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President Barack Obama was joined by the parents of Bowe Bergdahl at the White House, May 31, 2014 / AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster

President Barack Obama was joined by the parents of Bowe Bergdahl at the White House, May 31, 2014 / AP Photo by Carolyn Kaster

Obama’s Gitmo Swap: Five Released for One Freed American

President Barack Obama has been trying to close the U.S. detention center for accused enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since his first days in office — almost as long as one American soldier was held hostage in Afghanistan. Today,...

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White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, left, and Press Secretary Jay Carney arrive for a daily briefing at the White House in this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo.

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White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, left, and Press Secretary Jay Carney arrive for a daily briefing at the White House in this Nov. 15, 2013 file photo.

Obama’s New Voice: Importance of Being Earnest

Originally posted at 2:06 pm EDT, May 30 Jay Carney is on his way out of the White House. Josh Earnest is on his way up. The former Time magazine correspondent who has served Obama as press secretary since the...

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Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, speaks on screen during a virtual conversation at a featured session at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 10, 2014.

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Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, speaks on screen during a virtual conversation at a featured session at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on March 10, 2014.

Snowden’s Damage: More Trust Than Verify from Gov’t

So what damage did the world’s most infamous/famous/glamorous cyber geek cause the U.S. military-intelligence establishment? It’s a question worth pondering as we approach next week the first anniversary of news stories based on Edward Snowden’s massive document feeds to The...

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Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, left, listens while President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo.

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Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, left, listens while President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo.

Obama, Clinton ‘Buddies’ — Obama Says So

Remember the frosty body language and tension that filled the atmosphere in the presidential campaign debates between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? Here’s a reminder: “It is sometimes difficult to understand what Senator Obama has said because as soon as...

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Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 2014.

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Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 2014.

Obama Accepts Shinseki’s Resignation

Updated at 11:30 am EDT President Barack Obama said today that he has accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, following reports of widespread “systemic” failures at the agency’s hospitals. “The misconduct has not been limited to a...

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A delegate wears an elephant mascot temporary tattoo at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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A delegate wears an elephant mascot temporary tattoo at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Jones Day Draws Top Republican Lawyers from Patton Boggs

They are the silent operators crucial to both parties during every campaign cycle — the lawyers who handle a never-ending wave of legal and logistical questions facing candidates, committees and Super-PACs. So it matters when three of the premiere campaign...

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

Shinseki Faces Obama as VA Sec’y Apologizes to Veterans

Eric Shinseki, the embattled secretary of veterans affairs and retired four-star general, apologized today for the “systemic” failings in medical care exposed by his agency’s inspector general and promised fixes. “`The situation can be fixed,” Shinseki said during a speech...

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A tug boat moves the APL Singapore container ship to dock at the Port of Oakland in California.

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A tug boat moves the APL Singapore container ship to dock at the Port of Oakland in California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 3.5%

The U.S. economy will expand at a 3.5 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, according to a median projection of economists. Gross domestic product fell at a 1 percent rate in the first quarter, according to revised Commerce Department...

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