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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Debbie Dingell attend the statue unveiling ceremony for President Gerald Ford in the rotunda of the Capitol.

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Debbie Dingell attend the statue unveiling ceremony for President Gerald Ford in the rotunda of the Capitol.

Courting Congress: The Clinton Papers

Heir-apparent Debbie Dingell was wielding power in her husband John Dingell’s congressional office in 1993 as the Clinton White House tried to convince the then-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to support Hillary Rodham Clinton’s healthcare overhaul plan....

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reflected in a television displaying a count of the number of people losing unemployment benefits during a news conference with other Senate Democratic leaders on Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reflected in a television displaying a count of the number of people losing unemployment benefits during a news conference with other Senate Democratic leaders on Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Reid to Koch Brothers: Stick to Oil

That was the majority leader of the Democratic-run Senate carrying on about two of the richest Republican brothers in political finance on the floor of the Senate today. “The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans...

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David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc.

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David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 14,301

Americans for Prosperity has dominated TV airwaves so far this election cycle. The Republican-allied group founded by billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch has put up at least 14,301 broadcast television spots since the beginning of last year — more...

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President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Feb. 14, 2014, before boarding the Marine One helicopter to travel to the Democratic House members retreat in Cambridge, Md.

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President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Feb. 14, 2014, before boarding the Marine One helicopter to travel to the Democratic House members retreat in Cambridge, Md.

Obama: Government ‘Hostage’ No Longer

President Barack Obama is taking a victory lap with the debt deal approved by Congress this week — suspending the ceiling on the federal debt until March 2015. Obama heralded “the fact that we are no longer going to see,...

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Samantha Guzman, an Affordable Care Act navigator with the Bureau and Putnam County Health Department, center, assists Jackie Karns as she shops for health insurance at the Bureau County Health Department offices in Princeton, Illinois, on Dec. 18, 2013.

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Samantha Guzman, an Affordable Care Act navigator with the Bureau and Putnam County Health Department, center, assists Jackie Karns as she shops for health insurance at the Bureau County Health Department offices in Princeton, Illinois, on Dec. 18, 2013.

Daschle: Obamacare Assault a Shifting 2014 Factor

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, says he is concerned that the Republican focus on criticizing the president’s health care law could hurt Democratic efforts to retain the majority in his former chamber this year....

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French President Francois Hollande, left, and President Barack Obama visit Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson, on Feb. 10, 2014, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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French President Francois Hollande, left, and President Barack Obama visit Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson, on Feb. 10, 2014, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Obama: ‘I Can Do Whatever I Want’

It was a joke. “We’re breaking protocol here,” President Barack Obama said yesterday, as he strolled the grounds at Monticello with visiting French President Francois Hollande. “That’s the good thing about being president,” the president added, turning with a smile...

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An employee displays recreational marijuana in Denver.

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An employee displays recreational marijuana in Denver.

Rubio Mum on Marijuana: ‘Irrelevant’

“Smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot.” – The Beatles (or is that what they really said?) Maybe not everybody. At least, Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t saying. In Florida, voters are likely to see a constitutional amendment on the November...

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The cigarette counter at a CVS drugstore on Feb. 5, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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The cigarette counter at a CVS drugstore on Feb. 5, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $2 Billion

CVS Caremark Corp. says its decision to stop selling tobacco products will cost about $2 billion a year in revenue. “Anytime a company puts public health and the long-term good ahead of short-term profit, it’s sort of an eye opener,”...

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