National Politics

Volunteer Adam Martinez, a horticulturalist with the Cincinnati Zoo, checks honey bee hives for queen activity and performs routine maintenance as part of a collaboration between the zoo and TwoHoneys Bee Co., Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at EcOhio Farm in Mason, Ohio. A federal rule to be proposed Thursday, May 28, would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm by professional beekeepers, which are the majority of honeybees in the U.S. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

“The acreage may not be large, but the impact is,” Jones said. “It’s really a function of where the bees are.” So when bees are pollinating almonds in February and March, the temporary bans would be near almond trees. They would apply near apple trees in April and May and melons in late spring, he said.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum holds an American flag as he gives his speech announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Cabot, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

“This is a long process,” Santorum told reporters recently. “One of the things that I feel very comfortable with — I’ve been through this process before.” He said it’s a “completely wide open race.”

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The party that wins the impending Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama’s health care law could be the political loser. If the Republican-backed challenge to the law’s subsidies for lower-earning Americans prevails, they’d have achieved a top goal of severely damaging “Obamacare.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

“If you win the case you actually have people who lost their insurance. You now share the responsibility for fixing it,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., who once led the House GOP campaign committee. “And you’ve got a lot of pissed off people. That hurts you.”

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON | 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. McConnell, R-Ky., warned against allowing the controversial NSA program and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act […]

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gestures while announcing that he will be running for the Republican presidential nomination, during a rally at the Freedom Tower, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DENVER | Sen. Marco Rubio cashed out most of his retirement savings while preparing to launch his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, records released Friday show. Rubio, 43, sold six retirement funds in September 2014 for $68,241.09, according to his personal financial disclosure statement. He made the sale even though he apparently had ample cash […]

FILE - In this May 5, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event at Rancho High School in Las Vegas. Of all the buzzwords and phrases popping up early in the presidential campaign, "income inequality" must be close to the top of the list. "The deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top. And there's something wrong with that. There's something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the typical worker,"  says Clinton. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

While Hillary Rodham Clinton and new primary opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders are hitting the idea hard, Republican candidates, too, are playing up the notion that people at the bottom of the economic ladder are getting a raw deal while the rich get richer.

FILE - In this March 4, 2015 file photo, former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak smiles during a news conference in Philadelphia. Senate Democrats are claiming early recruiting successes in Republican-held states as they fight to retake the majority after last year's midterm bloodletting. But in several states the party is still searching, with the Democrat who looks like the strongest candidate holding out for now.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

In New Hampshire, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, seen as by far the most formidable opponent to Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte, is waiting until the end of the legislative session in June to make her decision. In Indiana and North Carolina, Democrats are eyeing ex-senators for possible reruns, but it’s not clear either former legislator — Evan Bayh in Indiana and Kay Hagan in North Carolina — will step forward. Bayh is sitting on nearly $10 million he could use for his next campaign.

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