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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.

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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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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