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President Barack Obama, in the Rose Garden Aug. 31, 2013 with Vice President Joe Biden announcing his plans to seek congressional approval of a U.S. military strike against Syria. Photo by Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

President Barack Obama, in the Rose Garden Aug. 31, 2013 with Vice President Joe Biden announcing his plans to seek congressional approval of a U.S. military strike against Syria. Photo by Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

Obama Ready to Strike Syria, Asking Congress for Authorization

Updated at 2:10 pm EDT President Barack Obama said today that he is ready to use military force in retaliation for Syria’s deployment of chemical weapons. He also said that he will seek authorization for the use of force from...

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Officer Jim Lopez, left, of the Camden County Police Department (CCPD), wrangles with Omar Headen, age 13, during a day of action, organized by the CCPD, which included neighborhood interaction and the cleaning of Farnham Park, on August 22, 2013 in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey.

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Officer Jim Lopez, left, of the Camden County Police Department (CCPD), wrangles with Omar Headen, age 13, during a day of action, organized by the CCPD, which included neighborhood interaction and the cleaning of Farnham Park, on August 22, 2013 in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey.

Government and the Quality of Life: Sunstein

We have environmental impact statements. We attempt to measure the ramifications of any major development — a pipeline, a subdivision, (“a leaf, a stone, an unfound door”) –affecting the well-being of the world we live in. We have a Congressional...

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Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., speaks during the House Republican leadership's media availability after the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on April 24, 2013.

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Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., speaks during the House Republican leadership's media availability after the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on April 24, 2013.

Bill Shuster — House Transit Panel Head — to Hit the Road in `Driverless’ Car

In U.S. politics, the name Shuster and transportation projects — especially those related to the automobile — go hand-in-hand. And next week, Republican Representative Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania does his latest to solidify that bond by calling attention to … autonomous driving. That...

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (at wheel of car) is shown at the dedication of a new medical building at the Warm Springs Foundation for Infantile Paralysis on April 1939, Warm Springs, GA. Most of the group in the photo were victims of infantile paralysis, or polio, and were being treated at the foundation.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (at wheel of car) is shown at the dedication of a new medical building at the Warm Springs Foundation for Infantile Paralysis on April 1939, Warm Springs, GA. Most of the group in the photo were victims of infantile paralysis, or polio, and were being treated at the foundation.

McConnell Invokes an Unlikely Name — FDR — as He Woos Women Voters

As Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell finds himself under assault on two political fronts, he took note today of a link between himself and an icon for his multitude of Democratic detractors — President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Speaking to fellow Kentuckians at a rally in Louisville,...

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An employee demonstrates a Huawei MediaPad tablet at the Huawei Technologies Co. pavilion during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 27, 2013.

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An employee demonstrates a Huawei MediaPad tablet at the Huawei Technologies Co. pavilion during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 27, 2013.

Huawei Official to House Intelligence Committee: ‘Stow It’

With reporting by Kathleen Miller. A Huawei Technologies Co. executive said the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee should “stow it” because the lawmaker can’t prove that the company’s telecommunications equipment poses a security risk to the U.S. The comment by William...

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Palestinian men hold up their national flag and the old Syrian flag, left, now used by the opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on August 30, 2013 in Gaza City.

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Palestinian men hold up their national flag and the old Syrian flag, left, now used by the opposition to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on August 30, 2013 in Gaza City.

What Congressional Leaders Are Saying About Syria

From the Bloomberg Government Political  Capital Blog Congressional leaders are weighing in on the possibility of the U.S. taking military action against Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons. They received a phone briefing by administration officials late yesterday....

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Visitors pass an illuminated advertisement for the ZTE Corp. One smartphone at the company's booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 28, 2012.

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Visitors pass an illuminated advertisement for the ZTE Corp. One smartphone at the company's booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 28, 2012.

By the Numbers: $330,000

ZTE Corp., China’s second-largest phone-equipment maker, spent $330,000 to lobby Congress during the first six months of 2013, quadrupling the $80,000 it spent during the same period a year earlier. The boost came after the House Intelligence Committee issued a...

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Winemakers from around the world gather for the 26th Annual International Pinot Noir Conference, in McMinnville, Oregon, an event devoted exclusively to food and the pinot noir grape.

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Winemakers from around the world gather for the 26th Annual International Pinot Noir Conference, in McMinnville, Oregon, an event devoted exclusively to food and the pinot noir grape.

Women’s Soccer Bet on Capitol Hill: ‘White Hots’ v. Pinot Noir

While professional women’s soccer works to catch on with the American public, it certainly has garnered some attention on Capitol Hill. In the tradition of lawmakers who wager hometown goodies over the Super Bowl or World Series, Democratic Reps. Louise Slaughter of...

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Benjamin "Ben" Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in Washington, D.C.

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Benjamin "Ben" Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in Washington, D.C.

NAACP’s Jealous: Story in the States

The next generation of civil rights leaders is working in the states rather than on the federal level. So says Ben Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaking at the National Press Club a...

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Paul McCartney performs at Barclays Center on June 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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Paul McCartney performs at Barclays Center on June 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Musical Interlude: McCartney’s ‘New’

For every season, turn turn, there must be a reason… to pause for a tune. This is the new one, “New,” from Paul McCartney. In the process of releasing his 16th solo album. Soundcheck likens it to “Revolver.” We beg...

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