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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $886 Billion

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department spent $886 billion in 2013. That makes HHS the biggest federal department by outlays. The $886 billion accounted for about one-fourth of total federal outlays. Kathleen Sebelius, who leads the department, will resign as...

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Abortion Foes Renew Obamacare Assault as Court Hearing Nears

When Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus sought re-election in 2010, the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, tried to erect billboards highlighting his vote for the Affordable Care Act. The organization contended that the law included taxpayer funding for abortion....

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Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Arne Sorenson, president of Marriott International.

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Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Arne Sorenson, president of Marriott International.

Ayotte, Hagan Men’s Gym Mates?

Despite their political differences, Sens. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, and Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, enjoy a warm collegial relationship. Where do they hangout? “We need to tell this group that where we see each other the most is...

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

Toyota Keeping Lawmakers Happy

Tired of waiting to (finally) get your turn to question that Obama administration official at your subcommittee hearing? Bored of floor debates on bills that will never go anywhere? Toyota has a solution for you, just a few blocks away...

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

Bitcoin, Pot Ripe for Congressional Action — (Don’t Hold Your Breath)

Bitcoin and marijuana are among the issues on which Congress should provide clarity — though probably won’t this year — Rep. Jared Polis says. “In general, it’s better for Congress to reasonably consider these things and provide a uniform statutory...

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Cantor’s Party Fights Fire in the Base

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is under fire from his own party — for raising money for his own party. Brent Bozell, who heads the small government group ForAmerica, and Richard Viguerie, chairman of American Target Advertising, a conservative direct-mail...

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Frank: High-Frequency Trading Deserves Congressional Hearings

Flash: Former House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank says Congress should hold hearings into high-frequency trading to see if the “transformative” technology has out-stripped the federal government’s regulations intended to police it. “I think there should be serious inquiries,” the...

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

Hispanic Lawmakers Offer Deportation Options to Obama Administration

President Barack Obama’s administration should make deportation a low priority for those who haven’t committed significant crimes, expand eligibility for green cards and end a controversial fingerprinting program used to identify undocumented workers. Those are a few of the 11...

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In line to purchase copies of President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget at the Government Printing Office bookstore in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2014.

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In line to purchase copies of President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget at the Government Printing Office bookstore in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2014.

Republicans Offer Obama Budget — Set-up for Failed Shutout

Updated at 5:50 pm EDT President Barack Obama can’t offer his own amendment to the House Republican budget, so South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney has helpfully assistED. The result was sure to be a resounding defeat of an amendment intended...

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