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Lequita Bryant 25, watches as her brother Brandon James, 21, lift her son Jeremiah Bryant, 10, into the path of sprinklers at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on July 7, 2012.

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Lequita Bryant 25, watches as her brother Brandon James, 21, lift her son Jeremiah Bryant, 10, into the path of sprinklers at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on July 7, 2012.

Washington Sprummer Forecast: Orange

  Sprummer has sprung in the nation’s capital. After some false starts, with the memory of those glorious spring cherry blossoms and mild afternoons fading, the summer heat is here, in “spring.”  If Memorial Day ushers in the unofficial start...

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Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-ME, arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 15, 2012.

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Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-ME, arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 15, 2012.

Snowe: Finding ‘Common Ground’

Olympia Snowe, the moderate Maine Republican who retired from the Senate five months ago, already is out with a book detailing some changes she would make to curb the partisanship and polarization she says have consumed Congress. In “Fighting for...

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First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama in Arlington, Virginia.

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First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama in Arlington, Virginia.

Michelle Obama: The Bangs are Back

Reports of the demise of the first lady’s bangs are “greatly exaggerated.” So read the pool report from last night’s New York fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee headlined by first lady Michelle Obama. In the home of fashion designer...

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney greet supporters during a campaign rally at George Mason University on November 5, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney greet supporters during a campaign rally at George Mason University on November 5, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Ann Romney: ‘We Expected to Win’

Mitt Romney hit the “panic button” at about 8 pm on Election Day 2012, according to wife Ann Romney. “We expected to win,” she said. But Karl Rove, whose super-PAC had invested millions in the failing election campaigns of other...

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Representative Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, right, confers with a staffer, with Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the committee,  during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

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Representative Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, right, confers with a staffer, with Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the committee, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: 76

That’s the percentage of U.S. voters who want a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service over its targeting of groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their names, according to a poll released today by Quinnipiac University. Those organizations...

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey announces federal grand jury indictments for three British nationals during a news conference in this April 12, 2005 file photo in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey announces federal grand jury indictments for three British nationals during a news conference in this April 12, 2005 file photo in Washington, DC.

Obama’s FBI Nominee: Comey

President Barack Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, to become the next FBI director, according to two people briefed on the selection. Comey, 52, served as general counsel to Lockheed Martin Corp. and...

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Lincoln Chafee, governor of Rhode Island, in New York, on April 29, 2013.

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Lincoln Chafee, governor of Rhode Island, in New York, on April 29, 2013.

Obama: ‘Linc’ Joins Party of Jeff, Jack, FDR, JFK — and Bill?

President Barack Obama welcomed a new Democrat to the fold today: Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator elected governor as a Republican and announcing his membership in the Democratic Party today. “I’m delighted to hear that Gov....

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President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One prior to departure from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on May 29, 2013.

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President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One prior to departure from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on May 29, 2013.

White House Passing the Plates

The White House has a lot on its plate lately. Today, it is passing the plate. Both President Barack Obama — bound for Chicago for two fund-raisers for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tonight — and first lady Michelle Obama,...

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U.S. Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic, Robert Ford, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on April 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic, Robert Ford, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on April 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

U.S. Point Man on Syria to Step Down

Ambassador Robert Ford, the Obama administration’s point person on efforts to organize the Syrian opposition, will step down in July after a grueling two years of work on the issue. Ford, who was the ambassador in Damascus until violence forced him to...

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