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April Fools’: GOP opponent Chmelik chides Lt. Gov. Little in fundraising letter

Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik begins a new fundraising letter with a report of the “stunning turn of events” that Lt. Gov. Brad Little phoned President Obama “to tell him he has decided to change his tune and will now,

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Idahoan Bruce Reed leaving top White House post for big LA-based philanthropic group

Bruce Reed will leave his job as chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden to become president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, a philanthropic group with a wide range of interests including the arts and public school

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Risch explains why ‘doing nothing’ on Syria is best option

Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch says U.S. national security would be hurt, not helped, by a military attack on Syria. “There are no good answers here,” Risch said Thursday in a meeting with Idaho reporters. “But my judgment is the

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Boehner in Boise: ‘Whale of a fight’ line widely cited

House Speaker John Boehner’s comments about leveraging the necessity to raise the U.S. debt ceiling to win entitlement reform have been frequently republished and scrolled across television screens this week. Among those citing the Idaho Statesman’s coverage of Boehner’s remarks

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Idaho’s Simpson, Labrador, ask Obama to seek congressional approval on Syria

Idaho Republican Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador both signed a letter with colleagues — including House Speaker John Boehner — to President Obama on Wednesday saying they “strongly urge” the commander-in-chief ”to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering

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Boehner in Boise, still hasn’t heard from Obama on Syria

House Speaker John Boehner is in Boise Monday to help raise money for GOP Congressman Mike Simpson. But according to a Capitol Hill newspaper Boehner hasn’t heard from President Obama about the growing prospect of a U.S. military strike in

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Boise’s Messina to advise Conservative British PM David Cameron

Jim Messina, the Boise High graduate who managed President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid is now working to help win a second term for the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party. Messina’s new gig

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See cool new Idaho legislative district data from Romney-Obama race

Idaho was Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s 4th-best state, so it should be no surprise that Romney carried 31 of 35 of Idaho’s legislative districts. But new data posted Monday on the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest is fun to look

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Idaho’s Crapo, Risch in minority opposing EPA’s McCarthy

Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch were among 40 Republicans who opposed President Obama’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Gina McCarthy was confirmed Thursday afternoon, on a 59-40 vote. Crapo and Obama both issued statements, which

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Idaho safely in the fold, Obama celebrates third anniversary of health care law

Gov. Butch Otter’s push to establish a state-run online health insurance marketplace under the U.S. Affordable Care Act was subject to the longest legislative debate of any measure in memory, 9 3/4 hours in the Senate and 7 hours in

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