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A mock oil pipeline is carried during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline demonstration near the White House in this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo.

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A mock oil pipeline is carried during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline demonstration near the White House in this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo.

Kochs Go Beyond Obamacare

Since October, the billionaire-backed non-profit Americans for Prosperity has hewed to one simple message: Obamacare is bad. They’ve been by far the most vocal group in the country on this point, running 24,000 TV  ads in 14 states — criticizing...

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix.

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix.

Coburn Attacks VA Workload — With Study Making Opposite Point

Sen. Tom Coburn, whom fellow Republican John McCain wants to take over the embattled Veterans Affairs Department, opposes the Democratic plan to reduce waiting lists by paying for more VA doctors. The Oklahoma Republican, and one of the few medical...

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Emissions at the coal fired Morgantown Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Newburg, Maryland.

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Emissions at the coal fired Morgantown Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Newburg, Maryland.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 24.6%

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new pollution-cutting rule Monday with enough facts and figures to bury anyone beneath numerical rubble for weeks on end.  In the avalanche, the most relevant figure to remember may be 24.6 percent. The regulation,...

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Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 2014.

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Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs, during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 2014.

Obama Accepts Shinseki’s Resignation

Updated at 11:30 am EDT President Barack Obama said today that he has accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, following reports of widespread “systemic” failures at the agency’s hospitals. “The misconduct has not been limited to a...

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8706 in Moore, Oklahoma.

Shinseki Faces Obama as VA Sec’y Apologizes to Veterans

Eric Shinseki, the embattled secretary of veterans affairs and retired four-star general, apologized today for the “systemic” failings in medical care exposed by his agency’s inspector general and promised fixes. “`The situation can be fixed,” Shinseki said during a speech...

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President Barack Obama at the White House.

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President Barack Obama at the White House.

Obama’s Obamacare Loop: ‘Endless’

To hear the president tell it, he is caught in an endless tape loop. “The debate now is about what? Benghazi? Obamacare?” President Barack Obama asked at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Maryland this evening, citing the two- and four-year-old...

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A student with chocolate milk during lunch hour.

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A student with chocolate milk during lunch hour.

Chocolate Milk Ban in Doubt: Connecticut’s Malloy Unhappy

Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy may have just made himself the most popular politician in America among those too young to vote. How? By sticking up for a cherished, if not altogether healthy, schoolhouse lunchroom tradition: Chocolate milk. After the state Legislature...

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Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers remarks before introducing former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

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Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers remarks before introducing former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

Cook: ‘Perfect Storm’ for Democrats in Obama’s Second Midterm

President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul is “an albatross” for Democrats buffeted by a “perfect storm” of factors including an unfavorable Senate map, the president’s mediocre approval ratings and historical trends favoring midterm election gains by the party opposing the White...

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