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Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

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Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

Don Beyer: Obamacare, Howard Dean and Volvos

All the Democrats are running from Obamacare, right? Not Don Beyer, a Democrat seeking the seat of retiring Virginia congressman Jim Moran, who has served for two-and-a-half decades. “Republicans are working to undermine Obamacare,” reads the headline on the colorful...

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, during an interview in Washington, D.C., on March 11, 2014

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, during an interview in Washington, D.C., on March 11, 2014

U.S. CEOs Made 331 Times Average Worker, Says AFL-CIO

April 15 is known across America as a day of reckoning, when many workers must fork over unpaid taxes. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says that for corporate executives, tax day “represents making massive sums of money from the sacrifice of others.”...

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.8%

    The federal budget deficit will be 2.8 percent of gross domestic product this fiscal year, according to a Congressional Budget Office projection.  That would mark a decline in the deficit from 4.1 percent of the economy in fiscal...

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Employees work on the assembly line installing parts on the Duratech 35 V6 engine at the Ford Motor Co. Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, U.S. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Ford announced it will invest $500 million to upgrade the plant to support production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost designed for 2015 F-150.

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Employees work on the assembly line installing parts on the Duratech 35 V6 engine at the Ford Motor Co. Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, U.S. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Ford announced it will invest $500 million to upgrade the plant to support production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost designed for 2015 F-150.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 74

It took 74 months for U.S. private employment to exceed the pre-recession peak of 116 million in January 2008. Payrolls excluding government agencies rose by 192,000 workers in March, bringing total private employment to 116.1 million, according to the Labor...

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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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