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A U.S. Border Patrol ranch liaison, right, rides with a cattle rancher at the U.S.-Mexico border on March 8, 2013 in Nogales, Arizona.

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A U.S. Border Patrol ranch liaison, right, rides with a cattle rancher at the U.S.-Mexico border on March 8, 2013 in Nogales, Arizona.

Border Security: 90 Percent ‘Doable’

Manuel Padilla Jr. is the Border Patrol’s chief agent of the Tucson sector, the highest-risk stretch of an almost 2,000-mile U.S. border with Mexico — a 262-mile line that 120,000 people were caught attempting to cross last year. Yet his...

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) speaks at a news conference March 21, 2012 at the Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) speaks at a news conference March 21, 2012 at the Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Democrats Want Shareholders to Approve Corporate Political Spending

Companies could not make political donations unless a majority of their shareholders agreed under legislation introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Rep. Michael Capuano of Massachusetts, both Democrats. The bill mirrors one first introduced by Capuano in...

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Job seekers fill out applications during the NYC Restaurant Job Expo at the Gabarron Foundation in New York, on April 9, 2013.

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Job seekers fill out applications during the NYC Restaurant Job Expo at the Gabarron Foundation in New York, on April 9, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 339,000

That’s how many first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits were filed in the week ended April 20. The number represents a six-week low and a decrease of 16,000 from the 355,000 applications for jobless assistance filed the previous week. “Fewer...

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President Barack Obama makes a final get-out-the-vote push for Democratic candidates, Attorney General Dick Blumenthal, running for U.S. Senate, left, and Rep. Jim Himes, D-Ct., right, in Bridgeport, Conn.

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President Barack Obama makes a final get-out-the-vote push for Democratic candidates, Attorney General Dick Blumenthal, running for U.S. Senate, left, and Rep. Jim Himes, D-Ct., right, in Bridgeport, Conn.

DCCC Finance Chair: Winning House ‘Very Daunting’

As the 2014 campaign begins, one bright spot for House Democrats is their early success raising campaign funds. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $22.6 million in the first three months of this year compared with $17.5 million for its partisan...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Sales-Tax Measure Threatens to Rain on Alexander’s Parade

The Senate is taking a “burner day” on an online sales-tax measure today, allowing a cloture motion time to mature. The wait threatens to keep Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander away from the Paris Fish Fry parade. “If we continue to...

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People yell during a protest for better wages for fast food workers in Harlem on April 4, 2013 in New York City.

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People yell during a protest for better wages for fast food workers in Harlem on April 4, 2013 in New York City.

Minimum Wage Boost: Surprising Ally

Supporters of a minimum wage increase may have a surprising ally — small business owners. More than two-thirds of them support increasing the federal minimum wage, according to a poll released yesterday by Small Business Majority, a non-profit advocacy group...

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Holder vs. Wolf: Furlough-Free, not Fight-Free

The good news today for Justice Department employees? Lawmakers and Attorney General Eric Holder have agreed on a plan to avoid furloughs for the remainder of the fiscal year. The bad news? Holder and one of the most powerful of...

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Former President George W. Bush participates in a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 24, 2013, in Dallas.

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Former President George W. Bush participates in a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 24, 2013, in Dallas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 47%

That’s former President George W. Bush’s approval rating, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Fifty percent said they disapproved of the way Bush handled his eight-year presidency ending in 2009, according to the survey conducted April 17-21. Bush has...

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush signs the book "Immigation Wars" he co-authored with Clint Bolick at a book signing during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush signs the book "Immigation Wars" he co-authored with Clint Bolick at a book signing during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.

Run, Jeb, Run, Older Brother Advises

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, hasn’t said whether he might run for president in 2016 or not. His older brother says he should. Jeb Bush has said he is “open” to the idea. Former President George W. Bush, sitting...

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