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Emma Fidel

is political editor for Bloomberg.com. She previously covered financial regulation as a Bloomberg intern.

Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget sit on a pallet at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. on  April 8, 2013.

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget sit on a pallet at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 2013.

Bush Debt Load Endorsed by Republicans Now Rejected

By Jonathan Nicholson When Republicans and Democrats describe each other’s budgets, a person could be forgiven for thinking the plans are as far apart as possible. Republicans say putting the budget into balance by 2023 is necessary to help get...

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Final Four: Gay Marriage Draws Two More Democrats, Four Left

It’s down to the Final Four. Freshmen Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana announced their support for same-sex marriage this morning, leaving just four Democratic senators who haven’t publicly endorsed it. Donnelly, a Catholic and...

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A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage.

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A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage.

Nelson Backs Gay Marriage: Six Democratic Senators Left Silent

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson just took himself off a shrinking list of Democratic Senate holdouts: He reversed his position against same-sex marriage. With Nelson as the 51st senator to voice support, more than half the U.S. Senate now backs same-sex marriage....

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Migrant farm workers carry cases of freshly picked spinach on a farm near Wellington, Colorado.

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Migrant farm workers carry cases of freshly picked spinach on a farm near Wellington, Colorado.

Undocumented Should Be Able to Stay, With Some Conditions: Poll

As lawmakers work to finalize an immigration law rewrite that would provide a path to citizenship for many of the undocumented already here, fewer than half of all Americans say the undocumented should be eligible to become citizens, according to...

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This photo provided by the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman shows, from left to right, son Will Portman, wife Jane Portman, Sen. Portman, daughter Sally Portman, and son Jed Portman.

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This photo provided by the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman shows, from left to right, son Will Portman, wife Jane Portman, Sen. Portman, daughter Sally Portman, and son Jed Portman.

Will Portman ‘Proud’ of Dad’s Same-Sex Marriage Support

Will Portman, son of Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, says his father waited to publicly support same-sex marriage partially because Will was hesitant to put his sexuality in the national spotlight. Will, a junior at Yale University, writes about coming out and his father’s...

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Hillary Clinton: Gay Marriage Endorsement ‘Shaped Over Time’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally announced her support for gay marriage in a Human Rights Campaign video today. “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples,” Clinton said publicly for the first time in the six-minute video. “I support it personally...

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Senator Rob Portman speaks with reporters outside of Speaker John Boehner's office, on Capitol Hill, on Dec. 20, 2012.

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Senator Rob Portman speaks with reporters outside of Speaker John Boehner's office, on Capitol Hill, on Dec. 20, 2012.

Portman Endorses Gay Marriage, Says Son is Gay

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, reversed his position against gay marriage and said he now supports it because his son is gay. Portman, a party leader on economic issues who was considered a top candidate to be Mitt Romney’s...

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House on Feb. 25, 2013 in Washington.

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining room of the White House on Feb. 25, 2013 in Washington.

Biden’s Silver Sequestration Lining

Leave it to Vice President Joe Biden to prove that every sequestration has a silver lining. Due to the across-the-board federal spending cuts set to begin tomorrow, Biden is ditching his usual military plane and returning to his preferred mode of transportation: the...

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In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, on Feb. 12, 2013,

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In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, on Feb. 12, 2013,

Rubio Makes a Splash on Twitter With Water Break

Updated at 9:20 am EST Marco Rubio made waves on social media even before he finished his response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. By pausing during his rejoinder to reach for a small water bottle off...

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Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc.

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Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc.

State of Union Guest List Offers Clues to Speech Content

For clues about the topics President Barack Obama will cover in his State of the Union address tonight, just peruse a guest list for the event. Of the 24 guests slated to join Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett in the...

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