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President Barack Obama nominates Senator John Kerry for the next secretary of state on Dec. 21, 2012.

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President Barack Obama nominates Senator John Kerry for the next secretary of state on Dec. 21, 2012.

Nominee Kerry Before Chairman Kerry’s Committee

John Kerry, President Barack Obama’s choice for Secretary of State, will appear today at a confirmation hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee, the panel the Massachusetts Democrat leads. It would be quite the sight to see chairman Kerry question nominee Kerry,...

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Michigan lawmakers approved bills to prohibit mandatory union dues in workplaces as thousands of chanting protesters thronged the capitol in Lansing.

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Michigan lawmakers approved bills to prohibit mandatory union dues in workplaces as thousands of chanting protesters thronged the capitol in Lansing.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 11.3

That’s the percentage of wage and salary workers who were members of a labor union in 2012, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released yesterday. About 14.4 million of 127.6 million such workers belonged to a union last year, BLS data...

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to a question during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens to a question during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 23, 2013.

At Clinton Benghazi Hearing, Some 2016 Allusions

For Hillary Clinton, speculation about a 2016 presidential candidacy may be inescapable in any forum. That would include today’s hearing of the House Foreign Relations Committee, which questioned the outgoing Secretary of State about the September 2012 attack on a U.S....

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LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat controls the ball against Kyle Lowry #3 of the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 23, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat controls the ball against Kyle Lowry #3 of the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 23, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

Miami Heat Put Money in Play for Obama

The NBA champion Miami Heat will visit the White House on Jan. 28 to be feted by basketball-fan-in-chief President Barack Obama, according to a White House statement. The president and some of the Heat players are kindred political spirits. LeBron...

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U.S. medics from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion 82nd Aviation, General Supprot Aviation Battalion, tend to two Afghan women on a Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter as they fly to Bagram Air Field,  from Parwan province, Afghanistan.

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U.S. medics from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion 82nd Aviation, General Supprot Aviation Battalion, tend to two Afghan women on a Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter as they fly to Bagram Air Field, from Parwan province, Afghanistan.

Women in Combat: Reality Catches Up

Written with David Lerman With word that the Pentagon is lifting a ban on women serving in direct combat roles, women who have served in the military — including some who have come home with Purple Hearts — are hailing...

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Palestinians wave national flags during a gathering in the West Bank city of Jenin on Nov. 29, 2012 to support Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas who is heading to the United Nations General Assembly today with huge backing for his bid for UN recognition of statehood.

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Palestinians wave national flags during a gathering in the West Bank city of Jenin on Nov. 29, 2012 to support Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas who is heading to the United Nations General Assembly today with huge backing for his bid for UN recognition of statehood.

Rice Riled by Palestine Placard

Just because a United Nations name plate calls you a state, that doesn’t make you one. Still, at the world body, any entity, state or non-state can name itself. Following a largely symbolic vote in the UN’s 193-member General Assembly,...

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The Google Inc. Chrome icon is reflected in water droplets.

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The Google Inc. Chrome icon is reflected in water droplets.

Internet’s Money on Democrats, Wireless-Tel Cash Went Republican

A clash over the allocation of new spectrum pits companies whose employees backed Democratic candidates in the last election against those who put their money on Republicans. At issue is how to divvy up airwaves among telephone companies with wireless...

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Hillary Clinton stickers at a presidential campaign event for her in New York in this file photo.

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Hillary Clinton stickers at a presidential campaign event for her in New York in this file photo.

Hillary Clinton Debt-Free for 2016

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, often mentioned as a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has cleared up her finances from her unsuccessful 2008 candidacy. New Federal Election Commission filings show she has fully paid all of her campaign debts,...

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Retired Rep. Bud Shuster, right, congratulates his son, Bill, after Bill clinched the Republican nomination to fill Shuster's 9th District congressional seat in this file photo.

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Retired Rep. Bud Shuster, right, congratulates his son, Bill, after Bill clinched the Republican nomination to fill Shuster's 9th District congressional seat in this file photo.

Transportation’s Gavel-Passing: Recalling Gentlemen’s Old Days

It was a back-to-the-future moment. Rep. Bill Shuster, the Pennsylvania Republican taking over the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, received the gavel in a packed room that featured his 81-year-old father, Bud, who presided over the panel for six years...

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Mitch Behm, assistant inspector general of the U.S. Transportation Department, left, and Senator Frank Lautenberg, center, a Democrat from New Jersey, before the start of a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing in Washington.

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Mitch Behm, assistant inspector general of the U.S. Transportation Department, left, and Senator Frank Lautenberg, center, a Democrat from New Jersey, before the start of a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing in Washington.

Lautenberg Turns 89, Poll Negative

Frank Lautenberg might not be having such a good birthday: A new poll says the U.S. senator from New Jersey is vulnerable, and another high-ranking Democrat says he’s weighing whether to take on Gov. Chris Christie in November or seek...

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