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Vice President Joe Biden shakes the hand of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during a farewell ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building on September 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Vice President Joe Biden shakes the hand of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during a farewell ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building on September 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Biden’s Supreme Court Pick: Napolitano

Has Vice President Joe Biden decided who he is backing for the next Supreme Court vacancy? According to the vice president, he knows of at least one person who should be in the mix: departing Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet...

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Aug. 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was 50 years ago today when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the memorial.

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Aug. 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was 50 years ago today when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the memorial.

Obama: King Changed America — ‘Eventually the White House’ Too

President Barack Obama, speaking from the same Washington stage where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a defining speech of the civil rights movement, said that even as the nation has been transformed, work remains in countering growing economic disparities. “To...

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Senate candidate Liz Cheney, right, talks to supporters as her opponent Sen. Mike Enzi, far left, also makes the rounds during a tea party rally in Emblem, Wyo., on Aug. 24, 2013.

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Senate candidate Liz Cheney, right, talks to supporters as her opponent Sen. Mike Enzi, far left, also makes the rounds during a tea party rally in Emblem, Wyo., on Aug. 24, 2013.

Cheney’s Wyoming Chances Weighed

Sen. Mike Enzi clapped politely as Liz Cheney directed rhetorical fire his way this past weekend at a at the Big Horn Basin Tea Party’s third annual picnic. Awkward? A bit. But it’s part of political life in the least...

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller wipes his eye during a farewell ceremony in his honor at the Department of Justice on August 1, 2013. Mueller is retiring from the FBI after 12-years in the post.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller wipes his eye during a farewell ceremony in his honor at the Department of Justice on August 1, 2013. Mueller is retiring from the FBI after 12-years in the post.

Mueller Farewell Brings Out Government A-List

When the attorney general, White House counsel and directors of the CIA, the FBI and national intelligence are all in the same room, rarely is it a good thing. Even rarer still is the moment punctuated by laughter. Yet that...

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Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, waves while arriving to speak during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2012.

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Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, waves while arriving to speak during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2012.

Frank: Changed My Tweeting Mind

Barney Frank, the blunt and often cantankerous former Democratic member of the House, has gone back on his word. Despite his firm denials before he left office during the last Congress, Frank has official joined the world of Twitter. I...

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida

Holder Seeks ‘Hard Look’ at Stand Your Ground Laws Like Florida’s

Attorney General Eric Holder, in a speech to the nation’s largest civil rights group today said it’s time to “take a hard look” at state laws that allow individuals who feel threatened to respond with force. Addressing an issue that...

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James Comey, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2013.

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James Comey, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2013.

FBI Nominee Parlays Hedge Fund Past: ‘Speaking Truth to Power’

James Comey’s ties to the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates LP, were initially looked at by lawmakers as a potential liability as his nomination to lead the FBI moved through the Senate. Comey, at his nomination hearing yesterday, flipped...

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Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2013.

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Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2013.

Holder Promises ‘Holistic’ Release of Surveillance Explanation

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Obama administration is undertaking a “holistic” effort to declassify more details about government surveillance to give the public a better picture of the programs. “We’d like to do it sooner rather than later, but...

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Authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives search a home in Hyattsville, Maryland.

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Authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives search a home in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Grassley Hammers ATF Nominee

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director since 2006. Based on a Senate hearing today, the agency is going to have to keep waiting. Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate...

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