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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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Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on July 16, 2013 in Amman. Kerry was focused on advancing the peace talks amid turmoil in Egypt and Syria

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Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on July 16, 2013 in Amman. Kerry was focused on advancing the peace talks amid turmoil in Egypt and Syria

Kerry in Jordan: Cooler than D.C.

Secretary of State John Kerry, making his sixth trip to the Middle East in five months, has set the expectations for this expedition quite low: On the plane over, #SecKerry made clear this could be a very low-key two days;...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C), walks with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) (R), after Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C), walks with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) (R), after Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Senate: Prayer, Pledge, Partisan Wreck Averted; Reid: ‘Way Forward’

Updated at 10:25 am EDT, with a deal in the air, and at 11:30, 11:45 am.  The Senate opened today with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. They assembled in public, unlike the closed-door session last night — the first...

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for U.S. President Barack Obama to speak in the state dining room of the White House in Washington, in 2010

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for U.S. President Barack Obama to speak in the state dining room of the White House in Washington, in 2010

Florida: Crist Donating to Democrats

Charlie Crist, the former Republican Florida governor who became a Democrat last year, is making political donations to Democrats whose support he could use in a campaign next year to reclaim his old job. Crist made political donations in the...

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