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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during an interview at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during an interview at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

House vs. Senate: Parallel Universes, Lost in Space

House Speaker John Boehner’s embrace this week of the “Hastert Rule” spotlights the parallel universes his chamber and the Senate have evolved into — worlds in which the operative political dynamics virtually ensure stalemate. Here are the utterly contradictory bottom lines: In the...

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Shoppers at an outdoor mall in San Antonio, Texas.

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Shoppers at an outdoor mall in San Antonio, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -32.5

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index average this year, the highest since 2007. The weekly gauge can range from 100 to minus 100 and is based on Americans’ views about the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate....

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush arrives for the dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush arrives for the dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Library and Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

Jeb Bush: More Republicans Divide, Less Likely They’ll Govern

If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, it appears there are some things he will try not to talk about in the interest of party unity. He got a lot of criticism in the Twitterverse the other day for...

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Casino Mogul Adelson: Internet Gaming ‘Cancer,’ Chris Christie OK

Billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson calls Internet gambling “a cancer” and a “moral issue.” As for one of the first governors who legalized it? That guy’s OK! In an interview today with Bloomberg Television, Adelson said he likes New Jersey...

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Democratic strategist James Carville

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Democratic strategist James Carville

Greenberg, Carville: House Democrats May Top 2012 Gains

Several factors point to Democrats falling well short of winning a majority of House seats in the 2014 election. Republican-drawn congressional maps narrowed the universe of politically competitive districts. Democrats saturate big population centers, diluting their influence, while Republicans are...

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Gov. Paul LePage acknowledges applause before delivering his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature, on Feb. 5, 2013, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.

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Gov. Paul LePage acknowledges applause before delivering his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature, on Feb. 5, 2013, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.

LePage May Make Republicans Remember Maine

The Republican Party’s rape problem won’t quit. First it was former Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri suggesting in his failed Senate campaign that “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy (he lost his 2012 contest with Sen. Claire McCaskill). More recently,...

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President-elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy, right, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon Johnson are on January 21, 1961 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. during Kennedy's inauguration ball.

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President-elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy, right, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon Johnson are on January 21, 1961 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. during Kennedy's inauguration ball.

Ireland Torch for JFK, Jackie Kennedy Letters

The Irish Embassy organized a ceremony on Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery to honor President John F. Kennedy’s visit to his ancestral homeland of Ireland 50 years ago. “It’s a story every immigrant holds in his heart,” said Representative Joseph Kennedy III, Massachusetts...

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George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, left, listens with David Cameron, U.K. prime minister, second left, Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister, second right, as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks, right, ahead of a working session on the second day of the Group of 20 (G20) Cannes Summit at the Palais des Festivals, in Cannes, France, on Nov. 4, 2011.

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George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, left, listens with David Cameron, U.K. prime minister, second left, Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister, second right, as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks, right, ahead of a working session on the second day of the Group of 20 (G20) Cannes Summit at the Palais des Festivals, in Cannes, France, on Nov. 4, 2011.

Obama Mashes Osborne’s Name: Oxford Choir Meets Love Men Ltd.

Much excitement awaited U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne: A chance to give a presentation to President Barack Obama. Who called his host “Jeffrey.” Obama later realized his repeated mistake at the Northern Ireland summit of the Group of...

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An attendee looks through the scope of a a gun during the 2013 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, on May 4, 2013.

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An attendee looks through the scope of a a gun during the 2013 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, on May 4, 2013.

Manchin Locked and Loaded for NRA

Joe Manchin is back. With his bolt-action, scoped hunting rifle. And an armed campaign ad. This time, taking aim at the National Rifle Association. The West Virginia senator,  once one of the NRA’s star lawmakers, has a new ad released...

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