Political Capital

David J, Lynch

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama watches as her mother Marian Robinson feeds apples to giant pandas during their visit at Giant Panda Research Base on March 26, 2014 in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama watches as her mother Marian Robinson feeds apples to giant pandas during their visit at Giant Panda Research Base on March 26, 2014 in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.

Pandas, Tibetan Tea and Minced Yak: Michelle Obama’s Last Leg in China

Michelle Obama’s final day in China was reserved for the cute. At the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the first lady, her daughters and her mother got a close look at Chengdu’s famed pandas, who are nothing if...

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First Lady Michelle Obama performs tai chi with students from Chengdu No7 High School in Chengdu on March 25, 2014.

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First Lady Michelle Obama performs tai chi with students from Chengdu No7 High School in Chengdu on March 25, 2014.

Michelle Obama to China: ‘The Right to Say What We Think’

Michelle Obama mixed the personal and the political today as her six-day trip to China neared its end. Speaking in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the touring first lady told students at one of the nation’s top high schools...

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Pro-Romney protestors hold signs outside of a campaign event for President Barack Obama at Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio, on Sept. 3, 2012.

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Pro-Romney protestors hold signs outside of a campaign event for President Barack Obama at Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio, on Sept. 3, 2012.

Democrats Talk Budget, Claim Fiscal Prudence

You might think four straight years of trillion-dollar deficits would make Democrats hesitant to talk about the federal budget. You’d be wrong. Rep. Xavier Becerra, vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, said Monday that Republicans will never deliver on...

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Union supporters march in the "Charlotte Labor Day Parade" on September 3, 2012 in Charlotte.

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Union supporters march in the "Charlotte Labor Day Parade" on September 3, 2012 in Charlotte.

Over Charlotte’s Rainbow: Jobs?

A huge, brilliant rainbow opened up over “Uptown” Charlotte today. It drew oohs and aahs from those attending a 31st-floor “Hill” event at a Charlotte City Club reception. In the large, wood-paneled room, wine beer and hors d’ouevres were served as...

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Attendees line the floor at Google's Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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Attendees line the floor at Google's Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Google: Creating Jobs with IT

Times are tough all over — unless you’re in the technology business. Since the 2004 end of the dotcom bust, job growth in high-tech companies outpaced overall private sector employment, according to a new study by the San Francisco-based Bay...

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