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Daily Archives: February 4, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, on May 18, 2012, in the Oval Office.

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President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, on May 18, 2012, in the Oval Office.

Obama’s Field Trip with Hollande: Viva Les French (Freedom) Fries

How far Washington has come from those freedom fries. When French President Francois Hollande arrives in Washington for a (rare in this administration) State Dinner at the White House next week, his host has a field trip planned. President Barack...

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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announces that he will run for Governor as a Democrat on Nov. 4, 2013 at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announces that he will run for Governor as a Democrat on Nov. 4, 2013 at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Crist Checks Reid’s Box with Cash

Charlie Crist has been busy lately. He’s running to unseat Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott and promoting a just-released book chronicling his odyssey from lifelong Republican to independent to Democrat. He’s also been cutting a lot of campaign checks to...

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Painted guitars hang to dry after being lacquered at the Gibson Guitar Corp. factory in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Painted guitars hang to dry after being lacquered at the Gibson Guitar Corp. factory in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gibson’s Government Series Fit for a Tea Party

Gibson Guitar, which provided a rallying cry for the Tea Party after a series of federal raids on its Nashville factory beginning in 2009, is putting out a new line of guitars tweaking its tormentors. “Fight the Powers That Be,”...

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Job seekers wait in line to enter a job fair hosted by JobExpo.com in Dallas on Jan. 29, 2014.

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Job seekers wait in line to enter a job fair hosted by JobExpo.com in Dallas on Jan. 29, 2014.

Obamacare’s Workforce Toll Read Two Ways in CBO Report

The headline on the CBO report today is of a declining federal deficit. The subhead that Republicans are retweeting is about a declining labor market — the toll that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, will take on the American...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the 10th National Automobile Dealers Association Convention on Jan. 27, 2014 in New Orleans.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the 10th National Automobile Dealers Association Convention on Jan. 27, 2014 in New Orleans.

Hillary Clinton’s Advantage, 15-20% and Counting

Hillary Clinton is sitting on top of the political world. For all the talk about potential challengers within her own party for the 2016 presidential nomination, and match-ups with the best-known Republicans, the former secretary of state, senator from New...

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Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California.

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Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California.

Diaz-Balart on Immigration: ‘Why Are We Here?’

It is “absolutely” possible to get immigration reforms enacted this year, one of the key negotiators in the House says. Yet this will require that an “airtight” border security measure be part of that — together with a path to citizenship...

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David Jolly, center, hugs Brent Narog after Jolly won the Republican nomination for C.W. Bill Young's congressional seat at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater on Jan. 14, 2014.

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David Jolly, center, hugs Brent Narog after Jolly won the Republican nomination for C.W. Bill Young's congressional seat at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater on Jan. 14, 2014.

Jeb Bush: Jolly Good for Congress

Jeb Bush, the former Republican Florida governor, said last week he’ll only run for president in 2016 if he can do so “joyfully.” For now, he’ll settle for Jolly. Bush gave his endorsement to David Jolly, running in a special...

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, shares pizza and soda with host Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Feb. 3, 2014 in New York.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, shares pizza and soda with host Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Feb. 3, 2014 in New York.

De Blasio Seeks Culinary Redemption on ‘Daily Show’

New York’s mayor ate pizza on late-night television last night. He had to, you see, to redeem himself after last month’s “forkgate,” when the city’s new chief was caught feasting on the unofficial foodstuff of the five boroughs with — horror of...

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Jacob "Jack" Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, during a Financial Stability Oversight Council meeting at the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C.

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Jacob "Jack" Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, during a Financial Stability Oversight Council meeting at the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 3

A suspension of the federal debt ceiling is scheduled to expire in three days, on Feb. 7. The debt ceiling was suspended through the end of this week under a law last October that ended a 16-day partial government shutdown....

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