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Daily Archives: December 18, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with his golden retriever dog Bravo, during an interview at the Pentagon.

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with his golden retriever dog Bravo, during an interview at the Pentagon.

Panetta Says His Dog, Unlike Petraeus, Proved Soul of Discretion

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today suggested his dog Bravo turned out to be a better keeper of secrets than David Petraeus, who resigned in disgrace as CIA director last month after acknowledging a sexual affair. Panetta appeared surprised when asked...

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Byron Jennings, Joseph Cross, Hal Holbrook, Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, David Strathairn, Jeremy Strong, and David Costabile in 'Lincoln.'

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Byron Jennings, Joseph Cross, Hal Holbrook, Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, David Strathairn, Jeremy Strong, and David Costabile in 'Lincoln.'

Spielberg’s `Lincoln’: Cinematic Treat Best Served with Lame-Duck

Lame-duck sessions of Congress can be larger than life. That’s the way the lame-duck session of the winter of 1864 was portrayed in the film, “Lincoln,” the tale about President Abraham Lincoln’s winning of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution...

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Sheila Bair, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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Sheila Bair, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Regulators Avoiding ‘La-La Land’ Fly Coach, With Some Exceptions

Sheila Bair, former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., recounts the time she was approached by a fellow airline passenger who joked that the FDIC must be short on cash for her to fly coach. “No, we have plenty...

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An engineer removes loose stones from the Washington Monument as two U.S. Park Police officers pass.

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An engineer removes loose stones from the Washington Monument as two U.S. Park Police officers pass.

Washington Monument: Contracted for Repairs 16 Months After Quake

The Washington Monument stands for a lot of things. In this case, in the aftermath of a rare earthquake, the glacial pace of bureaucracy? It has been almost a year and four months since a temblor with a magnitude of...

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California Citizens Redistricting Commission member Vincent Barabba, left, watches as Secretary of State Debra Bowen certifies one of the new legislative and congressional maps in Sacramento, Calif., in this file photo.

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California Citizens Redistricting Commission member Vincent Barabba, left, watches as Secretary of State Debra Bowen certifies one of the new legislative and congressional maps in Sacramento, Calif., in this file photo.

Grading California’s Congressional Map

The California congressional district map used for the Nov. 6 election was the first crafted by an independent redistricting commission. The idea was to draw more compact and competitive districts than the map it is superseding, a document drawn by partisan...

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Sens. Ted Stevens, left, and Daniel Inouye make their way to the Senate subway.

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Sens. Ted Stevens, left, and Daniel Inouye make their way to the Senate subway.

Inouye-Stevens Bond: A Washington Rarity

They were among the oddest of congressional couples. Yet the friendship between Sen. Daniel Inouye, the Hawaii Democrat who died yesterday at a Maryland hospital, and Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican who perished in a plane crash in August...

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Construction continues at TPCO America Corp.'s pipe finishing mill facility in Gregory, Texas.

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Construction continues at TPCO America Corp.'s pipe finishing mill facility in Gregory, Texas.

Builders Hang Help-Wanted Signs as Construction Rebounds

Newspaper editors can retire the old “Hard Times for Hard Hats” headline. U.S. construction employment is poised to bounce back after being flat for almost three years. Builders have the most openings and are breaking ground for more homes than at any...

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Gen. Davis Petraeus with biographer Paula Broadwell, co-author of 'All In: The Education of General David Petraeus' on July 13, 2011.

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Gen. Davis Petraeus with biographer Paula Broadwell, co-author of 'All In: The Education of General David Petraeus' on July 13, 2011.

Broadwell: No Cyber-Stalking Charge

Paula Broadwell, the biographer and mistress of former CIA Director David Petraeus, will not face charges for cyber-stalking, according to federal prosecutors. In a Dec. 14 letter to Broadwell’s lawyer, U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill advised the West Point graduate that...

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Fred Malek

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Fred Malek

Malek’s Study Cites Labor Bureau Once Suspected of `Cabal’

Putting out think tank studies to make a partisan point is a decades-long tradition in Washington. One that came out last week offered a dose of irony to go with its claim that the Environmental Protection Agency is imposing an...

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A Bushmaster Firearms rep, right, shows an attendee a semi-auotmatic Bushmaster Enhanced Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR) at the Bushmaster Firearms booth at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 34th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

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A Bushmaster Firearms rep, right, shows an attendee a semi-auotmatic Bushmaster Enhanced Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR) at the Bushmaster Firearms booth at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 34th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

Guns and Private Equity – Cerberus: Teacher-Clients’ Interests in Mind

It didn’t take long for Cerberus to remember who its masters are. The New York-based private equity firm, which takes its name from the mythical three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hell, said late yesterday it would sell Freedom...

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