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Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld in "Seinfeld."

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Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld in "Seinfeld."

‘Seinfeld Deadline:’ Friday 13th

Stan Collender, who knows his way around Capitol Hill, sees a real similarity in the imminent deadline that congressional leaders face for a budget agreement and a certain retired yet still popular comedy. “The budget conference committee that’s been meeting...

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks to reporters before heading to a Republican Senate policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill, on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks to reporters before heading to a Republican Senate policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill, on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Graham: Deal Revenue With Cuts

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says he supports a package of entitlement-program trims and revenue increases to replace across-the-board spending cuts that are hurting federal programs and the military. “I would look at three pots of money to replace sequestration,” Graham,...

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Immigrants take the oath of U.S. citizenship at a naturalization ceremony held at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), office on May 17, 2013 in New York City.

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Immigrants take the oath of U.S. citizenship at a naturalization ceremony held at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), office on May 17, 2013 in New York City.

Partisan Obstacles Threaten Immigration Revisions

With Kathleen Hunter As the Senate Judiciary Committee resumes its markup today of immigration legislation, Congress faces obstacles of its own making in its efforts to overhaul the system. Florida Republican Marco Rubio, a member of the bipartisan Senate team...

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Workers erect an exterior wall panel in an apartment building under construction in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2013.

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Workers erect an exterior wall panel in an apartment building under construction in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2013.

Low-Skilled Visas: Cap Key to Deal

Two years ago, the U.S. certified about 75,000 low-skilled laborers for guest-worker visas. Under the first year of a new plan that business and labor leaders have tentatively approved as part of a Senate proposal to revise the nation’s immigration...

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U.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) looks through his rifle as a Medevac helicopter takes off during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on Oct. 13, 2012. T

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U.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) looks through his rifle as a Medevac helicopter takes off during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on Oct. 13, 2012. T

Defense Cuts: Unavoidable, Despite GDP Contraction Pinned on Defense?

Written with Richard Rubin Just as the U.S. gross domestic product is taking a hit from lower defense budgets, federal spending cuts viewed as unthinkable a few months ago — $1.2 trillion falling heavily on the Pentagon — are seen...

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Rep. Kay Granger, a Republican from Texas.

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Rep. Kay Granger, a Republican from Texas.

Republican Defectors Ready to Talk — Taxes, Spending Cuts: `All Options’

A few dozen Republicans have joined a bipartisan call to break the impasse between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner over taxes for the highest- earning Americans. The Republicans signed a letter calling for exploration of “all options”...

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Jim Messina, center, campaign manager for the re-election of President Barack Obama, talks with reporters during a tour of the re-election headquarters in Chicago.

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Jim Messina, center, campaign manager for the re-election of President Barack Obama, talks with reporters during a tour of the re-election headquarters in Chicago.

Messina: Romney’s Chrysler Ad One of Campaign’s Biggest Missteps

President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, said one of the campaign’s biggest missteps by Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign was a controversial ad suggesting that Chrysler Group LLC is moving Jeep productions to China. “They were spending the last...

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Lanhee Chen, policy director for Mitt Romney.

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Lanhee Chen, policy director for Mitt Romney.

Romney Open to Deficit-Cut Capping Benefits From Tax Exemptions

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would consider an approach to cutting the U.S. deficit that would wring savings from the tax code by capping the total benefit taxpayers can receive from tax expenditures, according to Lanhee Chen, Romney’s policy director....

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love introduces herself at a training session for women aspiring to get into politics in Sandy, Utah.

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Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love introduces herself at a training session for women aspiring to get into politics in Sandy, Utah.

Republicans Boost Women on Parade

Among the prime-time speakers at the National Republican Convention in Tampa this week: Mia Love, the 37-year-old female mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. Love, who is Mormon and of Haitian heritage, was among the U.S. House recruits identified by leaders...

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