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Republicans and those aligned with the tea party movement strongly believe that Islam encourages violence more than other religions, while liberal and moderate-to-conservative Democrats reject that view.
Lugar, 78, has made it clear he will seek a seventh term -- and he's already raised $2.4 million for his campaign. But his GOP primary foe, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, will likely have the support of the tea party.
House Republicans trimmed nearly $61 billion from the 2011 budget, but the Democratic-run Senate will try to restore funding for some of the hardest hit programs.
Gantt served as mayor of Charlotte from 1983 to 1987 and twice ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against Republican Jesse Helms.
Foxx has to handle routine issues like city water rates and taxi contracts still -- while at the same time leading the the charge in raising $40 million for the all-eyes-on-Charlotte convention.
Before the festivities, Obama will sit down for an interview with Bill O'Reilly, the conservative Fox News talk show host.
Lugar, a mainstream conservative, could face a GOP primary challenge from the right, but he won with 87 percent of the vote in 2006.
A Cook County, Ill., circuit court judge ruled that Rahm Emanuel met the residency requirements to run for mayor.
The Secular Coalition for America wants a "humanist celebrant" included to "offer inspiration without religion."
The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners ruled Thursday that Rahm Emanuel meets residency requirements to run for mayor. The main challenger vows to appeal.
Sen. George Voinovich says the money chase takes valuable time away from family, friends and "most importantly, the job that people elected us to do."
The former U.S. Senator is back in the fray. One of 20 candidates, she is already trading jabs with front-runner Rahm Emanuel.
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