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Flight deck personnel direct an aircraft onto Catapult Four after an S-3B Viking, assigned to Anti-submarine Squadron Two Two, takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in this file photo.

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Flight deck personnel direct an aircraft onto Catapult Four after an S-3B Viking, assigned to Anti-submarine Squadron Two Two, takes off from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in this file photo.

USS Truman: Sequestration Mission

The USS Harry S. Truman has been assigned a difficult mission with an uncertain outcome: Stay in port to help protect the Pentagon from sequestration. With the automatic spending cuts set to take effect on March 1 unless President Barack...

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Denver County election judge Paul Aragon collects early ballots from a passing motorist outside the Denver Elections Division building.

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Denver County election judge Paul Aragon collects early ballots from a passing motorist outside the Denver Elections Division building.

The 10 Closest Counties of the 2012 Presidential Election

Chaffee County, Colorado, and Lenoir County, North Carolina, don’t attract much attention in national politics because they’re not big population centers. Yet Chaffee, located about 130 miles southwest of Denver, and Lenoir, which takes in Kinston and other territory in...

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Chuck Hagel, nominee for U.S. secretary of defense, listens to a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013.

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Chuck Hagel, nominee for U.S. secretary of defense, listens to a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013.

Panel Said to Plan Hagel Vote Tomorrow

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog: Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin will seek a vote by the panel tomorrow on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense secretary, according to a committee aide who asked not to be identified. Senate...

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, speaks at a Rotary Club meeting in Midland, Michigan, in this file photo.

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, speaks at a Rotary Club meeting in Midland, Michigan, in this file photo.

Camp Considers Working Groups to Tackle Tax Reform

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp wants to break his panel into smaller working groups to tackle specific aspects of tax reform, Bloomberg BNA’s Marc Heller reports. Ray Beeman, tax counsel to the committee, said in a webinar...

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President Barack Obama presents Clinton Romesha, former active duty Army staff sergeant, with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 11, 2013 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama presents Clinton Romesha, former active duty Army staff sergeant, with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 11, 2013 in Washington.

Washington Daybook: Conspicuous Gallantry

President Barack Obama takes a break from preparing for tomorrow’s State of the Union address to award a Medal of Honor to Clinton Romesha, a former Army staff sergeant, for conspicuous gallantry. Romesha was one of 53 troops in an isolated camp...

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller participates in a news conference about preserving Medicaid funding on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller participates in a news conference about preserving Medicaid funding on Capitol Hill.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7

That’s how many states Democrats are defending in Senate elections next year that President Barack Obama didn’t win in 2012. The seven states are Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Obama lost by at least...

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Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah.

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Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah.

Huntsman Calls Rove ‘Yesterday’s Ballgame’

Republican strategist Karl Rove’s new plan to fund Republican primary candidates who he deems most electable has run into strong opposition from the anti-tax Tea Party and other conservative activists. Now add former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman to the list of...

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A delegate from Texas stands at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

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A delegate from Texas stands at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

In Texas House Districts, Romney and Obama Each Scored Runaways

Here’s something you won’t find in Texas: presidential races that are politically competitive in its congressional districts. The margins by which either President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney carried the state’s 36 districts in the 2012 election was greater than 15 percentage...

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A poll volunteer checks a voter's ID  in Cleveland, Ohio.

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A poll volunteer checks a voter's ID in Cleveland, Ohio.

Democrats Seek to Change the Narrative on Voting Rights

Representative Dina Titus of Nevada calls it “the renewed civil rights issue.” Titus is one of more than 165 Democratic members of the U.S. House who have signed onto legislation, introduced by civil rights icon John Lewis of Georgia, to...

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