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Sen. Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis: Perry Making Abortion ‘Pawn’ for ‘Higher Aspirations’

“It’s been a crazy week,” state Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas says. She has been catapulted to a nationally known figure from her once-obscure seat in the Texas Senate, first with her 11-hour filibuster that blocked an anti-abortion bill in...

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A group of well-wishers hold candles and a photo of Nelson Mandela as they pray for his recovery outside the Mediclinic heart hospital where he is hospitalized in Pretoria on June 27, 2013.

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A group of well-wishers hold candles and a photo of Nelson Mandela as they pray for his recovery outside the Mediclinic heart hospital where he is hospitalized in Pretoria on June 27, 2013.

Obama on Mandela: ‘I Don’t Need a Photo-op’

President Barack Obama, en route to South Africa with his family today, arrives as a nation watches the failing health of a legendary leader, Nelson Mandela. Obama, addressing reporters aboard Air Force One bound for Johannesburg, was asked about plans...

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Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrive for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup hearing on June 29, 2011.

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Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrive for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup hearing on June 29, 2011.

The Republican 14 — How Vulnerable Are They?

As noted by colleague Jonathan Salant, 14 is the number of the moment in Republican circles — the number of party senators who broke with their caucus’s 32 other members to vote for the overhaul of immigration policy the chamber passed yesterday. In these hyper-partisan times,...

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Senator Chuck Schumer, right, and Senator John McCain following a vote on the immigration bill on June 27, 2013 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

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Senator Chuck Schumer, right, and Senator John McCain following a vote on the immigration bill on June 27, 2013 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: 14

That’s the number of Senate Republicans who broke with their party and voted for a bipartisan immigration bill that combines increased border security and a visa program for high-technology workers with a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million...

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Shannon O'Hurley, Victor Garber, Luke Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon, in Legally Blonde.

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Shannon O'Hurley, Victor Garber, Luke Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon, in Legally Blonde.

Immigration: ‘Legally Blonde’ Path?

How now for immigration in the House, following the Senate’s 68-32 vote? First come the no-ways: House Repub Chabot predicts no #immigration law, sez House will act but “I don’t think ultimately we’ll be able to agree with the #Senate“...

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Edith Windsor, 83, is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Edith Windsor, 83, is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Windsor Shares Her Magic Endorsing NYC’s Quinn

Written with Henry Goldman. Edith “Edie” Windsor made history yesterday when she won her two-year battle against the U.S. government and secured federal benefits for married gay couples. It didn’t take long for the 83-year-old to find a new cause...

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