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Former President George W. Bush shows three fingers for "W" as his wife and  former first lady Laura Bush after the opening ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

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Former President George W. Bush shows three fingers for "W" as his wife and former first lady Laura Bush after the opening ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

Bush is Back: Positive Polling

George W. Bush is back. In positive territory, that is. Barely. Not since 2005, the folks at Gallup say, have  more Americans held a positive view of the 43rd president than those who had a negative view. Not until now:...

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Revelers gather along Fifth Avenue during the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 10, 2012 in New York City.

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Revelers gather along Fifth Avenue during the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 10, 2012 in New York City.

Puerto Rico Statehood Winning Cantor’s Straw Poll

A week after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor launched a vehicle for ordinary Americans to cosponsor House legislation, the leading bill has nothing whatsoever to do with the Republican agenda, and everything to do with the birthplace of the pina...

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An undocumented immigrant poses for a portrait with the American and Mexican flags onMay 16, 2013 in Odessa, Texas.

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An undocumented immigrant poses for a portrait with the American and Mexican flags onMay 16, 2013 in Odessa, Texas.

Heritage Foundation: Immigration Bill Just an ‘Amnesty Proposal’

Under former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, the Heritage Foundation  is wading into the debate over immigration through advocacy, not research. The think tank today announced it would spend up to $100,000 on an online advertising campaign against the bipartisan immigration bill now...

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Attendees arrive at Google Inc.'s headquarters for the company's annual shareholders meeting in Mountain View, California, on June 6, 2013.

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Attendees arrive at Google Inc.'s headquarters for the company's annual shareholders meeting in Mountain View, California, on June 6, 2013.

Google: ‘Nothing to Hide’

Google says its lips are sealed, but complains its hands are tied. Its obligation to secrecy about the number of requests for information it gets from the Federal Intelligence Surveillance court prevents it from fulfilling its obligation to transparency with...

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People line up to vote on November 6, 2012 in Crawfordville, Florida.

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People line up to vote on November 6, 2012 in Crawfordville, Florida.

Voting Commission Should Shorten Lines, Democratic Senators Say

In advance of the first meeting of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, four Democratic senators today said the group should address the long lines that beset many precincts on Election Day. Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Chris Coons of...

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U.S. Representative and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, tries Google Glass after leaving a meeting Republican Party Caucus on Capitol Hill on May 15, 2013.

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U.S. Representative and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, tries Google Glass after leaving a meeting Republican Party Caucus on Capitol Hill on May 15, 2013.

Bachmann: ‘Lord Calling Me’ to Retire

“Michelle, My Belle,” the theme music plays in the introduction to Mike Huckabee’s interview with Michele Bachmann today — he being someone who won the Iowa Republican caucuses, she being someone who bombed in Iowa. Bachmann explains her impending retirement from Congress...

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Authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives search a home in Hyattsville, Maryland.

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Authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives search a home in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Grassley Hammers ATF Nominee

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director since 2006. Based on a Senate hearing today, the agency is going to have to keep waiting. Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate...

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A newly naturalized American citizen Fayick Suleman, from Ghana, center, stands for a photograph with his wife Hanadi Suleman, left, and son Laeyth Suleman, 2, with his certificate of citizenship after a Naturalization Ceremony in New York, on April 19, 2013.

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A newly naturalized American citizen Fayick Suleman, from Ghana, center, stands for a photograph with his wife Hanadi Suleman, left, and son Laeyth Suleman, 2, with his certificate of citizenship after a Naturalization Ceremony in New York, on April 19, 2013.

Obama: Citizenship Key to Immigration, ‘Driving Force’

Four in 10 Fortune 500 companies were started by first- or second-generation immigrants, President Barack Obama said today in a White House speech kicking off weeks of Senate debate over an immigration bill. Immigration has been “a driving force” of...

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Supporters gather in support of National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in Manhattan's Union Square on June 10, 2013 in New York City.

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Supporters gather in support of National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in Manhattan's Union Square on June 10, 2013 in New York City.

Snowden Fired: Booz Allen Was Paying Security Contractor $122,000

Edward Snowden is out of a job. Booz Allen Hamilton, the mammoth government contractor that employed the contract security worker for less than three months, said today that he was fired Monday for violating the firm’s policies. Snowden, 29, has...

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Israelis protest against President Barack Obama and call for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed in 1987 on charges of spying on the U.S., on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem.

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Israelis protest against President Barack Obama and call for the release of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish American who was jailed in 1987 on charges of spying on the U.S., on March 21, 2013 in Jerusalem.

Washington Daybook: The Price of Secrets

How tough is the U.S. on people who reveal classified information? Twenty-seven years ago this month, intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard pleaded guilty to passing classified documents to Israel. Despite personal pleas by Israeli leaders for his release, Pollard remains in...

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