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Shoppers crowd a store at the Premium Outlet Mall in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

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Shoppers crowd a store at the Premium Outlet Mall in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Unemployment 101: Professor Christie

Here’s a nightmare moment for every statehouse reporter with a college education heavy on liberal arts and light on statistics. “Explain the unemployment rate to me,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose bombastic demeanor tends to elicit rapid compliance, said...

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Passengers walk beneath an Amtrak sign at Union Station in Washington.

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Passengers walk beneath an Amtrak sign at Union Station in Washington.

Amtrak’s Rough Ride Renewed

Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman had hoped for an easier ride in 2013 after Florida Republican John Mica had to relinquish the chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mica, who was term-limited out of the post, took great pleasure...

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President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie upon arriving in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to visit areas hardest hit by Sandy.

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President Barack Obama is greeted by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie upon arriving in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to visit areas hardest hit by Sandy.

Christie Joins Obama White House: Calling NRA Kids Ad ‘Reprehensible’

The Christie-Obama bond goes on. Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey who commended Democratic President Barack Obama for his response to Hurricane Sanday, today condemned the National Rifle Association for its ad talking about the president’s children. Christie...

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Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, greets delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012.

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Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, greets delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 4, 2012.

Kucinich to Fox: ‘Open’ to His Views

To the losers go the TV deals: This just in from The Plain Dealer and wires: Cleveland’s own Dennis Kucinich, the retired congressman and liberal firebrand, has a new assignment. FOX News contributor. Kucinich, 66, a former Cleveland mayor as well...

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Rep. Paul Ryan, left, and Rep. Pete Sessions, right, arrives for a House Republican Conference meeting.

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Rep. Paul Ryan, left, and Rep. Pete Sessions, right, arrives for a House Republican Conference meeting.

Ryan: Republicans Eye Short-Term Debt-Ceiling Increase at Retreat

The House’s Republicans, assembled at a retreat outside Williamsburg, Virginia, are discussing the “virtues” of passing a short-term increase in the federal debt limit. So says Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman from Wisconsin. “We are discussing the...

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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama had their first dance at an appearance at the Neighborhood Ball, the first of many of the evening, at the Convention Center in Washington on Jan 20, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama had their first dance at an appearance at the Neighborhood Ball, the first of many of the evening, at the Convention Center in Washington on Jan 20, 2009.

‘Lobbyist Nirvana:’ Inaugural Festivities — Despite Obama’s Ban

President Barack Obama’s decision to reject contributions to his inaugural committee from registered lobbyists isn’t keep them away from the hoopla surrounding the start of his second term. Lobbyists are helping to fund the state societies’ inaugural bashes and inviting...

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People watch election results as TV networks begin to call the 2012 presidential election in Columbus, Ohio.

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People watch election results as TV networks begin to call the 2012 presidential election in Columbus, Ohio.

Romney Supporters Paid More Than Obama’s for Same TV Air Time

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, his allied super-political action committees and the Republican National Committee matched the $1 billion-plus raised by President Barack Obama, the Democratic National Committee and allied super-PACs for the 2012 campaign. Even so, their ad spending...

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A "now hiring" sign at a Chase bank branch in San Rafael, California.

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A "now hiring" sign at a Chase bank branch in San Rafael, California.

Unemployment 8% Mid-January: Gallup

When it comes to work, there are indicators and then there are indicators. The Labor Department won’t report on the state of the U.S. job market this month until the first Friday in February. Gallup, which conducts its own survey...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, presides over the opening session of the 113th House of Representatives in Washington.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, presides over the opening session of the 113th House of Representatives in Washington.

Washington Daybook: Retreat

The House Republicans’ battle plan for the upcoming debt limit debate will take shape today as members gather for a retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia. They could use one. Speaker John Boehner removed four members from the Finance and Budget committees...

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