy they consider unlawful. These lawmakers say the impact on national security would be minimal, as would the political risks. “Shutting down” the agency known as DHS “is a set of words that don’t really have the meaning that people attribute to it,” said Republican Rep. Mo
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Pot fight between DC, GOP could be messy, costly

The new mayor of the nation’s capital gave her constituents what they wanted — the ability to legally grow and share marijuana in private. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser had little choice, given the overwhelming voter support for the legalization initiative and the unanimous opinion from her legal team that Congress couldn’t block it. “D.C. residents have spoken,” said Rica Madrid, 34, a public-relations consultant and activist who said she feels less anxious about smoking at home now that it’s legal. “People here in this urban area, we see that the harm of the drug war is much more intense than
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Missouri auditor, governor candidate kills himself

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as an apparent suicide, minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview. Schweich’s death Thursday stunned many of Missouri’s top elected officials, who described him as a brilliant and devoted public servant with an unblemished record in office. Just 13 minutes before police received an emergency call from his home, Schweich spoke with The Associated Press about his plans to go public that afternoon with allegations that the head of the Missouri Republican Party had
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Jeb Bush tells CPAC he’s really a conservative

Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials — tax cuts and smaller government as Florida’s governor — yet convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he’s one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His speech Friday in Washington follows those by conservative heroes Sen. Marco Rubio, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rand Paul and former Sen. Rick Santorum. Tea party activist William Temple is urging people to walk out when Bush takes the podium. “We’re tired of CPAC inviting non-conservatives to come to speak,” Temple told
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Arrested Islamic extremists talked about shooting Obama

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to “strike fear in the hearts of infidels,” federal authorities said. The men were among three charged Wednesday with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, was arrested at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, with plans to head to Syria, authorities said. Another man, 24-year-old Abdurasul
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Can Republicans find ‘Mr. Right’ for 2016?

Let’s say, for a moment, that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. Good luck, Mr. or Ms. Voter, deciding what they’ve got to have — and what they can do without. There are all sorts of things to start the list: leadership, vision, charisma, communication skills and foreign policy cred. And more: fundraising prowess, authenticity, empathy, a keen understanding of the presidency and maybe a little familiarity with running for the office. And even more: good looks are always a plus, even if people don’t want to admit it. For many, being an
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GOP may need Dems’ help on Homeland bill

For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he’s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. Aides say he doesn’t like it, but Boehner sometimes relies on Democrats to help pass measures that many — and sometimes most — Republicans oppose. They include the January 2013 resolution to the “fiscal cliff” showdown, which 151 House Republicans opposed. The Democrats’ 172 “yes” votes saved the measure, averting tax increases on most U.S. workers. And last year the House raised the federal debt
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Old Man Winter blasts the South again

A swath of the South was feeling the effects of another round of winter weather Thursday morning. A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain was expected to fall from north Texas through the Gulf Coast states and into the Carolinas and Virginia. In addition, this system may bring severe thunderstorms to parts of Georgia and Florida, forecasters said. Already parts of northern Alabama have seen more than 10 inches of heavy, wet snow, causing tree damage and power outages. Schools closed and states of emergencies were declared ahead of the storm. Snow fell on the Deep South on
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DHS debacle exposes GOP failure to communicate

In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own. But House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell never crafted a plan to do both. And as events turned against them Tuesday, McConnell said he didn’t know how Boehner would handle a political dilemma heading his way. For all their victories in the midterm elections, Republicans have been loath to accept the limits of their success. Even with 54 of the Senate’s 100 seats, they
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