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Daily Archives: December 27, 2012


Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins holds an American flag for Military appreciation before being introduced at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins holds an American flag for Military appreciation before being introduced at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.

Hail to the Redskins? Heck No, Say House Republicans

The Washington metropolitan area is famously a place where vast numbers of the citizenry come from somewhere else, drawn to the community by its cottage industry — the federal government. It is also a locale where coordinated action on key civic concerns such as housing and transportation is...

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The highest percentage of Americans in eight years support stronger gun laws, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

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The highest percentage of Americans in eight years support stronger gun laws, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

Gun Control Gains Post-Newtown

A USA Today/Gallup poll out today shows the highest percentage of Americans in eight years supporting stronger gun laws following the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. The poll found 58 percent favoring making laws covering the sale of firearms stricter....

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Under Lisa Jackson, the EPA negotiated fuel-efficiency standards with automakers and set the first-ever rules for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants

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Under Lisa Jackson, the EPA negotiated fuel-efficiency standards with automakers and set the first-ever rules for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants

EPA’s Jackson Leaving in January

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is leaving in January. The EPA director’s four-year tenure has been marked by controversy over regulation of matters such as the Keystone pipeline. President Barack Obama suggested today that Jackson’s tenure also...

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Marine One, carrying U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Family leave for Hawaii for their Christmas break.

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Marine One, carrying U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Family leave for Hawaii for their Christmas break.

Obama’s Pre-Holiday Approval: 57% — Post-Holiday Pre-Cliff: 56%

Updated at 3:30 pm EST Something has happened to President Barack Obama’s approval rating since Election Day, in the midst of an apparently intractable dispute with the House’s Republicans over taxes and spending and in the aftermath of one of...

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Congress is coming back today, looking to find a solution to avoid more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that start Jan. 1, 2013.

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Congress is coming back today, looking to find a solution to avoid more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that start Jan. 1, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1.79%

That’s the average annual yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasuries, and it’s the lowest average on record. Congress is coming back today, looking to find a solution to avoid more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that...

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