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Retired Army General David Petraeus, pictured as the top U.S. commander in Iraq, in 2007.

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Retired Army General David Petraeus, pictured as the top U.S. commander in Iraq, in 2007.

Petraeus ‘All In’ for Private Equity?

  KKR & Co.  the private-equity firm run by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, is in discussions with former Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus about a role at the company, according to a person with knowledge of the talks....

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. A group of Democratic senators held a news conference to announce new legislation "to blunt the worst effects" of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. A group of Democratic senators held a news conference to announce new legislation "to blunt the worst effects" of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Obama and the FEC: Six Vacancies, No Nominations

With the expiration of Republican Caroline Hunter’s term today, every member of the Federal Election Commission is serving under an expired term. Rather than replace any of the commissioners, who have been deadlocked along party lines for years trying to enforce election...

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on April 26, 2013 in New York City.

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on April 26, 2013 in New York City.

Consumer Confidence Up — Not in Jobs

Consumer confidence in the U.S. improved in April, reaching a five-month high, a report from the Conference Board showed today. Chalk up a good portion of the elation to gains in wealth from improving property values and stock portfolios. In...

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A sign that mocks the Obama 'Hope' campaign sign from 2008 in front of a house in Ohio on Oct. 28, 2012.

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A sign that mocks the Obama 'Hope' campaign sign from 2008 in front of a house in Ohio on Oct. 28, 2012.

Millennials: More Divided Than Ever

Young people are polarized — more so than ever in their views of President Barack Obama. This is the biggest take-away from a new Harvard Institute of Politics survey of Americans ages 18-29, the so-called millennials. “The biggest and potentially...

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Jason Collins #98 of the Boston Celtics in a game against the Golden State Warriors on December 29, 2012 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

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Jason Collins #98 of the Boston Celtics in a game against the Golden State Warriors on December 29, 2012 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Obama Proud of Jason Collins

Among the flood of best wishes for Jason Collins, the NBA center who revealed in a Sports Illustrated essay this week that he is gay, came tweets from the White House — from first lady Michelle Obama, from Valerie Jarrett....

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Group photo portrait of author and humorist Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel L. Clemens), center, noted American Civil War correspondent and author George Alfred Townsend. left, and David Gray, editor of the Buffalo Courier, right.

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Group photo portrait of author and humorist Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel L. Clemens), center, noted American Civil War correspondent and author George Alfred Townsend. left, and David Gray, editor of the Buffalo Courier, right.

Obama: ‘My Demise Exaggerated’

President Barack Obama, 100 days into his second term with a stumbling agenda, assured reporters at the White House today that any conclusions about failure are premature. “If you put it that way, I may as well pack up my...

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A Syrian officer is seen through the wreckage of a vehicle following an explosion in the Mazzeh district of Damascus on April 29, 2013, which is believed to have targeted the prime minister's convoy.

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A Syrian officer is seen through the wreckage of a vehicle following an explosion in the Mazzeh district of Damascus on April 29, 2013, which is believed to have targeted the prime minister's convoy.

Obama: ‘Game-Changer’ Means ‘Range of Options’ in Syria

Opening the second news conference of his second term without an opening statement of his own, President Barack Obama fielded an opening question about Syria. The U.S. needs credible evidence that stands up here and in the international community, he...

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President Barack Obama during a meeting with Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Amir of Qatar, unseen, in the Oval Office of the White House on April 23, 2013.

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President Barack Obama during a meeting with Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Amir of Qatar, unseen, in the Oval Office of the White House on April 23, 2013.

Obama: 100 Days In, Red Line Deadline?

One hundred days into his second term as president, today, April 30, President Barack Obama has plenty to talk about at a White House news conference. Including what hasn’t happened at home — where his fervent pleas for new gun...

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