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Ali Watkins

After Benghazi, State Department Toughened Embassies In High-Risk Countries

State Department officials discussed the security changes they’ve made since Benghazi.

September 17, 2014

Politicians Disdain Tea Party But Seek Its Clout

By Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As Democrats fight desperately to keep a Senate majority in the upcoming elections, one conservative voice has been noticeably muted in the fight for seats: a cohesive far-right tea party. It’s been four years since the group made its sensational entrance onto the national stage, prompting a […]

September 8, 2014

Rep. Tom Rice Of South Carolina Is The Man Behind GOP’s Obama Lawsuit

By Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Behind the tangled web of partisanship surrounding Republicans’ impending lawsuit against President Barack Obama, the quiet architect of the GOP’s assault on Pennsylvania Avenue has all but disappeared from the spotlight. South Carolina freshman Rep. Tom Rice, who championed the idea of a lawsuit before it was […]

August 25, 2014
Gowdy

Rep. Gowdy Says He’ll Bring Prosecutor’s Focus, Fairness To Benghazi Probe

By Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Gowdy’s got a late-night habit. “He eats a ridiculously lot of pizza,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah. “Even if he goes out and has dinner, he’s got to have his late-night pie. I don’t know how he does it.” It’s a tasty […]

August 21, 2014

Immigration Crisis At Border Afflicts Heartland Harvest

By Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on […]

August 18, 2014