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An American beech tree on Capitol Hill grounds in Washington June 30, 2012 after a powerful storms swept across the eastern U.S.

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An American beech tree on Capitol Hill grounds in Washington June 30, 2012 after a powerful storms swept across the eastern U.S.

Eye of the Storm: Ready for Fourth

A refreshing calm settles over a city approaching 100 degrees. The president is off to Camp David this weekend, down until the Fourth of July. There’s a reason Franklin Roosevelt called it Shangri-la — it’s at least 10 degrees cooler...

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Oxfam America as members of the Congressional Super Committee, Sen. John Kyl, left, Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Dave Camp in Washington.

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Oxfam America as members of the Congressional Super Committee, Sen. John Kyl, left, Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Dave Camp in Washington.

Tax Reform: Bipartisan, Cash-Neutral

Any overhaul of the U.S. tax code should be bipartisan, prevent a net increase in revenue and avoid shifts of the tax burden across income groups, says Representative Dave Camp, who will design the Republicans’ plan. Camp, who wants to...

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Protestors argue about the Affordable Healthcare Act outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

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Protestors argue about the Affordable Healthcare Act outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

Americans Divided Over Court Ruling

Here’s a split decision: 46-46. That’s the percentage breakdown among adults surveyed about the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s health-care law. The Gallup Poll and USA Today asked Americans if they agree or disagree — 46 percent...

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A patient at the University of Miami Hospital's Emergency Department.

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A patient at the University of Miami Hospital's Emergency Department.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 6

That’s the percentage of Americans who believe that health care is the most important problem facing the country today, according to Gallup. Its most recent survey that asked this question was taken June 7-10, before the Supreme Court ruled yesterday...

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Model Lindsay Ellingson during a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City.

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Model Lindsay Ellingson during a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City.

Romney’s Victoria’s Secret: It’s Out

Forget supermarket scanners. Mitt Romney knows Victoria’s Secret. Romney, in New York today for some campaign fundraising, regaled donors with talk of his pledge to repeal the president’s health care law. Joined at Cipriani by New York Jets owner Woody...

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A kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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A kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Health Care: Now Comes Substance?

It’s just possible that the debate could turn to substance now. OK, that’s probably pushing it. Yet, now that the Supreme Court has upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the president will have...

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After the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health care reform law's individual mandate in an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts.

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After the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health care reform law's individual mandate in an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Intrade Bettors Lost on Health Care

Bloomberg Government’s David Ellis has a line on something here: “Turns out that crowds might not be so wise after all,” Ellis writes today. His story: The BGOV Barometer shows how subscribers at Intrade.com placed increasing wagers that the U.S....

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Mitt Romney supporters.

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Mitt Romney supporters.

Court `Revved’ Romney’s Base, Jets Owner Tells Donors

Updated at 11 am EDT On the road, the day after the ruling: Republican Mitt Romney told campaign donors today that the Supreme Court ruling upholding President Barack Obama’s health-care law “calls for greater urgency” in the Nov. 6 election....

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Mitt Romney after remarks on the Supreme Court ruling of the Obama health care plan on June 28, 2012.

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Mitt Romney after remarks on the Supreme Court ruling of the Obama health care plan on June 28, 2012.

Repealer-Romney: $4.3 M, Counting

Updated at 11:10 am EDT Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign is reporting a gold rush. Since the Supreme Court ruled nearly 24 hours ago to uphold President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, the Romney campaign says, supporters have contributed $4.,3 million...

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