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The Easter Bunny looks out from the Truman Balcony during the Annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in this file photo.

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The Easter Bunny looks out from the Truman Balcony during the Annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in this file photo.

Easter Bunny Eats the Budget Talks

This begs the question of whether the Easter Bunny has a budget: Leaders of both parties in Congress have asked for a return to regular order, pushing for committees to work through bill drafting and for floor action to finish...

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An adult daycare center in Novato, California.

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An adult daycare center in Novato, California.

Obama: Debt No ‘Immediate Crisis’ — CBO: ‘Serious Consequences’

“We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” President Barack Obama said, during a discussion of the federal deficit and budget talks with Congress in an interview aired today by ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”’ “In fact,” the president...

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Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

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Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

`Wacko Birds’ Backed by Conservative Senators PAC

It’s not every day that people are asked to support “Wacko Birds.” That’s what the Senate Conservatives Fund is doing — on behalf of Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. The PAC committed to the election of “true conservatives” drew...

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Elementary school kids pose for a picture in front of the White House on March 8, 2013. Their class had the last tour of the day.

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Elementary school kids pose for a picture in front of the White House on March 8, 2013. Their class had the last tour of the day.

Obama Asks Secret Service to Let Schoolkids in for White House Tours

In Washington, the time-honored threat of the impact of government budget cuts has centered on closing the Washington Monument. The obelisk on the National Mall is already closed, however — thanks to repairs underway following the 2011 earthquake centered in...

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Rep. Paul Ryan, center, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, joins with other members of the committee as he arrives for a press conference at the Capitol where he unveiled his budget plan on March 12, 2013 in Washington.

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Rep. Paul Ryan, center, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, joins with other members of the committee as he arrives for a press conference at the Capitol where he unveiled his budget plan on March 12, 2013 in Washington.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $4.6 Trillion

That’s how much House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would cut out of federal spending over the next 10 years. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who was his party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, introduced a proposal yesterday that he said...

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Rep. Allen West speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee in this file photo.

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Rep. Allen West speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee in this file photo.

West Goes to New Battle: Guardian

Tea Party-favorite Allen West, who narrowly lost his bid for a second term in Congress in the nation’s most expensive House race, has announced his next step: A political action committee known as the Allen West Guardian Fund. West has...

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 26, 2013.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 26, 2013.

Jeb Bush ‘Open’ to 2016: CPAC Chair

Jeb Bush is “open” to running for president in 2016. So says Al Cardenas, a longtime political associate and friend of the former Florida governor. Open, Cardenas noted today — nothing more, not committed, simply open. For his part, Bush...

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An AT&T Inc. store in Chicago.

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An AT&T Inc. store in Chicago.

AT&T Political Giving: Early and Often

AT&T Inc. has a tradition of making political contributions early and often. The political action committee of the second-biggest U.S. wireless carrier sent $363,200 to federal candidates and political committees in the first two months of this year, including $169,200...

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