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Stephen Colbert reacts to seeing his wax figure for the first time at Madame Tussauds in Washington.

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Stephen Colbert reacts to seeing his wax figure for the first time at Madame Tussauds in Washington.

Colbert-Busch Report: Sis’ Running

Stephen Colbert sometimes jokes about running for political office in his native South Carolina. One of the political satirist’s older sisters is doing it. Elizabeth Colbert-Busch will seek the Democratic nomination in the vacant 1st Congressional District in and around...

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Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o during the Discover BCS National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o during the Discover BCS National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Manti Te’o: Meet the Senate’s Budget

Everybody on Twitter seems to have jokes when it comes to Manti Te’o and the hoax of his fictitious girlfriend. So far be it from the National Republican Congressional Committee to miss out on its chance. “The last time the...

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Myrtle Nora arranges flag buntings outside the Capitol prior to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington.

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Myrtle Nora arranges flag buntings outside the Capitol prior to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington.

Washington Wages: Leading the Nation

Guess where pay in the U.S. is up the most over the past decade. Guessed Washington? Guessed right. From 2001 through 2011, the average annual wages in the nation’s capital rose by 4.1 percent a year — from $49,420 a...

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Rep. Peter King speaks to the media after a meeting regarding the Sandy aid bill with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner on Capitol Hill.

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Rep. Peter King speaks to the media after a meeting regarding the Sandy aid bill with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner on Capitol Hill.

Rep. King: ‘Very Uncomfortable’ with Sandy Aid Opposition in Party

House Republicans from districts struck by super-storm Sandy last fall are still seething at Republican colleagues who opposed an aid package. “It’s going to make it very uncomfortable going back to Congress, working with some of these people,” Rep. Peter...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner heads into a closed-door strategy session with GOP members at the Capitol.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner heads into a closed-door strategy session with GOP members at the Capitol.

New House Fiscal Year: Three Months

Updated at 2:25 pm EST The fiscal year in Washington is yielding, it appears, to the political quarter. House Republicans plan a vote next week on a three-month extension of U.S. borrowing authority, in an attempt to force the Democratic-run...

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Cristina Castro, 23, of New York, wraps up against the cold while waiting to enter the Capitol to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama.

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Cristina Castro, 23, of New York, wraps up against the cold while waiting to enter the Capitol to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Obama’s 40-Degree Inaugural Day — History Dictates a Heavy Top Coat

The real inauguration will play out indoors. The outdoor celebration the next day will be chilling. President Barack Obama’s second term actually starts at noon Sunday, on the date and time demanded by the Constitution. The president will have Supreme...

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Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, on June 21, 2010.

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Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton briefs reporters at the White House in Washington, on June 21, 2010.

Obama Re-Election Behind Him, Burton Joins Consulting Firm

Former White House aide Bill Burton is joining the Global Strategy Group as executive vice president in its Washington office.  Burton is co-founder and senior strategist for Priorities USA Action, a super-political action committee that helped re-elect the president. Burton has “a...

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A billboard on Interstate 94 east of downtown St. Paul, Minn. makes an appeal to soldiers and military veterans to support a proposed voter ID amendment on the ballot in Minnesota.

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A billboard on Interstate 94 east of downtown St. Paul, Minn. makes an appeal to soldiers and military veterans to support a proposed voter ID amendment on the ballot in Minnesota.

Citizens United Foes, Civil Rights Pros: Common Ground on Voter ID

Advocates trying to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision or otherwise enact new limits on campaign spending are finding a common cause with civil rights groups fighting Republican efforts to enact voter-identification laws. They say the issues are related....

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President Barack Obama hugs his campaign manager, Jim Messina, during an unannounced stop at campaign headquarters in Chicago.

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President Barack Obama hugs his campaign manager, Jim Messina, during an unannounced stop at campaign headquarters in Chicago.

Obama’s Campaign Turns to ‘Action’

Updated at 9 am EST. President Barack Obama is converting the machinery of his re-election campaign into a tax-exempt nonprofit group to push his second-term legislative agenda, a Democratic official confirmed. The new group, Organizing for Action, will be headed...

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Republican merchandise is set up for sale at the Tampa Bay Times Forum prior to the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Florida on Aug. 25, 2012.

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Republican merchandise is set up for sale at the Tampa Bay Times Forum prior to the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Florida on Aug. 25, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 33

That’s the percentage of Americans who have a favorable view of the Republican Party, according to the Pew Research Center. The party’s favorable rating fell from 36 percent last month and from 42 percent in mid-September, after the Republican National...

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