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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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A limousine carrying President Barack Obama on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

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A limousine carrying President Barack Obama on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Tel Aviv Breakdown: Presidential Limo Towed — (And Replaced)

Now here’s an energy crisis: Diesel fuel in the presidential limo, a gas-guzzler. Fortunately for the White House, however, there are many presidential limos. So when part of President Barack Obama’s fleet in Israel ended up on a flatbed truck...

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Christian Watford #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates with teammate Victor Oladipo #4 after Oladipo dunked on the Illinois Fighting Illini during a quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Indiana defeated Illinois 80-64.

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Christian Watford #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates with teammate Victor Oladipo #4 after Oladipo dunked on the Illinois Fighting Illini during a quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Indiana defeated Illinois 80-64.

Obama’s Bracket: ‘Indiana’s Year’

President Barack Obama, not only a basketball fan but also a player, has picked Indiana to go all the way in the NCAA championship tournament. Obama’s picks, revealed today on ESPN, favor the Big Ten: Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State and...

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Charles "Charlie" Crist in Washington.

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Charles "Charlie" Crist in Washington.

Crist’s Second Chance: Beating Scott

Charlie Crist, the only Florida governor to willingly decline a second term, looks well positioned if he wants his old job back. The second poll in as many days shows the Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat leading incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott trailing...

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A Palestinian activist wearing a mask of President Barack Obama, holds a Rosa Parks' mug shot, in the West Bank town of Hebron, on March 20, 2013.

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A Palestinian activist wearing a mask of President Barack Obama, holds a Rosa Parks' mug shot, in the West Bank town of Hebron, on March 20, 2013.

Obama’s Welcome: Palestinian Rappers

Many Palestinians may not be as overjoyed about President Barack Obama’s arrival in the Middle East today as the Palestinian rappers in a video prepared by the American Consulate General in Israel suggests. “We welcome you to Palestine,” the rappers...

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

Obama in Israel: ‘Eternal’ Alliance

President Barack Obama wore a blue tie and white shirt. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wore the same. So did Israeli President Shimon Peres. The colors of the the Israeli flag. The U.S. and Israel have inextricable interests in national...

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The Washington Monument stands behind cherry trees blossoming in Washington on March 19, 2012.

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The Washington Monument stands behind cherry trees blossoming in Washington on March 19, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Awaiting Cherries

President Barack Obama arrived in Tel Aviv this morning on his first visit to Israel as president. The three-day trip includes meetings and news conferences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who disagrees with Obama on how to handle Iran’s...

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Palestinian militants of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades stand guard on the roof of a building in the West Bank village of Saair on February 25, 2013 during the funeral of Arafat Jaradat, an inmate who died in an Israeli prison.

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Palestinian militants of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades stand guard on the roof of a building in the West Bank village of Saair on February 25, 2013 during the funeral of Arafat Jaradat, an inmate who died in an Israeli prison.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 48

That’s the percentage of Americans who favor putting more pressure on Palestinians than the Israelis amid the stalled Middle East peace process, according to Gallup. That compared with 25 percent who said the U.S. should put more pressure on the...

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An Israeli Arab school girl walks by an ice statue of President Barack Obama at the 'Ice Festival' showroom on March 19, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

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An Israeli Arab school girl walks by an ice statue of President Barack Obama at the 'Ice Festival' showroom on March 19, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Obama’s 38th Nation to Bush’s 43 — Plus Iran in Mind

Following the last of the Washington receptions for the Irish prime minister at the White House this evening, the post-St. Patrick’s Day tour of the Taoiseach, President Barack Obama will leave for his own tour of the Middle East. Mark...

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