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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

Obama ‘Worst’ Since WW II: Poll

It’s widely recognized, at this point, that President Barack Obama’s public approval ratings are in a slump. His job approval stands at 41 percent in the latest Gallup track (with 53 percent disapproval, a phenomenon colloquially known as “underwater.”) He...

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President Barack Obama and others attend the event to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month at the White House in this June 15, 2012 file photo.

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President Barack Obama and others attend the event to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month at the White House in this June 15, 2012 file photo.

Obama: LGBT Rights, Fundraising

Today, the White House announced that President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and trans-gendered employees. Tomorrow, in New York, the president plans to appear at the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT...

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The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee, NJ, and New York City.

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The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee, NJ, and New York City.

Christie’s Ousted Aide in Capitol: Watching Inquiry, May Talk

Bill Stepien, the former campaign aide whom Gov. Chris Christie cut ties with earlier this year when a scandal erupted over political lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, showed his face in New Jersey’s Capitol today. Some journalists and...

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Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel leads a march of soldiers, veterans and various other military aligned groups in the 369th Infantry Regiment Parade in Harlem on May 18, 2014 in New York City.

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Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel leads a march of soldiers, veterans and various other military aligned groups in the 369th Infantry Regiment Parade in Harlem on May 18, 2014 in New York City.

Rangel Ready for Only One More

After 43 years in the U.S. House and four years as a New York state assemblyman, Charles Rangel says this year’s congressional campaign will be his last. Rangel, who will be 84 on June 11, told supporters at a birthday...

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President Barack Obama shakes after delivering remarks on infrastructure at the Washington Irving Boat Club on May 14, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York.

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President Barack Obama shakes after delivering remarks on infrastructure at the Washington Irving Boat Club on May 14, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York.

Obama to NYC: ‘I Don’t Need 80% of the Vote Here’

President Barack Obama raised money for Senate Democrats yesterday in exceptionally friendly political terrain: New York City. Obama won 81 percent of the vote in the nation’s most populous city 18 months ago, the best showing by a presidential candidate...

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Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, right, talks to Lawrence " Larry" Summers, outgoing director of the U.S. National Economic Council, before U.S. President Barack Obama signed an $858 billion bill extending for two years Bush-era tax cuts in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, 2010.

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Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, right, talks to Lawrence " Larry" Summers, outgoing director of the U.S. National Economic Council, before U.S. President Barack Obama signed an $858 billion bill extending for two years Bush-era tax cuts in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, 2010.

Summers ‘Thrill’ Topped ‘Torture’: Geithner Says With Smile

Timothy Geithner, the former Treasury secretary making the rounds with his new book, spoke today of the abyss the United States faced in the fall of 2008, the prospect of a panic-driven financial crisis prompted by a freezing of credit....

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Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan greets fans at Tampa International Airport ahead of the 15th Indian Film Academy Awards on, April 24, 2014.

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Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan greets fans at Tampa International Airport ahead of the 15th Indian Film Academy Awards on, April 24, 2014.

Bollywood vs. RNC: ‘Glitz’ vs. ‘Stuffy Old White Guys’

Bob Buckhorn, mayor of Tampa, Florida, played host to the Republican National Convention in 2012. Now he is playing host to the globe-trotting event that is the Indian Film Academy Awards — aka, Bollywood on the road. The wandering international...

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Perry Seeks Cuomo Debate Post-’Ooops’

It sounds like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking to get past his “sorry, oops” moment in a Republican presidential debate that helped tank his 2012  campaign, and he’s looking for New York Gov.  Andrew Cuomo to help him out....

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