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Lead by Mayor Michael Hancock, Anna and Fran Simon are the first couple to take part in a civil union ceremony at the Webb Building in Denver , on May 1, 2013.

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Lead by Mayor Michael Hancock, Anna and Fran Simon are the first couple to take part in a civil union ceremony at the Webb Building in Denver , on May 1, 2013.

Schumer: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Conundrum’ for Immigration Bill

The two Democratic members of a bipartisan Senate immigration group who sit on the Judiciary Committee are refusing to say whether they’d vote to add protections for same-sex couples to the measure. “I’m not going to get into speculatives,”  Sen....

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A man stands in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence from San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

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A man stands in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence from San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

Mexico No ‘Hell Hole,’ Graham Adds

That messaging thing remains a problem for Republicans talking about immigration. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan immigration bill under debate today, maintains that he was not calling Mexico a “Hell hole.” “It’s...

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Ashley Judd, pictured at a United Nations conference on drugs and crime in New York on March 14, 2012, won't be running for Senate.

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Ashley Judd, pictured at a United Nations conference on drugs and crime in New York on March 14, 2012, won't be running for Senate.

Ashley Judd: ‘Focused on Family’

If Democrats are going to oust Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell next year, Ashley Judd won’t be their candidate. The actress and ardent Kentucky Wildcat fan, who faced questions about whether she actually resided in Kentucky or neighboring Tennessee, announced...

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Members of a group of undocumented immigrants wanting to enlist in the U.S. armed forces line up before entering a recruitment center in Washington in this file photo.

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Members of a group of undocumented immigrants wanting to enlist in the U.S. armed forces line up before entering a recruitment center in Washington in this file photo.

Immigration’s Gang of Eight

That bipartisan group of eight senators proposing a comprehensive approach to immigration legislation is more than a thinking group. It’s becoming a working group. Sen. Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat among the four Democrats and four Republicans who this...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed negotiations to avert the "fiscal cliff" and mentioned possible changes to filibuster rules in the Senate.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed negotiations to avert the "fiscal cliff" and mentioned possible changes to filibuster rules in the Senate.

Harry Reid: No Small-Scale AMT Fix

The Senate won’t consider a small-scale bill to avoid an expansion of the alternative minimum tax or a cut in Medicare reimbursements to physicians if no broader budget deal is reached, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says. Reid, a Nevada...

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Senator Charles Schumer, vice chair of the Democratic Conference and chair of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center, speaks at the Monitor Breakfast, on Nov. 8, 2012.

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Senator Charles Schumer, vice chair of the Democratic Conference and chair of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center, speaks at the Monitor Breakfast, on Nov. 8, 2012.

Whack-a-Karl Rove: The Piling-On

Democrats are having some fun at the expense of Karl Rove this week. First it was Ohio’s Sen. Sherrod Brown, re-elected this week, taking stock of how little impact the super-PAC engineered by the former Republican White House political strategist...

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Speaker of the House of John Boehner during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Speaker of the House of John Boehner during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Asheville, North Carolina.

Boehner: No Interest in Taxes for Lame-Duck Fiscal Cliff Deal

House Speaker John Boehner isn’t interested in “raising tax rates” as part of a deal to avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff” of expiring tax cuts and spending reductions, the Ohio Republican has told National Journal. Boehner, in an interview fist...

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