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Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Members of the National Guard evacuate residents from their apartments in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Members of the National Guard evacuate residents from their apartments in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Sandy Aid Opposition: 91 Republicans

Updated at 9:45 pm EST The House, finally, has approved billions in aid for the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The first aid package of $17 billion passed today on a vote of 327-91. All 91 of the opponents were Republicans,...

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Rep. Charlie Rangel with an aide at a House Ways and Means committee markup of H.J.Res.118, a resolution of disapproval of the Obama administration's proposed plan to waive successful welfare work requirements.

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Rep. Charlie Rangel with an aide at a House Ways and Means committee markup of H.J.Res.118, a resolution of disapproval of the Obama administration's proposed plan to waive successful welfare work requirements.

Rangel’s Return: Trade Voice Granted

Rangel is back. Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, who stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in March 2010, is reclaiming some authority on the panel. Rangel will be the top Democrat on the trade...

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Mark Sanford participates in a panel discussion on international investment moderated in Washington in this file photo.

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Mark Sanford participates in a panel discussion on international investment moderated in Washington in this file photo.

Mark Sanford ‘Off to the Races’

Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman who acknowledged an extramarital affair in 2009, is seeking a return to political life by running for a vacant U.S. House seat. “Officially we’re going to announce tomorrow, and then it’s...

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Rand Paul, left, enjoys a light moment with his father Ron Paul during a campaign event in Erlanger, Kentucky.

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Rand Paul, left, enjoys a light moment with his father Ron Paul during a campaign event in Erlanger, Kentucky.

Paul: Son Also Rises, Ready for CPAC

Another CPAC, another Paul. The American Conservative Union, which has provided a friendly forum for the likes of Texas Rep. Ron Paul and other candidates for national office, will hear from the former congressman’s son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky,...

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The 113th Congress on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.

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The 113th Congress on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.

Ten Closest House Races of 2012 — Starting With 654 Votes

The would-be members of Congress thinking about running in the 2014 elections include some who narrowly lost in November’s elections. Following are the 10 closest House races of the 2012 election, according to data compiled by Political Capital from state election...

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A copy of the U.S. Constitution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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A copy of the U.S. Constitution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Constitution Read: 2nd Amendment — and more, from Republican House

Before Sandy aid came the Constitution. Members of the House of Representatives today continued a ritual begun two years ago after Republicans took control of the chamber by reading from the full text of the U.S. Constitution. Lawmakers of both parties...

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Residents make the trek to the Yana Center, an aid, supply and distribution center set up by Occupy Sandy Volunteers, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, after Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaway Beach section of Queens, New York.

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Residents make the trek to the Yana Center, an aid, supply and distribution center set up by Occupy Sandy Volunteers, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, after Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaway Beach section of Queens, New York.

Washington Daybook: Safety First

Keeping citizens safe and providing aid when disaster strikes are the focus in Washington today. President Barack Obama reviews recommendations for executive and legislative action to stop gun violence in response to last month’s Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre. New York...

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Semi-automatic assault rifles are displayed for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

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Semi-automatic assault rifles are displayed for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 51

That’s the percentage of Americans who say it’s more important to control gun ownership, compared with 45 percent who say it’s more important to protect gun rights, according to the Pew Research Center. The share of people who said it’s...

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