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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $659 Million

A $659 million border-security and immigration proposal in the Republican-led House was pulled from consideration yesterday after party leaders couldn’t corral enough support to pass it. The legislation, meant to address a surge of undocumented children showing up at the...

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President Barack Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as he arrives to read a story to children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as he arrives to read a story to children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

Obama Ready to Walk Boehner’s Dog

President Barack Obama occasionally has been spotted walking his dogs. We’re pretty sure, though, that the commander-in-chief has never washed the presidential limousines. Yet, he says he’s willing to do both for Congress — if lawmakers will only work with...

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Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (C) talks with (L-R) Janice Hahn, D-Ca., Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Eliot Engel, D-Ny. at 'National Seersucker Day' at U.S. Capitol on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (C) talks with (L-R) Janice Hahn, D-Ca., Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Eliot Engel, D-Ny. at 'National Seersucker Day' at U.S. Capitol on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Seersuckers on Capitol Hill: Say No More

What is one to say about seersucker day on Capitol Hill? This is the sort of story that writes itself — the idea that so many members of Congress who have done so little this year or last would heed...

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

Kerry on Clinton: ‘No Doubts’

Written with Terry Atlas in New Delhi John Kerry wanted to be president. He was the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2004. Hillary Clinton wanted to be president. She lost the party’s nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. Both became secretaries...

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $13.1 Billion

That’s how much the Internal Revenue Service collected in estate taxes in fiscal year 2013. The Republican-led House may vote to repeal the tax before the Nov. 4 election. The House is set to begin a month-long recess after legislative activity today....

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