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2016: The Competency Election

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden  in Washington on April 2, 2013.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on April 2, 2013.

If 2000 was the decency election, and 2008 the change election, 2016 could become the competency election. If each presidential election for an open White House offers the American public a new course — specifically in reaction to the most...

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

Paul: Crack Sentencing Part of Needed Justice Reforms

Sen. Rand Paul says he plans to introduce legislation today that would eliminate any disparity between crack and powdered cocaine in criminal prison sentencing. Paul, a Kentucky Republican and potential presidential candidate, made the announcement today during a speech at...

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

Obama: ‘Gaming the (Tax) System’

It’s a matter of “economic patriotism,” President Barack Obama says. Targeting the tax “inversions” that have enabled American companies to merge with firms offshore and benefit from the lower tax rates of foreign countries, the president called for an end...

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, buys an ice-cream at a shop as he tours a Hutong alley with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, right, and son Hunter Biden, left on Dec. 5, 2013 in Beijing.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, buys an ice-cream at a shop as he tours a Hutong alley with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, right, and son Hunter Biden, left on Dec. 5, 2013 in Beijing.

Biden: Shoulda’ Had One Republican Rich Kid

“I should have had one Republican kid who’d grow up to make money,” Vice President Joe Biden said today, spurred by his audience’s laughter to add: “so when they put me in a home, I get a window with a...

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Pot, Not Potholes: D.C. Activists Take the Hill

Andy Harris doesn’t represent the District of Columbia in Congress and, unlike the person who does, he has a vote. Yet today, the Maryland Republican got a full airing of grievances related to the District. “DC Residents will deliver their...

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Barack Obama, candidate for the United States Senate, Illinois, delivers his keynote speech to the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, on July 27, 2004.

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Barack Obama, candidate for the United States Senate, Illinois, delivers his keynote speech to the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, on July 27, 2004.

Obama’s Debut, Ten Years After — ‘I’m LeBron, baby!’

Even for Barack Obama, July 27, 2004, was a remarkable day. Ten years ago this Sunday, that’s when Obama moved from being an obscure Illinois state senator to a rising Democratic star who would win the presidency just four years...

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 30,233

That’s how many broadcast television ads ran in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race through July 21, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG. That’s the second-highest total in any Senate race this year behind North Carolina, where outside groups helped state House Speaker...

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Production at the Barnett Shale.

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Production at the Barnett Shale.

EPA Rules a Boon for Texas: Energy Study

Texas Gov. Rick Perry calls the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon-reduction plan a “direct assault” on energy providers. A new study, however, says the producers in his state may be its biggest beneficiaries. A study set for release today from the independent Center for Strategic and...

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

Obama’s Five-Point Party Pitch — Pelosi Suggests Stepping it Up

He may not be looking so great these days, President Barack Obama says, but the economy is looking up. The political picture in Washington remains bleaker, however, the president said in a pitch today to some of his party’s top...

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