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Derek Wallbank

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

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), right, and House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) during a news briefing after a House Republican Conference meeting on Jan. 14, 2014 on Capitol Hill.

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), right, and House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) during a news briefing after a House Republican Conference meeting on Jan. 14, 2014 on Capitol Hill.

McMorris Rodgers to Deliver Republican Response to Obama

Updated at 4:05 pm EST When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, the top-ranking woman in Congress, will deliver her party’s response. She’s been...

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An adult film actress in her apartment, which is frequently used as a filming location, in Los Angeles.

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An adult film actress in her apartment, which is frequently used as a filming location, in Los Angeles.

Horseburgers, Porn Riders and More in $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

While there’s been a lot of coverage about the overall thrust of the $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending bill that has cleared Congress, lawmakers in both parties expressed concern that there wasn’t enough time to read the whole thing. Taxpayers for...

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The San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 22, 2013.

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The San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 22, 2013.

Boehner Renews Immigration Focus

House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans are working to draft principles for how they’ll address immigration this year. House Republicans are working to craft “standards, principles that would guide us in the common-sense, step-by-step approach for dealing with immigration,” Boehner...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, in Washington, D.C.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, in Washington, D.C.

Reid to Redskins: Hail to Anything Else

The most powerful man in the Senate is the latest in a string of high-ranking politicians telling Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team’s name. “We live in a society where you can’t denigrate a race of people....

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Randy Goodwin skins deer that have been donated to the Help Us Stop Hunger program in State Center, Iowa.

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Randy Goodwin skins deer that have been donated to the Help Us Stop Hunger program in State Center, Iowa.

Dead-Deer Deduction: Hunting for Incentives

Guns are already pricey, bullets keep getting more expensive and if you have to ask how much it would cost to mount the rack, you can’t afford it anyway. But if a bill before Congress becomes law, hunters who want...

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House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the U.S. Capitol.

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House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the U.S. Capitol.

Van Hollen: Boehner ‘Stood Up to Tea Party’ — Yet Debt Limit is Real Test

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, praising House Speaker John Boehner for standing up to his party’s right wing on the budget, says the next test of congressional bipartisanship will be whether Republicans use the debt ceiling next year as a political weapon. “Look, I...

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Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 on Dec. 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

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Miley Cyrus performs during KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 on Dec. 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

Miley Cyrus Gossip: Buckle Seatbelts

Miley Cyrus was working the Hill today. In absentia, we should note. When it comes to authorizing in-flight cell phone calls on the nation’s airlines, the House Transportation Committee wants the American public to understand the implications. So the communications...

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Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale speaks at a Georgetown University Law Center discussion on Sept. 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale speaks at a Georgetown University Law Center discussion on Sept. 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Mondale Applauds Senate Rule Change

Former Vice President Walter Mondale said he was surprised by the Senate’s move Thursday to lower a 60-vote requirement for most presidential nominees. He wasn’t surprised that it happened, or that it succeeded, but that it was over so fast....

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