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President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

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President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

Obama: No ‘Twiddling Thumbs’

Is this an imperial presidency? President Barack Obama was asked about the stalemate on Capitol Hill and whether that has enabled him to embrace executive powers to their fullest. “I never have a green light. I’m bound by the Constitution....

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Former US President George W. Bush (C) stands with Penehupifo Pohamba (L), first lady of Namibia, and Roman Tesfaye, first lady of Ethiopia, after announcing partnerships between their nations and Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon during the US - Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Former US President George W. Bush (C) stands with Penehupifo Pohamba (L), first lady of Namibia, and Roman Tesfaye, first lady of Ethiopia, after announcing partnerships between their nations and Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon during the US - Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Bush: ‘Taking Care of Women… Good Politics’

“A generation on the verge of being lost has been found,” former President George W. Bush said today of a U.S.-led initiative in Africa that has spanned two administrations — his and President Barack Obama’s. About nine million people are...

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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and former first lady Laura Bush during a panel discussion during 'Investing in Our Future' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and former first lady Laura Bush during a panel discussion during 'Investing in Our Future' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

First Ladies: Picking Their Causes

Updated at 10:53 am EDT As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington concludes today with diplomatic discussions among President Barack Obama and African heads of state, First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush were hosting a forum...

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Frank Sesno, left, interviews Colin Powell.

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Frank Sesno, left, interviews Colin Powell.

Powell: ‘Washington Needs Help’

Colin Powell has some straight talk for the next generation of leaders: “Stay away from stupid reality shows, and don’t spend all your time texting the person next to you.” The former secretary of state, chairman of the joint chiefs...

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A slice of Wagyu beef in Tokyo.

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A slice of Wagyu beef in Tokyo.

White House’s Continent Dinner: Wagyu Beef, Coconut Milk Await 50 Motorcades

Updated at 1:45 pm EDT It may be a “Code Orange” day in Washington, D.C., the ambient air officially unfit for infants and the elderly, yet that won’t stop the White House from holding a dinner for 400 on the...

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Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, during the U.S. Export-Import Bank annual conference in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2013.

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Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, during the U.S. Export-Import Bank annual conference in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2013.

Club for Growth Jumps on Frog Jump Congressman Backing Ex-Im Bank

The Club for Growth today is striking back at Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher, a Tennesseean who is parting ways with the Tea Party-aligned group in its drive to shutter the U.S. Export-Import Bank. A congressman who campaigned in 2010 on...

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A missile is launched by an 'Iron Dome' battery, a short-range missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 15, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

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A missile is launched by an 'Iron Dome' battery, a short-range missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 15, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

Iron Dome: $225 Million More

Among the few bills that have cleared the 113th Congress: One authorizing $225 million more for the “Iron Dome” defense that shoots down rockets fired at Israel from Gaza. President Obama puts down his pen after signing “The Iron Dome...

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A sign advertising the upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit outside the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2014.

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A sign advertising the upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit outside the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2014.

African View of U.S.: World’s Best

If African leaders like what they hear in Washington this week, some of their countries already had a pretty good feeling about the place heading into the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit playing out in the capital. How African nations view US...

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President Barack Obama greets attendees at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) in Washington, DC on July 28, 2014.

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President Barack Obama greets attendees at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) in Washington, DC on July 28, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $900 Million

The Obama administration expects at least $900 million in private business deals to be announced at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum that starts today. In bringing representatives from about 50 African nations to Washington, Obama is “working to overcome perceptions on...

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