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Senator John Kerry in Washington, D.C.

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Senator John Kerry in Washington, D.C.

Kerry’s Campaign Cash Helps Senate Democrats Outraise Republicans

Secretary of State John Kerry left the Senate in February for his current job, though his campaign committee was aiding his former Democratic colleagues as recently as last month. John Kerry for Senate sent $100,000 in surplus campaign funds to...

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President Barack Obama talks with Supercommittee Co-Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., second from left, and Supercommittee member, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., center, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, on Nov., 21, 2011.

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President Barack Obama talks with Supercommittee Co-Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., second from left, and Supercommittee member, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., center, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, on Nov., 21, 2011.

Obama’s Baucus Farewell: No Levin, Lautenberg or Harkin Homages Here

If you’re planning on retiring from the U.S. Senate, and you want a nice send-off from the White House, you might want to consider supporting the president’s agenda — or more recently, voting for the gun bill. “I want to...

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Fake Tweet Rocks Markets for Seconds — Cybersecurity Alarm

We’re losing count now of how many times this phrase has been tweeted today: “Tweet from hacked AP Twitter account causes Dow to drop 150 points.” The fake tweet heard ’round the world has kept Twitter abuzz while the hacked...

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American Airlines passengers wait in line for a flight at Miami International Airport on April 16, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

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American Airlines passengers wait in line for a flight at Miami International Airport on April 16, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Free Airport Parking: Lawmakers Enjoy D.C. Perk

The Obama administration has warned that sequestration will lead to long delays for air travelers, but Congressional fliers still have one program that’s under the radar: Free airport parking. “It’s about the only thing we got left,” said Sen. Saxby...

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, speaks to the media while leaving the Blair House after a bipartisan meeting on deficit reduction with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, speaks to the media while leaving the Blair House after a bipartisan meeting on deficit reduction with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C.

Baucus’s 2014 Retirement: Sixth Senate Democrat to Go

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus won’t seek re-election in 2014, ending a 36-year tenure capped by his authorship of the 2010 health care law. Baucus, 71, has been the top Democrat on the Finance Committee since 2001, often frustrating...

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks with reporters at Hay Tire & Automotive in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on April 22, 2013.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks with reporters at Hay Tire & Automotive in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on April 22, 2013.

Mark Sanford Down 9 Points in S.C.

  Colbert and politics. It started as a joke — the popular host of Comedy Central’s Colbert report running for president of South Carolina and opening his own super-PAC. Now it’s no joke — Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch,...

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President Barack Obama at the White House.

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President Barack Obama at the White House.

Washington Daybook: Welcome to Dinner, Ladies

President Barack Obama continues his effort to improve relations with Congress, this time focusing on the ladies. He’s invited 20 female Senators from both parties to dinner at the White House tonight. The Boston Marathon attacks, and whether the FBI...

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Delegates watch a video about former President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida.

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Delegates watch a video about former President George W. Bush at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida.

Bush Revisited: Regaining Lost Ground

“After the most unpopular second term of the post-World War II era, ” pollster Gary Langer reports, former President George W. Bush “has gained in public esteem as time since his presidency has passed – not that the public’s ready...

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Senate Budget Committee staff members hand out copies of the Obama Administration's proposed FY 2014 federal budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Budget Committee staff members hand out copies of the Obama Administration's proposed FY 2014 federal budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 67%

That’s the share of the higher taxes under President Barack Obama’s budget proposal that the top 1 percent of U.S. taxpayers would pay in 2023. The figure comes from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, which yesterday released an analysis of...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill.

Reid Ramrods Online Sales Tax Bill

The online sales tax bill headed to the Senate floor this week took a very direct path there — right past the Finance Committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, maneuvered the bill past Committee Chairman Max Baucus,...

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