Political Capital

Workers raise a JPMorgan Chase & Co. flag at company headquarters in New York.

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Workers raise a JPMorgan Chase & Co. flag at company headquarters in New York.

Washington Daybook: Whale Watching

A report on a Senate committee’s probe of JPMorgan’s record loss last year by a trader known as “The Whale” will be released today. The flawed bet on credit derivatives cost the company more than $6.2 billion and stained Chief...

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A man lays on the grass in front of the Capitol building during the presidential inauguration in Washington.

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A man lays on the grass in front of the Capitol building during the presidential inauguration in Washington.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 17

That’s the net gain of House seats that Democrats need in the 2014 election to win a majority. The House presently has 232 Republicans and 200 Democrats, with vacancies in two Republican districts and one Democratic district. Rep. Steve Israel...

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A tour guide leads tourists in front of the White House.

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A tour guide leads tourists in front of the White House.

White House Tours: Senator’s Solution, Raid TSA Uniform Fund

With the decision to halt White House tours in the wake of the across-the-board budget cuts drawing criticism from all sides, one Republican senator is eyeing a solution to the problem. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, has proposed taking...

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White smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel meaning that cardinals elected a new pope on the second day of their secret conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican.

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White smoke rises from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel meaning that cardinals elected a new pope on the second day of their secret conclave on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican.

Vatican Tweets: ‘Habemus Papam’ — Francesco I, First From New World

Updated repeatedly from 3:18 to 6:40 pm EDT White smoke in Rome: Better than any exit poll. This is how the word was spread, online: HABEMUS PAPAM \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ \o/ — VaticanCommunication (@PCCS_VA) March 13, 2013 A...

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President Barack Obama waits for a heavy rain to pass before crossing West Executive Avenue from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the West Wing of the White House, March 12, 2013.

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President Barack Obama waits for a heavy rain to pass before crossing West Executive Avenue from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the West Wing of the White House, March 12, 2013.

Obama Slips Below 50% — White House: ‘Everyone Looks Bad’

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a new survey, as the public sours on Washington’s handling of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that went into effect at the beginning of the month. The...

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, left, and Representative Steve Israel, a Democrat from New York, in Washington in this file photo.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, left, and Representative Steve Israel, a Democrat from New York, in Washington in this file photo.

House Democrats: 52 May Equal 17

House Democrats, needing 17 seats to win a House majority in 2014, have identified 52 potential targets. That provides plenty of opportunities to regain control of the chamber for President Barack Obama’s last two years in office, according to Rep....

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Sen. Rand Paul, center, speaks during a news conference with Sen. Mike Lee, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz to announce a plan to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on March 13, 2013 in Washington.

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Sen. Rand Paul, center, speaks during a news conference with Sen. Mike Lee, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz to announce a plan to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on March 13, 2013 in Washington.

Rand Paul #filiblizzard: Round 2?

There’s no question that Rand Paul came out ahead of the game with his 13-hour filibuster in the Senate — the kudos were bipartisan. He got an answer to his question about the Obama administration’s ability to target Americans on...

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A law enforcement official talks to unidentified people during a round up in Columbia, South Carolina in this file photo.

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A law enforcement official talks to unidentified people during a round up in Columbia, South Carolina in this file photo.

Immigration: All Roads, South Carolina

Updated at 2:05 PM EDT South Carolina isn’t a border state, yet its radio and television airwaves will soon be saturated with advertisements by groups leading the charge both for and against a broad immigration overhaul taking shape in Congress....

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