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Patrick Murphy talks to supporters during a "thank you" tour of his district.

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Patrick Murphy talks to supporters during a "thank you" tour of his district.

Democrats Aid ‘Frontline’ Members Facing Tough 2014 Contests

The campaign arm of the House’s Democrats has identified its members most in need of added institutional and financial support for the 2014 midterm elections. The 26 “Frontline” Democrats announced today by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee include members from...

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John Brennan, nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and White House chief counterterrorism adviser, center, speaks during a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington.

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John Brennan, nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and White House chief counterterrorism adviser, center, speaks during a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington.

Washington Daybook: Minimum Effort

The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to consider the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director, setting up a floor vote later in the week. The Senate Budget Committee looks for ways to eliminate giveaways in the tax code, with testimony from Jared...

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $982 Billion

That’s the annual rate at which the federal government would be financed through Sept. 30 under a measure House Republicans introduced yesterday. The Republican measure would fund government operations for the rest of the fiscal year after a stopgap measure...

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to the media after being named Chairman of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees in Philadelphia.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to the media after being named Chairman of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees in Philadelphia.

Jeb Bush’s Path to Immigration Reform: Walking a Line

Updated again at 7 am EST, March 5 Jeb Bush’s new book, “Immigration Wars,” is billed as a “call for systemic reform.” In announcing the book last fall with co-author Clint Bolick, a research fellow with the Hoover Institution, the former...

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President Barack Obama departs after speaking to the automatic spending cuts set to kick in.

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President Barack Obama departs after speaking to the automatic spending cuts set to kick in.

Obama’s Approval: Sequestered 5%

A couple of things started happening on March 1: – The so-called “sequestration” of Defense and other discretionary federal spending. – A five-point slide in President Barack Obama’s approval ratings. The latest rating of the president’s job performance — 46...

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A staff member picks up a picture of a gun during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013 in Washington.

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A staff member picks up a picture of a gun during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013 in Washington.

Gun-Rule Advocates Take Aim at NRA-Associated Companies

Following the blueprint of a campaign to get companies to end their support of the American Legislative Exchange Council, advocacy groups with ties to Moveon.org are pressuring corporations such as Cigna, Hertz Global Holdings and Wyndham Worldwide to sever their connections...

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Sylvia Mathews in this file photo.

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Sylvia Mathews in this file photo.

Federal Budget? Foundation-Training

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee for budget director, has run budgets somewhat short of the federal government’s, though she’s had her hands in this one, too. The woman whom the president today named to head the White House’s...

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President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Nov. 28, 2012.

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President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Nov. 28, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Cabinet Filling

President Obama fills out his second-term Cabinet today by selecting Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department and Gina McCarthy to run the Environmental Protection Agency. He’ll also tap Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation, to head the...

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Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., makes his way around the Cannon rotunda.

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Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., makes his way around the Cannon rotunda.

Congressional Dysfunction Breeds Nostalgia for Spirit of Compromise

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, recalls his last substantive issue discussion with a Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. It was 13 years ago. He and Bill Thomas, then a Republican congressman from California who served as the...

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Sailors stand watch on the deck of the USS Harry S. Truman docked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, on Feb. 28, 2013.

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Sailors stand watch on the deck of the USS Harry S. Truman docked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, on Feb. 28, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 44%

That’s the share of Americans who responded with a negative word or phrase reacting to $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that began taking effect March 1, according to Gallup. Another 24 percent responded to the open-ended question with a...

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