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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.

Andres Cuartas, left, sits with Mercedes Mujica, an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

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Andres Cuartas, left, sits with Mercedes Mujica, an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

Obamacare Views: ‘So Predictable’

“I knew it all along. You’re so predictable. I knew something would go wrong (something’s always wrong) . So you don’t have to call or say anything at all. You’re so predictable (so predictable).” – Good Charlotte We’ve seen it...

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Scoochie Smith #11 of the Dayton Flyers battles for a loose ball against Kasey Hill #0 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Florida Gators during the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Scoochie Smith #11 of the Dayton Flyers battles for a loose ball against Kasey Hill #0 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Florida Gators during the south regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the FedExForum on March 29, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Final Four Primary: Bush, Paul, Walker — and WWE’s McMahon?

Is it mere coincidence that much of the Final Four play is coming down to teams from states with potential Republican candidates for president in 2016? There’s Florida’s Jeb Bush: Final four! Way to go, Florida and @UFCoachBillyD! #MarchMadness —...

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

Yellen: Meaning of ‘Some Time?’ — ‘Indirect Pushback’ Seen

It depends on what the meaning of  “some time” is. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen got everyone’s attention — meaning the stock markets — when she said at a press conference on March 19 that the Fed might start raising...

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The Michigan State Spartans bench late in the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.

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The Michigan State Spartans bench late in the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.

Obama’s Bracket Busted: UConn ‘Bandwagon’ Welcomes President

President Barack Obama’s bracket is busted. With Michigan State’s loss to the University of Connecticut in the NCAA basketball finals, so goes the president’s prediction for the tournament winner. This lowers the March Madness predictive record of the hoops-in-chief to...

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Representative Michael "Mike" Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30, 2013.

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Representative Michael "Mike" Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30, 2013.

Rogers: Eyes on Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina Living Rooms

Mike Rogers said the three magic names: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. It’s enough to gain any serious politician special notice. There’s another unspoken word here: Cumulus. That’s the company hiring the retiring Republican House intelligence chairman from Michigan...

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on May 8, 2013, to mark the upcoming Victory Day.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on May 8, 2013, to mark the upcoming Victory Day.

Putin’s Russia, His Father’s Russia

Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris today. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives promises to finish work on a series of sanctions punishing Russia for its incursion in Crimea and $1 billion...

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., leaves a news conference at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., leaves a news conference at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

‘Sheldon Primary’ Opens at Venetian – Host Rides Maybach to Dinner

Remember the Republican National Convention? Fuggedabout it. The real screening of potential Republican Party candidates is taking place in Las Vegas, starting with a private “VIP” party in the private airplane hangar of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson,  the 10th richest...

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Insurance agents assist people with purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

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Insurance agents assist people with purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

Obamacare’s 6-Million Milestone

Six million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans under Obamacare, President Barack Obama said today, as Bloomberg’s Alex Wayne notes “a symbolic milestone for a government that has struggled to get the law off the ground.” “Nearly four million people...

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