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  • abbreviation representative
  • abbreviation republic
  • abbreviation Republican


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  • As McCain accused Obama of running negative ads and described what he called Rep. John Lewis '"hurtful" comparison of him to segregationist George Wallace, the Republican nominee also said the American people have a right to know the depth of the relationship Obama has with William Ayers, a Chicago educator who was a member of the Weather Underground, a radical antiwar group that planted bombs at federal buildings and the Pentagon decades ago. - RSS 2008

  • The amendment, offered by two-term Rep. Tom Rooney R-Fla., passed the House on a 233-to-198 vote, with 110 Republicans joining with 123 Democrats to support the measure.

    House votes to eliminate funding for second F-35 jet engine Felicia Sonmez 2011

  • Still, many wonder if he can survive if two-term Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a tea party favorite, decides to challenge him.

    As Tea Party reshapes GOP, some cheer, some worry 2011

  • In New Mexico, former five-term Rep. Heather Wilson built a reputation as a GOP centrist, willing to buck her party's leaders and support raising the minimum wage and expanding children's health insurance.

    As Tea Party reshapes GOP, some cheer, some worry 2011

  • The "nondiscrimination on abortion" provision is part of the nine-page Protect Life Act, an amendment to last year's health-care law introduced by seven-term Rep. Joe Pitts R-Pa. on Jan. 20.

    After 'forcible rape,' another abortion restriction Jonathan Capehart 2011

  • That is not a serious and credible proposal, no matter how much the media lazily label Rep. Ryan as a serious and sincere deficit hawk.

    Michael S. Lofgren: How the Media Enable the Republican Tax Agenda Michael S. Lofgren 2012

  • The news that six-term Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) will challenge Sen. Jon Tester (D) in 2012 is bad news for Democrats hoping to keep their Senate majority.

    Can Democrats steal a House seat in Montana? Rachel Weiner 2011

  • Perhaps the most amusing and telling of Mr. Gingrich's self-described mistakes this year was referring to Rep. Paul Ryan's entitlement reform plan as "right-wing social engineering."

    Conservative Voters and Gingrich's Perplexing Record 2011

  • Republicans are likely to turn to five term Rep. Shelley Moore Capito as their candidate.

    Byrd special election to be held in 2012 2010

  • Kansas '3rd (D): National Democrats continue to be optimistic about the candidacy of Stephene Moore (D), the wife of retiring six-term Rep. Dennis Moore (D); the DCCC last month named her one of its Red-to-Blue candidates.

    The most important number in the midterms 2010


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