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Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, left, Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, center, and House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio participate in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, left, Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, center, and House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio participate in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Reid-McConnell: ‘Sad’ and ‘Nuclear’

Anyone tuning in to the Senate lately might have seen this exchange between Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader from Nevada, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader from Kentucky: ”No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he...

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in Public Service Project leadership symposium, on July 9, 2013, at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in Public Service Project leadership symposium, on July 9, 2013, at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Clinton Leads Christie, Paul in 2016 Poll

A Quinnipiac University poll out today confirms former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s status as the front-runner for the White House in 2016, even as she has yet to decide whether to run. Clinton leads both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie...

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Sheets of one hundred dollar at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C.

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Sheets of one hundred dollar at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $116.5 Billion

That’s how much federal receipts exceeded outlays last month, the biggest monthly surplus since April 2008. The government took in $286.6 billion and spent $170.1 billion in June, according to a Treasury Department report yesterday. Outlays fell 47 percent from...

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Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 16, 2013.

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Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 16, 2013.

Palin vs. Begich: `Cheers Us Up’

Sarah Palin for Senate. Or at least Sarah Palin for speaking tours. Either way, ratcheting up the rhetoric against Alaska’s Sen. Mark Begich has to help Palin’s cause, be it a race for his seat or better bookings for herself....

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Engineers and developers work at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2011.

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Engineers and developers work at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2011.

Obama’s Ad-Men: Yogurt Next?

Two of the masterminds behind President Barack Obama’s analytics-fueled campaign-advertising operation say they’ve been inundated with inquiries from corporate executives eager to apply the tactics that won the 2012 presidential race to their marketing efforts. “We’re sort of handing out...

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Opponents and supporters of an abortion bill gather in a courtyard outside a hearing for the bill at the state capitol, on July 2, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Gov. Rick Perry has called lawmakers back for another special session with abortion on the top of the agenda.

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Opponents and supporters of an abortion bill gather in a courtyard outside a hearing for the bill at the state capitol, on July 2, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Gov. Rick Perry has called lawmakers back for another special session with abortion on the top of the agenda.

Texas Abortion Restrictions Near Passage

Texas lawmakers are poised to pass a bill as early as tomorrow that opponents say will close most of the state’s abortion clinics, ending a month that attracted thousands of activists in the most passionate public debate in Austin in...

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People wave American flags at a naturalization ceremony in downtown Manhattan on July 2, 2013 in New York City.

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People wave American flags at a naturalization ceremony in downtown Manhattan on July 2, 2013 in New York City.

Obama: #TakeItToTheHouse — Boehner Taking the Rap?

It’s time to “take it to the House,” the White House says. And so the president and allies have adopted a rapper-inspired hashtag — #TakeittotheHouse — in a bid to win approval of a comprehensive immigration bill in the Republican-run...

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