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Daily Archives: January 30, 2013

Retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, right, and his wife, shooting victim and former Rep. Gabby Giffords arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee followed by Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley before hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

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Retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, right, and his wife, shooting victim and former Rep. Gabby Giffords arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee followed by Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley before hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

Giffords on Gun Control: ‘Time is Now’

“The time is now.” The words of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was grievously wounded in a gunman’s attack in Tucson in2011, appearing today at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “You must act,” Giffords told the...

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Maryland politicians and community leaders held a rally in front of the Maryland State House to "fight secret spending in our democracy" by supporting the "DISCLOSE Act." The act would increase disclosure and transparency of campaign donations.

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Maryland politicians and community leaders held a rally in front of the Maryland State House to "fight secret spending in our democracy" by supporting the "DISCLOSE Act." The act would increase disclosure and transparency of campaign donations.

Inflation Plays in the Price of Politics

Coming out of the most expensive campaign in history, more boom-town news: Donors can now give more money to federal candidates and committees active in the 2014 elections. Individuals may give $2,600 to a federal candidate for a primary election...

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District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in this file photo.

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District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray in this file photo.

Washington’s Mayor Sees Bright Side

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, who is under investigation for allegations of misusing campaign funds, was upbeat and optimistic about his tenure over lunch at the Georgetown Ritz Carlton. Gray was the guest and interview subject of Washingtonian editor-at-large Carol Joynt...

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An attendee holds an American flag with an image of President Barack Obama before the start of the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

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An attendee holds an American flag with an image of President Barack Obama before the start of the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

Obama More Popular than Bush — Less than Clinton, Reagan, at Second Start

With 60 percent of Americans surveyed voicing a favorable view of President Barack Obama at the start of his second term, his popularity is at its highest since his first year in office, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll....

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Sen. John Kerry testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become the next Secretary of State on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013.

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Sen. John Kerry testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become the next Secretary of State on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 94

That’s how many votes Sen. John Kerry received yesterday as he was confirmed by the Senate to be the next secretary of state. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, received the same number of votes for confirmation as his predecessor, former Sen....

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