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The Black Congressional Caucus and Congressional Tri-Caucus at a news conference on the Supreme Court's decision to strike down parts of the Voting Rights Act, June 25, 2013

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The Black Congressional Caucus and Congressional Tri-Caucus at a news conference on the Supreme Court's decision to strike down parts of the Voting Rights Act, June 25, 2013

Obama’s Black Caucus Meeting: First Since May 2011

Written with Joi Preciphs President Barack Obama plans to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus at the White House tomorrow to discuss jobs and the economy, according to people familiar with the matter. The morning meeting will mark the first...

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Texas Governor Rick Perry shakes hands with supporters prior to announcing he will not seek reelection, July 8, 2013, at Holt Cat in San Antonio

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Texas Governor Rick Perry shakes hands with supporters prior to announcing he will not seek reelection, July 8, 2013, at Holt Cat in San Antonio

Perry Not Running for Reelection

“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said today, announcing that he will not seek re-election. The Republican who sought his party’s presidential nomination in 2012 said he will spend some time...

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, speaks during the 2013 Fiscal Summit

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, speaks during the 2013 Fiscal Summit

Reunited: Romney Helps Ryan Raise $1.1 Million

Paul Ryan was one of the top fundraisers in Congress before he became the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee. His ability to raise money is even stronger after a nationwide campaign boosted his name recognition — and as Ryan continues to...

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Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., at a news conference in 2012

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Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., at a news conference in 2012

Booker ‘Showhorse,’ Lautenberg Family Suggests: ‘Stick with Frank’

Cory Booker is on a roll, right? The mayor of Newark has become a 24/7 Tweeter since announcing his bid for the Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. I’m looking forward 2 being on Kelly and...

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Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, pictured in 2010. Photo by Daniel Acker / Bloomberg

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, pictured in 2010. Photo by Daniel Acker / Bloomberg

Spitzer: Running on Redemption

As governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford went walking on the Appalachian Trail — actually away in Argentina with a mistress — but that didn’t stop him from getting elected again to Congress this year. As a member of Congress,...

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An employee wears a protective suit while painting the undercarriage of a truck at plant in Dublin, Virginia.

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An employee wears a protective suit while painting the undercarriage of a truck at plant in Dublin, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 33

That’s how many consecutive months U.S. nonfarm employment has increased. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 195,000 last month, the Labor Department reported July 5. Nonfarm employment rose by 6 million during 33 consecutive months of job growth dating to October 2010....

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New Ford cars in Colma, California.

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New Ford cars in Colma, California.

Jobs Report Shows Auto Rebound

As trucks such as Ford’s F-150 and cars including Chevy’s Cruze are being driven off dealer lots at the fastest pace in more than five years, employment in the industry is along for the ride. More than 806,000 Americans were...

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People watch fireworks burst behind the Washington Monument on the National Mall on July 4, 2013.

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People watch fireworks burst behind the Washington Monument on the National Mall on July 4, 2013.

Scene in D.C.: Capitol Fourth

Neil Diamond debuted a song written about the Boston marathon tragedy at last night’s A Capitol Fourth concert in Washington. “Download it on iTunes right now and I’ll sing ‘Sweet Caroline’,” the easy-listening legend teased the flag-waving crowd huddled around the...

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