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Daily Archives: February 7, 2013


Mariachi musicians sing and play as they go from house to house to encourage people to vote on election day in Sun Valley's Latino district, Los Angeles County on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Mariachi musicians sing and play as they go from house to house to encourage people to vote on election day in Sun Valley's Latino district, Los Angeles County on Nov. 6, 2012.

Top-10 Congressional Districts: Republicans and Hispanics

My colleague John McCormick writes today about how the surging Hispanic population may shape Republican thinking on policy issues including a rewrite of immigration laws, following a poor election year for the party among that voting bloc. Hispanics account for...

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Comedian Stephen Colbert gives a cheers in front of a giant paper mache puppet of himself in Washington.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert gives a cheers in front of a giant paper mache puppet of himself in Washington.

Colbert Raising Money For Sister’s South Carolina Congressional Bid

It’s all in the family. Stephen Colbert is raising campaign funds for an older sister seeking a U.S. House seat in their native South Carolina. The political satirist, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” will appear at a dinner...

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Community members hold a candle light vigil at Harsh park to honor Hadiya Pendleton on Feb. 1, 2013 in Chicago.

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Community members hold a candle light vigil at Harsh park to honor Hadiya Pendleton on Feb. 1, 2013 in Chicago.

Michelle Obama Attending Chicago Shooting-Victim’s Funeral

Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton attended President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration. First lady Michelle Obama will attend the girl’s funeral. The trip home to Chicago for the first lady comes as the president is embroiled in a debate with Congress about curbing gun...

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A "Made In The USA" sticker is displayed on a pinball machine in Melrose Park, Illinois.

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A "Made In The USA" sticker is displayed on a pinball machine in Melrose Park, Illinois.

Sanders Warns U.S. Companies Against Skirting Taxes Overseas

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a message for U.S. companies thinking about exiting the country: Don’t expect him and like-minded Americans to keep buying their products. Sanders, a Vermont independent, acknowledged that his latest bill — which would prevent U.S. companies...

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President Barack Obama bows his head during a prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Feb. 2, 2012.

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President Barack Obama bows his head during a prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Feb. 2, 2012.

Obama’s Prayer for Humility in D.C.

President Barack Obama approached the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington this morning with a mixture of humor and humility, some insight into what he was thinking as he asked for another chance to look out upon that crowd at his...

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A voter at a polling station in the Manhattan borough of New York, on Nov. 6, 2012.

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A voter at a polling station in the Manhattan borough of New York, on Nov. 6, 2012.

Obama, Romney Votes Trickling In — Still a 5-Million Margin for Obama

So exactly how many votes did President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney receive in the November 2012 election? It’s still a moving target — more than 90 days after the vote. That’s because some states have issued amended...

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Penny Pritzker, chairman and chief executive officer of PSP Capital Partners LLC, in Chicago.

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Penny Pritzker, chairman and chief executive officer of PSP Capital Partners LLC, in Chicago.

Pritzker’s Prize: Commerce Candidate

Written with John McCormick President Barack Obama is close to choosing Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who led fundraising for his 2008 campaign, as his next commerce secretary, according to three people familiar with the matter. Pritzker, whose family built the...

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U.S. military drones in Kandahar.

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U.S. military drones in Kandahar.

Washington Daybook: Question Time

It’s question time in Washington. Expect questions on drones and U.S. policy to take center stage at John Brennan’s Senate confirmation hearing as CIA director. Lawmakers will be shown classified legal documents today that justify drone strikes on Americans suspected...

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