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Rep. Tom Cotton, right, a Republican who represents Arkansas' 4th Congressional District, talks with Tom Yancey of Hot Springs, Ark., at the First Church of the Nazarine in Hot Springs, Ark., on July 3, 2013. Cotton was attending a"Coffee with your Congressman" event at the church.

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Rep. Tom Cotton, right, a Republican who represents Arkansas' 4th Congressional District, talks with Tom Yancey of Hot Springs, Ark., at the First Church of the Nazarine in Hot Springs, Ark., on July 3, 2013. Cotton was attending a"Coffee with your Congressman" event at the church.

Trusting Obama — Not: Republicans Pairing Immigration with Obamacare

Suddenly, it’s all about Obama. Republican opponents of the immigration reform that has cleared the Senate with President Barack Obama’s blessing are giving voice to newly focused criticism that may also serve as a cover for their core resistance to...

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A supporter of Barack Obama shows off the earrings she got in New York City before the start of an Obama campaign rally at the George Mason University campus on October 19, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia.

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A supporter of Barack Obama shows off the earrings she got in New York City before the start of an Obama campaign rally at the George Mason University campus on October 19, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Women Defect: Obama Ratings Down

President Barack Obama’s favorable ratings are in negative territory, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out today that shows women voters souring on his performance in office. Women voters were key to Obama’s re-election in 2012, giving him 55 percent...

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Employees inside the Joint Special Operations Command at National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland.

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Employees inside the Joint Special Operations Command at National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland.

NSA?: ‘Thanks for Sharing’

Allegations that the U.S. spied on European diplomats failed to delay trade talks with the E.U., which got underway as scheduled in Washington this week. The controversy did emerge in other, mysterious ways however. At an event for people with...

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Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, has a word with ranking member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, before a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Dirksen entitled 'The President's 2012 Trade Agenda,' featuring testimony by Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative.

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Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, has a word with ranking member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, before a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Dirksen entitled 'The President's 2012 Trade Agenda,' featuring testimony by Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative.

Baucus or Hatch: Who Has it Right?

Sen. Max Baucus either has or hasn’t made a private promise to Sen. Orrin Hatch that he won’t seek additional revenue for deficit reduction through a tax code rewrite, depending on whether you believe Baucus or Hatch. “We both have...

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President Barack Obama presents the 2012 National Medal of Arts to director George Lucas during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama presents the 2012 National Medal of Arts to director George Lucas during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama: Lost in Space?

At the presentation of the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal today, President Barack Obama harked to the bad old days of sci-fi movies. Among the honorees in the East Room: George Lucas. “I remember when I...

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The Honorable U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) speaks on stage with other female members of Congress during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The Honorable U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) speaks on stage with other female members of Congress during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Super-PAC to Aid Democratic Women Seeking Governorships

Democrats generally lead Republicans among female officeholders and voters. In Congress, Democratic women outnumber Republican women by 59 to 19 in the House and by 16 to four in the Senate. President Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by 11 points among...

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Ro Khanna, an Indian-American lawyer who served as a deputy assistant secretary in the Commerce Department, talks with supporters at a restaurant in Milpitas, Calif., on Feb. 22, 2013.

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Ro Khanna, an Indian-American lawyer who served as a deputy assistant secretary in the Commerce Department, talks with supporters at a restaurant in Milpitas, Calif., on Feb. 22, 2013.

Sandberg, Mayer Help Fund California Challenger’s Campaign

Silicon Valley leaders including Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer are backing California Democrat Ro Khanna’s seven-figure bid to unseat a Democratic congressman. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., donated $1,000 on June 14 and Mayer, the chief executive officer...

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James Comey, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2013.

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James Comey, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2013.

FBI Nominee Parlays Hedge Fund Past: ‘Speaking Truth to Power’

James Comey’s ties to the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates LP, were initially looked at by lawmakers as a potential liability as his nomination to lead the FBI moved through the Senate. Comey, at his nomination hearing yesterday, flipped...

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Shoppers ride escalators in San Diego, California.

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Shoppers ride escalators in San Diego, California.

Economy in U.S. Hit Soft(er) Patch in 2Q as Wholesalers Pared Inventory

The nation’s wholesalers made strides in clearing out inventory in May. Their progress also portends even softer economic growth in the second quarter. Commerce Department figures today showed wholesale inventories unexpectedly fell 0.5 percent in May, the most since September...

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