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Pedestrians fill gas cans at a Sunoco Inc. station in Bloomfield, New Jersey, days after Hurricane Sandy.

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Pedestrians fill gas cans at a Sunoco Inc. station in Bloomfield, New Jersey, days after Hurricane Sandy.

Obama’s Caller ID: ‘Unknown’ — Christie’s 12 Million Gallons of Gas

Here’s hoping that we’re not revealing a sensitive national-security matter, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie put it out there, so what the heck. When the president of the United States phones, Caller ID flashes not a name or number,...

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The Capitol building in Washington.

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The Capitol building in Washington.

The Meaning of ‘The:’ Makes ‘All the Difference’

We’ve already been through the meaning of “is” in Washington. So what is the meaning of “the?” It definitely is different from “a.” So said the federal appeals court in Washington today, rejecting President Barack Obama’s recess appointments of members...

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in Iowa.

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in Iowa.

Jindal’s Warning to ‘The Stupid Party’

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a “shining star” of the Republican Party, “someone you can believe in,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said last night in Charlotte as he introduced the RNC winter convention’s keynote speaker. Jindal proceeded to...

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, at the Capitol.

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, at the Capitol.

Paul Ryan: ‘Running Mate Doesn’t Make a Huge Difference’

Every four years, the announcement of a vice-presidential nominee yields significant speculation about how the candidate might boost the political fortunes of the party’s White House candidate. The talk of a No. 2 delivering this state or that state for...

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Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, arrives at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, arrives at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Super-Booker to the Twitter Rescue: ‘Cha-Cha Comes in from the Cold’

This time it was cold, not fire, threatening a Newark damsel in distress. Still, Mayor Cory Booker knew just what to do: He swept her off her four furry feet, placed her in a police cruiser and ordered the heat...

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President Barack Obama meets with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough, right, and speechwriter Ben Rhodes on Air Force One in this June 4, 2009 file photo on route to Cairo, Egypt.

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President Barack Obama meets with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough, right, and speechwriter Ben Rhodes on Air Force One in this June 4, 2009 file photo on route to Cairo, Egypt.

Obama’s New Chief of Staff Today — That and More Moves

First came Rahm Emanuel. Then Bill Daley. Lastly Jack Lew. The Chicago crew and the seasoned Washington hand who served as President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff for his first term have yielded to another creature of Capitol Hill, Denis...

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Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner arrives at the Capitol for meeting with congressional leaders on Nov. 29, 2012.

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Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner arrives at the Capitol for meeting with congressional leaders on Nov. 29, 2012.

Geithner: Republicans Cede Debt Lever

This is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s last day at work, and he is leaving with an exit interview snared by Politico in which the veteran warrior of the fiscal cliff wars suggests Republicans have ceded the debt ceiling as a...

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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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