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Cary O'Reilly

is Editor at Large at Bloomberg First Word and is Washington Daybook columnist for Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg News.

Randal Milch, executive vice president and general counsel with Verizon Communications Inc., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2012.

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Randal Milch, executive vice president and general counsel with Verizon Communications Inc., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Can You Hear Me Now?

Attorney General Eric Holder may be defending more than his budget in his appearance before a Senate committee today. The revelation that the Obama administration is collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers using a secret court order...

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A combine harvests a field of corn in Ohio.

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A combine harvests a field of corn in Ohio.

Washington Daybook: Family Farms

Fifteen members of the House and Senate or their spouses benefited from federal farm subsidies last year, underscoring a personal stake for some lawmakers in a congressional debate that resumes this week over spending on agriculture programs. The U.S. won’t...

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Christian Slayton, 12, prays while Ret. Marine SSG Tim Chambers salutes fallen soldiers during the Memorial Day Rolling Thunder ride in Washington, DC on May 27, 2012.

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Christian Slayton, 12, prays while Ret. Marine SSG Tim Chambers salutes fallen soldiers during the Memorial Day Rolling Thunder ride in Washington, DC on May 27, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Rolling Thunder

President Barack Obama speaks at the Naval Academy commencement today. Later, he’ll hold a bill-signing ceremony at the White House to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to victims of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, 50 years...

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Supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan and chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, burn a replica drone as they shout slogans during protest rally in Islamabad on October 28, 2011 against the U.S. drone attacks in Pakistani tribal regions.

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Supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan and chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, burn a replica drone as they shout slogans during protest rally in Islamabad on October 28, 2011 against the U.S. drone attacks in Pakistani tribal regions.

Washington Daybook: Targeted Killings

President Barack Obama will address the targeted killing of terrorists using drones a day after Attorney General Eric Holder said U.S. drone strikes killed four American citizens in Yemen and Pakistan in September 2011. Obama will also repeat his intention...

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Prince Harry talks to staff Sergeant Timothy Payne, right, during his visit to the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center treating wounded soldiers undergoing physical therapy on May 10, 2013 in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Prince Harry talks to staff Sergeant Timothy Payne, right, during his visit to the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center treating wounded soldiers undergoing physical therapy on May 10, 2013 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Washington Daybook: Coming and Going

With nice weather comes the visitors. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron follows Prince Harry in town today. Cameron meets with President Barack Obama at the White House. Later, Obama heads to New York where he’ll headline a $32,400-a-person evening fundraiser...

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Prince Harry with first lady Michelle Obama during an event to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Prince Harry with first lady Michelle Obama during an event to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Washington Daybook: Harrymania

Prince Harry was the subject of so many photographs by young, female Capitol Hill staffers during his visit yesterday that London’s Daily Telegraph diagnosed Washington with a case of “Harrymania.” The doctors, nurses and veterans at the Walter Reed Military...

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Prince Harry learns sign language from deaf children during at visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity Sentebale, on February 27, 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho.

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Prince Harry learns sign language from deaf children during at visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity Sentebale, on February 27, 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho.

Washington Daybook: Tourists

Swedish King Gustaf and Queen Silvia join Prince Harry of Great Britain among the throngs of tourists visiting the U.S. capital today. Gustaf fills his day in Washington with seven events including a ceremony in conjunction with the Raoul Wallenberg...

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Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks with former President Bill Clinton, right, during the closing plenary session of the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 23, 2010 in New York City.

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Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks with former President Bill Clinton, right, during the closing plenary session of the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 23, 2010 in New York City.

Washington Daybook: Bill and Bill’s American Adventure

Former President Bill Clinton and Microsoft’s Bill Gates discuss America’s future at the annual Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit. They’ll be followed by speakers including Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Assistant to the President for...

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Ali al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia's oil minister, gestures to the media prior to the start of the 160th Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Dec.14, 2011.

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Ali al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia's oil minister, gestures to the media prior to the start of the 160th Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Dec.14, 2011.

Washington Daybook: To the Summit

Bloomberg LINK hosts a Washington Summit all day today at the headquarters of Foreign Affairs Magazine with speakers including Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, Lazard Vice Chairman Gary Parr, White House Council...

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