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Don Frederick

edits political and government coverage. He previously worked for more than a decade at the Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau.


President Barack Obama delivers remarks about his plans to help America's long-term unemployed during an event with Vice President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 31, 2014.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks about his plans to help America's long-term unemployed during an event with Vice President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 31, 2014.

`Obvious’ Reasons for Biden Not to Run? — Count Them

Vice President Joe Biden may see “no obvious reason” for not seeking the top job at the White House, as he told CNN, yet across the country one imagines millions of Democrats screaming back at their TV sets: “Hillary Clinton.” There are...

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Obama presidential campaign supporters in 2008.

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Obama presidential campaign supporters in 2008.

Obama Still ‘Believes,’ Circa 2008

President Barack Obama slipped the slogan in at the very end of his State of the Union address last night — unobtrusively, right after his speech hit its emotional high point with the praise and gratitude he directed toward wounded Army...

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President Barack Obama with House Speaker John Boehner at the State of the Union address of 2011, the year after Obamacare passed. White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama with House Speaker John Boehner at the State of the Union address of 2011, the year after Obamacare passed. White House Photo by Pete Souza

Boehner Less Grumpy, Still Didn’t Like What He Heard

From his perch right behind President Barack Obama during tonight’s State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner wasn’t as sour in reacting to parts of the speech he clearly didn’t cotton to as he was last year (when perhaps the results of the...

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Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) speaks to the crowd during an election night event, on November 5, 2013 in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

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Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) speaks to the crowd during an election night event, on November 5, 2013 in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

McAuliffe/Cuccinelli Nail-Biter: Who Saw It Coming?

Gauging Virginia’s gubernatorial race in the walk-up to Tuesday’s vote attracted many of the big boys in U.S. political polling, including the Washington Post, Quinnipiac University and Rasmussen Reports. Also weighing in on the battle between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and...

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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), left, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), center, and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on October 1, 2013 in Washington DC.

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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), left, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), center, and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on October 1, 2013 in Washington DC.

Ryan’s and 143 Other Republican ‘No’ Votes: A Closer Look

Would House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan really have voted against reopening the government and lifting the debt cap if the measure’s outcome had been in doubt and his fellow Republican chieftains needed more help to free the party of what had become a political...

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Rep. Steve Southerland called his parents from the office at the family business (a funeral home) as he was worried when he didn't see them in church earlier in the morning. Southerland is an avid hunter and bagged the deer mounted in the office.

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Rep. Steve Southerland called his parents from the office at the family business (a funeral home) as he was worried when he didn't see them in church earlier in the morning. Southerland is an avid hunter and bagged the deer mounted in the office.

Southerland: All About ‘Winning’ — Republican Called Boehner ‘Pathetic’

The House Republican delegation meeting with President Barack Obama later today includes at least one lawmaker who not so long ago was hardly a “team” player within his caucus. That would be Rep. Steve Southerland, who made a minor national splash in...

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Terry McAuliffe, right, the Democratic nominee for governor, visits former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder's, left, Public Policy class at Virginia Commonwealth University on September 5, 2013 in Richmond.

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Terry McAuliffe, right, the Democratic nominee for governor, visits former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder's, left, Public Policy class at Virginia Commonwealth University on September 5, 2013 in Richmond.

McAuliffe Doubles Lead Over Cuccinelli, Virginia Polls Show

Two polls released today provide statistical backup for what several political types already told our colleague Julie Hirschfeld Davis — one high-profile loser in the U.S. government shutdown may well end up being Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli (who would join the low-profile...

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