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Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, speaks to reporters following a hearing in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, speaks to reporters following a hearing in Washington, D.C.

Tim Johnson Latest Senate Democrat to Back Same-Sex Marriage

Then there were three. Retiring Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota became the 52nd Democratic senator to endorse same-sex marriage today. That leaves only three members of the party’s caucus — Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and...

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The U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corp. during a celebration of the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army on the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia.

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The U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corp. during a celebration of the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army on the grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia.

Fairfax County: Sequestration’s Test

If any place in the U.S. feels the sting of federal budget cuts, it’ll be Virginia’s Fairfax County. The home to George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Central Intelligence Agency headquarters is more dependent on the U.S. government than ever. Federal...

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The exterior of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

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The exterior of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Bush Center: The New Dallas

There was no shortage of controversy when the leafy, Georgian-styled campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Laura Bush’s alma mater, was chosen as the home for the George W. Bush Presidential Center (see my piece published six years ago...

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget proposals at The City College of New York on February 6, 2013 in New York City.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State and budget proposals at The City College of New York on February 6, 2013 in New York City.

Cuomo: ‘Never Waste a Crisis’ — Where We’ve Heard That Before

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, channeling his inner Rahm Emanuel, doesn’t want to let a good scandal go to waste. Two New York lawmakers were arrested last week in separate corruption cases. A third lawmaker said he’d resign after pleading...

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British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, London, at the start of her third term in office.

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British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, London, at the start of her third term in office.

Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton: Name?

With the passing of Margaret Thatcher, the only female prime minister in the United Kingdom’s history, the folks at the Pew Research Center are pointing out to public expectations about the election of a female American president. The last time...

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EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy, right, and States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew arrive to give a press conference following a working session on April 8, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

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EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy, right, and States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew arrive to give a press conference following a working session on April 8, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

Lew in Europe: Call Me Jack

Call it diplomatic speed-dating. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, on his first trip to Europe since taking office five weeks ago, is getting to know a lot of the region’s top economic officials very quickly. Lew arrived in Brussels this...

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Job seekers wait for the opening of an employment fair sponsored by Job News in partnership with USOilWorker.com and The Texas Veterans Commission at the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio, Texas, on March 19, 2013.

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Job seekers wait for the opening of an employment fair sponsored by Job News in partnership with USOilWorker.com and The Texas Veterans Commission at the Norris Conference Center in San Antonio, Texas, on March 19, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 63.3%

That’s the U.S. labor force participation rate for March, the lowest since May 1979, according to the Labor Department. The rate represents the proportion of the population that’s in the civilian labor force, which includes those who are employed and...

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A woman smokes a cigarette in New York.

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A woman smokes a cigarette in New York.

Tobacco Tax Opposed Before Proposed

While President Barack Obama won’t submit his 2013-14 budget to Congress until April 10, some proposals have already drawn the ire of groups that would be affected by his proposals. Tobacco companies and the stores that sell their products oppose...

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A job seeker speaks with a State Department employee about job opportunities with the federal government during a job fair in Boston.

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A job seeker speaks with a State Department employee about job opportunities with the federal government during a job fair in Boston.

Discouraged Workers, Retirees Not to Blame for Jobless Rate Drop

The jobless rate in the U.S. fell to a four-year low of 7.6 percent in March for the wrong reasons. Instead of an increase in the number of those finding work, 290,000 people dropped from the ranks of the unemployed....

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President Barack Obama walks with California Attorney General Kamala Harris after arriving at San Francisco International Airport.

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President Barack Obama walks with California Attorney General Kamala Harris after arriving at San Francisco International Airport.

Obama’s Apology to Kamala Harris: Phone Call to an Old Friend

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, got an apologetic phone call last night from the president of the United States — for calling her good looking. Not only good looking — “the best-looking attorney general,” President Barack Obama called Harris, during...

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