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Daily Archives: February 28, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House on Feb. 25, 2013 in Washington.

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House on Feb. 25, 2013 in Washington.

Biden’s Silver Sequestration Lining

Leave it to Vice President Joe Biden to prove that every sequestration has a silver lining. Due to the across-the-board federal spending cuts set to begin tomorrow, Biden is ditching his usual military plane and returning to his preferred mode of transportation: the...

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Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA., Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA.,Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-MI., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN., and Claire McCaskill, D-MO., during a news conference with Senate Democratic women on the Violence Against Women Act in this file photo.

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Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA., Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA.,Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-MI., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN., and Claire McCaskill, D-MO., during a news conference with Senate Democratic women on the Violence Against Women Act in this file photo.

Failed Violence Against Women Act Substitute Divides Chairmen

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog To get a sense of the size of the Republican divide over its version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, look at the guys with gavels. Chairmen of committees with jurisdiction over the...

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Immigrants take the oath of citizenship at a special Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony for married couples on Feb. 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

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Immigrants take the oath of citizenship at a special Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony for married couples on Feb. 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

Republican-Leaning Group On Immigration Revamp: It’s the Economy

As President Barack Obama presses Congress to produce legislation granting legal status to 11 million undocumented immigrants, Republican proponents have quietly begun laying the groundwork to persuade their own lawmakers and supporters to embrace the plan. That effort goes public...

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Sen. Charles Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin hold a news conference at the Capitol on the eve of the budget sequester on Feb. 28, 2013 in Washington.

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Sen. Charles Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin hold a news conference at the Capitol on the eve of the budget sequester on Feb. 28, 2013 in Washington.

Danger: Debate Breaks out in Senate

If the first rule in “Fight Club” is not to talk about fight club, the first rule in the U.S. Senate is to never acknowledge its shortcomings. Senators pretend to be cordial, part of the most deliberative body in the...

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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz holds up an iPad as he speaks during a news conference regarding the agency's 21-month-long investigation on Google on Jan. 3, 2013 at the FTC headquarters in Washington.

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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz holds up an iPad as he speaks during a news conference regarding the agency's 21-month-long investigation on Google on Jan. 3, 2013 at the FTC headquarters in Washington.

Google Helped Honor FTC Chairman While Agency Probed Company

Google Inc. contributed $25,000 to honor the outgoing chairman of the Federal Trade Commission while under investigation by the agency for antitrust violations, Senate records show. Filings show Google gave the money to Common Sense Media Inc., an advocacy group...

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Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a 'Stand Down' event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado.

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Homeless U.S. military veterans stand in line for free services at a 'Stand Down' event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, Colorado.

VA Technology Chief ‘Can’t Take Another Four Years’

Roger Baker, the Department of Veterans Affairs chief information officer, says his decision to resign on March 8 isn’t tied to a better offer — he just needs to “recharge some batteries.” Baker, who’s overseen some of the VA’s most...

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REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secrtary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2013.

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REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secrtary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2013.

Senator May Throw Speed Bump in Path of Interior Nomination

Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is threatening to put a hold on the nomination of Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department until it agrees to reverse a preliminary decision rejecting a...

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Randy Wilson, first vice president of the local 2142 chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, stands with other union members and government workers calling for action to avoid a sequestration on Feb. 27, 2013 during a rally outside of Congressman Blake Farenthold's office in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Randy Wilson, first vice president of the local 2142 chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, stands with other union members and government workers calling for action to avoid a sequestration on Feb. 27, 2013 during a rally outside of Congressman Blake Farenthold's office in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.

Washington Daybook: Eve of Sequestration

The Senate will take back-to-back procedural votes on Republican and Democratic proposals to replace the automatic spending cuts. Neither is likely to succeed, and the House isn’t scheduled to act on any measure, so sequestration would still start tomorrow, whatever...

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A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 27, 2013.

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A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 27, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 14,075.37

That’s where the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed yesterday, its highest level since October 2007. The Dow added 175.24 points and closed within 90 points of its record. The advance was led by JP Morgan Chase & Co., Caterpillar Inc.,...

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