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A former female solder, who was sexually assaulted while serving in the U.S. Army, at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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A former female solder, who was sexually assaulted while serving in the U.S. Army, at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Washington Daybook: Accountability

Call it Accountability Day. The Gallup polling organization held a press conference to explain why its 2012 presidential polling was off. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be asked to explain to a Senate Committee what he’s...

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Randy Wilson, first vice president of the local 2142 chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, stands with other union members and government workers calling for action to avoid a sequestration on Feb. 27, 2013 during a rally outside of Congressman Blake Farenthold's office in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Randy Wilson, first vice president of the local 2142 chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, stands with other union members and government workers calling for action to avoid a sequestration on Feb. 27, 2013 during a rally outside of Congressman Blake Farenthold's office in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas.

Washington Daybook: Eve of Sequestration

The Senate will take back-to-back procedural votes on Republican and Democratic proposals to replace the automatic spending cuts. Neither is likely to succeed, and the House isn’t scheduled to act on any measure, so sequestration would still start tomorrow, whatever...

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Washington Daybook: Rosa Parks

President Obama will unveil in the Capitol a likeness of Rosa Parks, whose challenge of Alabama segregation laws epitomized the civil rights movement. Across the street, at the Supreme Court, the debate over the rights of minorities continues, as Shelby...

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Travelers wait in line to go through security in the departure hall at San Francisco International Airport.

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Travelers wait in line to go through security in the departure hall at San Francisco International Airport.

Washington Daybook: March 1

President Barack Obama will keep up the drumbeat of blaming Republicans for not acting to avert the sequestration cuts during an appearance before the National Governors Association today. The delays budget cuts will cause in air travel will be highlighted...

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The joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill.

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The joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Washington Daybook: `Crazies’

The House plans to end its legislative work today so lawmakers can campaign for re-election, and the Australian government sent House Republicans a little going away present. Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan said “cranks and crazies” in the Republican Party have...

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Kelly Jacobs, a delegate from Mississippi, with an Obama dress before the start of day one at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

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Kelly Jacobs, a delegate from Mississippi, with an Obama dress before the start of day one at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte.

Washington Daybook: Bounce Factor

Bill Clinton in 1992 produced the largest post-convention bounce in modern history, helping him turn a 7 percentage point deficit in polls into a lead he would never relinquish. Tonight, Clinton takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention to demand a second...

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Corn production in the U.S. will drop 13 percent to a six-year low after the hottest July since 1936.

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Corn production in the U.S. will drop 13 percent to a six-year low after the hottest July since 1936.

Washington Daybook: Clearing Skies

The severity of the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be peaking, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an interview with Bloomberg News. Steadying weather conditions may limit food inflation next year and ease pressure to relax federal...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game in Washington, DC.

Washington Daybook: Biden at Bat

Do you think, after having to explain and defend his vice president’s “chains” remark, that President  Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a few things to talk over? They’ll get their chance today. Obama has four meetings at...

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Republican Senate candidate Clark Durant and supporters gather in Durant Park in Lansing, Mich., for a march to the Michigan Secretary of State's office to deliver more than 24,000 signatures to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot.

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Republican Senate candidate Clark Durant and supporters gather in Durant Park in Lansing, Mich., for a march to the Michigan Secretary of State's office to deliver more than 24,000 signatures to get on the Aug. 7 primary ballot.

Washington Daybook: Incumbents at Risk

Primary elections in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state will cost at least two more House Democrats their jobs in incumbent vs. incumbent clashes today. Reps. Hansen Clarke and Gary Peters face-off in Michigan’s 14th District; and Reps. William Lacy...

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A Barack Obama campaign sign in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami.

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A Barack Obama campaign sign in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami.

Washington Daybook: Power of Presidency, Television

The power of the presidency and of television will be on display today as the White House announces $2 billion in support for rural businesses, coordinated with the release of a government report about the state of rural America. President...

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