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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives for a brief news conference outside the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on July 23, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives for a brief news conference outside the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol on July 23, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Pro-McConnell PAC Raises 2% In Kentucky For National Campaign

Mitch McConnell’s future isn’t all about Kentucky. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a super-political action committee aiding the Senate minority leader’s 2014 re-election effort, raised fewer than 2 percent of its initial funds from Kentuckians. Of the $1,181,000 the super-PAC took...

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller wipes his eye during a farewell ceremony in his honor at the Department of Justice on August 1, 2013. Mueller is retiring from the FBI after 12-years in the post.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller wipes his eye during a farewell ceremony in his honor at the Department of Justice on August 1, 2013. Mueller is retiring from the FBI after 12-years in the post.

Mueller Farewell Brings Out Government A-List

When the attorney general, White House counsel and directors of the CIA, the FBI and national intelligence are all in the same room, rarely is it a good thing. Even rarer still is the moment punctuated by laughter. Yet that...

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, center, and his wife Elyse Buxbaum, campaign on New York's Upper West Side, on July 8, 2013.

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, center, and his wife Elyse Buxbaum, campaign on New York's Upper West Side, on July 8, 2013.

Spitzer Rival Backed by Ex-Comptrollers Carrying NYC Baggage

Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president running for New York City comptroller, has stepped up his campaign since July 7 when Eliot Spitzer became his  adversary. Stringer’s running an ad on his campaign Web-site describing Spitzer as an ineffective bully...

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Former President George W. Bush poses with candidate for U.S. Citizenship Raul Guerrero during an immigration naturalization ceremony held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on July 10, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

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Former President George W. Bush poses with candidate for U.S. Citizenship Raul Guerrero during an immigration naturalization ceremony held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on July 10, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

Immigration: State-by-State Benefits of Overhauling U.S. Laws

The Obama White House and an alliance of business and labor leaders are making the case that immigration reform is good for the U.S. economy. The White House now has rolled out the case state-by-state, with an array of statistics...

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Center Stefanie Dolson, second left, gives the "bunny ears" to President Barack Obama while posing for a photo after he received a jersey and basketball from the team during an event in honor of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Champions, the University of Connecticut Huskies, in the East Room of the White House on July 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Center Stefanie Dolson, second left, gives the "bunny ears" to President Barack Obama while posing for a photo after he received a jersey and basketball from the team during an event in honor of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Champions, the University of Connecticut Huskies, in the East Room of the White House on July 31, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s ‘Bunny Ears:’ Huskie-Style

  A lot of winning sports teams get to have their pictures taken with the president. Not that many put “bunny ears” on the host. Kiah Stokes, a center for the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team did so, as...

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Five month-old pigs, nearing their desired market weight, stand in a weaning-to-market barn in Strawn, Illinois.

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Five month-old pigs, nearing their desired market weight, stand in a weaning-to-market barn in Strawn, Illinois.

Christie vs. Paul: LOLYOLO

Stephen Colbert is counting on the Rand Paul-Chris Christie sandbox fight running all the way to the 2016 Republican convention. That’s not likely, of course, so Colbert is having as much fun as possible in the meantime. There’s already a...

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In this image taken form Russia24 TV channel, Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena shows Edward Snowden's temporary document Russia while speaking to the media after visiting the National Security Agency leaker at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 1, 2013.

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In this image taken form Russia24 TV channel, Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena shows Edward Snowden's temporary document Russia while speaking to the media after visiting the National Security Agency leaker at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 1, 2013.

Snowden’s Airport Departure: Obama’s Putin Problem

Updated at 10:25 am and 12:50 pm EDT Edward Snowden’s airport stay has ended. President Barack Obama’s Vladimir Putin problem has only just begun. Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor accused of espionage in the release of...

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A woman slides her credit card to buy gasoline in San Francisco, California.

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A woman slides her credit card to buy gasoline in San Francisco, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $16 Billion

That’s how much banks collected annually from debit-card swipe fees before the Federal Reserve implemented a cap in 2011. A U.S. judge rejected the Fed’s rules yesterday, handing a victory to retailers who challenged the 21-cent cap as too high....

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A free Bradley Manning sign is seen during a demonstration outside the main gate of Ft. Meade on July 30, 2013 in Maryland.

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A free Bradley Manning sign is seen during a demonstration outside the main gate of Ft. Meade on July 30, 2013 in Maryland.

Snowden, Manning Leaks Beg New Security Classification: TS-Leaked?

In addition to raising serious concerns about national security, civil rights and privacy, the torrent of leaks of classified information from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Army Private First Class Bradley Manning and others has posed a troubling...

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