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Mark Silva

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


U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, buys an ice-cream at a shop as he tours a Hutong alley with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, right, and son Hunter Biden, left on Dec. 5, 2013 in Beijing.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, buys an ice-cream at a shop as he tours a Hutong alley with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, right, and son Hunter Biden, left on Dec. 5, 2013 in Beijing.

Biden: Shoulda’ Had One Republican Rich Kid

“I should have had one Republican kid who’d grow up to make money,” Vice President Joe Biden said today, spurred by his audience’s laughter to add: “so when they put me in a home, I get a window with a...

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

Obama’s Five-Point Party Pitch — Pelosi Suggests Stepping it Up

He may not be looking so great these days, President Barack Obama says, but the economy is looking up. The political picture in Washington remains bleaker, however, the president said in a pitch today to some of his party’s top...

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A congressional staff with a poster of the 'Wastebook 2013' after a news conference on Dec. 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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A congressional staff with a poster of the 'Wastebook 2013' after a news conference on Dec. 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Federal Report? ‘Let Me Google That’ — $48 ‘Wastebook’

“Why does the federal government have an office that sells reports that are available for free on-line?” Sen. Tom Coburn, the soon-retiring Oklahoma Republican who has made a name for himself in rooting out federal government waste, says this is...

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

Kerry in Israel, West Bank: ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns

John Kerry is in town again. And his host, Benjamin Netanyahu, was quiet about it. For all the support for Israel that the U.S. has reiterated in the escalating conflict with Hamas, the State Department today was also talking about...

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A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

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A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

Butter Cow Has Competition: Butter Menagerie

Even better than the fried salad on a stick and funnel cakes on sale at the annual Iowa State Fair: The display of the legendary Butter Cow. This year, the theme is “Field of Dreams” - honoring the 25th anniversary...

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas.

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas.

Cruz: Losing ‘Vampire Vote’ — Amused at Leftist Blood-Suckers

“Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list,” Sen. Ted Cruz says. Sunday night, the Republican with eyes on a White House bid...

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Farley, and Charles Richard Crane in Warm Springs, Georgia, on Dec. 7, 1931.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Farley, and Charles Richard Crane in Warm Springs, Georgia, on Dec. 7, 1931.

Obama No Jim Farley: Nader

Barack Obama is no Jim Farley. That’s Ralph Nader’s conclusion, in a letter to the president which also accuses Obama of demonstrating “impaired moral authority.” The longtime consumer advocate’s complaints run to the nation’s supply of weaponry to Israel, which...

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