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A customer looks at guns at a Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. store in Paramus, New Jersey.

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A customer looks at guns at a Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. store in Paramus, New Jersey.

Nine in 10 Voters Back Gun Background Checks, Gun-Owners Too

A Quinnipiac University poll out today shows overwhelming support — even among Republicans — for mandatory background checks for all gun purchases. The survey, taken Jan. 30-Feb. 4 of 1,772 registered voters, found 92 percent of voters, including 91 percent...

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Karl Rove at the Republican National Convention.

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Karl Rove at the Republican National Convention.

Spokesman for Rove-Backed Group Fuels Controversy With ‘Hater’ Remark

Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for Karl Rove’s new super-political action committee, took to the Washington airwaves today to defend the new group against conservative criticism. He instead set off another battle with those accusing it of intending to wage war against the Tea Party. The...

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A cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama in a tent defending "Obamacare" at a street fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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A cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama in a tent defending "Obamacare" at a street fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Health-Care’s Added Cost: Compliance

The 2010 health-care law that’s expected to expand insurance coverage to 27 million Americans in the next decade isn’t cheap: About $1.2 trillion through 2022. There’s another cost, less well known: The time Americans will spend complying with the law...

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Sen. Marco Rubio during a news conference on a comprehensive immigration reform on Jan. 28, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Marco Rubio during a news conference on a comprehensive immigration reform on Jan. 28, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Rubio: Republican Response for Obama’s State of the Union

Updated, with Kathleen Hunter contributing, at 4:10 pm EST. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, will deliver his party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. The Feb. 12 address by the president to a joint session...

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Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) CEO Sally Jewell climbs the 65-foot rock climbing pinnacle at REI's Seattle flagship store.

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Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) CEO Sally Jewell climbs the 65-foot rock climbing pinnacle at REI's Seattle flagship store.

Obama’s Interior Sec’y Climbed in Antarctica (No Thanks, He Adds)

There’s a good basketball court at the Interior Department headquarters in Washington. And Ken Salazar, departing secretary of the interior, has “a good jump shot,” according to President Barack Obama, who has played ball on that court a few blocks...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie laughs with David Letterman when the governor makes his first visit to CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," on Feb. 4.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie laughs with David Letterman when the governor makes his first visit to CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," on Feb. 4.

Christie to Doctor: ‘Shut Up’

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has some advice for the long-distance doctor who advises him to lose weight: “Shut up.” The Republican governor, speaking in Sea Girt today, commented on a news report of Connie Mariano, a physician who worked for...

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A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War demonstrates his newly fitted Otto Bock Healthcare X2 prosthetic limb with a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

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A combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War demonstrates his newly fitted Otto Bock Healthcare X2 prosthetic limb with a physical therapist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

VA, Military to Beat Health-System Deadline by Changing Their Goal

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pledged last year to “meet or beat” a 2017 deadline to integrate two health-records systems, one for troops and the other for veterans. Now, Panetta and Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, are...

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A Tea Party protester in San Francisco, California.

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A Tea Party protester in San Francisco, California.

Rove: ‘I Don’t Want a (Tea Party) Fight’ — with Fighting Words

Karl Rove says he isn’t at war with the Tea Party. Then he blasts the Tea Party groups complaining about his new venture into Republican primary races. Rove was speaking with fellow Fox News employee Sean Hannity last night to...

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