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James Smart, project manager at TMH Medical, dancing on Halloween night at Kandahar Air Field.

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James Smart, project manager at TMH Medical, dancing on Halloween night at Kandahar Air Field.

Cha Cha Sliding on Halloween at Kandahar Air Field

“Cha Cha Slide” by Chicago’s DJ Casper is pouring out of speakers at the Mamma Mia’s Pizza restaurant as a crowd of about 20 is sashaying to the song’s called-out instructions on Halloween night. All eyes are on James Smart, a...

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New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (D) speaks with the media after a debate with Joe Lhota on October 30, 2013 in New York City.

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New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (D) speaks with the media after a debate with Joe Lhota on October 30, 2013 in New York City.

De Blasio: Mayor for Halloween

Huddled under the subway tracks along Fordham Road in the Bronx, New York Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio found another reason to take a jab at his opponent, who trails about 40 points behind him in the polls. “Because...

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Former Houston Astros pitcher and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan was in attendance as his son, Reid Ryan, was named President of Business Operations of the Houston Astros.

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Former Houston Astros pitcher and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan was in attendance as his son, Reid Ryan, was named President of Business Operations of the Houston Astros.

Nolan Ryan Pitching for Office?

Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Fame baseball pitcher who threw a record seven no-hitters, may be running for Texas agriculture commissioner in 2014, according to Robert Miller, a Houston lawyer-lobbyist who blogs on Texas politics. Ryan would be joining an...

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Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with David Ross #3 after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with David Ross #3 after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

White House Red Sox Fans: Rein-Carneyation — ‘The Pathos’

  Congrats @RedSox on tonight’s #WorldSeries win! Here’s how beautiful Boston looks from space: #WinToday pic.twitter.com/2S4ZpNA4GJ — Raytheon (@Raytheon) October 31, 2013 If this is how Boston looked from space last night after the Red Sox won the World Series...

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at the White House.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at the White House.

Carney’s ‘Talking Points:’ ‘Politics’

“Talking points have been given a bad name.” – Jay Carney, White House spokesman. He who deals in the daily dissemination of talking points laughed today as he delivered that line in the White House press briefing room, while delivering...

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(L-R) Rep. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Sen. John Barrasso (R-KY), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take a coffee break on the Senate steps on October 3, 2013.

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(L-R) Rep. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Sen. John Barrasso (R-KY), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take a coffee break on the Senate steps on October 3, 2013.

Paul: Yellen Fed Chairman ‘In All Likelihood’

Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky long critical of the Federal Reserve, predicted today that Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen will win  Senate confirmation to succeed Ben Bernanke as central bank chairman. Asked if Yellen will be confirmed, Paul...

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President Barack Obama pauses during remarks about immigration reform in the East Room of the White House on Oct. 24, 2013.

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President Barack Obama pauses during remarks about immigration reform in the East Room of the White House on Oct. 24, 2013.

Obama’s ‘Tanking’ Approval — Where, Actually, is the Floor?

“Tanks.” That’s a hard word for a president’s approval rating. That’s the headline at the newly designed MSNBC this morning. Bold and arresting — like the president’s poll numbers. President Barack Obama’s job approval has reached an all-time low in...

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker emerges from a voting booth after casting his ballot in the special U.S. Senate election on October 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker emerges from a voting booth after casting his ballot in the special U.S. Senate election on October 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 10

That’s how many former mayors will be serving in the Senate once Cory Booker is sworn in to that chamber today. Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, will vacate the mayoralty of Newark, where he led the state’s most populous city...

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Official White House photographer Pete Souza works as President Barack Obama speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul on Oct. 21, 2013 in Washington.

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Official White House photographer Pete Souza works as President Barack Obama speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul on Oct. 21, 2013 in Washington.

Ortiz on First, Souza’s Never Second

Updated at 11:23  pm EDT Pete Souza, White House photographer extraordinaire, caught a ride to Fenway Park today for Game Six of the World Series aboard Air Force One. President Barack Obama flew to Boston to tout his health-care program...

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