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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Jeb Bush’s 2016 Window: Still Open

Jeb Bush appears “locked and loaded for bear,” fellow Republican and Floridian Joe Scarborough says. The former Florida governor’s run of interviews with a new book on immigration is the clearest sign that another Bush is looking at a run...

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A tourist takes cover underneath an umbrella while snapping a photo of the U.S. Capitol as snow and rain falls on March 6, 2013.

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A tourist takes cover underneath an umbrella while snapping a photo of the U.S. Capitol as snow and rain falls on March 6, 2013.

Obama Heading to the Hill Next Week

First it’s dinner with Republican senators at a Washington hotel. That’s on President Barack Obama’s calendar this evening. Then it’s meetings at the Capitol with members of both parties. That’s on the calendar for next week. “The President will travel to...

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Sen. Rand Paul is seen on the television in the Senate Press Gallery as he filibusters to the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA.

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Sen. Rand Paul is seen on the television in the Senate Press Gallery as he filibusters to the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA.

Rand Paul’s CIA-Brennan Filibuster

Updated at 2:55 pm EDT Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has taken the Senate floor to slow down the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director. “I rise today to begin to fillibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the C.I.A.,” the...

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The Jefferson Hotel in Washington.

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The Jefferson Hotel in Washington.

Obama’s Republican Dinner Off-Campus — Weather Permitting

President Barack Obama has invited Republican senators to dinner tonight. Yet this is no White House dinner. It’s an off-campus soiree, at the Jefferson Hotel. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Obama’s opponent in the 2008 election, is among the several...

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl walks toward a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington.

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl walks toward a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on Dec. 31, 2012 in Washington.

Kyl’s `Power to Persuade’ Hailed by Lobbying Firm Landing Ex-Senator

There is life after Congress. And for those who held leading roles in Congress, it can be a good life. The latest refugee from Capitol Hill to find refuge at a lobbying law firm that works the Hill is former...

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A tourist holds up his daughter to look at the White House.

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A tourist holds up his daughter to look at the White House.

White House Tours on Hold — Obama’s Golf Tour Safe

With the White House canceling public tours of 1600 Pennsyvlania Avenue during the start of the season known as sequestration, there’s at least one congressman who thinks they ought to call off the president’s golf outings, too. Rep. Louie Gohmert,...

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Workers remove a heavy mixture of snow and ice from the west front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 6, 2013 in Washington.

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Workers remove a heavy mixture of snow and ice from the west front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 6, 2013 in Washington.

Washington Daybook: Snow Shutters

Federal offices are closed today as a nameless storm is expected to drop as much as 10 inches of snow on Washington. Most schools, courts and military bases are also shuttered. While executive-branch offices are closed, Congress plans to do...

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Aviation ordnanceman practice color guard drills aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 15, 2013.

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Aviation ordnanceman practice color guard drills aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 15, 2013.

Most Cuts OK, Not Defense: Poll

The public apparently has little sympathy for complaints about the across-the-board cutting ordered in most discretionary federal spending. The public is more concerned, a poll shows, about the cuts in Defense spending. By a margin of 61 percent to 33...

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A trader on the floor of The New York Stock Exchange on March 5, 2013. The Dow Jones industrial average rallied to a record high on Tuesday to close for the day at 14,253.77, beating its old 2007 record.

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A trader on the floor of The New York Stock Exchange on March 5, 2013. The Dow Jones industrial average rallied to a record high on Tuesday to close for the day at 14,253.77, beating its old 2007 record.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 65

  That’s how many months it took for the Dow Jones Industrial Averageto top its previous closing record. The Dow, a price-weighted average of 30 blue-chip stocks, rose 125.95 points to close yesterday at 14,253.77, rising above the previous closing...

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