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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill.

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill.

Pro-McConnell PAC Spends $195,000 Against Grimes

No sooner did Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell draw Democratic opposition than an allied super-political action committee began running attack ads. The pro-McConnell group, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, is spending $195,021 to produce and air a television ad opposing Kentucky...

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A worker assembles fireworks in Liuyang, China, in Hunan province.

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A worker assembles fireworks in Liuyang, China, in Hunan province.

Lobbying Fireworks: Made in China

The fireworks lobby is, well, holding its fire. As Americans watch fireworks on one end of the National Mall on this Fourth of July, fireworks-makers are watching Congress, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency. The American Pyrotechnics Association is the...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner stands next to a printed version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during a news conference on Capitol Hill on May 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner stands next to a printed version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during a news conference on Capitol Hill on May 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Health-Care Job Impact Hot Air?

Business lobbyists gripe that the new health care law has depressed job growth as small employers avoid hiring caps that could force them to buy insurance. While trade groups have offered plenty anecdotal evidence to justify their discontent, the data...

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A patient reads a chart during her annual eye exam at a clinic in New York.

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A patient reads a chart during her annual eye exam at a clinic in New York.

Axelrod on Obamacare: ‘Every Day in Washington is Election Day’

The Obama administration’s one-year delay for businesses to provide health-care coverage for employees doesn’t mean it’s a failure or that Democrats seeking re-election in 2014 have to head for tall grass. So says David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s former top...

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks along a section of the recently-constructed fence at the U.S.-Mexico border on February 26, 2013 in Nogales, Arizona.

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks along a section of the recently-constructed fence at the U.S.-Mexico border on February 26, 2013 in Nogales, Arizona.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 82%

That’s how much security spending would rise under the Senate’s overhaul of immigration laws, according to Bloomberg Government. The bill would spend $46.3 billion toward securing the southern border with Mexico. The total includes $30 billion to increased the U.S....

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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announces she will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, during an afternoon news conference in Frankfort, Kentucky, on July 1, 2013.

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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announces she will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, during an afternoon news conference in Frankfort, Kentucky, on July 1, 2013.

McConnell Rhymes Grimes: ‘Left Wing Mime’

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was only mildly sarcastic yesterday as he took note of the emergence of his likely Democratic foe in his bid next year for a sixth term. And he mitigated his mockery with a positive note. “Accepting...

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Lon Finkelstein, CFO of Vermont Tent Company, speaks in South Burlington, Vt., about trying to figure out how many employees the company would need to provide health coverage for under the new health care law.

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Lon Finkelstein, CFO of Vermont Tent Company, speaks in South Burlington, Vt., about trying to figure out how many employees the company would need to provide health coverage for under the new health care law.

Health Care Mandate Delayed for Employers

Businesses won’t be penalized next year if they don’t provide workers health insurance after the Obama administration decided to delay a key requirement under its health-care law, two administration officials said. The decision will come in regulatory guidance to be...

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Former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, speak about slain Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman, during a dedication ceremony naming a conference room in the Capitol Vistor Center in Zimmerman's honor at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2013.

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Former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, speak about slain Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman, during a dedication ceremony naming a conference room in the Capitol Vistor Center in Zimmerman's honor at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2013.

Giffords Tour: Travels with Kelly

So Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman gravely injured by a gunman in Tucson two and a half years ago, is on the road with husband Mark Kelly, retired astronaut, courting support for tougher background checks for gun-buyers. Great day...

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