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Mark Silva

is deputy managing editor for government news in Washington and editor of Political Capital. He has covered the White House and national politics.

President Barack Obama toasts with Japanese Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

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President Barack Obama toasts with Japanese Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Obama at Emperor’s Tables: Chateaux Margaux, Dom Perignon, Mt. Fuji Glace

They poured a 1994 Chateaux Margaux Grand Cru. That runs about $500 a bottle — with about 150 guests to serve. Putting even the 1998 Dom Perignon champagne to shame, at $232 a bottle. Nothing like a state dinner hosted...

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A hairdresser blow-dries a wig on a mannequin.

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A hairdresser blow-dries a wig on a mannequin.

White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Brazilian Blowouts Here

As if the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner hadn’t already given rise to a cultural and commercial circus reaching well beyond the ballroom of the Washington Hilton, the marketers at Google have staked out a place of distinction at...

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leave a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo on April 23, 2014.

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leave a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo on April 23, 2014.

Obama: ‘Some Good Sushi’

Great moments in diplomacy: President Barack Obama to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on their way into one of the world’s best restaurants, in Tokyo: “Hi, how are you?” Great moments in dining: Abe played host to Obama at a...

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Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts attends a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts attends a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Feb. 27, 2014.

Warren Still Not Running in 2016

Just to be perfectly clear: “I’m not running for president,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren says. In an interview with ABC News on the eve of the official release of her book, the now-senior Democratic senator from Massachusetts dismisses, again, an inquiry...

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A homeless at Penn Station in New York City.

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A homeless at Penn Station in New York City.

‘Capital in the 21st Century:’ Too Big to Tweet

In that extended conversation about “The Great Gatsby Curve,” the fact that income distribution in modern-day America roughly equals the way money was held in 1928, Thomas Piketty hasn’t yet become the household tweet that political leaders favor lately. President...

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William S. Cohen

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William S. Cohen

Jeb Bush Has Winning, `Broad-Based’ Appeal: Cohen

Bill Cohen has played with both sides of the aisle. The Republican former defense secretary for President Bill Clinton served three terms each in the House and Senate. And the way he sees it, Florida’s Jeb Bush has the best...

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Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other administration officials meet with health insurance executives in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on April 17, 2014.

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Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other administration officials meet with health insurance executives in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on April 17, 2014.

Obamacare’s Valleys and Hills: Obama on a Hilltop Today

The Obama administration “botched” the Oct. 1 roll-out of the “Obamacare” website. That was the president’s verb. The health-care exchanges opened under the law enrolled 7 million people by the March 31 deadline, meeting expectations. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of...

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