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President Barack Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as he arrives to read a story to children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as he arrives to read a story to children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

Obama Ready to Walk Boehner’s Dog

President Barack Obama occasionally has been spotted walking his dogs. We’re pretty sure, though, that the commander-in-chief has never washed the presidential limousines. Yet, he says he’s willing to do both for Congress — if lawmakers will only work with...

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Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (C) talks with (L-R) Janice Hahn, D-Ca., Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Eliot Engel, D-Ny. at 'National Seersucker Day' at U.S. Capitol on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (C) talks with (L-R) Janice Hahn, D-Ca., Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Eliot Engel, D-Ny. at 'National Seersucker Day' at U.S. Capitol on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Seersuckers on Capitol Hill: Say No More

What is one to say about seersucker day on Capitol Hill? This is the sort of story that writes itself — the idea that so many members of Congress who have done so little this year or last would heed...

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

Kerry on Clinton: ‘No Doubts’

Written with Terry Atlas in New Delhi John Kerry wanted to be president. He was the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2004. Hillary Clinton wanted to be president. She lost the party’s nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. Both became secretaries...

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $13.1 Billion

That’s how much the Internal Revenue Service collected in estate taxes in fiscal year 2013. The Republican-led House may vote to repeal the tax before the Nov. 4 election. The House is set to begin a month-long recess after legislative activity today....

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Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service's (exempt organizations office, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

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Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service's (exempt organizations office, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

Sticks and Stones: Lerner’s Permit

Not since George W. Bush called a reporter one has the word ricocheted around the Internet so loudly. Lois Lerner, it turns out, had some harsh words about conservatives in government emails that the House Ways and Means Committee has...

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, July 230, 2014.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, July 230, 2014.

Obama to House: ‘Stop Just Hatin”

“Come on,” President Barack said today, as the House advances a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against him alleging overreach in executive actions. “Stop being mad all the time,” Obama said in a rhetorical shout-out to Capitol Hill from a campaign-styled...

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John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), swears in to a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2014.

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John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), swears in to a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2014.

IRS Needs Commission Bosses: Report

House Republicans are so sick of dealing with Internal Revenue Service commissioners that they want to get rid of the job entirely. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should be replaced by a bipartisan commission, according to a House Oversight and Government...

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), rear, exit the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus in the Little Havana neighborhood on Oct. 25, 2012 in Miami.

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), rear, exit the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus in the Little Havana neighborhood on Oct. 25, 2012 in Miami.

Obama ‘Effective Messenger, Period:’ DNC Chair

For all the political bruising that President Barack Obama has taken — his job approval hovering just above 40 percent in opinion polls — his party will be calling on him to campaign for congressional candidates in the fall midterm...

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