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Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California.

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Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California.

Diaz-Balart on Immigration: ‘Why Are We Here?’

It is “absolutely” possible to get immigration reforms enacted this year, one of the key negotiators in the House says. Yet this will require that an “airtight” border security measure be part of that — together with a path to citizenship...

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Tourists watch the 'Old Faithful' geyser in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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Tourists watch the 'Old Faithful' geyser in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Lights, Camera, Old Faithful: $200

There are cameo appearances, and then there are cameos. How much, for instance, should “Old Faithful” be paid for an appearance on the silver screen? Or the Washington Monument? The Grand Canyon? In the era of user fees helping to...

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Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks during an interview
in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30, 2014.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30, 2014.

Cruz: 2016 ‘Will Take Care of Itself’

  Ted Cruz, the first-term Republican senator from Texas, insists that he is focused on finding ways to create jobs, supporting a free-market economy, upholding the Constitution and repealing Obamacare. The rest of it, such as the politics of who’s...

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An adult film actress in her apartment, which is frequently used as a filming location, in Los Angeles.

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An adult film actress in her apartment, which is frequently used as a filming location, in Los Angeles.

Horseburgers, Porn Riders and More in $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

While there’s been a lot of coverage about the overall thrust of the $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending bill that has cleared Congress, lawmakers in both parties expressed concern that there wasn’t enough time to read the whole thing. Taxpayers for...

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Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Representative Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Barbara Lee: Anti-Poverty Agenda Ripe

Rep. Barbara Lee, the California Democrat whose home town of Oakland has “blocks and blocks of vacant homes,” says it’s high time to revive that “war on poverty” that Lyndon Johnson declared 50 years ago. And in the pursuit of...

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Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, right, with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) after a news conference with members of the D.C. Council 'to call on the Senate and the administration to free D.C.'s local budget during the federal government shutdown' on Oct. 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, right, with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) after a news conference with members of the D.C. Council 'to call on the Senate and the administration to free D.C.'s local budget during the federal government shutdown' on Oct. 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Bills Passed by Lawmaker Who Can’t Vote: Only in Washington, D.C.

Written with BGov’s Loren Duggan One of the members of Congress who wrote the most laws last year is a member of the House minority who doesn’t even get to vote. Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting delegate from the...

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The Yelp Inc. logo in a restaurant in New York City.

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The Yelp Inc. logo in a restaurant in New York City.

Yelp Adds Federal PAC To Lobbying Effort

Updated 12:45 p.m. Yelp Inc. has formed a federal political action committee, which will allow the San Francisco-based social networking and local-search company to make campaign contributions to preferred candidates for Congress. The PAC, called Yelp Inc. Political Action Committee,...

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Job applicants at the Columbus Career Fair in Ohio, on Dec. 5, 2013

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Job applicants at the Columbus Career Fair in Ohio, on Dec. 5, 2013

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $6.6 Billion

That’s the cost in fiscal 2014 of a bipartisan Senate proposal that would extend federal unemployment benefits for three months. The figure comes from a Congressional Budget Office document Dec. 31 that analyzes the budgetary effects of S. 1845, sponsored...

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C.

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C.

Norquist: ‘End of the Grand Bargain’

Democrats, chafing at the “choke collar” on their appropriators, are yielding their desire to raise taxes to their thirst for bigger spending, says one of the capital’s leading anti-tax activists. The budget deal at hand — approved overwhelmingly by the...

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