Political Capital

A hairdresser blow-dries a wig on a mannequin.

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A hairdresser blow-dries a wig on a mannequin.

White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Brazilian Blowouts Here

As if the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner hadn’t already given rise to a cultural and commercial circus reaching well beyond the ballroom of the Washington Hilton, the marketers at Google have staked out a place of distinction at...

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Iranian soldiers during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014 in Tehran.

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Iranian soldiers during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014 in Tehran.

Iran’s Minister of Twitter Mugged Online

On Twitter, a hashtag created to promote tourism in Iran has backfired as dissidents use it to highlight the country’s human rights shortcomings. A week ago, Ali Araghchi, a nephew of Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi, launched the hashtag...

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leave a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo on April 23, 2014.

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leave a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo on April 23, 2014.

Obama: ‘Some Good Sushi’

Great moments in diplomacy: President Barack Obama to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on their way into one of the world’s best restaurants, in Tokyo: “Hi, how are you?” Great moments in dining: Abe played host to Obama at a...

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Curt Clawson shows off his 3-point shot style after addressing the crowd at his election party in Bonita Springs, Fla., after officially winning the special election in the Congressional District 19 Republican primary on April 22, 2014.

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Curt Clawson shows off his 3-point shot style after addressing the crowd at his election party in Bonita Springs, Fla., after officially winning the special election in the Congressional District 19 Republican primary on April 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $3.4 Million

Florida businessman Curt Clawson provided at least $3.4 million of his own money to win the key Republican nomination yesterday for a vacant U.S. House seat. Clawson’s victory in a four-candidate contest makes him a heavy favorite to win the...

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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Nov. 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Nov. 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Begich Ad: Drill, Baby, Drill

Sen. Mark Begich, an Alaska Democrat seeking re-election, appears in a campaign ad to tout his efforts to secure oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean over bureaucratic resistance from agencies and people including “national Democrats and the White House.” “For...

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Perry Seeks Cuomo Debate Post-’Ooops’

It sounds like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking to get past his “sorry, oops” moment in a Republican presidential debate that helped tank his 2012  campaign, and he’s looking for New York Gov.  Andrew Cuomo to help him out....

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Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington field office on March 13, 2014.

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Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington field office on March 13, 2014.

FBI’s D.C. Field Office Run by First Woman, With Eye for Detail

When FBI agent Valerie Parlave recalls the carnage of the Washington Navy Yard, the image that first comes to mind is a bullet-pierced sweater. It was three days after the Sept. 16 shooting rampage that left 12 dead and four...

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