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Former President George W. Bush and Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Center arrive for a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University on April 24, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

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Former President George W. Bush and Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Center arrive for a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University on April 24, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

George W. Bush Unplugged

George W. Bush hasn’t done much talking since leaving the White House. Tomorrow, with the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas, the former governor of the Lone Star state and two-term president is uncapping. Charlie Rose...

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U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM) pilot Rob Smith performs a pre-flight check on an Astar B-2 helicopter before flying a patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 in McAllen, Texas. The OAM, which assists U.S. Border Patrol agents from the air in locating undocumented immigrants and drug smugglers, has cut back flights drastically due to federal sequestration budget cuts.

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U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM) pilot Rob Smith performs a pre-flight check on an Astar B-2 helicopter before flying a patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 in McAllen, Texas. The OAM, which assists U.S. Border Patrol agents from the air in locating undocumented immigrants and drug smugglers, has cut back flights drastically due to federal sequestration budget cuts.

Sequestration Not Coming Out in Wash

Today’s Commerce Department report on orders for durable goods may be providing the first hint that sequestration — or the automatic across-the-board federal spending cuts that took effect in March 1 — is starting to filter into the economy. Bookings...

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John Moore #17 of the New York Rangers fights with Jack Skille #12 of the Florida Panthers in the third period at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2013 in New York City.

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John Moore #17 of the New York Rangers fights with Jack Skille #12 of the Florida Panthers in the third period at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2013 in New York City.

Washington Daybook: Fight Club

Members of Congress take a break from their bruising budget battles and vicious finger pointing to hear from some real experts in fighting — the NHL. Commissioner Gary Bettman, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and members of the Congressional Hockey...

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Boxes of ammunition sit on the shelf at Sportsmans Arms in Petaluma, California.

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Boxes of ammunition sit on the shelf at Sportsmans Arms in Petaluma, California.

Public Reaction to Senate Gun Vote: 47% Negative, 39% Positive

If proponents of gun safety legislation were counting on a public backlash over the Senate’s vote against expansion of background checks for gun-buyers, they won’t find it here: Among Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center on a subject which...

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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is hugged by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) while walking with his wife Melodee Hanes, right, at the Capitol on April 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. It was announced earlier that Baucus, after 36 years in the Senate, will not seek reelection in 2014.

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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is hugged by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) while walking with his wife Melodee Hanes, right, at the Capitol on April 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. It was announced earlier that Baucus, after 36 years in the Senate, will not seek reelection in 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 53.7%

That’s the share of Max Baucus’s life that the Montana Democrat has spent in Congress. Baucus, who announced his retirement yesterday, was elected to the House in 1974 as a member of a big class of House Democrats, known as...

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) hold a news conference to propose new campaign finance legislation at the Capitol on April 23, 2013.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) hold a news conference to propose new campaign finance legislation at the Capitol on April 23, 2013.

Murkowski, Wyden Team Up: Bipartisan Disclosure Bill

For the first time since Sens. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Russell Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, teamed up to push through a 2002 law that banned corporate, union and unlimited individual donations to the political parties, a new campaign finance bill has...

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Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer speaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer speaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Schweitzer, Who Made Democrats Bark, Mulls ‘Broke-Down’ Senate

Will he or won’t he? Whether ex-Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will ride to the rescue of his fellow Democrats is the question taking center stage in party politics following the surprise retirement announcement today by Max Baucus, the state’s senior U.S. senator. Even before...

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Rosemary Edwards of Austin, Texas and Steve Monisteri talk with Texas Gov. Rick Perry during the third day of the Republican National Convention.

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Rosemary Edwards of Austin, Texas and Steve Monisteri talk with Texas Gov. Rick Perry during the third day of the Republican National Convention.

Rick Perry’s Two Reasons for 2012 — Remembering Both of Them

Rick Perry offers some humility and blames a sore back when you talk to him about his 2012 presidential bid. He also sounds a bit like he’s thinking about running again. In a Bloomberg News interview in Chicago, Perry said...

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A contractor works on a KB Home under construction at the Vicino community in San Jose, California.

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A contractor works on a KB Home under construction at the Vicino community in San Jose, California.

Homebuilder Shares Boosted by Sales

Shares of homebuilders from KB Home to Toll Brothers Inc. have enjoyed their best day since mid-2012. Analysts at Barclays Plc upgraded their views of the industry today to positive from neutral, projecting a 10 percent jump in new-home prices...

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Gina McCarthy smiles during her nomination by President Barack Obama to run the Environmental Protection Agency on March 4, 2013 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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Gina McCarthy smiles during her nomination by President Barack Obama to run the Environmental Protection Agency on March 4, 2013 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

McCarthy’s EPA Confirmation Targeted

The Americans for Limited Government, which declares itself to be “perpetually ahead of the issue curve,” announced today that Gina McCarthy’s nomination as head of the Environmental Protection Agency will die in the Senate. The reason: EPA’s finding that the...

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