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FSA fighters clear a room in a newly conquered building along the front line of Sheikh Saeed a highly contested area of Aleppo, Syria, on March 18, 2013.

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FSA fighters clear a room in a newly conquered building along the front line of Sheikh Saeed a highly contested area of Aleppo, Syria, on March 18, 2013.

Obama: ‘Not Doing Nothing’ in Syria

President Barack Obama is remembering Iraq. And the world, he says, will remember what the U.S. did about Osama bin Laden and Muammar Qaddafi. All of this has to do with the “red line” — the use of chemical weapons...

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A job seeker hands his resume to a recruiter at a National Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

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A job seeker hands his resume to a recruiter at a National Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

Bank Lending = Company Hiring = Gains

When banks lend more readily, U.S. companies hire more readily. That explains why economists at UBS Securities LLC in Stamford, Connecticut, look for a pickup in employment this year and next. Using a model that compares current hiring with how...

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A Facebook Inc. logo.

Facebook Disliked: Environmentalists Challenge Ads for Senators

Facebook is getting disliked by environmental groups and progressive organizations such as Moveon.org in response to ads being run by affiliates of a group created by Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Moveon, Sierra Club and the League of Conservation...

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First lady Michelle Obama signs copies of her book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Garden Across America" at the Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, on May 7, 2013.

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First lady Michelle Obama signs copies of her book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Garden Across America" at the Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, on May 7, 2013.

White House: Gardening and Doughnuts

While the first lady was out in the rain today talking about healthy eating at a book-signing, the White House chief of staff was inside and dry sharing some doughnuts with the press. Michelle Obama is using her book about...

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Job seekers wait to speak to representatives of employers at a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on March 6, 2013 in New York City.

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Job seekers wait to speak to representatives of employers at a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on March 6, 2013 in New York City.

March Job Openings Confirm Downshift

The Labor Department’s report on job openings today basically confirmed what we already knew — the job market cooled in March. The slowdown in payroll gains, however, reflected more than just less hiring as the report also showed firings picked...

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A T-shirt at a souvenir stand near the White House in Washington.

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A T-shirt at a souvenir stand near the White House in Washington.

Republicans Cry Foul on Bin Laden Ad

Republican Gabriel Gomez, running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts for the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry, spent last year working for a Republican-leaning nonprofit that attacked President Barack Obama for taking too much credit for the...

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Former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with her husband former president Bill Clinton as they attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

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Former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with her husband former president Bill Clinton as they attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

Bill Clinton: Hillary 2016 Speculation Waste of Time

Bill Clinton says it’s a waste of time to speculate about his wife’s ambitions for 2016. “That is the worst expenditure of our time,” the former president said today at a 2013 Fiscal Summit sponsored by the Peterson Foundation. Hillary...

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, listens to a question during a news conference after the weekly Democratic Policy Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, listens to a question during a news conference after the weekly Democratic Policy Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

Senate Recess Over, Playground Still Busy

“Like schoolyard bullies, if Republicans can’t win, they’ll take the ball and go home,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid complained during his session-opener this morning. The Nevada Democrat was referring to the  impasse between House and Senate on how to...

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, center, speaks with voters, Joan Cobb, at left, and her father Harold Turner, at right, and reporters at Orlando's Pizza in Daniel Island, S.C., on May 6, 2013.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, center, speaks with voters, Joan Cobb, at left, and her father Harold Turner, at right, and reporters at Orlando's Pizza in Daniel Island, S.C., on May 6, 2013.

Sanford ‘Worn Out’ on ‘Judgment Day’

Count Mark Sanford as a vote against expanding background checks for gun-buyers. Count Sanford as a vote against the immigration bill from a bipartisan group of senators. That’s if the vote-count in South Carolina’s special congressional election today goes the...

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