Political Capital

Jim DeMint’s Sugar-Free Taste of Immigration Bill: ‘Like Obamacare’

Jim DeMint this week will put a price tag on the Senate’s immigration bill. Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla reported he would last week. .@jimdemint: Proposed #immigration reform bill would cost U.S. trillions of dollars in the long term. #ThisWeek — This...

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Vice President Joe Biden at the South Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner May 3, 2013, in Columbia, SC.

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Vice President Joe Biden at the South Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner May 3, 2013, in Columbia, SC.

Cruz, Biden: Early Eyes on Second-Tier Race, New Attacks, Old School

Republican Ted Cruz, as our friends at Politico point out this morning, will be roughly the same age as Democrat Joe Biden was when he launched his first campaign for president in 1987, should the freshman senator from Texas declare...

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In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, on Feb. 12, 2013,

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In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, on Feb. 12, 2013,

Rubio Intervenes in Florida Primary Move

Sen. Marco Rubio was behind a last-minute change on the final day of Florida’s legislative session to move the state’s presidential primaryelection  into compliance with national party rules. Rubio, a Republican, might well be on that ballot. But that’s not...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting at Raritan Valley Community College, on April 11, 2013, in Branchburg, N.J.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks during a town hall meeting at Raritan Valley Community College, on April 11, 2013, in Branchburg, N.J.

Christie Kills Spider for Schoolkids, Channeling Obama’s Fly-Swatting

One of the fun parts of being governor, Chris Christie tells the schoolchildren: “Any bugs on your desk, you’re allowed to kill them without getting in trouble.” Faced with an uninvited visitor making himself comfortable in his office, the New...

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President Barack Obama, left, greets Penny Pritzker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pritzker Realty Group LLC and Obama's nominee as secretary of commerce, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, left, greets Penny Pritzker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pritzker Realty Group LLC and Obama's nominee as secretary of commerce, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2013.

Pritzker’s Wealth in Perspective

Is Penny Pritzker the wealthiest person ever to be nominated to the president’s Cabinet? No. The Chicago businesswoman, philanthropist and political fundraiser has a personal net worth estimated at more than $1.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That’s...

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The fossil of the Tyrannosaurus bataar.

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The fossil of the Tyrannosaurus bataar.

Border Patrolosaurus: Going Home

Who says the U.S. border is porous? The patrol stopped a Tyrannosaurus. And now they’re sending it home. In a repatriation ceremony on Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will hand off a “70 million-year-old nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar...

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President Barack Obama and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico share a toast prior to a working dinner at Los Pinos, Mexico City, Mexico, on May 2, 2013.

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President Barack Obama and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico share a toast prior to a working dinner at Los Pinos, Mexico City, Mexico, on May 2, 2013.

Travels with Obama: Casa Amarilla

One of the perks of working at the highest levels of the White House is the travel. President Barack Obama’s journey to Mexico this week carried him and his staff to the historic presidential palace in Mexico City, where the...

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This September 15, 2008 file photo shows the sign for Lehman Brothers headquarters in New York.

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This September 15, 2008 file photo shows the sign for Lehman Brothers headquarters in New York.

Dodd-Frank’s Missing Link

Many critics of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul will say that the bill’s biggest shortcoming is its failure to reduce the size of the largest banks — the ones that are “Too Big To Fail.” Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo,...

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Commuter passengers move through Penn Station on April 16, 2013 in New York City.

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Commuter passengers move through Penn Station on April 16, 2013 in New York City.

April Jobs Report: Caveats

At the risk of raining on Wall Street’s parade today after the Labor Department’s April employment report, there are some caveats in the data. Of the jobs added last month, many were in industries that typically don’t pay a lot. The average number...

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An employee demonstrates how to prepare a room for guests at a hotel in Los Angeles, California.

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An employee demonstrates how to prepare a room for guests at a hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Job Market Better-Looking in Rear-View Mirror

The more time government statisticians have to crunch the numbers, the stronger the job market looks — that is assuming you’re not looking to earn in the six figures. On March 8, the Labor Department said employers added 236,000 workers...

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