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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, center, speaks with voters, Joan Cobb, at left, and her father Harold Turner, at right, and reporters at Orlando's Pizza in Daniel Island, S.C., on May 6, 2013.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, center, speaks with voters, Joan Cobb, at left, and her father Harold Turner, at right, and reporters at Orlando's Pizza in Daniel Island, S.C., on May 6, 2013.

Sanford ‘Worn Out’ on ‘Judgment Day’

Count Mark Sanford as a vote against expanding background checks for gun-buyers. Count Sanford as a vote against the immigration bill from a bipartisan group of senators. That’s if the vote-count in South Carolina’s special congressional election today goes the...

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Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks with former President Bill Clinton, right, during the closing plenary session of the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 23, 2010 in New York City.

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Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks with former President Bill Clinton, right, during the closing plenary session of the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on September 23, 2010 in New York City.

Washington Daybook: Bill and Bill’s American Adventure

Former President Bill Clinton and Microsoft’s Bill Gates discuss America’s future at the annual Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit. They’ll be followed by speakers including Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Assistant to the President for...

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Republican candidate for the open Congressional seat of South Carolina, Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, greets U.S. House of Representatives Democratic candidate for the state of South Carolina Elizabeth Colbert Busch following their debate at the Citadel on April 29, 2013 in Charleston.

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Republican candidate for the open Congressional seat of South Carolina, Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, greets U.S. House of Representatives Democratic candidate for the state of South Carolina Elizabeth Colbert Busch following their debate at the Citadel on April 29, 2013 in Charleston.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 58%

That’s the share of the vote Republican Mitt Romney received last year in South Carolina’s 1st District, which is hosting a special House election today (read about that race and the broader fight for control of the House here). The...

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President Barack Obama with former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and former First Lady Barbara Bush at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas, on April 25, 2013.

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President Barack Obama with former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and former First Lady Barbara Bush at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas, on April 25, 2013.

Obama: ‘Not Done Yet’

Much like the Mark Twain evoked at the president’s last news conference, Organizing for Action wants people to know that the president reelected in November is “not done yet.” President Barack Obama invited the question when he appeared in the...

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

Rick Perry, Sure-Shot: ‘Welcome to Texas, Ladies and Gentlemen’

Rick Perry handles an assault weapon pretty well. That was the video message of the introduction to Perry’s appearance at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston over the weekend. The Texas governor knocked down a few targets for his...

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford makes a note on a piece of paper during the NAACP 1st Congressional District political forum on on April 30, 2013 in Goose Creek, S.C.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford makes a note on a piece of paper during the NAACP 1st Congressional District political forum on on April 30, 2013 in Goose Creek, S.C.

Sanford Losing Money Race in S.C.

Democratic congressional nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, holds the financial  edge over former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford in the South Carolina special election taking place Tuesday. Colbert Busch raised $1.2 million through April 17, including $38,250...

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Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., walks to a classified briefing.

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Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., walks to a classified briefing.

Menendez Asked Justice to Delay Merger Opposed by Donor

Sen. Robert Menendez contacted the U.S. Justice Department in an effort to delay a proposed merger opposed by one of his biggest campaign contributors, according to a letter obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Menendez and two House colleagues urged then-Attorney General...

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The Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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The Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Lawmakers Get 568 Pages of Tax Code Guidance

That thud you just heard was a 568-page pile of tax policy hitting desks around Washington. The nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation released its summary today of the U.S. tax system (444 pages), various proposals to change it (45...

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President Barack Obama, second from the right, talks with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., far right, as he plays on the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base alongside Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., far left, and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., second from the left, on May 6, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, second from the right, talks with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., far right, as he plays on the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base alongside Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., far left, and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., second from the left, on May 6, 2013.

Obama’s Bipartisan Foursome: Fore!

Updated at 6 and 6:25 pm EDT It’s not often that the president goes golfing on a Monday. It’s not often that the president goes anywhere with Republicans. And it’s even more unusual for the White House to permit a...

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