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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.

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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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden on June 30, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden on June 30, 2014.

Biden as President: Has What Obama Lacks?

Joe Biden, Barack Obama says, would make a great president. The president then goes on to enumerate all the skills his vice president possesses for the top job, which rings with an awkward accounting of all the political skills and...

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US security personnel and Ukrainian soldiers stand near an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during Vice President's visit at the Boryspil airport in Kiev on April 21, 2014.

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US security personnel and Ukrainian soldiers stand near an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during Vice President's visit at the Boryspil airport in Kiev on April 21, 2014.

Biden: Putin Soulless

Former President George W. Bush famously looked Vladimir Putin in the eyes and saw his soul. He said so. Vice President Joe Biden says he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw nothing. He says he told him so. “I said,...

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin.

Hillary Clinton: ‘I Like My Life’

“’It would be wholly personal,” Hillary Clinton says of the possibility of not running for president. “I like my life right now.” First things first, says the grandmother-to-be, who says she wants to try that on for size before deciding...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

Putin’s Popularity Peaking

For all the trouble that Russia’s incursion into Ukraine has caused in Europe and the United States, for all the sanctions that European Union and U.S. allies have imposed on Russian business interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin is as popular as...

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

Britton Hill: A New Bush Hurdle?

Britton Hill is the highest hill in Florida. That’s surely not saying much in a state where the tallest elevation reaches 345 feet above sea level — the lowest high-point of any American state. Even Washington, D.C., has a higher...

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Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, left, and Senate candidate Joni Ernst during the grand opening of the Scott County Republican Headquarters on June 4, 2014 in Davenport.

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Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, left, and Senate candidate Joni Ernst during the grand opening of the Scott County Republican Headquarters on June 4, 2014 in Davenport.

Iowa Restless: 2014, 2016 in Play

In Iowa, the hog-cutting candidate for Senate — a woman in a state that never has sent a female representative to Congress — is running neck-and-neck with a Democratic congressman seeking an open Senate seat. The governor of New Jersey, a...

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