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Railroad Lobby: 15 Percent Boost

Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Railroads are doing what companies do when they’re faced with a government regulation that could add to the costs of doing business: Spending more on Washington lobbying. The Association of American Railroads, which represents rail lines like Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s...

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Farley, and Charles Richard Crane in Warm Springs, Georgia, on Dec. 7, 1931.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Farley, and Charles Richard Crane in Warm Springs, Georgia, on Dec. 7, 1931.

Obama No Jim Farley: Nader

Barack Obama is no Jim Farley. That’s Ralph Nader’s conclusion, in a letter to the president which also accuses Obama of demonstrating “impaired moral authority.” The longtime consumer advocate’s complaints run to the nation’s supply of weaponry to Israel, which...

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Netherlands Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Mollema, left, after signing a condolence book at the Netherlands Embassy on July 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Netherlands Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Mollema, left, after signing a condolence book at the Netherlands Embassy on July 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama at Dutch Embassy — and Fence-Mending in Germany

President Barack Obama paid his respects today. At the Dutch embassy in Washington. Obama arrives at Dutch embassy to pay his respects to #MK17 victims. pic.twitter.com/tIKptCxyZ4 — Angela GreilingKeane (@agreilingkeane) July 22, 2014 The majority of the 298 people killed...

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President Barack Obama gives a high-five to Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama gives a high-five to Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Date Scrubbed — Fundraising Goes On

President Barack Obama, who’s not shy about appearing on late-night talk shows, is going to bypass comedian Jimmy Kimmel, for now. The entertainment news website TMZ said yesterday that Obama would appear on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Los Angeles while making a three-day,...

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Candidate for U.S. Senate Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., poses for a photo with 2014 Miss Georgia Sweet Onion Sarah DeLoach at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on April 17, 2014.

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Candidate for U.S. Senate Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., poses for a photo with 2014 Miss Georgia Sweet Onion Sarah DeLoach at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on April 17, 2014.

Georgia Republican Runoff: What to Watch

It’s Republican primary runoff day in Georgia. The marquee race is the U.S. Senate contest between businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston, who were the top vote-getters in a May primary that produced no majority-vote winner. The winner of...

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43.2%

President Barack Obama averaged a 43.2 percent approval rating during this year’s second quarter, according to Gallup. That’s one of the president’s worst showings during his 22 quarters in office, and just barely ahead of his average 42.4 percent approval...

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