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This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital, by Mark Leibovich

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This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital, by Mark Leibovich

#ThisTown: Patent Pending

“This town” is not a trademark. Yet somehow, the two words, spoken however casually, affectionately or not, about the nation’s capital are becoming the social networking equivalent of a literary allusion. In “this town,” former White House Press Secretary Robert...

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at what is most likely his last Capitol Hill appearance during the House Financial Services Committee hearing on the monetary policy and the state of the economy on July 17, 2013

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at what is most likely his last Capitol Hill appearance during the House Financial Services Committee hearing on the monetary policy and the state of the economy on July 17, 2013

Bernanke to Congress: Can You Hear Me Now?

Whether illustrative of how government doesn’t work or an example of why budget cuts are short-sighted, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke began his semi-annual testimony to Congress today by sitting down in front of a dead microphone. As C-SPAN 3...

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President Barack Obama thanks campaign volunteers at the "Obama For America" Orlando field office on Oct. 28, 2012

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President Barack Obama thanks campaign volunteers at the "Obama For America" Orlando field office on Oct. 28, 2012

Obama Campaign Rents Mailing List to Obama Nonprofit

President Barack Obama’s supporters have made money by renting information to themselves. Obama’s re-election committee, Obama for America, raised $662,689 by selling equipment and renting its mailing list to Organizing for Action, the nonprofit created out of the campaign apparatus. The...

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Richard Cordray, director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), delivers remarks as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on, Jan. 6, 2012

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Richard Cordray, director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), delivers remarks as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on, Jan. 6, 2012

Obama on Cordray: ‘Two Years’

Two years. That’s how long it’s been since President Barack Obama nominated Richard Cordray, former attorney general of Ohio, to run the new Consumer Financial Protetion Bureau. Today, on the second anniversary of that announcement, Vice President Joe Biden swore...

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The Environmental Protection Agency headquarters has been renamed after President William Clinton

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The Environmental Protection Agency headquarters has been renamed after President William Clinton

Clinton Building: Open for Business

Updated at 1:40 pm EDT The Clinton Building is open for business today. It’s about a block from the Reagan Building. The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, one of the hulking stone edifices along Pennsylvania Avenue, today...

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The Senate just voted to end a two-year Republican blockade that was preventing Richard Cordray from winning confirmation as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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The Senate just voted to end a two-year Republican blockade that was preventing Richard Cordray from winning confirmation as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 66

That’s how many senators voted yesterday to confirm Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray won backing from all 52 Democrats and two independents who align with the party, plus 12 Republicans. Thirty-four Republicans voted no....

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney says she will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney says she will run against Wyoming's senior U.S. senator in next year's Republican primary

Enzi: Consumers Should Have a Choice — Cheney Not Who He Had in Mind

Updated at 7:30 pm EDT, with Jim Rowley contributing Primary, the verb. It’s an action that chills the spines of incumbent congressmen comfortable within their party lanes, and suddenly flanked by someone who might stand between them and their base....

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida

Holder Seeks ‘Hard Look’ at Stand Your Ground Laws Like Florida’s

Attorney General Eric Holder, in a speech to the nation’s largest civil rights group today said it’s time to “take a hard look” at state laws that allow individuals who feel threatened to respond with force. Addressing an issue that...

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FreedomWorks members attempt to deliver a petition to the Republican National Committee on April 15, 2013

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FreedomWorks members attempt to deliver a petition to the Republican National Committee on April 15, 2013

FreedomWorks Disavows Cornyn’s Credit for Former Employee

FreedomWorks doesn’t want any trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, certainly not at a time when the agency was known to have targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny before granting them tax-exempt status. So when Sen. John Cornyn, a...

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