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Senator John McCain flashes the thumb-up when asked by a reporter about how the meeting went outside the Jefferson Hotel following a dinner with President Barack Obama and a group of fellow Republican senators on March 6, 2013 in Washington.

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Senator John McCain flashes the thumb-up when asked by a reporter about how the meeting went outside the Jefferson Hotel following a dinner with President Barack Obama and a group of fellow Republican senators on March 6, 2013 in Washington.

Obama’s Republican Table: Thumbs Up — President Picks Up the Tab

Updated at 9 am EST, March 7 The food, at least, must have been good. The Republicans who dined with President Barack Obama tonight were holding thumbs up on their way out of the Jefferson Hotel this evening. Sen. John...

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A student pauses near a targets during a pistol class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range on Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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A student pauses near a targets during a pistol class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range on Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Connecticut Voters Back Gun Control, General Assembly Ready

This may come as little surprise, post-Newtown: Connecticut voters support stronger gun control measures by a 2 to 1 margin, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Among women, 75 percent want stronger gun laws, the poll shows. “The...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.

Christie: ‘I’m the Governor’ — Stinking Basement History

New Jersey’s 200-year-old-plus statehouse has its charms. The basement is not one of them. Gov. Chris Christie, after one snootful too many of an occasional stench that evokes wet dog mixed with low tide by way of waterproof epoxy paint,...

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, speaks during a news conference following a vote at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 23, 2013.

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, speaks during a news conference following a vote at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 23, 2013.

Paul Ryan’s 34% Medicare Plan

Paul Ryan is getting ready to release another budget. Like the first one the House Budget chairman introduced two years ago, it will contain a provision to move people from Medicare to a voucher for private health care, starting with...

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People walk as snow falls during a late winter storm at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 6, 2013.

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People walk as snow falls during a late winter storm at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 6, 2013.

Tax Rewrite Plan — Snarled by Storm — Set for Release Next Week

The snow-delayed draft of proposed tax changes for small businesses will be unveiled next week — weather cooperating, of course — by Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The proposal, which Camp had intended to release...

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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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