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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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First lady Michelle Obama waves after delivering the commencement speech during the Bowie State University graduation ceremony at the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland May 17, 2013 in College Park, Maryland.

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First lady Michelle Obama waves after delivering the commencement speech during the Bowie State University graduation ceremony at the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland May 17, 2013 in College Park, Maryland.

Michelle Obama 1, Heckler 0

Updated 6/5 at 12:05 pm EDT The first lady apparently has little patience for hecklers. Under a white tent in the backyard of Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer in Northwest Washington, DC, tonight,  with Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz...

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Senate Aging: Will You Still Re-Elect Us When We’re 64?

Frank Lautenberg’s passing spotlights some obvious generational changes that have been occurring in the Senate for several years. Yet dig a little deeper, and something counter-intuitive emerges. As Bloomberg’s Greg Giroux noted yesterday upon word of Lautenberg’s death at age 89, the New Jersey Democrat...

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House Committee Votes to Eliminate Public Financing for Campaigns

Following the first privately-funded election since Watergate, the House Administration Committee today voted to end public financing for presidential elections and the national political conventions. The committee also voted to end the Election Assistance Commission, which provides aid to states and...

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