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Republican Sen. John McCain from Arizona, center, gets ready for a press conference in Mexico City, in this Feb. 22, 2013 file photo.

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Republican Sen. John McCain from Arizona, center, gets ready for a press conference in Mexico City, in this Feb. 22, 2013 file photo.

McCain on Immigration: ‘Guarded Optimism’ About Winning a Bill

Sen. John McCain, one of the architects of a bipartisan immigration bill that cleared the Senate, maintains “guarded optimism” that a bill acceptable to the Senate and President Barack Obama can make it through the House. “I remain guardedly optimistic...

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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shows a sword given to him as a gift before being sworn in as president on October 17, 2002 in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shows a sword given to him as a gift before being sworn in as president on October 17, 2002 in Baghdad, Iraq.

Saddam Hussein’s Sword Going Home

Raiders of the Lost Ark, this is not. The statue of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein may have been toppled after the U.S.-led invasion. But his ceremonial sword is going home, thanks to U.S. Customs. The sword, “smuggled into...

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Labor leader Milly Silva reacts on July 29, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J., as she is introduced as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono's, right, nominee for lieutenant governor. The 43-year-old Montclair resident and executive vice president of a private union of health care workers, wasted no time attacking Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whose policies she says have hurt the middle- and working-class. The all-female ticket is a first for New Jersey and only the third nationwide.

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Labor leader Milly Silva reacts on July 29, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J., as she is introduced as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono's, right, nominee for lieutenant governor. The 43-year-old Montclair resident and executive vice president of a private union of health care workers, wasted no time attacking Republican Gov. Chris Christie, whose policies she says have hurt the middle- and working-class. The all-female ticket is a first for New Jersey and only the third nationwide.

Buono Announces All-Female Ticket to Take on Christie

Barbara Buono, the Democratic state senator in New Jersey on a quest to unseat Gov. Chris Christie, announced her pick of union leader Milly Silva as her running mate today. It’s the third-ever all-female ticket in U.S. history and the state’s...

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A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent checks the luggage of a passenger on May 2, 2011 at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida.

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A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent checks the luggage of a passenger on May 2, 2011 at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida.

TSA: First Pat-Downs, Now Sticky Fingers? Inquiring Republicans Want to Know

Sometimes it’s not easy being the Transportation Security Administration. The furor over the idea of passengers armed with pocket knives has died down. It’s been a while since a celebrity or lawmaker tweeted about their overly aggressive pat-down and a...

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Matt Bevin announces he will run against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on July 25, 2013 at the Logsdon Community Center.

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Matt Bevin announces he will run against incumbent U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on July 25, 2013 at the Logsdon Community Center.

Bevin-Backing PAC Targets McConnell

Since Louisville, Kentucky businessman and political novice Matt Bevin last week announced his intention to mount a primary challenge to Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, he’s faced questions about just how viable his run against the powerful leader and legendary fundraiser...

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks alongside Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas following their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 21, 2012.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks alongside Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas following their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 21, 2012.

Obama, Kerry, Clinton: Mideast Redux

Updated at 11:20 am and 12:15 pm EDT It is Secretary of State John Kerry, after months of shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East, who has convinced Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to resume peace talks in Washington today — three...

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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media as he returns to the White House on the South Lawn on July 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media as he returns to the White House on the South Lawn on July 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama, Congress: Getting Personal

In President Barack Obama’s mind, the whole fight with Republicans in Congress has grown so — personal. Of course, Republicans have given him plenty of reason to think so. This comment of the president’s jumped out at us from an...

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Technician Dennis Sibley installs electrical systems cable in an Embraer SA Phenom 300 Light business jet at the company's executive jet manufacturing facility in Melbourne, Florida.

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Technician Dennis Sibley installs electrical systems cable in an Embraer SA Phenom 300 Light business jet at the company's executive jet manufacturing facility in Melbourne, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 202,000

That’s how much nonfarm employment grew on average per month in the first half of 2013. That exceeds the average monthly job growth of 180,000 in the second half of 2012 and 185,000 in the first half of 2012. The...

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President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, in this April 5, 2010 file photo, on baseball's opening day prior to the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals.

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President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, in this April 5, 2010 file photo, on baseball's opening day prior to the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals.

Obama: Art of the First Pitch

“It is stressful,” President Barack Obama says. “They just hand you the ball,” he says of those ceremonial first pitches. “If you had three tries, you’d be fine,” he says, but there’s only one chance. “I end up kind of...

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Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, addresses the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Convention on July 18, 2013 in Louisville.

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Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, addresses the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Convention on July 18, 2013 in Louisville.

McConnell Senate-Foe Grimes Gets Kentucky Super-PAC Help

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat seeking to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year, will get help from a super-political action committee that can accept donations in unlimited amounts. The super-PAC, We Are Kentucky, filed...

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