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A man stands in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence from San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

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A man stands in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence from San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

Mexico No ‘Hell Hole,’ Graham Adds

That messaging thing remains a problem for Republicans talking about immigration. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan immigration bill under debate today, maintains that he was not calling Mexico a “Hell hole.” “It’s...

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Newly sworn-in Rep. Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, D-Pa. along with her family, take part in the opening session of the 103rd Congress on Capital Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 1993.

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Newly sworn-in Rep. Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, D-Pa. along with her family, take part in the opening session of the 103rd Congress on Capital Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 1993.

Ex-Rep. Margolies Nears Decision on Pennsylvania Comeback

Former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Marjorie Margolies, who lost her seat in Congress two decades ago after backing a deficit-reduction law, is making preparations for a comeback House campaign as she nears a final decision on the race. “Marjorie 2014“ was organized...

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Engineers work on the graphite super structures of the science module section of the James Webb Space Telescope at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s (ATK) Space Components Division in Magna, Utah.

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Engineers work on the graphite super structures of the science module section of the James Webb Space Telescope at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s (ATK) Space Components Division in Magna, Utah.

Unemployment Claims Lowest Since November 2007

An unexpected decline in applications for jobless benefits last week indicates companies remain optimistic the economy will persevere after cooling in the second quarter. The average number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits in the last four weeks dropped to the lowest...

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, talks prior to an interview at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2013.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, talks prior to an interview at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2013.

Boehner: Slow Growth Can’t be ‘New Normal’

“We’ve had four years of slow and anemic job growth — and frankly, it’s unacceptable,” House Speaker John Boehner said today. The Ohio Republican attempted to turn the latest unemployment rate against the White House — 7.5 percent reported for...

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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), walks with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, to a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), walks with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, to a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Zero-Based Tax Reform: Camp, Baucus (‘Max and Dave’)

Welcome to Taxreform.gov — a new bipartisan entry on the Internet sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp, Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Camp says he is...

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Prince Harry learns sign language from deaf children during at visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity Sentebale, on February 27, 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho.

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Prince Harry learns sign language from deaf children during at visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity Sentebale, on February 27, 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho.

Washington Daybook: Tourists

Swedish King Gustaf and Queen Silvia join Prince Harry of Great Britain among the throngs of tourists visiting the U.S. capital today. Gustaf fills his day in Washington with seven events including a ceremony in conjunction with the Raoul Wallenberg...

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Eileen Woofford, 84, waited in line to cast her vote at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church on November 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Eileen Woofford, 84, waited in line to cast her vote at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church on November 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 66.2%

That’s the share of black voters eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election who cast a ballot. Blacks outvoted non-Hispanic whites, who had a 64.1 percent turnout rate, according to a Census Bureau report released yesterday. It’s the first...

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Mexican immigrants work on a housing construction site on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

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Mexican immigrants work on a housing construction site on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

Social Security Report ‘Game-Changer’ for Immigration Bill

A Social Security Administration analysis says the Senate’s bipartisan immigration proposal would boost U.S. tax revenue, create jobs and increase the gross domestic product over the next 10 years. Stephen Gross, chief actuary for the agency, says the bill would have a “substantial positive...

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Joe Biden

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Joe Biden

Biden Showing White House’s Hand on Keystone?

Was Vice President Joe Biden showing his hand — and thus the administration’s — on the Keystone Pipeline? A Sierra Club volunteer in South Carolina says Biden appeared to indicate his opposition to TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL in a brief conversation with her...

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