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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), walks with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, to a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), walks with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, to a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Zero-Based Tax Reform: Camp, Baucus (‘Max and Dave’)

Welcome to Taxreform.gov — a new bipartisan entry on the Internet sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp, Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Camp says he is...

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Prince Harry learns sign language from deaf children during at visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity Sentebale, on February 27, 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho.

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Prince Harry learns sign language from deaf children during at visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity Sentebale, on February 27, 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho.

Washington Daybook: Tourists

Swedish King Gustaf and Queen Silvia join Prince Harry of Great Britain among the throngs of tourists visiting the U.S. capital today. Gustaf fills his day in Washington with seven events including a ceremony in conjunction with the Raoul Wallenberg...

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Eileen Woofford, 84, waited in line to cast her vote at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church on November 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Eileen Woofford, 84, waited in line to cast her vote at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church on November 6, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 66.2%

That’s the share of black voters eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election who cast a ballot. Blacks outvoted non-Hispanic whites, who had a 64.1 percent turnout rate, according to a Census Bureau report released yesterday. It’s the first...

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Mexican immigrants work on a housing construction site on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

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Mexican immigrants work on a housing construction site on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

Social Security Report ‘Game-Changer’ for Immigration Bill

A Social Security Administration analysis says the Senate’s bipartisan immigration proposal would boost U.S. tax revenue, create jobs and increase the gross domestic product over the next 10 years. Stephen Gross, chief actuary for the agency, says the bill would have a “substantial positive...

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Joe Biden

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Joe Biden

Biden Showing White House’s Hand on Keystone?

Was Vice President Joe Biden showing his hand — and thus the administration’s — on the Keystone Pipeline? A Sierra Club volunteer in South Carolina says Biden appeared to indicate his opposition to TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL in a brief conversation with her...

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Inmates, left, and former Gov. Jim McGreevey, right, laugh as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second right, makes a joke while answering a question at the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny, N.J., on May 8, 2013.

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Inmates, left, and former Gov. Jim McGreevey, right, laugh as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second right, makes a joke while answering a question at the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny, N.J., on May 8, 2013.

New Jersey’s Odd Couple Governors Visit Correctional Center

One reporter likened them to “The Odd Couple,” the Neil Simon creation about male roommates with opposite personalities. The setting today, though, wasn’t that pair’s roomy Manhattan apartment. It was a women’s unit at the Hudson County Correctional Center in...

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Allen Harding, of Armasight, demonstrates his products on March 12, 2013 at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix. More than 180 companies are exhibiting their security products despite automatic spending cuts that are affecting every federal government agency due to the government sequestration.

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Allen Harding, of Armasight, demonstrates his products on March 12, 2013 at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix. More than 180 companies are exhibiting their security products despite automatic spending cuts that are affecting every federal government agency due to the government sequestration.

Biggest Sequestration Hit: Next Qtr

Most economists project the second quarter will take the biggest hit from the mandated cuts in federal government spending, or sequestration. Economists at Goldman Sachs Group think the worst is yet to come. The topic of how much the economy...

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The U.S.-Mexico border on February 26, 2013 near Sonoita, Arizona.

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The U.S.-Mexico border on February 26, 2013 near Sonoita, Arizona.

Low-IQ Immigrants: Not Heritage Policy

The Heritage Foundation has taken some hits for projecting 50 years out with its projection that the cost of government services for undocumented immigrants becoming citizens will far exceed the tax revenue they contribute to the economy — by about...

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, shows Bloomberg Television reporter Peter Cook how to tie a necktie following an interview at the Capitol on May 7, 2013.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, shows Bloomberg Television reporter Peter Cook how to tie a necktie following an interview at the Capitol on May 7, 2013.

Boehner Knows How to Tie One On — Our Reporter’s Neckware Tutorial

House Speaker John Boehner may have drawn a line in the sand on taxes, but you will almost never find him with a wrinkle in one of his ties. The Ohio Republican is a model of sartorial splendor on Capitol...

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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on May 7, 2013 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on May 7, 2013 in Washington.

Obama’s Effectiveness Slips: Pew Poll

Gridlock doesn’t play well in Peoria. President Barack Obama’s job approval — 51 percent in a Pew Research Center survey released today — has gained a few points since March, when Pew found 47 percent public support. Yet six months...

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