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A student during spring break on South Padre Island, Texas.

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A student during spring break on South Padre Island, Texas.

Washington Daybook: Not Quite Spring

Lawmakers, like college students, are looking forward to Spring break, with two weeks away from Washington to relax and celebrate Easter and Passover with family and constituents. But first, that small matter of keeping the government funded past next week....

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Texas delegates during the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida on August 30, 2012.

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Texas delegates during the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida on August 30, 2012.

RNC Told: Fewer Debates, More Populism, More Women on TV

Updated at 9:40 am EDT A Republican National Committee report says the party should change the way it recruits candidates, talks to voters, uses technology, raises money and reaches out to minorities in an effort to appeal to a broader base of voters and...

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An Israeli woman and her children stay in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on November 12, 2012 in Netivot, Israel.

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An Israeli woman and her children stay in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on November 12, 2012 in Netivot, Israel.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 64

That’s the percentage of Americans who say they’re more sympathetic to the Israelis than to the Palestinians amid stalled Middle East peace talks, according to Gallup. The 64 percent figure ties a 25-year high set in 1991 during the Persian...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press briefing March 14, 2013 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press briefing March 14, 2013 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

Boehner: Tax Talk ‘Over’

Updated at 11:30 am EDT House Speaker John Boehner has given at the office. And he’s not giving any more on taxes, he reasserted today. The Ohio Republican, in an interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz airing on “This Week”...

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Supporters of Sen. Rand Paul cheer as he speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 14, 2013.

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Supporters of Sen. Rand Paul cheer as he speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 14, 2013.

Paul: CPAC Straw-Poll Winner

With the first 2016 presidential primary voting still about 1,000 days away, the results today are virtually meaningless. Still, it’s fun to report that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the straw poll at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference....

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Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, holds up a large soda as she speaks about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed large soda ban, at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, holds up a large soda as she speaks about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed large soda ban, at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Palin’s Big Gulp and ‘Rack’ Cheered

Slurping from a Big Gulp and talking about her “rack,” Sarah Palin stormed onto the CPAC stage this afternoon amid roaring cheers that showed she remains hugely popular with the Republican base. The former Alaska governor went after those trying...

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Walker: Reagan Was a Governor

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got a warm reception at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, getting the crowd on its feet more often than most speakers. Among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, only Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky received such...

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Jeb Bush: Republicans Too ‘Anti’

  Jeb Bush says it’s time his Republican Party stops being known as the “anti” party. It’s time, he says, to reach out to Americans who have been excluded. “We used to be the party in the front,” Bush said...

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Former senior executive with the National Security Agency, Thomas Drake, leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore in this 2011 file photo.

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Former senior executive with the National Security Agency, Thomas Drake, leaves the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore in this 2011 file photo.

NSA Watching Reporters: Whistleblower

Whistle-blower Thomas Drake says reporters are being tracked by the government, particularly if they cover national security issues or major banks. “It’s routine,” Drake said, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington today. “Anybody that writes in this space,...

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