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A journalist holds a picture of Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), as passengers arrive off flight SU213 from Hong Kong, at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on June 23, 2013.

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A journalist holds a picture of Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), as passengers arrive off flight SU213 from Hong Kong, at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on June 23, 2013.

Snowden Still in Moscow Airport, U.S. Still Talking with Russia

As best as the White House can tell, Edward Snowden is still in the Moscow airport. Publicly, at least, the Russian government has washed its hands of the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor who revealed details of U.S. surveillance...

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after his weekly news conference on June 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after his weekly news conference on June 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Boehner’s House: $2.3 Mln Defending DOMA in Losing Court Fight

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: The House has spent $2.3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act, according to Drew Hammill, spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. The House, led by Republican John Boehner of Ohio, had authorized...

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Hillary Clinton said she is moving quickly to correct the kinds of lapses in diplomatic security that left American diplomats vulnerable in the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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Hillary Clinton said she is moving quickly to correct the kinds of lapses in diplomatic security that left American diplomats vulnerable in the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton’s Popularity Eroding Somewhat

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s popularity has taken a dip in the wake of Republican attacks on the government’s response to the Benghazi attacks, though she still remains a much more likable figure than either President Barack Obama or...

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Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2013.

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Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2013.

SCOTUS: DOMA Done, Prop 8 Dead

Updated at 10:35, 10:55 and 11:31 am EDT The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law restricting benefits for same-sex couples. The court also has cleared the way for gay marriage in California, the first state to legalize it....

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President Barack Obama wears an OSU baseball cap after receiving an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony at Ohio State University on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

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President Barack Obama wears an OSU baseball cap after receiving an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony at Ohio State University on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

Obama’s Ohio Standing Slips

President Barack Obama captured almost 51 percent of the vote in Ohio to help him win re-election to a second term, but his approval rating in the Buckeye State has fallen to 40 percent–  with 57 percent saying they disapprove...

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Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on her nomination as Commerce secretary in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2013.

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Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on her nomination as Commerce secretary in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $176.3 Million

That was incoming Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s income in 2012. Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire whose family founded Hyatt Hotels Corp., reported $118.7 million in income from U.S.-based family trusts and $53.6 million from an offshore trust based in the Bahamas,...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a discussion of the 21st annual Conference on Volunteering and Service, convened by Point of Light, June 21, 2013 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. According to the welcome letter from Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn, the conference focused 'on the power of service to bridge differences and bring people together - across race, income, politics, religion, age and geography - to help one another.'

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a discussion of the 21st annual Conference on Volunteering and Service, convened by Point of Light, June 21, 2013 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. According to the welcome letter from Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn, the conference focused 'on the power of service to bridge differences and bring people together - across race, income, politics, religion, age and geography - to help one another.'

Christie: Flunking Physics? Run for Governor

Chris Christie as lead federal prosecutor for the state of New Jersey. Chris Christie as Republican governor. Those jobs, he can handle. Chris Christie as math-and-science guy, though — no, no, no. He emerged from a physics lesson at Burlington...

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President Barack Obama wipes his face as he speaks about climate change, on June 25, 2013, at Georgetown University in Washington. The president is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, resorting to his executive powers to tackle climate change and sidestepping the partisan gridlock in Congress.

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President Barack Obama wipes his face as he speaks about climate change, on June 25, 2013, at Georgetown University in Washington. The president is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, resorting to his executive powers to tackle climate change and sidestepping the partisan gridlock in Congress.

Obama’s ‘Flat Earth Society:’ Tweetospheric Warming

“We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat Earth society,” President Barack Obama said today of those who question climate change in spelling out his plans for combating global warming. The atmosphere may already have been the hottest...

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