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Chaffetz avoids re-election battle, eyes Utah governor race
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz's surprising decision to not seek re-election allows him to avoid a potentially damaging re-election campaign and make a future run for governor while clearing the way for a number of fellow Republicans to try to replace him
Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, says he won't for re-election or any other office in 2018
Red State Democrat Tim Johnson Joins Senate Exodus
By Jeff Zeleny Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is set to announce Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, according to two sources, becoming the seventh incumbent to retire after next year. Johnson, who battled back after suffering a life-threatening brain hemorrhage in 2006, is chairman...
Drone Wars (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES RAND MAKES A STAND: With a thin blanket of snow covering the capitol, the federal government shut down and John Brennan poised to be confirmed as CIA Director, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has more than a little bit of...
The Most Convoluted Sequester Controversy Known to Man?
Peel back the layers of any sequester story, and you’ll get some tears. In perhaps the most convoluted back-and-forth yet regarding whether the Obama administration has overstated the effects of automatic spending cuts, the Department of Agriculture says an employee’s email has been misinterpreted
Pols React to Colorado Shooting
ABC’s Kyle Blaine, Jilian Fama and Meghan Kiesel report: Politicians have taken to Twitter to respond to the early morning shootings at a “Dark Knight Rises” premiere in Aurora, Colo. We will support each other as a community and bring the shooter to justice. #theatershooting -Colorado Sen....
Obama Calls for 'Common-Sense Policies' to Move Economy
Continuing to cast himself as an activist president defying slim odds for election-year legislative compromises, President Obama in his weekly address pushes “a few common-sense policies that would make a difference” with the economy. “There are things we can do — right now — to...
What Are House Leaders Doing Over August Recess Besides Raking in Cash?
ABC News’ John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports: While the perception of August is that lawmakers are relaxing on vacation away from the summer heat of Washington, the break is really just from legislative business as House Speaker John Boehner and...
House Slashes Spending for Food Safety, Nutrition Programs
ABC News’ John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports: House Republicans narrowly passed a bill that makes significant cuts across the Department of Agriculture and related agencies that is being chided by Democrats for making steep cuts to food safety and child...
Obama, House Republicans agree to disagree on debt limit
President Obama and House Republicans agreed to disagree on solutions to the nation's $14.3 trillion debt problem Wednesday at a sometimes-contentious White House meeting that illustrated how difficult it will be to reach a compromise. With two months until the government runs out of cash to pay a