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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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A vendor sells Rand Paul for President buttons outside the Pottawattamie County Republican headquarters on August 4, 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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A vendor sells Rand Paul for President buttons outside the Pottawattamie County Republican headquarters on August 4, 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Rand Paul Repelled by House Republican Border Plan

Sen. Rand Paul, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, did the old dine-and-ditch yesterday in Iowa, showing just how repellent the House Republicans’ border plan will be for those in the party trying to appeal to a national audience....

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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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House Oversight and Government Reform raking member U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), left, and committee member U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)  in Washington, DC.

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House Oversight and Government Reform raking member U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), left, and committee member U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) in Washington, DC.

Cummings, Chaffetz Seek ‘Higher Ground’

Reps. Elijah Cummings and Jason Chaffetz may be attempting the impossible: Restoring comity in Congress. The political gap between the two House members could not get much wider. To close the gap, they visited each other’s district for what amounted to...

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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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