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Representative Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina and U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), during a Senate Banking Committee nominations hearing in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2013.

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Representative Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina and U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), during a Senate Banking Committee nominations hearing in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2013.

Watt’s Housing Fate Rests with Obama: Republican Burr Says

The fate of any renewed effort to confirm North Carolina Democratic House member Mel Watt to lead the federal agency that oversees Fannie May and Freddie Mac rests with the White House, Watt’s home-state Republican senator says. “That’s up to...

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Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, left, talks to Nadeam Elshami, chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 30, 2013.

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Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, left, talks to Nadeam Elshami, chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 30, 2013.

Durbin Facebook Post on Republican Insult Disputed by White House

Written with Margaret Talev. Updated at 4 p.m. with Durbin response in sixth paragraph. The White House and congressional Republicans are disputing the second-ranking Senate Democrat’s contention that an unidentified Republican leader told President Barack Obama during a White House meeting,...

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A picture dated 1939 shows German nazi Chancellor and dictator Adolf Hitler giving a speech during a meeting with nazi high rank officials seated under a large swastika.

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A picture dated 1939 shows German nazi Chancellor and dictator Adolf Hitler giving a speech during a meeting with nazi high rank officials seated under a large swastika.

Reid Compares Assad with Nazis to Open Senate Debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid likened Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons to the Nazi’s gassing of nearly 6 million people during World War II in floor remarks today. “Far too many were neutral” during the Holocaust,...

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (at wheel of car) is shown at the dedication of a new medical building at the Warm Springs Foundation for Infantile Paralysis on April 1939, Warm Springs, GA. Most of the group in the photo were victims of infantile paralysis, or polio, and were being treated at the foundation.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (at wheel of car) is shown at the dedication of a new medical building at the Warm Springs Foundation for Infantile Paralysis on April 1939, Warm Springs, GA. Most of the group in the photo were victims of infantile paralysis, or polio, and were being treated at the foundation.

McConnell Invokes an Unlikely Name — FDR — as He Woos Women Voters

As Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell finds himself under assault on two political fronts, he took note today of a link between himself and an icon for his multitude of Democratic detractors — President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Speaking to fellow Kentuckians at a rally in Louisville,...

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Barack Obama and John McCain in this file photo.

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Barack Obama and John McCain in this file photo.

Obama Meets the Democrats — and McCain

President Barack Obama went up the Hill today to meet a lot of Democrats. And John McCain. Well, not really. Yet McCain, the Arizona senator who ran against Obama for the presidency in 2008, dropped in on a private Democratic...

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People participate in a protest march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

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People participate in a protest march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Reid Warns Warriors on Weekends

The Senate had barely gaveled into session today when Majority Leader Harry Reid started threatening to spoil his colleagues’ weekend plans to try to prod action on a bipartisan immigration overhaul proposal. “Unless we begin working on amendments soon, we...

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An attendee looks through the scope of a Freedom Group Inc. Remington brand gun during the 2013 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, on May 4, 2013.

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An attendee looks through the scope of a Freedom Group Inc. Remington brand gun during the 2013 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, on May 4, 2013.

Blumenthal Eyes Gun Amendment for Senate Immigration Bill

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is “seriously considering” pressing for a fresh debate on gun control during the Senate’s consideration of legislation to revise U.S. immigration laws. Blumenthal said he may offer amendments to limit immigrants’ access to guns. The Senate is...

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Demonstrators, seeking change in immigration policy, march in Los Angeles, California, on May 1, 2013.

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Demonstrators, seeking change in immigration policy, march in Los Angeles, California, on May 1, 2013.

Senate: Immigration Bill by July 4

The Senate’s Democrats, hoping to approve a sweeping revision of U.S. immigration laws by July 4, plan to start work on the bill the week of June 10, Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said today....

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