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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for President Barack Obama to speak in Washington.

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for President Barack Obama to speak in Washington.

Florida’s Scott Hears Footsteps — Loudest Coming from Charlie Crist

Updated at 3:45 pm EST Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a former chief executive officer at HCA Holdings, could lose his 2014 re-election bid to several hypothetical opponents, including former Gov. Charlie Crist, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before signing an executive order designed to tackle gun control, on Jan. 16, 2012 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before signing an executive order designed to tackle gun control, on Jan. 16, 2012 in Washington.

A Painting Hangs in the President’s Study

A painting hangs in the president’s private study adjoining the Oval Office. It was made by Grace McDonald, who was 7 and one of 20 first-grade children gunned down at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school. President Barack Obama told the...

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People celebrate the news that President Barack Obama has won re-election in New York.

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People celebrate the news that President Barack Obama has won re-election in New York.

Public Campaign Financing: Congressional as Well as Presidential

Following the first privately funded presidential election since the Watergate scandals that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, some House Democrats are trying to make public financing more attractive for those seeking the White House — and expand...

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Henry Barbour

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Henry Barbour

Barbour 2.0: Republican Renewal

Henry Barbour, nephew of the former Republican National Committee chairman and one-time Mississippi governor, wants to see his party grow and win again at the national level. In a wide-ranging interview in his office in Jackson, Mississippi, Barbour talked about...

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

Pope to Panetta: ‘Thank You’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is asking for a little divine intervention as he wraps up his service at the Pentagon. Panetta is spending this week on a trip to western Europe, with the official purpose of thanking NATO allies for...

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Sen. Mitch McConnell walks to the Capitol from the senate subway on Dec. 4, 2012.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell walks to the Capitol from the senate subway on Dec. 4, 2012.

Obama’s Path to Congress Passes Through Republican McConnell

Mitch McConnell never set out to be President Barack Obama’s go-to negotiating partner. Yet the top Senate Republican cemented his role as the bridge between the Democratic president and an estranged Congress when he struck a New Year’s Eve agreement...

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A convention attendee looks through a display of Sig Sauer semiautomatic rifles during the 35th annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a $4.1 billion industry.

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A convention attendee looks through a display of Sig Sauer semiautomatic rifles during the 35th annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation was focusing its trade show on products and services new to what it calls a $4.1 billion industry.

Washington Daybook: Assault Weapons Ban

Written by Jim O’Connell President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveil plans to ban sales of assault weapons and strengthen background checks for gun buyers. They will be joined at the White House by children who wrote to them...

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One of two police officers carrying an AR-15 assault rifle stands guard at the west entrance of Grand Island Senior High School, in Grand Island, Neb.

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One of two police officers carrying an AR-15 assault rifle stands guard at the west entrance of Grand Island Senior High School, in Grand Island, Neb.

White House Scolds NRA for Ad Challenging Obama Over Children

Updated at 12:10 pm EST The White House scolded the National Rifle Association today for an ad calling the president an “elitist hypocrite” on gun control because his children have armed protection. Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary, called the...

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An NRA supporter in Des Moines.

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An NRA supporter in Des Moines.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 47

That’s the percentage of House members who received funding from the National Rifle Association’s political committee in their most recent race, according to the Sunlight Foundation. The NRA, which has 4 million members, probably will oppose a package of proposals...

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Members of the National Guard evacuate residents from their apartments in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Members of the National Guard evacuate residents from their apartments in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Sandy Aid Opposition: 91 Republicans

Updated at 9:45 pm EST The House, finally, has approved billions in aid for the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The first aid package of $17 billion passed today on a vote of 327-91. All 91 of the opponents were Republicans,...

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