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White House Brief: Things to Know About Rick Santorum

May 27
Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who won the 2012 Iowa caucuses by a hair, is widely expected to enter the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday. Here are some key things to know:

Anti-Gay Bill Gets Second Chance in Texas Senate

May 27
The Texas Senate has revived an anti-gay marriage bill that had appeared dead in the final week of the session.

Sen. Mitch McConnell Working on Memoir

By Hillel Italie | May 26
Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is working on a memoir.

George W. Bush Offered to Officiate Lesbian Wedding

By EDGE | May 26
It was recently reported that former president George W. Bush wanted to officiate the wedding of a same-sex couple.

Anti-Gay Bill Rejection Gives Jindal a Campaign Opportunity

May 26
By voting down a proposal to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage, lawmakers thought they had put the divisive issue to bed and ended one of the major controversies of the legislative session.

Vermont's Sanders to Kick Off 2016 Campaign from Clinton's Left

By Dave Gram and Ken Thomas | May 26
For a vocal group of liberals who aren't satisfied with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vermont's self-described "democratic socialist" senator isn't the candidate they want. But Bernie Sanders is the candidate they're about to get.

Perry Seeks to Win Over Iowa with Frequent Visits

By Catherine Lucey and Steve Peoples | May 25
Rick Perry's early, hands-on approach in Iowa contrasts with the 2016 presidential prospect's failed bid four years ago, when he entered the race relatively late and stumbled in the debates.

Launching Campaign, Sanders Appeals to Party's Warren Wing

By Ken Tomas | May 25
For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing.

Meet the First GOP Lawmaker in Texas to Back Gay Marriage

By EDGE | May 24
As an anti-gay marriage letter circulated around the Texas House Republican caucus, one GOP lawmaker is breaking ranks with the party and has become the first Republican lawmaker in the state to publicly support same-sex marriage.

After Break, Senate to Reconsider Patriot Act Extension

By Ken Dilanian | May 23
Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic phone records.

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