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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets Asian American supporters as he campaigns at Van Dyck park in Fairfax, Va., on Sept. 13, 2012.

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets Asian American supporters as he campaigns at Van Dyck park in Fairfax, Va., on Sept. 13, 2012.

RNC’s Asian-American Outreach: Hires

Jeb Bush has called Asian-Americans the canary in the Republican Party’s coal mine. Look past the 71 percent of Hispanic voters who sided with President Barack Obama in November, the Florida Republican has suggested, and one will find the 74...

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Robin Kelly celebrates her special primary election win in Matteson, Ill., for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District seat, once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Robin Kelly celebrates her special primary election win in Matteson, Ill., for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District seat, once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 77

That’s how many women presently serve in the U.S. House. The 77 women — 58 Democrats and 19 Republicans — account for 18 percent of the 432 members currently serving in the 435-seat chamber, which has three vacancies. The number...

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Family members of Newtown shooting victims step off Air Force One with President Barack Obama (2nd R) upon arrival April 8, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

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Family members of Newtown shooting victims step off Air Force One with President Barack Obama (2nd R) upon arrival April 8, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Newtown 12: Sounds of Silence Echoing in Washington

Updated 8:55 am EDT, April 9. On Dec. 14, police say, 154 rounds were fired inside Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty first-graders died in the gunfire, along with six educators. Last night, 12 members of the Newtown...

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The Louisville Cardinals mascot cheers during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

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The Louisville Cardinals mascot cheers during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Basketball Trumps Senate Vote for Louisville Fan

The Senate was supposed to vote  this afternoon on the nomination of Patty Shwartz as a judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That vote has been postponed until tomorrow because Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has other plans: Kentucky’s...

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Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, speaks to reporters following a hearing in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, speaks to reporters following a hearing in Washington, D.C.

Tim Johnson Latest Senate Democrat to Back Same-Sex Marriage

Then there were three. Retiring Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota became the 52nd Democratic senator to endorse same-sex marriage today. That leaves only three members of the party’s caucus — Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and...

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The U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corp. during a celebration of the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army on the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia.

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The U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corp. during a celebration of the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army on the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia.

Fairfax County: Sequestration’s Test

If any place in the U.S. feels the sting of federal budget cuts, it’ll be Virginia’s Fairfax County. The home to George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Central Intelligence Agency headquarters is more dependent on the U.S. government than ever. Federal...

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The exterior of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

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The exterior of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Bush Center: The New Dallas

There was no shortage of controversy when the leafy, Georgian-styled campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Laura Bush’s alma mater, was chosen as the home for the George W. Bush Presidential Center (see my piece published six years ago...

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget proposals at The City College of New York on February 6, 2013 in New York City.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget proposals at The City College of New York on February 6, 2013 in New York City.

Cuomo: ‘Never Waste a Crisis’ — Where We’ve Heard That Before

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, channeling his inner Rahm Emanuel, doesn’t want to let a good scandal go to waste. Two New York lawmakers were arrested last week in separate corruption cases. A third lawmaker said he’d resign after pleading...

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British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, London, at the start of her third term in office.

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British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, London, at the start of her third term in office.

Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton: Name?

With the passing of Margaret Thatcher, the only female prime minister in the United Kingdom’s history, the folks at the Pew Research Center are pointing out to public expectations about the election of a female American president. The last time...

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EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy, right, and States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew arrive to give a press conference following a working session on April 8, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

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EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy, right, and States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew arrive to give a press conference following a working session on April 8, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

Lew in Europe: Call Me Jack

Call it diplomatic speed-dating. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, on his first trip to Europe since taking office five weeks ago, is getting to know a lot of the region’s top economic officials very quickly. Lew arrived in Brussels this...

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