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  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.— Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker hopped across the border Thursday to mingle with Minnesota Republicans and while there discounted suggestions that Wisconsin's economy has performed worse in his time as governor than its Democratic-led neighbor. He said a formal decision would come once Wisconsin lawmakers set a new budget,...

  • Biggest US outbreak of bird flu in poultry hits Iowa Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:05 AM ET
    Chicken farm

    Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility.

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected...

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday declared a state of emergency over an outbreak of a strain of bird flu deadly to poultry and authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the virus.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • Scott Walker agreed Monday to increase collaboration between researchers in Germany and at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to combat Alzheimer's disease and other similar ailments. Walker signed the deal with the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn while in Germany at the beginning of a weeklong trade...

  • GOP contenders: Who's the favorite?   Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 6:20 AM ET
    GOP contenders: Who's the favorite?

    CNBC's John Harwood shares his thoughts on the leading Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential election.

  • Senator Rand Paul accused his fellow Republicans on Tuesday of contributing to Washington's dysfunction, launching a 2016 White House bid with a vow to shatter the status quo and defend individual freedoms. He cast himself as an anti-establishment reformer who could break partisan gridlock and win new converts to the party, saying his fellow Republicans...

  • Senator Rand Paul promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid by saying he would stand up for individual freedoms that are being trampled by "the Washington machine." The first-term senator from Kentucky, a libertarian with a reputation for challenging party orthodoxy, criticized Republicans in Congress and the...

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 7- Senator Rand Paul promised to be a different kind of Republican on Tuesday, launching a 2016 White House bid that he said would highlight the conservative principles of reduced government and spending as he vowed to break up "the Washington machine." That puts him behind former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is considered a top contender...

  • Rand Paul: Washington machine 'must be stopped' Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 12:29 PM ET
    Rand Paul

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced Tuesday morning on his website that he will seek the presidency.

  • Rand Paul's run: Why it will be fascinating to watch Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 12:10 PM ET
    Rand Paul

    Rand Paul's presidential lane is perhaps the most complex to navigate among the GOP field. Here's why, Politico's Ben White explains.

  • Rand Paul sells 'spy cam blocker,' accepts bitcoin Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 11:21 AM ET
    Rand Paul NSA webcam blocker

    Rand Paul, who just declared a presidential run, boasts a store that offers everything from a beverage koozie to an "NSA spy cam blocker."

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 7- Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky built a national reputation on his willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxies. And the 52- year-old former eye surgeon who harnessed the anti-establishment energy of the Tea Party movement has been raising money for fellow Republicans, at times upsetting the grassroots activists who have made him a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 1- Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas...

  • Presidential election has found its punching bag Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    Jeb Bush

    Common Core has quickly become a political hot-button, especially for Republican hopefuls trying to distance themselves from Jeb Bush.

  • Why Ted Cruz's run makes Jeb smile Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 12:27 PM ET
    Sen. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.

    Ted Cruz could wind up splitting the anti-Bush vote and giving the former Florida governor clear opportunities, Politico's Ben White says.

  • Public pension cuts to all but police, firefighters Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 12:12 PM ET
    Firefighters battle an apartment fire in Detroit, March 5, 2014.

    "Those who put their lives on the line in service to our state deserve to be treated differently," Rauner said, the NYT reports.

  • Trump said he had formed an exploratory committee to determine whether to run, and that he had hired staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In a telephone interview with Reuters, Trump said he would put his job creation record up against anyone, including the dozen or so Republicans who are considering a White House run in 2016.. The United States for years...