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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.

Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, in Washington, D.C.

Brown: Banking Bill Moribund — Boehner ‘Speaker of Tea Party’

Sen. Sherrod Brown, co-sponsor of a bill to prevent any one financial institution from growing so large that it could jeopardize the economy or require another federal bailout, sees little likelihood of anything passing this year — not his plan,...

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President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron look at a selfie picture taken by Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, center, during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron look at a selfie picture taken by Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, center, during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

Selfiegeddon: Obama Staffer Warns of ‘End of All Selfies’

“The end of all selfies.” That’s serious talk coming from a White House where the president has posed for a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s funeral and also while hosting the championship Boston Red Sox. Yet, as Bloomberg’s Jonathan Allen explains,...

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President Barack Obama looks over a student's work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. on April 7, 2014.

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President Barack Obama looks over a student's work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md. on April 7, 2014.

Obama Goes to School in Biology

The president went to school in biology today. At Bladensburg High School, in Maryland just outside the District of Columbia, President Barack Obama was announcing the winners of Youth Career Grants. The project of the Departments of Education and Labor...

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a Long Island Association luncheon with LIA President and CEO Kevin S. Law on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a Long Island Association luncheon with LIA President and CEO Kevin S. Law on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

Jeb Bush’s ‘Act of Love:’ Taking One For The Party?

In portraying a parent’s illegal border crossing as “an act of love,” Republican Jeb Bush has defined one of the boundaries of compassion in the presidential election campaign to come — whether he’s in it or not. Nearly two years...

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Former President George W. Bush and dog Barney home home on the ranch. Photo by The Washington Post

Former President George W. Bush and dog Barney home home on the ranch. Photo by The Washington Post

Bush’s Brush Coloring Leadership

The 43rd president of the United States has taken selfies to a new level. And portraits of others as well — of all the leaders he’s known before. Here are George W. Bush’s portraits of different world leaders, including Vladimir...

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Air Force One, with U.S. President Barack Obama aboard, taxis on the tarmac at a U.S. military airbase in Osan, South Korea.

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Air Force One, with U.S. President Barack Obama aboard, taxis on the tarmac at a U.S. military airbase in Osan, South Korea.

Air Force One (Both of Them) in Shop

Sometimes even Air Force One has to go into the shop. Both of them. At the same time. Reporters en route to Michigan with President Barack Obama were asking why they were flying a smaller aircraft, one modeled on a...

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) leave a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) leave a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Chambliss Leaving ‘Frustrating’ Senate says Boehner Here to Stay

Retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a member of Congress for 20 years and senator for the past 12, says today’s Senate isn’t what he had in mind. “There’s not an awful lot going on in the Senate” right now, the Georgia...

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Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser gives her victory speech in southeast Washington, DC on April 1, 2014.

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Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser gives her victory speech in southeast Washington, DC on April 1, 2014.

Washington Corruption Yielding a New Mayor

“Corruption has no place in City Hall.” What a concept. Enough, it appears, to turn the mayor of corruption-plagued Washington, D.C., out of office this fall. Muriel Bowser, a 41-year-old D.C. Council member, has run over Mayor Vincent Gray in...

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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, on April 1, 2014, about the Affordable Care Act.

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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, on April 1, 2014, about the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare ‘Surge’ Gets Rose Garden Treatment: 7 Million Enrolled in Six Months

Despite problems that Obamacare suffered “out of the starting gate,” President Barack Obama told a cheering audience in the Rose Garden today, 7.1 million people have signed up for coverage at the federal exchanges. “In these first six months, we’ve...

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