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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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The USS Arlington, front, and USS San Diego, rear, both U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ships, sit at the dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding yard, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

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The USS Arlington, front, and USS San Diego, rear, both U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ships, sit at the dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding yard, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

Washington Daybook: Sequestration Countdown

President Barack Obama will tell workers at a Huntington Ingalls shipbuilding facility in Newport News, Virginia, today that their jobs may depend on his ability to work out a compromise with Republicans in Congress over sequestration. Huntington CEO Michael Petters speaks on Bloomberg...

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Long Island Association fall luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Oct. 18, 2012 in Woodbury, New York.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Long Island Association fall luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Oct. 18, 2012 in Woodbury, New York.

Cheney Headed for Hell: Congressman

Further proof that the rifts in Washington are not all partisan: A Republican congressman unhappy with some of the wars the U.S. has waged suggests that former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the champions of the U.S. invasion of...

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