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Derek Wallbank

covers the House of Representatives. He has been reporting in Washington since 2008.

This image provided by NOAA taken Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 at 2 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Iselle, left and Hurricane Julio. Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific.

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This image provided by NOAA taken Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 at 2 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Iselle, left and Hurricane Julio. Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific.

Hawaiian Election: Eye of the Storm

Hurricane Iselle is supposed to hit Hawaii Thursday. Hurricane Julio is tracking for Sunday. In the middle of that: Election Day, Saturday. And, as of now, it’s still on. “There’s no Plan B,” Rex Quidilla, spokesman for the Hawaii Office...

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Pot, Not Potholes: D.C. Activists Take the Hill

Andy Harris doesn’t represent the District of Columbia in Congress and, unlike the person who does, he has a vote. Yet today, the Maryland Republican got a full airing of grievances related to the District. “DC Residents will deliver their...

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US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) unveiled the FIFA World Cup Trophy on April 14, 2014 during a ceremony at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

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US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) unveiled the FIFA World Cup Trophy on April 14, 2014 during a ceremony at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

Washington’s World Cup Game Face

Updated at 12:41, 1:44 and 2:14 pm EDT Washington had its game face on today The U.S. House of Representatives tried, and failed, to wrap up its work today at noon ahead of a week-long recess — yet, more strategically,...

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Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, phones colleagues in his Longworth office, presenting his case and asking for votes in the upcoming election for House Majority Leader, on June 17

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Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, phones colleagues in his Longworth office, presenting his case and asking for votes in the upcoming election for House Majority Leader, on June 17

Labrador: Remembering Why We All Came to Congress

Rep. Raul Labrador may not have much of a chance of becoming majority leader of the House of Representatives tomorrow. Yet today, in his appeal to fellow Republicans behind closed doors, the second-term lawmaker from Idaho asked his colleagues to...

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Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), left, departs following a news conference held by House Republicans on 'Protecting America's Veterans' at the U.S. Capitol on May 29, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), left, departs following a news conference held by House Republicans on 'Protecting America's Veterans' at the U.S. Capitol on May 29, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Veterans Chairman Misses Vote — House Likes Bill So Much, Votes Twice

That bill for veterans is popular. So popular in the House that it won unanimous approval — twice. They had to vote twice, because the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, who has spent considerable time investigating the shortcomings of...

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A march to the Metropolitan Detention Center during one a several May Day immigration-themed events on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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A march to the Metropolitan Detention Center during one a several May Day immigration-themed events on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Immigration Deadline: Aug. 1

Congressional Democrats are, by and large, just fine with the Obama administration’s decision to stall its review of deportation policies in an effort to give House Republicans room to act. But there’s a limit, and that deadline is August 1....

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), left, and Representative-elect David Jolly (R-FL) participate in a ceremonial swearing-in photo opportunity on March 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), left, and Representative-elect David Jolly (R-FL) participate in a ceremonial swearing-in photo opportunity on March 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Florida 13

It has been an absolute comedy of errors for Democrats in Florida’s 13th congressional district, which as of mid-May stands atop an unthreatened throne as the most bizarre House election this year. Oct. 9, 2013: Rep. Bill Young, who has...

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