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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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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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