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An attendee holds a rifle at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 7, 2012.

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An attendee holds a rifle at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 7, 2012.

Gun Lobby Helps Block Data Collection by Crimefighters

For two weeks, bullets pierced two dozen cars driven through Detroit’s suburbs as police puzzled over who was firing. Unlike most states, Michigan has a tool that helped lead to an arrest: a pistol registry. Without that database of buyers and sellers,...

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Jack Lew, U.S. treasury secretary nominee and White House chief of staff, sits in the office of Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, in Washington, on Jan. 23, 2013.

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Jack Lew, U.S. treasury secretary nominee and White House chief of staff, sits in the office of Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, in Washington, on Jan. 23, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Lew’s Hearing

President Obama heads to Arden, North Carolina, today to further his calls for raising the federal minimum wage and taking other steps to bolster the middle class in his State of the Union address. The president used last night’s speech...

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In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, on Feb. 12, 2013,

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In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, on Feb. 12, 2013,

Rubio Makes a Splash on Twitter With Water Break

Updated at 9:20 am EST Marco Rubio made waves on social media even before he finished his response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. By pausing during his rejoinder to reach for a small water bottle off...

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on February 12, 2013 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on February 12, 2013 in Washington.

Boehner’s Guests Express the Excitement He Didn’t for Obama

House Speaker John Boehner may have been notable for his unenthusiastic reaction to most of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but two of the Ohio Republican’s guests were clearly thrilled to be at event — and to...

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Sen. John McCain, left,  Sen. Charles Schumer, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during the State of the Union speech on Feb. 12, 2013 in Washington.

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Sen. John McCain, left, Sen. Charles Schumer, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during the State of the Union speech on Feb. 12, 2013 in Washington.

Ribbons Honoring Newtown Victims Have Bipartisan Appeal, Except for Republican Leaders

The green ribbons sported by many of those attending the State of the Union address – most obviouslyVice President Joe Biden, given his on-camera perch behind President Barack Obama – were designed to express solidarity with the victims of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut....

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House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress at the Capitol on Feb. 12, 2013.

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House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress at the Capitol on Feb. 12, 2013.

Bipartisan Standing ‘O’ for Obama on Immigration Message – Though Boehner Sits

Perhaps House Speaker John Boehner has a bad back. Or maybe the Ohio Republican just had a long day. When President Barack Obama’s called for “comprehensive immigration reform” in his State of the Union speech, most Republican lawmakers joined their Democratic...

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President Barack Obama is seen on a television screen in a hallway of the Capitol as he delivers his State of the Union Address on Feb. 12, 2013.

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President Barack Obama is seen on a television screen in a hallway of the Capitol as he delivers his State of the Union Address on Feb. 12, 2013.

Boxer Makes Move, Avoids Listening to Obama Next to Menendez

Lots of lawmakers carefully stake out their positions in the House chamber for the president’s annual State of the Union address, but two senators apparently didn’t — and found themselves in a potentially awkward tableau. New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez,...

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Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc.

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Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc.

State of Union Guest List Offers Clues to Speech Content

For clues about the topics President Barack Obama will cover in his State of the Union address tonight, just peruse a guest list for the event. Of the 24 guests slated to join Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett in the...

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Undocumented Mexican immigrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in this file photo in Arizona.

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Undocumented Mexican immigrants walk through the Sonoran Desert after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in this file photo in Arizona.

I’m For It. Oh, Obama’s For It Too? Then I’m Against It

A Washington Post poll out today finds that 70 percent of U.S. adults support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. That is, unless they’re told that President Barack Obama backs it. Then the percentage favoring such a move drops to...

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