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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. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama enters the Brady Press Briefing Room on Aug. 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: ‘What More Can You Do?’

“The nature of being president is that you’re always asking yourself, `What more can you do?”’ President Barack Obama said today. “Short of going to war,” there is little more the U.S. can do to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin...

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Katie Perry performs at the White House.

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Katie Perry performs at the White House.

Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Michelle Kwan: Honoring Special Olympics

Written by Elissa Nadworny Katy Perry was singing  ”Roar” in an intimate setting in the State Dining Room of the White House last night, as Special Olympics athletes spoke of overcoming obstacles in their lives. The East Room was decorated...

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President Barack Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as he arrives to read a story to children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as he arrives to read a story to children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

Obama Ready to Walk Boehner’s Dog

President Barack Obama occasionally has been spotted walking his dogs. We’re pretty sure, though, that the commander-in-chief has never washed the presidential limousines. Yet, he says he’s willing to do both for Congress — if lawmakers will only work with...

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Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (C) talks with (L-R) Janice Hahn, D-Ca., Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Eliot Engel, D-Ny. at 'National Seersucker Day' at U.S. Capitol on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (C) talks with (L-R) Janice Hahn, D-Ca., Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Eliot Engel, D-Ny. at 'National Seersucker Day' at U.S. Capitol on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Seersuckers on Capitol Hill: Say No More

What is one to say about seersucker day on Capitol Hill? This is the sort of story that writes itself — the idea that so many members of Congress who have done so little this year or last would heed...

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC.

Kerry on Clinton: ‘No Doubts’

Written with Terry Atlas in New Delhi John Kerry wanted to be president. He was the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2004. Hillary Clinton wanted to be president. She lost the party’s nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. Both became secretaries...

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Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service's (exempt organizations office, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

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Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service's (exempt organizations office, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

Sticks and Stones: Lerner’s Permit

Not since George W. Bush called a reporter one has the word ricocheted around the Internet so loudly. Lois Lerner, it turns out, had some harsh words about conservatives in government emails that the House Ways and Means Committee has...

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