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President Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton in Washington,

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President Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton in Washington,

Obamas-Clintons: Sequestration Dinner

Sequestration isn’t all that President Barack Obama ordered on March 1. He also ordered dinner for Bill Clinton. And Hillary Clinton, and of course his own first lady. The Obamas and Clintons dined at the White House the night the...

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Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints points out the defense of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints points out the defense of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

SEC Nominee vs. Saints Defensive Line

Written with Cheyenne Hopkins How can a U.S. senator score easy points with home-state voters? Focus on football when others are talking about the minutiae of Wall Street regulation. Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, plans to cross-examine Mary Jo White next week...

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Comedian Stephen Colbert serves food with his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch during a campaign fundraiser breakfast at ILA Hall on Feb. 24, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert serves food with his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch during a campaign fundraiser breakfast at ILA Hall on Feb. 24, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sanford vs. Colbert’s Sister: $300,000-Plus in S.C., with Koch, Friess

Former South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch each raised more than $300,000 for their campaigns for a vacant House seat in the Charleston area, a reflection of their high name recognition. Sanford raised $334,000 through...

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President Bill Clinton during a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in this file photo.

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President Bill Clinton during a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in this file photo.

Bill Clinton’s Mea Culpa on DOMA

Bill Clinton always has had an eye for history. For the most part, he has been a few steps ahead of it. His forging of a middle-ground in political life propelled him to the White House, where his willingness to...

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Employees install furniture and wiring in pontoon boats in Elkhart, Indiana.

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Employees install furniture and wiring in pontoon boats in Elkhart, Indiana.

Washington Daybook: 7.7 Percent

HBO has “Game of Thrones.” In Washington, it’s a game of numbers. Employers added 236,000 workers to payrolls in February after 157,000 a month earlier, showing progress in the labor market that could help President Barack Obama’s approval numbers. The...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, left, talks to Thomas Curry, comptroller of the U.S. currency, following a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, on March 7, 2013.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, left, talks to Thomas Curry, comptroller of the U.S. currency, following a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, on March 7, 2013.

Senator Kirk’s Sardonic Moment

When are drug cartels and terrorism funny? When you know your audience, as Sen. Mark Kirk apparently did when he devoted his microphone to a comedic moment as the Senate Banking Committee grilled federal regulators today. After hearing banking regulators...

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Sen. Rand Paul is seen on a TV monitor as he participates in a filibuster on the Senate floor March 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Rand Paul is seen on a TV monitor as he participates in a filibuster on the Senate floor March 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Paul: Next Filibuster, More Fuel — and ‘Hurrah’ for Holder’s Reply

There may be no pressing reason for Sen. Rand Paul to again embark upon an old-fashioned Senate filibuster, now that Attorney General Eric Holder has given him the answer on drone attacks he sought in launching  yesterday’s 13-hour talkfest. But if Paul does...

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Jim Messina, campaign manager for the re-election of President Barack Obama, talks with reporters during a tour of the re-election headquarters in Chicago.

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Jim Messina, campaign manager for the re-election of President Barack Obama, talks with reporters during a tour of the re-election headquarters in Chicago.

Obama’s Advocacy Group Bows to Pressure, Bans Corporate Giving

Organizing for Action, the advocacy group that arose from President Barack Obama’s successful re-election campaign, has reversed course and decided not to take corporate donations. OFA Chairman Jim Messina made the announcement in an article he wrote for CNN.com. He gave...

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