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Rick Santorum announces second presidential bid

CABOT, Pa. — Rick Santorum, the brusque and deeply conservative former senator who won nearly a dozen contests in the 2012 race for the Republican nomination, announced here Wednesday that he would seek to recapture that fleeting magic by entering a crowded primary likely to be far more difficult than the last.

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Cruz, Paxton highlight Republican gala

In a keynote that was equal parts history lesson, sermon and political stump speech, Rafael Cruz, father of Texas senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, kept rapt the 185 attendees of the Grayson County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner Saturday night.

US indicts Sen. Menendez on bribery, other charges

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, charging the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with trading political help for assorted benefits from an ambitious Florida eye doctor.

White House reverses course, releases weapons to Egypt

WASHINGTON — The White House, which halted weapons transfers to Egypt in mid-2013 to protest a military takeover and harsh political crackdown there, reversed course Tuesday and announced a quick infusion of military aid to help Cairo respond to the mounting turmoil in the Middle East.