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Michael C. Bender

writes about congressional policy. He joined Bloomberg in 2012 to open a bureau in Tallahassee, Florida, and has covered politics for newspapers in Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

Hispanic Lawmakers Offer Deportation Options to Obama Administration

President Barack Obama’s administration should make deportation a low priority for those who haven’t committed significant crimes, expand eligibility for green cards and end a controversial fingerprinting program used to identify undocumented workers. Those are a few of the 11...

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Immigrant detainees at the Adelanto Detention Facility, managed by the GEO Group.

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Immigrant detainees at the Adelanto Detention Facility, managed by the GEO Group.

Gates Foundation Prison Investments Targeted by Anti-Deportation Forces

Presente.org, a group that has turned up the heat on President Barack Obama over record deportations, is now targeting The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a $2 million investment in GEO Group, a prison company that runs immigrant detention...

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Immigration reform advocates demonstrate on Nov. 12, 2013 in New York City.

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Immigration reform advocates demonstrate on Nov. 12, 2013 in New York City.

Obama’s Budget Underwhelms Immigration Advocates

If President Barack Obama’s budget proposal today was meant to energize fellow Democrats heading into the November elections, it may be coming up short in at least one area: Immigration enforcement. Obama has come under fire from fellow Democrats as his...

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chuck Hagel, U.S. secretary of defense, left, as Jacob "Jack" Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, center left, applauds ahead of Obama's the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28, 2014.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chuck Hagel, U.S. secretary of defense, left, as Jacob "Jack" Lew, U.S. Treasury secretary, center left, applauds ahead of Obama's the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28, 2014.

Obama Wines House Democrats, Digs in on Trade

Written with Laura Curtis President Barack Obama was “adamant” in his push for Congress to speed approval of trade deals during a meeting yesterday with House Democrats, Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Maine Democrat, said. Fast-track authority was “brought up quite...

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Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich at a news conference  in Fort Lee, N.J., on Jan. 9, 2014.

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Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich at a news conference in Fort Lee, N.J., on Jan. 9, 2014.

George Washington Bridge Jams Easy, Next to Washington’s Gridlock

Out of the traffic jam and into the log jam. Mark Sokolich, mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., is best known lately as the unwitting victim of mysterious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last fall that snarled his town...

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Sakoun Khanthanoua with an insurance marketplace pamphlet while waiting to speak to a health navigator at an education and enrollment event in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Sakoun Khanthanoua with an insurance marketplace pamphlet while waiting to speak to a health navigator at an education and enrollment event in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Obamacare Partisans Getting Personal

Forget government shutdowns. The partisans in Washington have decided the battle over Obamacare will be won or lost by the Mary Todds from Virginia, Johns from North Carolina and Emilys from Louisiana. The latest battleground in the war of anecdotes...

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A destitute man sleeps on the sidewalk under a holiday window on Nov. 20, 2013 in New York City.

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A destitute man sleeps on the sidewalk under a holiday window on Nov. 20, 2013 in New York City.

Income Gap: Partisan Divide

While President Barack Obama attempts to focus attention on income inequality, a Bloomberg National Poll reveals a partisan divide about how wide the gap is between rich and poor and just what to do about it. Asked to compare income...

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Sen. Thad Cochran, left, (R-MS) and Sen. Dick Durbin walk to a Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Thad Cochran, left, (R-MS) and Sen. Dick Durbin walk to a Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Cochran: Mississippi’s ‘Win-Win’

Who’s upset by Sen. Thad Cochran announcing today that he’ll run for re-election? All eyes were on the Mississippi Republican after Tea Party-aligned groups coalesced behind a Republican primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran, who turns 76 tomorrow, was...

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Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95 on Nov. 7, 2013.

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Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95 on Nov. 7, 2013.

Billy Graham at 95: Peace Breaks Out in Senate — For a Moment

On the occasion of Billy Graham’s 95th birthday today: A rare big helping of bipartisanship from Senate leadership, followed by a dash of partisanship. Both Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, and his counterpart, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, praised the North...

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