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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

Paul: Crack Sentencing Part of Needed Justice Reforms

Sen. Rand Paul says he plans to introduce legislation today that would eliminate any disparity between crack and powdered cocaine in criminal prison sentencing. Paul, a Kentucky Republican and potential presidential candidate, made the announcement today during a speech at...

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Pot, Not Potholes: D.C. Activists Take the Hill

Andy Harris doesn’t represent the District of Columbia in Congress and, unlike the person who does, he has a vote. Yet today, the Maryland Republican got a full airing of grievances related to the District. “DC Residents will deliver their...

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U.S. Border Patrol agents near a section of U.S.-Mexico border fence in La Joya, Texas.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents near a section of U.S.-Mexico border fence in La Joya, Texas.

McCain: Obama ‘Going to Texas Without Going to Border?’

President Barack Obama is bound for Texas this week. To raise some money for his party’s congressional campaigns. Republicans are suggesting a detour: To the border, where tens of thousands of children from Central America have arrived without parents, placing...

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Obama Stretching the Law — ‘He’d Make a Great Judge’: Harvard’s Tribe

President Barack Obama would make “a great judge.” So says a professor who tutored him at Harvard Law School. Harvard’s Laurence Tribe says he remembers Obama well — the student who became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law...

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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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Plaintiff attorneys David Boies, left, and Ted Olson talk to the media after oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Plaintiff attorneys David Boies, left, and Ted Olson talk to the media after oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Boies, Olson: The HBO Documentary

“The Case Against 8,” HBO’s new documentary, features a political “bromance” with a bipartisan twist. One odd couple, attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, stand on opposite sides of the political aisle, and were adversaries in Bush v. Gore in 2000....

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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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Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia, left, before a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2014.

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Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia, left, before a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2014.

Chambliss to White House: ‘You Guys Are Crazy’

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says he and Democratic chair Dianne Feinstein wrote to the White House three years ago about a suggested prisoner swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “You guys are crazy,” they...

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Robert Mueller, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during a Bloomberg Government cybersecurity conference in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2014.

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Robert Mueller, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during a Bloomberg Government cybersecurity conference in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2014.

Mueller Cites Danger of Lax Cybersecurity

Business leaders and top government officials must take ownership of cybersecurity and avoid the delegating the issue to subordinates — otherwise, they risk being unprepared for a computer crisis or data breach, says former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. In a rare...

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