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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and President Barack Obama shake hands during a joint press conference following meetings at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21, 2013.

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and President Barack Obama shake hands during a joint press conference following meetings at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Future Tense

President Barack Obama delivers an address to the Israeli people in Jerusalem today. He met earlier with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on the future of the peace process and said the Palestinian people “deserve a state of...

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Revelers celebrate during the Gay Pride parade in New York City.

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Revelers celebrate during the Gay Pride parade in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 70

That’s the percentage of people of the so-called millennial generation who back same-sex marriage, according to the Pew Research Center. The millennial generation — those born since 1980 and between the ages of 18 and 32 — is more supportive...

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President Barack Obama takes part in a tree planting ceremony with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem.

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President Barack Obama takes part in a tree planting ceremony with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem.

Obama’s Magnolia Bagged in Jerusalem — and More Off-Script

President Barack Obama brought a magnolia tree, a descendant of a White House magnolia, to the home of President Shimon Peres. The Israelis have planted it in their president’s garden with a plastic wrapper around the roots until it can...

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

Biden on Gun-Rules: ‘Will of the People’

Vice President Joe Biden, who has suggested that anyone interested in assault weapons for home protection should go buy a shotgun instead, also sees no value in mega-clips for hunters. “If you can’t get the deer in three shots, you...

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President Barack Obama is escorted by Speaker of the House John Boehner while leaving the Capitol on March 19, 2013 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama is escorted by Speaker of the House John Boehner while leaving the Capitol on March 19, 2013 in Washington.

Boehner on Obama: Teasing the ‘Ones You Love’

President Barack Obama just can’t seem to resist cracking wise about Congress, even when the timing of his humor seems a bit off. Back in late December, a laugh line he aimed at Capitol Hill even as tense talks neared a...

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, with Deforest Kelley, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, James Doohan, and George Takei, 1984.

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, with Deforest Kelley, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, James Doohan, and George Takei, 1984.

IRS’s Star Trek, Gilligan’s Island Videos Challenged by Congressman

Star Trek fans might recognize the Internal Revenue Service as a somewhat Vulcan enterprise — logical, humorless and inscrutable. Rep. Charles Boustany wants to see for himself. The Louisiana Republican is pressing the tax agency to turn over copies of...

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Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, right, and others chant for Mitch Stewart during the grand opening of President Obama's regional campaign office on Jan. 5, 2012 in Charlotte.

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Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, right, and others chant for Mitch Stewart during the grand opening of President Obama's regional campaign office on Jan. 5, 2012 in Charlotte.

Charlotte’s Foxx Eyed for DOT

President Barack Obama is considering Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx for secretary of transportation, according to two people familiar with the matter. Foxx, 41, has been a proponent of street car and light-rail projects as mayor of the city,...

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President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official welcoming ceremony on his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on March, 20, 2013 near Tel Aviv, Israel.

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President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official welcoming ceremony on his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on March, 20, 2013 near Tel Aviv, Israel.

Netanyahu’s ‘Red Line,’ Obama’s Joke

This hasn’t been a laughing matter for Israel and the U.S. But today, President Barack Obama managed to find some humor in it. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been urging world leaders, particularly Obama, to set “red lines” for...

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A Home Depot a store in Washington.

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A Home Depot a store in Washington.

Tax Reform: `No Street Signs’

Generalities about the need to lower tax rates obscure the difficulty of rewriting the tax code — and the benefits of some of the oft-derided tax breaks, Representative Richard Neal said today. Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, spoke in Washington to the RATE Coalition, a...

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Wisconsin Congressional candidate Rob Zerban  speaking at campaign event in Janesvilles, Wis., on Oct. 3, 2012.

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Wisconsin Congressional candidate Rob Zerban speaking at campaign event in Janesvilles, Wis., on Oct. 3, 2012.

Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin Opponent Explores 2014 Rematch

The Wisconsin Democrat who tried to unseat Rep. Paul Ryan in 2012 is eyeing a rematch with the Republican vice-presidential nominee. Rob Zerban, a former county supervisor, filed paperwork establishing an “exploratory” bid in Wisconsin’s 1st District, which includes Kenosha,...

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