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Daily Archives: December 21, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks on ongoing 'fiscal cliff' negotiations with Republican members of Congress on Dec. 19, 2012 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama speaks on ongoing 'fiscal cliff' negotiations with Republican members of Congress on Dec. 19, 2012 in Washington.

Obama: Middle Class Awaits Action — Calls on Congress to Compromise

President Barack Obama, framing the fiscal debate in Washington as a question of protecting the middle class, asked members of Congress today to spend the coming holiday break thinking of their obligations to the American public. “Over the last few...

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National Rifle Association (NRA) President Charlton Heston holds up a rifle during his address at the 131st NRA convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Nevada, in this April 27, 2002 file photo.

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National Rifle Association (NRA) President Charlton Heston holds up a rifle during his address at the 131st NRA convention at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Nevada, in this April 27, 2002 file photo.

NRA’s `Cold, Dead Hands:’ 2012

Wayne LaPierre was channeling Charlton Heston today. LaPierre, the longtime executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, issued a defiant speech today in Washington with the NRA’s answer to the schoolhouse shootings that felled 20 first-graders in Newtown, Connecticut,...

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Citigroup Executive Vice President Candi Wolff has been escaping Washington, D.C., for her family's Christmas tree farm every year since 1994.

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Citigroup Executive Vice President Candi Wolff has been escaping Washington, D.C., for her family's Christmas tree farm every year since 1994.

The Secret (Santa) Life of a Washington Lobbyist

Citigroup Inc. Executive Vice President Candi Wolff can talk about Christmas trees for hours. She can tell you how an electric tree baler works, the difference between a Colorado Blue Spruce and a Douglas Fir, and that tree sales are...

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A demonstrator from CodePink holds up a banner as National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre delivers remarks during a news conference at the Willard Hotel on Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington.

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A demonstrator from CodePink holds up a banner as National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre delivers remarks during a news conference at the Willard Hotel on Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington.

`NRA Killing Our Kids’ Banner Raised at LaPierre’s Washington Address

Updated with Code Pink protester interview at 1:35 PM EST The National Rifle Association remained mum, its executive vice president said today, while others sought to politically exploit the shootings of 20 children and six educators at an elementary school...

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Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leave a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in this Nov. 17, 2010 file photo in Washington.

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Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leave a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in this Nov. 17, 2010 file photo in Washington.

John Kerry: Secretary of State

Updated with Obama’s comments at 1:42 pm EST Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the state’s senior senator and the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2004, was named today by President Barack Obama as his choice for the next secretary of...

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House Speaker John Boehner leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill on Dec. 20, 2012.

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House Speaker John Boehner leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill on Dec. 20, 2012.

Boehner: `Democrats Run Washington’

Having failed at convincing his own party to approve his own “Plan B”  for averting the so-called fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner suggested today that it’s up to the Democratic-run Senate and President Barack Obama to find a solution....

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner arrives at his weekly news conference on Dec. 20, 2012 on Capitol Hill.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner arrives at his weekly news conference on Dec. 20, 2012 on Capitol Hill.

Boehner’s Moment, Party Harmony’s Over: Plan B Yields to Plan G

House Speaker John Boehner has gone from Plan B…. “To Plan C ya’ later,” David Axelrod, the longtime consultant to President Barack Obama now leading a political institute at the University of Chicago, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” We won’t...

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A customer, right, shop for a powerboat on Dec. 17, 2012 in North Miami, Florida.

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A customer, right, shop for a powerboat on Dec. 17, 2012 in North Miami, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 15.5

That’s how much the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose in the past 17 weeks. The index, which asks Americans to rate the national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances, improved to minus 31.9 in the week ended Dec....

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