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Lisa Lerer

covers the White House and covered the 2012 campaign for Bloomberg News. She covered Congress, lobbying and the 2008 campaign for Politico.


Former Defense Department General Counsel is said to be President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security.  Defense Department photograph.

110419-D-WQ296-031 Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson conducts a Pentagon press briefing on April 19, 2011. DoD photo by R. D. Ward. (Released)

Former Defense Department General Counsel is said to be President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Defense Department photograph.

Obama’s Homeland Choice: Johnson

President Barack Obama plans a Rose Garden announcement at 2 pm EDT Friday. Obama has decided on Jeh Johnson, a former Pentagon general counsel, as his next Homeland Security secretary, Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer and David Lerman report. Johnson, 56, will...

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President Barack Obama, right, walks with attorney Eunu Chun, left, while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 18, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, right, walks with attorney Eunu Chun, left, while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 18, 2013.

Obama’s Six Golf-Game Vacation

President Barack Obama capped off his summer vacation in a familiar spot: The putting green. The president spent the last day of his week-long holiday on Martha’s Vineyard in a sixth and final foursome before departing the Cape Cod island....

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President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia during a vacation on Martha's Vineyard on August 16, 2013 in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.

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President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia during a vacation on Martha's Vineyard on August 16, 2013 in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.

Obama Family Bike Ride: `Nice Day’

The First Family took the first family outing of President Barack Obama’s eight-day summer vacation today, hopping on bikes for a quick ride around Martha’s Vineyard. “Nice day, huh?” Obama shouted at reporters and onlookers as he rode past with...

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President Barack Obama with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as he steps off Air Force One at Boston's Logan Airport.

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President Barack Obama with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as he steps off Air Force One at Boston's Logan Airport.

Obama-Patrick: Allies on the Vineyard

Written with Annie Linskey President Barack Obama squeezed in a visit with a political ally while on vacation, dining with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick during his week-long break on Martha’s Vineyard. The two ate dinner last night at State Road...

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President Barack Obama goes to lunch at Nancy's in Oak Bluffs on August 25, 2010 while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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President Barack Obama goes to lunch at Nancy's in Oak Bluffs on August 25, 2010 while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Obama’s Vacation Infinity Pool

President Barack Obama will spend his August vacation in a multimillion-dollar modernist Martha’s Vineyard estate owned by Chicago investment banker and Democratic Party donor David Schulte. The 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom home sits on nine-and-a-half acres in Chilmark, Massachusetts, and includes an...

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Mexican immigrants work on a housing construction site on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

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Mexican immigrants work on a housing construction site on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

Social Security Report ‘Game-Changer’ for Immigration Bill

A Social Security Administration analysis says the Senate’s bipartisan immigration proposal would boost U.S. tax revenue, create jobs and increase the gross domestic product over the next 10 years. Stephen Gross, chief actuary for the agency, says the bill would have a “substantial positive...

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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, seen speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, is working with Senate Democrats on an immigration package.

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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, seen speaking at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, is working with Senate Democrats on an immigration package.

Immigration: Obama, Senate Leaders Pushing Reforms at ‘Starting Gate’

Senate Democrats plan to put forward an immigration proposal next week, with President Barack Obama telling Hispanic lawmakers that he intends to push legislation as quickly as possible. Obama will begin a public campaign to build support for an immigration...

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The Capitol stands in the background as police monitor a checkpoint during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington.

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The Capitol stands in the background as police monitor a checkpoint during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington.

Obama Welcomes ‘De-escalation’ of Debt-Ceiling Debate: Off the Brink

The Obama administration is welcoming a move by House Republicans to vote tomorrow on raising the nation’s debt ceiling through mid-May as a “de-escalation” of the fiscal debate, White House press secretary Jay Carney says. “The fact that House Republicans...

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