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Kathleen Hunter

covers the Senate, with an emphasis on the 2014 midterm elections. Before joining Bloomberg in 2011, she covered Congress and politics for Roll Call and Congressional Quarterly.

The Dalai Lama, left, meets with U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner at the U.S. Capitol on March 6, 2014.

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The Dalai Lama, left, meets with U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner at the U.S. Capitol on March 6, 2014.

Dalai Lama to Senate: ‘With Our Thoughts, We Make Our World’

It’s rare for the prayer that opens each day’s session of the Senate to draw a packed house, even though Senate Chaplain Barry Black has become a bit of a celebrity. Yet senators, staffers and members of the media all...

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Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

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Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

McConnell Welcomes Clinton, Again

Mitch McConnell says he’s happy to have Bill Clinton in Kentucky. The former president has gone there to campaign for the Democrat hoping to unseat the Senate’s minority leader in November, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. He went...

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Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, second left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, make their way to the front of the chamber ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

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Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, second left, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, make their way to the front of the chamber ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

McConnell Hit for Debt Ceiling Votes

Updated at 10:02 am EST A new web ad out today accuses Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the chief Republican architect of the last several accords raising the debt ceiling, of voting “like a Democrat” on fiscal issues. The ad...

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A Tea Party Internal Revenue Service demonstration on May 21, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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A Tea Party Internal Revenue Service demonstration on May 21, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Republicans Press IRS on ‘Free Speech’

Updated at 3:40 pm EST On both sides of the Capitol, Republicans are pushing legislation that would — in the words of the party’s Senate leader — “prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enacting regulations that would permit the suppression...

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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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