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Daily Archives: December 10, 2013

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrive for a press conference to announce a bipartisan budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrive for a press conference to announce a bipartisan budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Washington: When it Works

It’s not as big a story, it seems, when Washington works. Instead of weeks of fretting and recrimination over another government shutdown, Congress appears headed in a couple of days to resolution of an agreement negotiated by bipartisan leaders that...

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Deborah Rutter walks on stage after Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein announced Rutter as a new president of the Kennedy Center on Dec. 10, 2013.

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Deborah Rutter walks on stage after Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein announced Rutter as a new president of the Kennedy Center on Dec. 10, 2013.

Kennedy Center: Rutter Conducting

Updated at 3:15 pm EST Deborah Rutter, becoming president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, will be the first woman to hold that post. Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and a...

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Shipping containers bound for the U.S. from Asia pass through the Suez Canal in Egypt.

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Shipping containers bound for the U.S. from Asia pass through the Suez Canal in Egypt.

Pacific Trade Talks: 2014 Issue Now

Trade ministers from 12 nations working toward a Pacific-region accord today in Singapore acknowledged it’s not possible to reach a deal by the end of the year as had been hoped — which a handful of Democrats and some of...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, reaches to shake a hand as he greets supporters during a campaign stop in Edison, N.J., on Oct. 8, 2013.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, reaches to shake a hand as he greets supporters during a campaign stop in Edison, N.J., on Oct. 8, 2013.

Jersey Loves Christie, Agenda Unclear

Chris Christie, New Jersey’s lightning rod of a Republican governor, got some good news in a Monmouth University poll out today. People like him.  A lot. They just don’t know what he plans to do with the second term that...

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, center, next to  First Lady Michelle Obama during the memorial service of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, center, next to First Lady Michelle Obama during the memorial service of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

South African Selfie: Someone Wasn’t Smiling

Updated Dec. 11 at 6:35 am EST Sometimes a picture tells no words at all. Then again, a few frames of President Barack Obama and the prime minister of Denmark seated alongside a first lady who appears unamused can go...

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U.S. Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) arrives at the U.S. Capitol after a meeting at the White House on Oct. 11, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) arrives at the U.S. Capitol after a meeting at the White House on Oct. 11, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Texas: Club for Growth Won’t Aid Stockman Against Cornyn

Here’s a challenge for conservatives in Texas: Taking sides in a surprise race. And here’s the first answer: Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s bid to unseat Sen. John Cornyn in a Republican primary won’t get the backing of the Club for...

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium on Dec. 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium on Dec. 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Obama-Castro Handshake Courtesy – Of No Import: Radio Mambi Crowd

Updated at 10:10, 10:43 and 11:03 am EST A handshake is just a handshake. Still, it’s enough to set off the most fervent opponents of one partner, or the other. President Barack Obama shook Cuban President Raul Castro’s hand today...

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A Liberator pistol next to the 3D printer on which its components were made.

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A Liberator pistol next to the 3D printer on which its components were made.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 10

That’s how many years the extension on the federal ban against weapons that can evade metal detectors will last. In a capital where leaders have been unable to agree on any significant gun controls in the year since the shooting...

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President Barack Obama gives a speech during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

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President Barack Obama gives a speech during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

Obama Honors Mandela: ‘Giant of History’

What a history. In a place where one American president attempted to block sanctions against an Apartheid-enforcing government, the sitting American president came to honor the departed liberator of that once-segregated nation and its first black president. So stood the...

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