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Daily Archives: February 4, 2013

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Captiol Hill.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Captiol Hill.

Cantor Calls Tax Code Confusing — So Confusing, W-2 Talk Needs WD-40

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the tax code is confusing. It’s apparently so confusing that he flubbed it. In excerpts of a speech he’ll give tomorrow that his office circulated, Cantor plans to say: “Just filling out a W-2...

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Tagg Romney gives an interview during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Florida.

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Tagg Romney gives an interview during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Florida.

Will He or Won’t He? Tagg Romney Says No to Senate

Updated at 5: 15 pm EST Tagg Romney, the eldest son of defeated 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, isn’t ready to join the family political dynasty. At least not yet. A story in today’s Boston Herald reported that  the...

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John Kasich, governor of Ohio, center, announces his state's choice for presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention.

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John Kasich, governor of Ohio, center, announces his state's choice for presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention.

Ohio’s Kasich Accepting Medicaid Expansion Under ‘Obama-care’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, an opponent of President Barack Obama’s federal health care program, has joined Republican governors in states including Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico in saying he supports the state accepting the Medicaid expansion under the law. Kasich...

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Ken Koeppe wears tea bags on his hat during an Americans For Prosperity rally.

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Ken Koeppe wears tea bags on his hat during an Americans For Prosperity rally.

Rove and ‘Fake Conservatives:’ ‘Go Away,’ Bozell Says

A new Karl Rove plan to spend money in Republican primary races has stoked anger among Republicans who think the party needs to track right rather than to the center, Bloomberg News reports. “Their idea of the most electable presidential...

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A press conference in Tehran after the return of the capsule carrying this monkey was sent above the Earth's atmosphere on Jan. 28, 2013.

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A press conference in Tehran after the return of the capsule carrying this monkey was sent above the Earth's atmosphere on Jan. 28, 2013.

McCain’s Ahmadinejad ‘Monkey’ Line: ‘Lighten Up, Folks’

Sen. John McCain, no fan of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, probably wouldn’t mind the Iranian leader blasting off into the wherever. Nothing there is new. How he said it today, though, has rankled some, including a Republican congressman who called the jibe...

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill.

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill.

McConnell’s Warchest: $7.4 Million

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who’s seeking a sixth term in 2014, began this year with $7.4 million in campaign funds. The Kentucky Republican raised $769,000 in the final three months of 2012, according to a report McConnell’s campaign filed...

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Secretary of State John Kerry waves to employees in the C Street Lobby during his first day at the State Department on Feb. 4, 2013 in Washington.

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Secretary of State John Kerry waves to employees in the C Street Lobby during his first day at the State Department on Feb. 4, 2013 in Washington.

John Kerry: ‘Big Heels to Fill’

Secretary of State John Kerry allowed today that he has “big heels to fill.” Kerry, addressing employees at the State Department on his first formal day on the job, pledged to focus on the safety of diplomats who work around the world...

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The Washington monument stands as pedestrians walk ahead of the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC.

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The Washington monument stands as pedestrians walk ahead of the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC.

Washington’s Economic Confidence No. 1

Who says Washington is dysfunctional? Washington is downright happy with the way things are going. Of all the places where the Gallup organization has polled people about their confidence in the economy, Washington, D.C., stands out as most confident. The...

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Roberto Briones places a poster for the new film "Koch"by Neil Barsky outside of the Angelica Film Center on the morning that the iconic former New York mayor passed away Feb. 1, 2013 in New York City.

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Roberto Briones places a poster for the new film "Koch"by Neil Barsky outside of the Angelica Film Center on the morning that the iconic former New York mayor passed away Feb. 1, 2013 in New York City.

Washington Daybook: Guns and a Funeral

President Barack Obama will continue his push to rally support for gun control proposals in a trip to Minnesota today as lawmakers in Arkansas vote on a bill that would permit concealed handguns in churches and other houses of worship,...

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