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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

Obama’s Dream, 50 Years Hence

Updated at 1:41 and 1:46 pm EDT with the president’s remarks today “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” – Barack Obama,...

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

Bitcoin, Pot Ripe for Congressional Action — (Don’t Hold Your Breath)

Bitcoin and marijuana are among the issues on which Congress should provide clarity — though probably won’t this year — Rep. Jared Polis says. “In general, it’s better for Congress to reasonably consider these things and provide a uniform statutory...

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

Hispanic Lawmakers Offer Deportation Options to Obama Administration

President Barack Obama’s administration should make deportation a low priority for those who haven’t committed significant crimes, expand eligibility for green cards and end a controversial fingerprinting program used to identify undocumented workers. Those are a few of the 11...

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the US Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 8, 2014.

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the US Department of Justice on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 8, 2014.

Holder: ‘You Don’t Want to Go There’ — and Good Asparagus Luck!

  Eric Holder has made little secret of his contempt for Congress. And at least some in the Republican-run House have voted to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress as well. As Rep. Louie Goehmert, a Texas Republican,...

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A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.

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A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.

Simpson’s Simple Republican Message: ‘If You Love Someone… Marry Them’

Alan Simpson has an idea of what it means to be a Republican: Getting government out of the lives of Americans. And that, according to the retired senator from Wyoming, includes the question of same-sex marriage. The characteristically candid and...

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McCutcheon: `Exercising Freedom of Speech is a Good Thing’

Shaun McCutcheon, the winner in a Supreme Court campaign-finance case last week, sees the court’s decision striking down aggregate contribution limits as vindication of a person’s “right to support as many candidates, committees and PACs you choose.” “It’s a political...

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A blindfolded U.S. hostage is paraded by his captors at the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 8, 1979 in Tehran, Iran.

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A blindfolded U.S. hostage is paraded by his captors at the U.S. Embassy on Nov. 8, 1979 in Tehran, Iran.

Iranian Hardliners: Remember U.S. Embassy

A European Parliament resolution yesterday which expressed “grave concerns” over violation of human rights in Iran has provoked angry response from Iranian officials. The EU resolution drew attention to Iran’s lack of cooperation with United Nations human rights bodies, including...

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Cornell Woolridge rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Cornell Woolridge rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $123,200

The Supreme Court invalidated the two-year aggregate limit on federal campaign contributions, which was $123,200 for the 2013-2014 election cycle. Voting 5-4 along ideological lines, the court yesterday said the caps violated the First Amendment speech rights of Alabama Republican...

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

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California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

California Democrats Skip Lobbyist Golf Tour as Yee Case Plays Out

California’s Senate Democrats won’t  be spending this weekend on the grounds of the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, home to an annual outing known as the “Pro Tem Cup” where high-priced lobbyists pay $65,000 to pal up...

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Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser gives her victory speech in southeast Washington, DC on April 1, 2014.

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Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser gives her victory speech in southeast Washington, DC on April 1, 2014.

Washington Corruption Yielding a New Mayor

“Corruption has no place in City Hall.” What a concept. Enough, it appears, to turn the mayor of corruption-plagued Washington, D.C., out of office this fall. Muriel Bowser, a 41-year-old D.C. Council member, has run over Mayor Vincent Gray in...

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