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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham during a hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham during a hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

Gun-Control Hearing: No Show and Tell

Some Republican senators say that today’s  Judiciary Committee  hearing on gun control would have been better with some show-and-tell. South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Ted Cruz  of Texas fired off a letter to Judiciary Chairman Patrick  Leahy of Vermont complaining...

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Contractors lay down flooring at a construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

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Contractors lay down flooring at a construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

Obama’s Economy: Timing Everything

Timing is everything. Before Election Day, it was reported that the nation’s unemployment fell below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. After Inauguration Day, it’s reported that  the economy contracted, with the nation’s gross domestic product...

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Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, speaks to the media following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in this file photo.

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Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, speaks to the media following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in this file photo.

Kucinich Raises $1 — Half-Million in Debt To Go

Dennis Kucinich has yet to shake the nearly $500,000 in debts and obligations from a presidential bid he aborted almost a decade ago. And judging by the Federal Election Commission report that Kucinich for President filed today, it’ll be a...

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San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney is interviewed during the Super Bowl XLVII Media Day at the Superdome on Jan. 29, 2013 in New Orleans.

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San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney is interviewed during the Super Bowl XLVII Media Day at the Superdome on Jan. 29, 2013 in New Orleans.

Super Bowl Crackdown: ICE in Action

The folks at the Border Patrol aren’t taking all the criticism about lax enforcement lying down. For all the flak that  U.S. Immigration and Customs takes from members of Congress for the influx of undocumented immigrants across that 2,000-mile border...

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U.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) looks through his rifle as a Medevac helicopter takes off during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on Oct. 13, 2012. T

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U.S. Army soldiers attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) looks through his rifle as a Medevac helicopter takes off during a patrol near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province on Oct. 13, 2012. T

Defense Cuts: Unavoidable, Despite GDP Contraction Pinned on Defense?

Written with Richard Rubin Just as the U.S. gross domestic product is taking a hit from lower defense budgets, federal spending cuts viewed as unthinkable a few months ago — $1.2 trillion falling heavily on the Pentagon — are seen...

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This undated photo released by the Massachusetts Governor's office shows 
William "Mo" Cowan, right, former chief of staff for Gov. Deval Patrick.

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This undated photo released by the Massachusetts Governor's office shows William "Mo" Cowan, right, former chief of staff for Gov. Deval Patrick.

Senate: Two Black Members a First

William “Mo” Cowan, the choice of Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick for John Kerry’s Senate seat, is joining a chamber that will have two black members for the first time in its history. Cowan, a Democratic lawyer and Patrick’s former...

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Members of a group of undocumented immigrants wanting to enlist in the U.S. armed forces line up before entering a recruitment center in Washington in this file photo.

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Members of a group of undocumented immigrants wanting to enlist in the U.S. armed forces line up before entering a recruitment center in Washington in this file photo.

Immigration’s Gang of Eight

That bipartisan group of eight senators proposing a comprehensive approach to immigration legislation is more than a thinking group. It’s becoming a working group. Sen. Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat among the four Democrats and four Republicans who this...

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Retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, right, and his wife, shooting victim and former Rep. Gabby Giffords arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee followed by Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley before hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

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Retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, right, and his wife, shooting victim and former Rep. Gabby Giffords arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee followed by Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley before hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

Giffords on Gun Control: ‘Time is Now’

“The time is now.” The words of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was grievously wounded in a gunman’s attack in Tucson in2011, appearing today at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “You must act,” Giffords told the...

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Maryland politicians and community leaders held a rally in front of the Maryland State House to "fight secret spending in our democracy" by supporting the "DISCLOSE Act." The act would increase disclosure and transparency of campaign donations.

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Maryland politicians and community leaders held a rally in front of the Maryland State House to "fight secret spending in our democracy" by supporting the "DISCLOSE Act." The act would increase disclosure and transparency of campaign donations.

Inflation Plays in the Price of Politics

Coming out of the most expensive campaign in history, more boom-town news: Donors can now give more money to federal candidates and committees active in the 2014 elections. Individuals may give $2,600 to a federal candidate for a primary election...

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