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Ellen DeGeneres poses for a portrait during the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A.

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Ellen DeGeneres poses for a portrait during the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A.

Obama’s BDay Greet for DeGeneres

Beyonce wasn’t the only one lip-syncing at the inauguration this week. Ellen DeGeneres’ producers were taking some liberties of their own. The Ellen DeGeneres Show worked over the video of President Barack Obama’s inaugural address to render a birthday greeting to...

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Shantrese Davis, from New Orleans, Louisiana, on the National Mall during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

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Shantrese Davis, from New Orleans, Louisiana, on the National Mall during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 76

That’s the percentage-point gap between the Democratic and Republican approval ratings of President Barack Obama last year, according to Gallup. Obama’s average approval rating in 2012 was 86 percent among Democrats and 10 percent among Republicans. The 76-point gap ties...

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Accompanied by CIA Spokesperson Marie Harf, former Senator Chuck Hagel leaves the Capitol Hill offices of  Sen. John McCain after the two Vietnam War veterans met on Jan. 22, 2013 in Washington.

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Accompanied by CIA Spokesperson Marie Harf, former Senator Chuck Hagel leaves the Capitol Hill offices of Sen. John McCain after the two Vietnam War veterans met on Jan. 22, 2013 in Washington.

Hagel Draws Bipartisan Backing from Past Secretaries of Defense, State

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel’s drive to win confirmation as Defense Secretary got an added push today as a group of former Secretaries of State, Defense and National Security Advisers sent all 100 senators a letter of endorsement. “His approach...

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Men look at the wreckage of a vehicle near Ain Amenas, Algeria. Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found "numerous" new bodies on Jan. 20, 2013 as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery.

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Men look at the wreckage of a vehicle near Ain Amenas, Algeria. Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found "numerous" new bodies on Jan. 20, 2013 as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery.

Terrorists Tagged Twice by State — In Case They Didn’t Get the Memo

The Abdallah Azzam Brigades, a militant organization based in Lebanon and the Arabian Peninsula, is a bad, bad group of terrorists. So bad, in fact, that the U.S. has officially declared them a terrorist organization – for the second time...

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A Washington, D.C. 'TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION' license plate on Vice President Joseph Biden's limousine.

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A Washington, D.C. 'TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION' license plate on Vice President Joseph Biden's limousine.

Washington Statehood: ‘New Columbia’

Taxation without representation. It’s a storied complaint in American history. In Washington, D.C., it’s a license plate. For all the failures of Washingtonians to gain recognition from the Congress that operates in their own home town, a long-denied bid for...

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Lawrence "Larry" Summers, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, attends a news conference at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong.

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Lawrence "Larry" Summers, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, attends a news conference at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong.

Summers: Can’t Look to Austerity for Growth

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said today “we really can’t look to austerity as a source of growth.” Summers was speaking with Bloomberg’s Tom Keene on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Summers also served as an...

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Sen. Rand Paul during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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Sen. Rand Paul during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Rand Paul vs. Kerry-Clinton Democrats

Sen. Rand Paul is laying down some fire lines. The Kentucky Republican and son of former Texas congressman Ron Paul, said to be considering a presidential campaign of his own,  has revealed a take-no-hostages approach to his questioning of departing...

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John Kerry, navy lieutenant who was wounded three times in Vietnam and who has won the silver star for heroism, speaks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) on Capitol Hill on April 22, 1971.

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John Kerry, navy lieutenant who was wounded three times in Vietnam and who has won the silver star for heroism, speaks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) on Capitol Hill on April 22, 1971.

John Kerry Reporting for State Duty

John Kerry has been in training for this for some time, his friends say. The senior senator from Massachusetts, appearing before the committee he chairs today for confirmation of his nomination as secretary of state, first appeared there as a...

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The Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

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The Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Republican Re-branding Mirrored by States: ‘Lincoln Republicans’

As Republican National Committee members meet in Charlotte to plot a way toward more electoral success, state parties are copying the national party’s reinvention study. Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, announced today that he’s forming his own...

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An attendee looking at a Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 5, 2013.

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An attendee looking at a Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 5, 2013.

Gun Controls Approved in Polls — Difficult at Best in Congress

Most Americans hold a favorable view of the measures that President Barack Obama proposes for curbing gun violence in America, following the slaying of 20 first-grade children at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, last month. So shows the polling...

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