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New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, shown here speaking prior to a panel on Gun Violence on April 3, 2013 in New York.

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New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, shown here speaking prior to a panel on Gun Violence on April 3, 2013 in New York.

New York Takes Steps Toward Disclosure of Nonprofit Donors

Nonprofits that spend millions on political campaigns are attracting increased scrutiny from the federal government, and lawmakers of both parties are looking at legislation to require disclosure. New York state officials on their own are moving toward requring such groups to...

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Immigrants stand during the playing of the National Anthem at a U.S. naturalization ceremony in New York, on April 17, 2013 at 26 Federal Plaza.

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Immigrants stand during the playing of the National Anthem at a U.S. naturalization ceremony in New York, on April 17, 2013 at 26 Federal Plaza.

U.S. Chamber Spearheads Effort to Pass Immigration Bill

Supporters of the new immigration bill are undertaking efforts to push the measure through Congress and onto the president’s desk. Tom Donohue, president the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business lobby, said the proposal meets the goals of ...

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An official walks past a hazardous materials response team truck outside a mail sorting facility April 16, 2013 in Hyattsville, Maryland

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An official walks past a hazardous materials response team truck outside a mail sorting facility April 16, 2013 in Hyattsville, Maryland

Carney: Boston, Letters Unconnected

Fear and loathing has gripped certain corners of Washington. Where a letter laced with suspected ricin showed up at a mail-sorting facility this week —  addressed to a senator. And where a letter with a “suspicious substance” was found at...

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Rand Paul Eyes 2016 as Reaching Out on Immigration, Race

It’s never too early for prospective presidential contenders to court their party’s core voters, and Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky batted his eyelashes a bit today at a breakfast with reporters in Washington. He is “considering it,” the Tea...

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Republican Immigration ‘Hall Pass’ — 2016 and 2014 Explain it All

Early this morning, a bipartisan group of eight senators who have been working behind closed doors for months on the sort of comprehensive immigration overhaul that President Barack Obama has been seeking filed their bill in the Senate. Later this...

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Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, left, and John McCain or Arizona, before their meeting on immigration with President Barack Obama, April 16, 2013. AP Photo.

Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, left, and John McCain or Arizona, before their meeting on immigration with President Barack Obama, April 16, 2013. AP Photo.

Senators: Obama Nods on Immigration ‘Compromise’

Updated at 5:30 pm EDT The White House isn’t completely satisfied with the immigration rewrite that a bipartisan group of senators has produced, two senators say, yet President Barack Obama has endorsed their work. The White House confirmed as much...

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Construction crews work on new homes being built in San Ramon, California, on April 12, 2013.

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Construction crews work on new homes being built in San Ramon, California, on April 12, 2013.

Rentals on Fire — Construction, That Is: Driving Housing

The U.S. housing market looked even healthier today on growing demand for rental properties. Data released by the Commerce Department showed builders broke ground on 1.04 million new homes in March at an annualized rate, the most since June 2008....

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Shooting victim and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly at the U.S. Capitol April 16, 2013.

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Shooting victim and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly at the U.S. Capitol April 16, 2013.

Giffords: Six Years After Virginia Tech, Presses for Newtown Action

Updated at 2:50 pm EDT Six years ago today, 32 people were gunned down on the campus of Virginia Tech, notes former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded in a 2011 outdoor shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that also killed...

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