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Former President George W. Bush participates in a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 24, 2013, in Dallas.

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Former President George W. Bush participates in a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 24, 2013, in Dallas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 47%

That’s former President George W. Bush’s approval rating, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Fifty percent said they disapproved of the way Bush handled his eight-year presidency ending in 2009, according to the survey conducted April 17-21. Bush has...

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush signs the book "Immigation Wars" he co-authored with Clint Bolick at a book signing during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush signs the book "Immigation Wars" he co-authored with Clint Bolick at a book signing during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.

Run, Jeb, Run, Older Brother Advises

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, hasn’t said whether he might run for president in 2016 or not. His older brother says he should. Jeb Bush has said he is “open” to the idea. Former President George W. Bush, sitting...

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A Canadian flag flies over the Berens River in Berens River, Manitoba.

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A Canadian flag flies over the Berens River in Berens River, Manitoba.

Canadian Invasion Not in the Budget

Lawmakers are agreed: We should not invade Canada. Debate over a Senate Democratic proposal to tap “unspent” Afghanistan war funds to cover the cost of halting budget sequestration veered today into the theoretical. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was on...

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General David Petraeus speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for reappointment and commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.

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General David Petraeus speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for reappointment and commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in Washington, D.C.

Crowdfunding Site Offers Professor Petraeus as Prize

First it was Mark Sanford running for Congress. Then it was Anthony Weiner floating a New York City mayoral campaign. Now, David Petraeus is putting himself out there post-scandal — as both a university professor and one lucky philanthropist’s work0ut buddy. Former...

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Former President George W. Bush and Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Center arrive for a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University on April 24, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

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Former President George W. Bush and Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Center arrive for a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University on April 24, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

George W. Bush Unplugged

George W. Bush hasn’t done much talking since leaving the White House. Tomorrow, with the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas, the former governor of the Lone Star state and two-term president is uncapping. Charlie Rose...

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U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM) pilot Rob Smith performs a pre-flight check on an Astar B-2 helicopter before flying a patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 in McAllen, Texas. The OAM, which assists U.S. Border Patrol agents from the air in locating undocumented immigrants and drug smugglers, has cut back flights drastically due to federal sequestration budget cuts.

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U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM) pilot Rob Smith performs a pre-flight check on an Astar B-2 helicopter before flying a patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 in McAllen, Texas. The OAM, which assists U.S. Border Patrol agents from the air in locating undocumented immigrants and drug smugglers, has cut back flights drastically due to federal sequestration budget cuts.

Sequestration Not Coming Out in Wash

Today’s Commerce Department report on orders for durable goods may be providing the first hint that sequestration — or the automatic across-the-board federal spending cuts that took effect in March 1 — is starting to filter into the economy. Bookings...

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John Moore #17 of the New York Rangers fights with Jack Skille #12 of the Florida Panthers in the third period at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2013 in New York City.

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John Moore #17 of the New York Rangers fights with Jack Skille #12 of the Florida Panthers in the third period at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2013 in New York City.

Washington Daybook: Fight Club

Members of Congress take a break from their bruising budget battles and vicious finger pointing to hear from some real experts in fighting — the NHL. Commissioner Gary Bettman, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and members of the Congressional Hockey...

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Boxes of ammunition sit on the shelf at Sportsmans Arms in Petaluma, California.

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Boxes of ammunition sit on the shelf at Sportsmans Arms in Petaluma, California.

Public Reaction to Senate Gun Vote: 47% Negative, 39% Positive

If proponents of gun safety legislation were counting on a public backlash over the Senate’s vote against expansion of background checks for gun-buyers, they won’t find it here: Among Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center on a subject which...

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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is hugged by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) while walking with his wife Melodee Hanes, right, at the Capitol on April 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. It was announced earlier that Baucus, after 36 years in the Senate, will not seek reelection in 2014.

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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is hugged by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) while walking with his wife Melodee Hanes, right, at the Capitol on April 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. It was announced earlier that Baucus, after 36 years in the Senate, will not seek reelection in 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 53.7%

That’s the share of Max Baucus’s life that the Montana Democrat has spent in Congress. Baucus, who announced his retirement yesterday, was elected to the House in 1974 as a member of a big class of House Democrats, known as...

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) hold a news conference to propose new campaign finance legislation at the Capitol on April 23, 2013.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) hold a news conference to propose new campaign finance legislation at the Capitol on April 23, 2013.

Murkowski, Wyden Team Up: Bipartisan Disclosure Bill

For the first time since Sens. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Russell Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, teamed up to push through a 2002 law that banned corporate, union and unlimited individual donations to the political parties, a new campaign finance bill has...

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