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President Barack Obama walks with California Attorney General Kamala Harris after arriving at San Francisco International Airport.

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President Barack Obama walks with California Attorney General Kamala Harris after arriving at San Francisco International Airport.

Obama’s Apology to Kamala Harris: Phone Call to an Old Friend

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, got an apologetic phone call last night from the president of the United States — for calling her good looking. Not only good looking — “the best-looking attorney general,” President Barack Obama called Harris, during...

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford hugs friend Julia Flood of Mount Pleasant, S.C., after he voted in Charleston, S.C., on April 2, 2013.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford hugs friend Julia Flood of Mount Pleasant, S.C., after he voted in Charleston, S.C., on April 2, 2013.

Why South Carolina’s Special Election Is Bizarre

The special election in South Carolina’s Charleston-area 1st District has atypical timing (May 7), will generate low voter-turnout and pits the sister of a television celebrity against a former governor seeking redemption after scandal. Simply put, it’s an unusual race....

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A Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee  at a dealership in Hollywood, Florida.

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A Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee at a dealership in Hollywood, Florida.

Fed’s Yellen Says Boons Outweigh Low Interest Rate Losses

Home-buyers and U.S. consumers in the market for a new car might be celebrating low interest rates. Savers probably aren’t. The U.S. Federal Reserve has pledged to keep the main interest rate near zero until unemployment falls below 6.5 percent...

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Final Four: Gay Marriage Draws Two More Democrats, Four Left

It’s down to the Final Four. Freshmen Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana announced their support for same-sex marriage this morning, leaving just four Democratic senators who haven’t publicly endorsed it. Donnelly, a Catholic and...

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Job seekers speak to representatives of employers at a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on March 6, 2013 in New York City.

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Job seekers speak to representatives of employers at a job fair at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on March 6, 2013 in New York City.

Slow Job Growth: Political Season Open

In the midst of more robust — albeit less than dazzling — winter job gains, the addition of 88,000 in March arrives as a sobering reminder of how tough the slog is for a recovering American economy. What else does...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to address the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to address the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Clinton Buzz

The unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in March, the lowest since December 2008, according to the Labor Department. Workforce participation also fell, by 496,000 to 63.3% — the lowest since 1979. Hillary Clinton will address the Women in the...

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Marijuana at the Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California.

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Marijuana at the Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 52

That’s the percentage of Americans who support legalizing marijuana, according to the Pew Research Center. It’s the first time in more than 40 years of polling on the issue that a majority back legalization, Pew said in a report yesterday....

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A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage.

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A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC, as the Court takes up the issue of gay marriage.

Nelson Backs Gay Marriage: Six Democratic Senators Left Silent

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson just took himself off a shrinking list of Democratic Senate holdouts: He reversed his position against same-sex marriage. With Nelson as the 51st senator to voice support, more than half the U.S. Senate now backs same-sex marriage....

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Kamala Harris, attorney general of California, waves before speaking during day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 5, 2012.

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Kamala Harris, attorney general of California, waves before speaking during day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 5, 2012.

Obama: California’s AG ‘Best Looking’ — and Beau Biden?

President Barack Obama, in California for some party fundraising, caught his audience’s attention with his notice of the state attorney general: Obama just riffed in how hot Cali AG Kamela Harris is. “By far, the best looking attorney general…(audience: “oh’s”)…C’mon,...

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