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Recent articles by Maureen:

Beto O'Rourke: 'Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47' to keep children safe

O’Rourke said the weapons have to go when they’re being used against children. He described meeting a mother who watched her daughter bleed to death. → Read More

Democratic candidates warned not to swear during 3rd debate in Houston

Andrew Yang and Cory Booker have used curse words during previous debates, and Beto O'Rourke has been known to drop F-bombs lately. → Read More

Democratic debate: Winnowed debate stage puts all the front-runners together for first time

Democratic debate puts front-runners for presidential nomination on stage together for the first time, including Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. → Read More

Poll: Americans don't expect Congress to act on gun laws

Few Americans think Congress will pass significant gun control legislation over the next year, according to a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll. → Read More

'What are we going to do Mike?': Trump's victory posed problems for Pence and his wife, new book says

A new book about Vice President Pence says Donald Trump's unexpected victory was a bit awkward for his political future and his homelife. → Read More

Mike Pence has a deep affection for Ireland. It's not completely reciprocated

Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Ireland is highly personal. But the affection he has for his grandfather's birthplace is not 100% reciprocated. → Read More

Vice President Mike Pence dismisses talk of rivalry with Nikki Haley

Days after a report on a growing rivalry, Vice President Mike Pence described his relationship former ambassador Nikki Haley as very close, → Read More

'No recession in sight' says Trump's top economic adviser

The U.S. economy will remain strong through 2020 and beyond, President Donald Trump's top advisers on the economy and trade said Sunday. → Read More

'We're looking at it': Trump adviser says of potential Greenland purchase

Top White House economic adviser says President Donald Trump is looking into buying Greenland. → Read More

Family healthcare spending now equals the cost of a new Harley-Davidson, report says

Families' health care costs have risen twice as fast as wages and three times faster than inflation, says the Kaiser Family Foundation. → Read More

Report: US government losing billions in corporate tax revenue from IRS budget cuts

A study says the government could have collected $34.3 billion more in taxes from corporations by increasing IRS resources by less than half that amount. → Read More

Democratic debate 2019: Will the gloves come off as Joe Biden, Kamala Harris square off?

Live coverage of the Democratic debate 2019: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris square off with the rest of the field seeking to take on Donald Trump. → Read More

Democratic debate 2019: Progressive titans Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren take center stage

Progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the top polling candidates at the first night of the Democratic debate in Detroit. → Read More

Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, Trump's top intel official, to depart White House

Dan Coats is leaving the White House, capping a tumultuous tenure in which President Donald Trump repeatedly questioned U.S. intelligence assessments around the globe. → Read More

Dan Coats, Trump's top intel official, to depart White House

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is stepping down soon after a tenure that featured clashes with President Donald Trump over Russia, North Korea, and other national security issues. → Read More

Book describes Mike Pence's evolution into Trump's bootlicking `Bobblehead'

A new book on Donald Trump's takeover of the GOP is critical of Mike Pence's "deal with the devil" but says it's paid off with power. → Read More

Report: Pence canceled trip to avoid contact with an alleged drug dealer

Vice President Mike Pence abruptly canceled a trip to New Hampshire this month to avoid shaking hands with an alleged interstate drug dealer, Politico reported Monday. → Read More

Mike Pence visiting border to counter ‘absurd’ claims about treatment of migrants, aide says

Vice President Mike Pence is going to the southern border Friday to show "what is actually happening in those centers," his top aide said Wednesday. → Read More

'There was a very interesting problem': Trump adds mystery to why Pence abruptly canceled trip

President Donald Trump on Friday extended the mystery of why Vice President Mike Pence abruptly canceled a trip to New Hampshire on Tuesday. → Read More

'Tanks' a lot: Trump 4th of July celebration wasn't first time armored vehicles rumbled into Washington

From presidential inaugurals to military victory parades, the nation's capital has seen many occasions where tanks and other weaponry were on display. → Read More