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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.

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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Russian President Vladimir Putin greets U.S. President Barack Obama at the G20 summit on Sept. 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, Russian President Vladimir Putin greets U.S. President Barack Obama at the G20 summit on Sept. 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Putin: Obama ‘A Decent Man’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and American President Barack Obama don’t always see eye to soul, yet Putin says he’s pretty confident Obama would save him if he were drowning. The Russian leader held court on Russian TV today, talking about...

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Elizabeth Warren in Washington, D.C.

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Elizabeth Warren in Washington, D.C.

Warren Report: Made Obama ‘Nervous’

President Barack Obama once told Elizabeth Warren, creator of the consumer protection agency, that she was making Wall Street bankers and Senate Republicans “very nervous.” So writes Warren, the first female senator from Massachusetts, in a memoir recounting many things...

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Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

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Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

Don Beyer: Obamacare, Howard Dean and Volvos

All the Democrats are running from Obamacare, right? Not Don Beyer, a Democrat seeking the seat of retiring Virginia congressman Jim Moran, who has served for two-and-a-half decades. “Republicans are working to undermine Obamacare,” reads the headline on the colorful...

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

Obama’s Dream, 50 Years Hence

Updated at 1:41 and 1:46 pm EDT with the president’s remarks today “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” – Barack Obama,...

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in Washington, DC, on Sept. 18, 2013.

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in Washington, DC, on Sept. 18, 2013.

Kerry, McCain: Battle of the Nominees

When two decorated Vietnam War veterans, both winners of their parties’ nominations for president — and both losers of the general election — square off over differences in foreign policy, a war of political nerve might ensue. It did at...

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the US Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 8, 2014.

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the US Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 8, 2014.

Holder: ‘You Don’t Want to Go There’ — and Good Asparagus Luck!

  Eric Holder has made little secret of his contempt for Congress. And at least some in the Republican-run House have voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress as well. As Rep. Louie Goehmert, a Texas Republican,...

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A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.

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A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.

Simpson’s Simple Republican Message: ‘If You Love Someone… Marry Them’

Alan Simpson has an idea of what it means to be a Republican: Getting government out of the lives of Americans. And that, according to the retired senator from Wyoming, includes the question of same-sex marriage. The characteristically candid and...

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