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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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Governor Rick Perry at the National Right To Life Convention on June 27, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.

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Governor Rick Perry at the National Right To Life Convention on June 27, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.

Perry vs. Davis: Abortion Debate Grows Personal

Written with David Mildenberg Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, who filibustered in pink tennis shoes for more than 10 hours to block an abortion bill in a special session of the state legislature, failed to learn from her own example, Gov. Rick...

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is greeted by his wife Samara at the end of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 22, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is greeted by his wife Samara at the end of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 22, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Foxx’s Welcome Mail Runneth Over

Somewhere inside the Department of Transportation, someone must be compiling naughty and nice lists. How else to explain the race by trade groups that do business with DOT agencies to be the fastest to send out congratulatory press releases after Anthony Foxx was...

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A fire burns at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, after an explosion on April 17, 2013.

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A fire burns at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, after an explosion on April 17, 2013.

For EPA, Friend Like Boxer Proves Enemy Over Chemical Safety

Well, that was awkward. For President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency, getting irritated questions from lawmakers about evasive answers or regulatory efforts is nothing new. But, at a Senate hearing to probe the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant,...

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