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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Pot, Not Potholes: D.C. Activists Take the Hill

Andy Harris doesn’t represent the District of Columbia in Congress and, unlike the person who does, he has a vote. Yet today, the Maryland Republican got a full airing of grievances related to the District. “DC Residents will deliver their...

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 30,233

That’s how many broadcast television ads ran in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race through July 21, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG. That’s the second-highest total in any Senate race this year behind North Carolina, where outside groups helped state House Speaker...

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

Obama’s Five-Point Party Pitch — Pelosi Suggests Stepping it Up

He may not be looking so great these days, President Barack Obama says, but the economy is looking up. The political picture in Washington remains bleaker, however, the president said in a pitch today to some of his party’s top...

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A congressional staff with a poster of the 'Wastebook 2013' after a news conference on Dec. 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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A congressional staff with a poster of the 'Wastebook 2013' after a news conference on Dec. 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Federal Report? ‘Let Me Google That’ — $48 ‘Wastebook’

“Why does the federal government have an office that sells reports that are available for free on-line?” Sen. Tom Coburn, the soon-retiring Oklahoma Republican who has made a name for himself in rooting out federal government waste, says this is...

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Balloons in the "Health Corner" conference room, used to host customer programs with local doctors and heathcare experts, at a Walgreen Co. store in Chicago.

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Balloons in the "Health Corner" conference room, used to host customer programs with local doctors and heathcare experts, at a Walgreen Co. store in Chicago.

Walgreen Chided For Tax-’Dodge’ Prescription: Harry Reid

Five months after Democrats in Washington, including President Barack Obama, praised CVS executives for their decision to stop selling smokes, another drugstore has fallen into the party’s cross-hairs. Illinois-based Walgreen Co. was hammered for 10 minutes on the Senate floor...

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Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Railroad Lobby: 15 Percent Boost

Railroads are doing what companies do when they’re faced with a government regulation that could add to the costs of doing business: Spending more on Washington lobbying. The Association of American Railroads, which represents rail lines like Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s...

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