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Housing construction in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

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Housing construction in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Housing Boom’s End Dims Women’s Job Outlook: Fed Report

The heyday for women in the job market  may have ended with the housing boom, according to research by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Women hold a disproportionate share of jobs — such as teaching positions — that rely...

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Vice President Joe Biden during a joint-statement with Brazil's Vice President Michel Temer at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, on May 31, 2013.

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Vice President Joe Biden during a joint-statement with Brazil's Vice President Michel Temer at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, on May 31, 2013.

Biden: Blistering Cruz, Paul — Wondering if Gore Has a Job for Him

A couple of vice presidents past and present showed up last night at a Washington fundraiser. The sitting VP, Joe Biden, a veteran of three-plus decades in the U.S. Senate, had some rough words for a couple of first-term Republican...

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks for drug smugglers on the bank of the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border on May 21, 2013 near Hidalgo, Texas.

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks for drug smugglers on the bank of the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border on May 21, 2013 near Hidalgo, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 84

That’s how many senators voted yesterday to advance an overhaul of immigration laws. The 84-15 vote means that the Senate will take up debate and amendments to a bill that would offer the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a path...

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U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey shakes hands with a supporter in Boston, on April 30, 2013 as he celebrates winning the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election.

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U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey shakes hands with a supporter in Boston, on April 30, 2013 as he celebrates winning the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election.

Cashing in On Digital Privacy: Wyden Fundraising Appeal for Markey ($23?)

It was sure to come to this: There’s fundraising gold in them thar personal privacy versus national security hills. Sen. Ron Wyden,  an Oregon Democrat who has been at the forefront of concern over government surveillance in the name of...

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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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