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Scalia: ‘Pound of Flesh? Come On’

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia and his wife Maureen attend the 2014 Folger Gala.

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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia and his wife Maureen attend the 2014 Folger Gala.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the court’s most conservative jurists, joined in celebration of the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare at last night’s Folger Gala. Before dinner in the Folger...

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President Barack Obama bows to Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO during the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

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President Barack Obama bows to Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO during the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Obama: Robot ‘Little Scary’ — With a Bow Heard Round the Web

President Barack Obama’s critics jumped on him for what they viewed as too deferential a bow to the emperor when he visited Japan as a new president in 2009. This time around, what would they say about his adoration of...

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President Barack Obama toasts with Japanese Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

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President Barack Obama toasts with Japanese Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Obama at Emperor’s Tables: Chateaux Margaux, Dom Perignon, Mt. Fuji Glace

They poured a 1994 Chateaux Margaux Grand Cru. That runs about $500 a bottle — with about 150 guests to serve. Putting even the 1998 Dom Perignon champagne to shame, at $232 a bottle. Nothing like a state dinner hosted...

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A C-130 prepares for takeoff from Lajes Field in the Azores.

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A C-130 prepares for takeoff from Lajes Field in the Azores.

Azores Base Cause for Congressman With Family Roots

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker:  Rep. Devin Nunes is fighting to protect an airfield in the Azores, his family’s ancestral island home. Nunes is seeking to prevent the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Lajes air field in the Azores, an autonomous region...

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A General Electric Co. plant in Montrose, U.K.

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A General Electric Co. plant in Montrose, U.K.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $13 Billion

General Electric Co. may pay more than $13 billion to acquire the French company Alstom SA. Bloomberg News first reported the news yesterday. Here’s the story by Aaron Kirchfeld, Matthew Campbell and Jeffrey McCracken. “GE had cash and equivalents of...

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Samuel L. Jackson attends the Museum Of The Moving Image 28th Annual Salute Honoring Kevin Spacey on April 9, 2014 in New York City.

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Samuel L. Jackson attends the Museum Of The Moving Image 28th Annual Salute Honoring Kevin Spacey on April 9, 2014 in New York City.

Denzel, Dukakis, Daschle: Nunn’s Camp

Actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson and General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt are among the donors to Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn’s U.S. Senate campaign this year. They helped Nunn, who formerly led the volunteer-service organization Points...

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

California Ethics School — For Lawmakers

California’s state Senate, which has suspended three of its 40 members for alleged infractions ranging from lying about residency to brokering an international arms deal, suspended its normal business today to talk about ethics. Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg, a...

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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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