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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.

Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

Ryan’s New Poverty Plan — ‘Schizo Steroids:’ Van Hollen

Democrats are attacking an ambitious anti-poverty plan from Rep. Paul Ryan by essentially questioning his credibility. And the former vice presidential candidate welcomes it. Ryan, who’s considering a presidential campaign in 2016, pitched his new plan yesterday promising “not a...

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Balloons in the "Health Corner" conference room, used to host customer programs with local doctors and heathcare experts, at a Walgreen Co. store in Chicago.

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Balloons in the "Health Corner" conference room, used to host customer programs with local doctors and heathcare experts, at a Walgreen Co. store in Chicago.

Walgreen Chided For Tax-’Dodge’ Prescription: Harry Reid

Five months after Democrats in Washington, including President Barack Obama, praised CVS executives for their decision to stop selling smokes, another drugstore has fallen into the party’s cross-hairs. Illinois-based Walgreen Co. was hammered for 10 minutes on the Senate floor...

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix.

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix.

Coburn Attacks VA Workload — With Study Making Opposite Point

Sen. Tom Coburn, whom fellow Republican John McCain wants to take over the embattled Veterans Affairs Department, opposes the Democratic plan to reduce waiting lists by paying for more VA doctors. The Oklahoma Republican, and one of the few medical...

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

Shinseki Faces Obama as VA Sec’y Apologizes to Veterans

Eric Shinseki, the embattled secretary of veterans affairs and retired four-star general, apologized today for the “systemic” failings in medical care exposed by his agency’s inspector general and promised fixes. “`The situation can be fixed,” Shinseki said during a speech...

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A group of military 'DREAMers', undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States in uniform but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, rally in front of the U.S. Captiol on May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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A group of military 'DREAMers', undocumented youth who aspire to serve the United States in uniform but are prohibited from doing due to their immigration status, rally in front of the U.S. Captiol on May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Republican Seeking Obama’s Help on Immigration

Rep. Jeff Denham of California says the Obama administration should take administrative action to let undocumented immigrants join the military and give them a path to citizenship, if his fellow Republicans in charge of the House won’t allow a vote...

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