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Sen. Jim DeMint arrives for a closed-door meeting by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Nov. 13, 2012.

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Sen. Jim DeMint arrives for a closed-door meeting by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Nov. 13, 2012.

Sanders Silent on DeMint Departure

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, the rightest of the right, is leaving the Senate. “It’s time for me to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for America’s future,” said DeMint,...

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Representative Paul Ryan arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa.

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Representative Paul Ryan arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa.

Ryan Remains: `Focused, Here, Now’

Paul Ryan is not going anywhere anytime soon. There has been speculation that the former Republican vice presidential candidate might resign his seat in Congress, maybe to decamp to a think tank or university in preparation for a 2016 run...

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Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, left, waves with his brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas, at the Democratic National Convention.

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Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, left, waves with his brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas, at the Democratic National Convention.

Leadership PAC-Armed Freshmen: Instant Access for Newcomers

They haven’t been assigned an office, hired a staff or even received their membership pin, yet many of  those elected to the  House yesterday already have jumped into the Washington-insider fundraising game. At least seven House freshmen-to-be have established so-called...

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Social Security checks are printed at the U.S. Treasury Philadelphia Finance Center in Pennsylvania.

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Social Security checks are printed at the U.S. Treasury Philadelphia Finance Center in Pennsylvania.

Social Security Checks: 1.7% Bump — Critics: Seniors Falling Behind

Updated at 10 am EDT More than 55 million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment next year, the government said today. The increase will be less than half of the 3.6 percent boost recipients received this...

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Could Ryan Lose Budget Chair Too? – VP Candidate a `Special Case’

House Republicans have begun eyeing Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s gavel in the event the Wisconsin Republican is elected vice president on Nov. 6. “There are several that are interested,” says Oklahoma Republican James Lankford, who sits on the panel....

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Mitt Romney going to a fundraising event on Aug. 18, 2012 in Nantucket, Mass.

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Mitt Romney going to a fundraising event on Aug. 18, 2012 in Nantucket, Mass.

Romney’s Tax Lower Than Average

Mitt Romney says he paid a tax rate of at least 13 percent over the past decade, meaning the millionaire Republican presidential candidate probably paid a lower rate than the average U.S. household. The BGOV Barometer shows the typical household...

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Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, with Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, in Washington, D.C.

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Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, with Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, in Washington, D.C.

Budget Hawk MacGuineas Fears She May Rue What She Wished For

So-called deficit hawks have  pined for a big election-year debate over their cherished goal of getting the government’s books in order, a dialogue in which lawmakers and voters alike grapple in detail with the tough choice needed. With House Budget Committee...

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Dr. Emory Lewis gives a memory test to new a medicare patient, right, next to her daughter in Reedville, Virginia.

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Dr. Emory Lewis gives a memory test to new a medicare patient, right, next to her daughter in Reedville, Virginia.

Medicare Ad: Truth and Politics

A new television ad by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says cuts in Medicare spending by the Obama administration will hurt seniors. Will they? The ad takes aim at more than $700 billion in cuts that were included in the...

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