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Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Equipment used for the extraction of natural gas is viewed at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania.

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Equipment used for the extraction of natural gas is viewed at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania.

Natural Gas Export Push No Easy Issue for Lobby Groups

How Congress will weigh in on the push to expand natural gas exports remains to be seen. The issue, though, is already causing headaches for Washington’s big business lobbying groups. After endorsing increased exports of natural gas last week, the American Chemistry...

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Former President Jimmy Carter, right, waves while arriving with his wife Rosalynn Carter, center, during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

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Former President Jimmy Carter, right, waves while arriving with his wife Rosalynn Carter, center, during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

Jimmy Carter’s Longest-Running Post-Oval Office Performance

Among the dignitaries who got a bird’s-eye view of the swearing-in ceremony for President Barack Obama’s second term yesterday, ex-President Bill Clinton — with his mane of snow-white hair and ever-expressive face — was especially hard to miss. Blending more into the...

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Singer Beyonce performs the national anthem during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

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Singer Beyonce performs the national anthem during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

Beyonce’s Watch-My-Lips-Spangled Banner

Updated Jan. 23 Is it Karaoke, if it’s your own song? Is it real, or is it Memorex? Beyonce’s lip-synced rendition of the National Anthem at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration wasn’t ground-breaking: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma bow-synced his performance at...

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

Veterans Partied on Without Obama

President Barack Obama skipped the American Legion’s veterans ball for the second time, favoring his own inaugural event for service members. About two dozen recipients of the Medal of Honor joined hundreds attending the organization’s “Salute to Heroes” ball, a...

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The Capitol stands in the background as police monitor a checkpoint during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington.

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The Capitol stands in the background as police monitor a checkpoint during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington.

Obama Welcomes ‘De-escalation’ of Debt-Ceiling Debate: Off the Brink

The Obama administration is welcoming a move by House Republicans to vote tomorrow on raising the nation’s debt ceiling through mid-May as a “de-escalation” of the fiscal debate, White House press secretary Jay Carney says. “The fact that House Republicans...

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Worker Kevin Foste installs a U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington.

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Worker Kevin Foste installs a U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington.

U.S. Chamber Doubled Lobby Spending

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate pushing for limits on lawsuits doubled its lobbying spending to $135.5 million in 2012, newly released figures show. The chamber and its Institute for Legal Reform reported spending $65.8 million in 2011....

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Singer Alicia Keys performs during the Public Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

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Singer Alicia Keys performs during the Public Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

‘Obama’s on Fire:’ Alicia Keys — Boehner-McConnell Have Hoses

Alicia Keys took the stage at the Inaugural Ball, playing piano for a ready crowd with a revised rendition of her “Girl on Fire:” “Obama’s on Fire.” “He’s the president, and he’s on fire,” Keys sang to a delighted audience....

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Police tape is seen in front of the National Cathedral in the Washington on Aug., 23, 2011, after a piece of one of the spires, left spire, at right, fell off after an earthquake hit the Washington area.

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Police tape is seen in front of the National Cathedral in the Washington on Aug., 23, 2011, after a piece of one of the spires, left spire, at right, fell off after an earthquake hit the Washington area.

Washington Daybook: Say Your Prayers

President Barack Obama begins his second term by attending the National Prayer Service at the quake-damaged National Cathedral this morning. Internet policy issues facing Congress this year, from digital music to e-mail privacy to cybersecurity, are on the agenda for...

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President Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, as first lady Michelle Obama holds the family bible next to daughter Malia Obama in the Blue Room of the White House on Jan. 20, 2013.

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President Barack Obama takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, as first lady Michelle Obama holds the family bible next to daughter Malia Obama in the Blue Room of the White House on Jan. 20, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 192

That’s how many years it’s been since a third consecutive U.S. president was inaugurated for a second time. President Barack Obama, who was sworn in to a second term Jan. 20 and delivered an inaugural address yesterday at the 57th presidential...

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