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First lady Michelle Obama signs copies of her book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Garden Across America" at the Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, on May 7, 2013.

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First lady Michelle Obama signs copies of her book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Garden Across America" at the Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, on May 7, 2013.

White House: Gardening and Doughnuts

While the first lady was out in the rain today talking about healthy eating at a book-signing, the White House chief of staff was inside and dry sharing some doughnuts with the press. Michelle Obama is using her book about...

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Job seekers wait to speak to representatives of employers at a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on March 6, 2013 in New York City.

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Job seekers wait to speak to representatives of employers at a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on March 6, 2013 in New York City.

March Job Openings Confirm Downshift

The Labor Department’s report on job openings today basically confirmed what we already knew — the job market cooled in March. The slowdown in payroll gains, however, reflected more than just less hiring as the report also showed firings picked...

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A T-shirt at a souvenir stand near the White House in Washington.

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A T-shirt at a souvenir stand near the White House in Washington.

Republicans Cry Foul on Bin Laden Ad

Republican Gabriel Gomez, running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts for the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry, spent last year working for a Republican-leaning nonprofit that attacked President Barack Obama for taking too much credit for the...

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Former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with her husband former president Bill Clinton as they attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

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Former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with her husband former president Bill Clinton as they attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

Bill Clinton: Hillary 2016 Speculation Waste of Time

Bill Clinton says it’s a waste of time to speculate about his wife’s ambitions for 2016. “That is the worst expenditure of our time,” the former president said today at a 2013 Fiscal Summit sponsored by the Peterson Foundation. Hillary...

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, listens to a question during a news conference after the weekly Democratic Policy Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, listens to a question during a news conference after the weekly Democratic Policy Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

Senate Recess Over, Playground Still Busy

“Like schoolyard bullies, if Republicans can’t win, they’ll take the ball and go home,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid complained during his session-opener this morning. The Nevada Democrat was referring to the  impasse between House and Senate on how to...

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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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