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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrives for testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrives for testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Holder: ‘Fatigue,’ not Controversy, Will Tip Any Resignation as AG

Attorney General Eric Holder, already under fire for the Justice Department’s surveillance of news reporters, went up to Capitol Hill today amid news that the National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans. And that’s nothing...

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Randal Milch, executive vice president and general counsel with Verizon Communications Inc., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2012.

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Randal Milch, executive vice president and general counsel with Verizon Communications Inc., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Can You Hear Me Now?

Attorney General Eric Holder may be defending more than his budget in his appearance before a Senate committee today. The revelation that the Obama administration is collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers using a secret court order...

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House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Washington, DC.

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House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Washington, DC.

Cantor’s 50th: Fifty Grand Buys Dinner

For quite some time now, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been hosting parties — and raising political cash — to commemorate his birthday. He’s doing it again this year, and pulling out all the stops. The Virginia Republican turns the...

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Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the House's longest serving member, more than 50 years, at a campaign speech in Ann Arbor, Mich., in this 2010 file photo.

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Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the House's longest serving member, more than 50 years, at a campaign speech in Ann Arbor, Mich., in this 2010 file photo.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2

That’s how many current members of Congress are veterans of World War II. They are Michigan Democrat John Dingell, who served in the Army from 1944 to 1946, and Texas Republican Ralph Hall, who was in the Navy from 1942...

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President Barack Obama speaks as former aide Samantha Power, left, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, right, and incumbent National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, second left, listen during a personnel announcement at the Rose Garden of the White House on June 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama speaks as former aide Samantha Power, left, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, right, and incumbent National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, second left, listen during a personnel announcement at the Rose Garden of the White House on June 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Rice, Power: Elbows, Stars and Stripes

President Barack Obama had a back-handed compliment for Susan Rice, his friend and counsel and new National Security Adviser — as well as able tennis-player. (He has played basketball with her brother.) “It runs in the family — throwing the...

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President Barack Obama holds up a Baltimore Ravens jersey given to him by head coach John Harbaugh, right, as linebacker Ray Lewis looks on, after welcoming members of the National Football League Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens during a South Lawn ceremony on June 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama holds up a Baltimore Ravens jersey given to him by head coach John Harbaugh, right, as linebacker Ray Lewis looks on, after welcoming members of the National Football League Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens during a South Lawn ceremony on June 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Purple Prose for the Ravens

President Barack Obama toasted the Superbowl-champion Baltimore Ravens today in a ceremony at the White House, jokingly warning them not to tear up the lawn and referencing — while not performing — retired quarterback Ray Lewis’s touchdown dance. The players,...

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Samantha Power,  former Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council, and foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama, emerges from the West Wing of the White House in this 2010 file photo.

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Samantha Power, former Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council, and foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama, emerges from the West Wing of the White House in this 2010 file photo.

Power Play: Obama vs. Republicans

Samantha Power once called Hillary Clinton “a monster.” That was during Barack Obama’s campaign for president, when Clinton was his primary threat. Now Clinton is a retired secretary of state, formerly of the Obama administration. And Power, a national security...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question on June 4, 2013 in Trenton, N.J.  Christie will set an October special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by Frank Lautenberg's death, a decision that gets voters the quickest possible say on who will represents them.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question on June 4, 2013 in Trenton, N.J. Christie will set an October special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by Frank Lautenberg's death, a decision that gets voters the quickest possible say on who will represents them.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 192

That’s how many U.S. senators have been appointed since the 17th Amendment in 1913 granted governors the power to fill vacancies. Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will soon appoint a senator who will serve through at least Oct....

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