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Timothy R. Homan


Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, speaks during an interview in Washington D.C., on Oct. 9, 2013.

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Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, speaks during an interview in Washington D.C., on Oct. 9, 2013.

Bennet: Congress Not ‘Dysfunctional’ Enough to Default

Sen. Michael Bennet has a well-thought-out reason for thinking the current Congressional stalemate will be broken before the U.S. loses its authority to borrow money. “Even as dysfunctional as we are, I don’t think we’re that dysfunctional,” the Colorado Democrat...

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Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho on Capitol Hill in Washington, 2011.

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Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho on Capitol Hill in Washington, 2011.

Crapo’s Driving Under Influence Case May Be Muted Washington Scandal

With assistance from Derek Wallbank in Washington. What are the ingredients for a classic Washington scandal? Perhaps one part crime, one part hypocrisy and two parts intrigue. For U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, an Idaho Republican and Mormon who was arrested yesterday...

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President Barack Obama approaches the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey Cobbler as National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen, center, and handler Bob Evans hold the turkey during a Rose Garden turkey pardon event on Nov. 21, 2012.

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President Barack Obama approaches the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey Cobbler as National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen, center, and handler Bob Evans hold the turkey during a Rose Garden turkey pardon event on Nov. 21, 2012.

Obama Talks Turkey and Birds Get Their Freedom

President Barack Obama fulfilled a duty of office, pardoning two turkeys a day before Thanksgiving. While their only crime was to be born a potential holiday main dish, Cobbler and Gobbler will live out their days in relative livestock luxury....

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Grover’s Caucus Takes Attendance

Grover Norquist, who has demanded pledges against new taxes from members of Congress, is counting heads. While still-unsettled races could change these totals, here’s where the tally stands for his Americans for Tax Reform and its influential anti-tax pledge: —...

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Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist, in Manhattan in 1962.

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Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist, in Manhattan in 1962.

Ryan’s Bounce: Ayn Rand Booksales

While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t get an appreciable bounce after naming Paul Ryan as his running mate, the late Ayn Rand sure did. The philosopher who favored individualism over collectivism has won renewed attention with the choice of...

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