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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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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 27, 2012.

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 27, 2012.

Rebranding Republicans No Tea Party for Priebus, Re-Election Ready

As members of the Republican National Committee gather today in Charlotte, Chairman Reince Priebus is facing what’s expected to be an easy ride to re-election on Friday. That doesn’t mean his second, two-year term won’t be filled with plenty of...

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton takes her seat on on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 23, 2013, prior to testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton takes her seat on on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 23, 2013, prior to testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Hillary Clinton Not Going ‘Gently From the World Stage’

Updated at 11:05 and 11:20 am EST Hillary Clinton is taking what could be her final public stage for a few years, today facing questions about what she knew and when she knew it about the attacks on the U.S....

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A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.

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A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Hillary Clinton Testifies on Benghazi

Hillary Clinton takes center stage for what is expected to be her last appearance as Secretary of State as she answers pointed inquiries about the State Department’s handling of the deadly attack in Benghazi. The hearings in Senate and House committees...

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A man talks on a cell phone while carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle he is trying to sell at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 5, 2013.

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A man talks on a cell phone while carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle he is trying to sell at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 5, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 39

That’s the percentage of Americans who say that President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence are “about right,” according to the Pew Research Center. That’s a plurality position in the survey taken Jan. 17-20. Thirty-one percent of respondents, including...

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Equipment used for the extraction of natural gas is viewed at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania.

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Equipment used for the extraction of natural gas is viewed at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania.

Natural Gas Export Push No Easy Issue for Lobby Groups

How Congress will weigh in on the push to expand natural gas exports remains to be seen. The issue, though, is already causing headaches for Washington’s big business lobbying groups. After endorsing increased exports of natural gas last week, the American Chemistry...

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Former President Jimmy Carter, right, waves while arriving with his wife Rosalynn Carter, center, during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

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Former President Jimmy Carter, right, waves while arriving with his wife Rosalynn Carter, center, during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

Jimmy Carter’s Longest-Running Post-Oval Office Performance

Among the dignitaries who got a bird’s-eye view of the swearing-in ceremony for President Barack Obama’s second term yesterday, ex-President Bill Clinton — with his mane of snow-white hair and ever-expressive face — was especially hard to miss. Blending more into the...

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Singer Beyonce performs the national anthem during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

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Singer Beyonce performs the national anthem during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

Beyonce’s Watch-My-Lips-Spangled Banner

Updated Jan. 23 Is it Karaoke, if it’s your own song? Is it real, or is it Memorex? Beyonce’s lip-synced rendition of the National Anthem at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration wasn’t ground-breaking: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma bow-synced his performance at...

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington.

Veterans Partied on Without Obama

President Barack Obama skipped the American Legion’s veterans ball for the second time, favoring his own inaugural event for service members. About two dozen recipients of the Medal of Honor joined hundreds attending the organization’s “Salute to Heroes” ball, a...

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The Capitol stands in the background as police monitor a checkpoint during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington.

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The Capitol stands in the background as police monitor a checkpoint during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington.

Obama Welcomes ‘De-escalation’ of Debt-Ceiling Debate: Off the Brink

The Obama administration is welcoming a move by House Republicans to vote tomorrow on raising the nation’s debt ceiling through mid-May as a “de-escalation” of the fiscal debate, White House press secretary Jay Carney says. “The fact that House Republicans...

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