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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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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center at National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013.

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center at National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013.

Ryan: No Slow-Down on Immigration

Hurry up or slow down with that immigration overhaul? What would Mitt Romney do? Or perhaps more pointedly going forward, Paul Ryan? Slow down, some of the Republican Party’s leaders were saying last week, in the midst of the hunt,...

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A newly installed U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign arguing that money market funds are "strong," and ask, "why risk changing them now?" at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington, D.C.

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A newly installed U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign arguing that money market funds are "strong," and ask, "why risk changing them now?" at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Chamber Spent $16.6 Million Lobbying in First Three Months

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its legal reform affiliate reported spending $16.6 million during the first three months of 2013, down from the $26.2 million it spent during the same period a year earlier, according to Senate disclosures. The...

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Sen. Rand Paul introduces his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep Ron Paul on January 2, 2012 in Davenport, Iowa.

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Sen. Rand Paul introduces his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep Ron Paul on January 2, 2012 in Davenport, Iowa.

Rand Paul’s Ron Paul Advice

Like father, like son? Not if he knows what’s good for him, some are saying of Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky — suggesting that, for all the popularity his father enjoyed in his bids for a presidential nomination, he’ll need...

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Three sections of pipe sit on the ground during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma, as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

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Three sections of pipe sit on the ground during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Atoka, Oklahoma, as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Washington Daybook: Keystone Deadline

Today is the deadline for public comments at the State Department on the proposed Keystone pipeline to carry tar-sands oil fro Canada to U.S. refineries. Democratic donors are trying to persuade President Barack Obama that turning down TransCanada Corp.’s petition...

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Students celebrate after U.S. President Barack Obama was projected the winner of the presidential election inside the Kennedy Forum at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Students celebrate after U.S. President Barack Obama was projected the winner of the presidential election inside the Kennedy Forum at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Nov. 6, 2012.

FEC: 2012 Campaign Cost $7 Billion

Candidates, parties, political action committees and other outside groups spent more than $7 billion on the 2012 election, according to a final tally by the Federal Election Commission.  That’s the most ever spent on U.S. elections, and surpasses the $5.3 billion...

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Tire tracks run across the dry bottom of the Morse Reservoir in Cicero, Indiana, on July 12, 2012.

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Tire tracks run across the dry bottom of the Morse Reservoir in Cicero, Indiana, on July 12, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 33

That’s the share of Americans who say global warming is a “very serious” problem, according to a Pew Research Center survey in March. That compares with 32 percent who said global warming is a somewhat serious problem, 20 percent who...

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