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From Russia With Love for Kerry — and an Invitation for Obama

From Russia with love comes this tweet of the foreign minister’s thoughts. Our traveling correspondent, Nicole Gaouette, following Secretary of State John Kerry in a multination tour from the United Kingdom and Germany through Saudi  Arabia and Qatar reports this...

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Dominican immigrants pose for photos after becoming American citizens at a special Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony for married couples on Feb. 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

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Dominican immigrants pose for photos after becoming American citizens at a special Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony for married couples on Feb. 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

Immigration Authors: Optimism, Caution

There’s a lot of optimism and happy talk from President Barack Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill these days about the prospects of pushing through a bipartisan immigration rewrite this year. Yet among those tasked with hashing out such a...

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner leaves after a media availability on Feb. 25, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner leaves after a media availability on Feb. 25, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Boehner: Tax Overhaul No. 1 Bill

The best seat in the House belongs to a tax-code overhaul. House Speaker John Boehner is reserving the bill number HR 1 for the rewrite of the tax code, according to Kevin Smith, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican. It’s...

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Different strains of marijuana are displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products, on Feb. 13, 2013.

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Different strains of marijuana are displayed during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products, on Feb. 13, 2013.

Pot Advocates Lobby Congress for FDA Procedure

Marijuana’s political potency is growing in Washington. Americans for Safe Access held what it called the first-ever Washington conference on medical marijuana at the Mayflower Hotel from Feb. 22-25. About 300 people participated. Attendees  gathered outside the Capitol early Monday morning,...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, right, speaks with Speaker of the House John Boehner on Capitol Hill in this file photo.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, right, speaks with Speaker of the House John Boehner on Capitol Hill in this file photo.

Boehner vs. Reid: Barroom Brawl

Updated at 3:45 pm EST The rift between Republican John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, and Democrat Harry Reid, majority leader of the Senate, has surfaced behind closed doors as well as in public. Accusing the Senate of...

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Civilian employees of contractor Magic City Enterprises stock the commissary shelves, after hours at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo, in this file photo. A base spokesperson said each the 1,100 civilians employed on the base could face forced furlough days amounting to about $8,000 in lost annual income if federal sequestration measures are enacted.

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Civilian employees of contractor Magic City Enterprises stock the commissary shelves, after hours at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo, in this file photo. A base spokesperson said each the 1,100 civilians employed on the base could face forced furlough days amounting to about $8,000 in lost annual income if federal sequestration measures are enacted.

Republicans Lack Support as Sequestration Nears: Pew Poll

More than six in 10 Americans see the Republican Party as out of touch with them and half don’t believe the party looks out for the country’s future, according to a Pew Research Center poll released today. The survey also gives...

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Obama’s Nonprofit Draws More Fire from Campaign Finance Advocates

Common Cause President Bob Edgar, a former Democratic U.S. representative from Pennsylvania, today became the latest advocate of stronger campaign finance laws to come out against President Barack Obama’s new nonprofit organization, Organizing for Action. Obama’s allies formed OFA from the president’s...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, answers questions during a press conference with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Feb. 26, 2013 in Washington.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, answers questions during a press conference with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Feb. 26, 2013 in Washington.

Boehner to Senate: ‘Off Their Ass’

House Speaker John Boehner today accused President Barack Obama of using the military as a “prop” to campaign for a tax increase in the debate over federal spending cuts that will take effect March 1. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said...

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Darcia Anthony, left, and Danielle Williams react after participating in a wedding ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, on  Jan. 1, 2013.

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Darcia Anthony, left, and Danielle Williams react after participating in a wedding ceremony at City Hall in Baltimore, on Jan. 1, 2013.

Republican AG’s: Marriage for States

The fact that dozens of prominent Republicans are petitioning the Supreme Court to declare a constitutional right for same-sex marriage doesn’t mean that plenty of Republicans aren’t telling the high court something else. “We believe states ought to have the...

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Senate Armed Services Committee members, from left, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. Deb Fischer, and Sen. Lindsey Graham gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 12, 2013, prior to the committee's hearing on the looming cuts to the defense budget that could be part of the sequestration.

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Senate Armed Services Committee members, from left, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. Deb Fischer, and Sen. Lindsey Graham gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 12, 2013, prior to the committee's hearing on the looming cuts to the defense budget that could be part of the sequestration.

It’s McCain Versus Inhofe Over Budget Cuts

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog Arizona Republican John McCain is attempting to torpedo a sequester proposal by his successor as the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. McCain said in an interview that he is working with...

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