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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, left, testify regarding sexual assaults in the military during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, left, testify regarding sexual assaults in the military during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

Dempsey: Offering Options on Syria to Senate

With Army General Martin Dempsey’s confirmation for a second term as the top U.S. military officer facing a threat of delay, he’s promised to spell out options for dealing with Syrian in a letter to a Senate panel this week....

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A research associate displays petri dishes with algae being cultivated for biofuel research at the Sapphire Energy Inc. facility in San Diego, California.

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A research associate displays petri dishes with algae being cultivated for biofuel research at the Sapphire Energy Inc. facility in San Diego, California.

Renewable Fuels Confronting Shortfalls in Congress

When it passed Congress in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard was championed by farmers, green groups and U.S. lawmakers for ushering in a brave new world of domestic fuels made from everything from trash to microorganisms. Six years on, that’s...

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Executives at AT&T attend a news conference where it was announced that AT&T Inc. will be buying its wireless rival T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion in cash and stock on March 21, 2011 in New York City.

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Executives at AT&T attend a news conference where it was announced that AT&T Inc. will be buying its wireless rival T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion in cash and stock on March 21, 2011 in New York City.

Flashpoint: AT&T, T-Mobile Take Airwaves Fight to House

AT&T and T-Mobile are going at it again — fighting over airwaves and trying to get the rules they want set for the next government auction. They’ll debate at a House hearing whether regulators should limit airwave purchases at a planned...

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Students prepare for a commencement on May 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Students prepare for a commencement on May 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Student Loan Bill: Thumbs Up From House Republicans

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog Senior Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee say they like what they hear about the bipartisan Senate deal on student-loan interest rates and predict a resolution before the August recess. The...

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. explains his budget proposal during a news conference at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on January 10, 2013.

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. explains his budget proposal during a news conference at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on January 10, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 60.5

That’s the mean age of the 20 Democratic governors. Of the 14 governors from both parties who are younger than 55 years old, 11 are Republicans and three are Democrats — Steve Bullock of Montana (47), Martin O’Malley of Maryland...

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Long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas takes up her seat in the front row of the newly remodeled Brady Press Briefing room in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 11, 2007.

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Long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas takes up her seat in the front row of the newly remodeled Brady Press Briefing room in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 11, 2007.

Helen Thomas, Women’s Firsts

Say what you like about Helen Thomas. But say this: After covering the presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy in 1960, she became the first woman assigned to the White House full time by a news service, United Press International....

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Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney holds a news conference at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 17, 2013. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will run against longtime incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). Cheney launched her campaign yesterday following Enzi's announcement that he will run for a fourth term.

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Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney holds a news conference at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 17, 2013. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will run against longtime incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). Cheney launched her campaign yesterday following Enzi's announcement that he will run for a fourth term.

Liz Cheney Faces Uphill Fight Against Enzi, Poll Shows

It’s official — Liz Cheney, 46, starts as a pronounced underdog in her bid to muscle her way into the Senate by muscling out a three-term fellow Republican who had thought the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney wouldn’t be quite so...

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President Barack Obama speaks on the Trayvon Martin case during remarks in the White House briefing room July 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama speaks on the Trayvon Martin case during remarks in the White House briefing room July 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama Says Trayvon Martin Case Triggered ‘Pain’ for U.S. Blacks

President Barack Obama, saying “Trayvon Martin could have been me,” said he’s considering a federal review of state and local laws including so-called stand your ground statutes that may worsen dangerous confrontations. Obama said the shooting death of Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer...

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The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' meeting in Moscow on July 19, 2013

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The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' meeting in Moscow on July 19, 2013

G-20 Without Bernanke is ‘Hamlet Without the Prince’

A Brazilian official criticized Ben S. Bernanke’s absence at a meeting of finance chiefs from the world’s biggest economies, saying that Group of 20 policy makers are looking for more clarity from the central bank on how it intends to...

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Ted Nugent performing on May 5, 2013 in Alpharetta, Georgia

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Ted Nugent performing on May 5, 2013 in Alpharetta, Georgia

Ted Nugent on Detroit: ‘Shattered’

One key question about Detroit’s record $18 billion bankruptcy has now been answered: What does The Nooge think? Ted Nugent, the hard-rock guitarist who began his career playing Detroit stages in a loincloth and evolved into a high-profile supporter of...

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